Mortlake assets reach auction block
Private treaty sales, ancillary items online auction underway
The decommissioning of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Mortlake brewery in west London is reaching its final stages. Its contents are now for sale, by private treaty and online auction.
Mortlake, which traces brewing on the site as having taken place continuously since 1487, has over the past 20 years been dedicated to the brewing of vast quantities of Budweiser for distribution across the UK and continental Europe. The brewery’s annual capacity was 2.35 million hectolitres.
On offer by private treaty are the plant’s grain handling equipment, Steinecker brewhouse, fermentation block, over a hundred 100- and 200hl conditioning vessels, high speed bottling line, yeast plant and energy centre. There’s also something available that might be unique to Budweiser breweries – a chip cellar.
Hundreds of lots of ancillary assets are being brought to market by Eddisons in an online auction. Interested parties can see what’s on offer at the viewing day, scheduled for 11th January with the online auction closing on the 17th. The sales brochure, detailing what’s available, can be downloaded here. There's also a video tour of the brewery plant.
And because it was an Anheuser-Busch plant, it’s fair to assume that the brewery was invested in over the years with an attitude of no expense spared, and thus what’s on offer should be of excellent quality.
Jason Pinder, national head of machinery and business assets at Eddisons, said, “The vast scale of the contents of this iconic brewery is likely to attract the interest of global brewing businesses as well as those in developing countries. This is a rare opportunity to invest in high quality, large capacity brewery plant.”
As for the Mortlake site, hard along the Thames and just upriver from the finishing line of the famous Cambridge-Oxford rowing competition, property developer Reselton acquired the site in 2015 for £158 million. Plans are being developed for a mixed scheme of residential, community, recreational and commercial use.