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Carlsberg adds UK craft brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery to help develop new recipies

London Fields to become part of Brooklyn Brewery JV

Carlsberg has upped its presence in the craft beer market, acquiring a brewery in London, England that has bags of flair and creativity – as well as the scars of recent business traumas.

For an undisclosed sum, Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery, which it will operate as an independent business within its existing joint venture with American craft brewer Brooklyn Brewery.

Its beer range will become part of the Danish brewer’s core portfolio in the UK. It will also join the House of Beers range through which Carlsberg targets premium venues across London and other major cities. (It already includes Brooklyn’s craft beers.)

"We’re thrilled to add London Fields Brewery to our growing portfolio of craft and specialty beers," said Julian Momen, Carlsberg UK's CEO. “Our customers, and specifically those in London and other major cities, are looking to us to offer them the best possible range of interesting beers and we think that, with nurturing, London Fields has huge potential. It’s the right move for us as we build a credible craft portfolio.”

London Fields, founded in 2011, was put on the market last year after owner Julian De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson was charged in a £700,000 tax fraud case. His trial collapsed in January.

Its beers, including Craft Lager, East IPA and Shoreditch Triangle IPA, are currently being brewed elsewhere. Production averages 90 Imperial measure barrels a week, or around 7,500 to 8,000 hectolitres annually.

Carlsberg said that it will invest in the brewer’s original home under Hackney railway arches, reintroducing brewing and upgrading the existing tap room and events space.

As part of the joint venture, Brooklyn Brewery will work with the London Fields team to develop new recipes.

“The range of beers, their eye-catching artwork and the great location of the brewery makes for a fantastic platform,” said Eric Ottaway, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery. “London Fields Brewery is surrounded by a thriving creative community that reminds us of home, and we're looking forward to becoming part of it.”

Momen added, “Looking ahead, we’re thrilled and energised to be working with Brooklyn Brewery to create something very special in Hackney in the years to come.”

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