Thwaites brewers officially started brewing again on Tuesday August 14th, more than two months after they were forced to stop after trespassers caused substantial damage to the Blackburn brewery where they have been brewing beer for over 200 years.
They were due to move to their new Ribble Valley site in September, along with the company’s head offices and stables, but they brought the move forward so they could get back to brewing.
Thwaites Director of Pubs and Brewing, Andrew Buchanan, said: “We are delighted to be back to brewing – we’ve been doing it for over 200 years, so it’s a craft we are particularly proud of.
“The new brewery looks fantastic and it’s just what we need to create our next 200 years of history.”
The purpose built brewery will have the capacity to brew 1.5m pints a year but it’ll be a while before they reach that.
Initially Thwaites’ five brewers will be brewing Thwaites Best Cask (TBC), Nutty Black and the seasonal range that changes every week. That will expand as the year goes on to also include Thwaites Original and a new core range of beers that is currently in development.
The beer is brewed exclusively for Thwaites 280 pubs, inns and hotels.