Thornbridge brewery gets a £2m upgrade

Derbyshire’s Thornbridge has announced a £2 million investment in increased brewing capacity, a new bottling line and improved warehousing and logistics facilities at its Bakewell site.

The brewer is one of the leading lights on the UK’s modern craft brewing scene and said it is aiming for an 80% increase in turnover over the next three years.

Chief financial officer Simon Walkden (pictured left) said: “We are an ambitious company and have been planning for this investment over the past 12 months.

“It’s not all about equipment though as, in preparation for a 70% expansion to our brewing capacity, we have employed an additional 11 staff to take overall employee numbers to 46.”

Head brewer Rob Lovatt (right) added: “The quality of our beer is, of course, paramount to us and, with almost 50% of our beer sales being in bottles, it is critical that we have the best, most technically up-to-date bottling line to ensure a quality beer time after time.

“My brewing team is always looking for continuous improvement in all of our processes and the new equipment will enable us to achieve extremely low levels of dissolved oxygen in the beer and retain greater taste and freshness.”

Thornbridge was founded in 2005 in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall in 2005 and moved to its current site four years later. Its best-known beer is Jaipur IPA.