Heineken is understood to be in talks to acquire a minority stake in Beavertown Brewery.

MCA understands that a deal is being negotiated that would replicate the Dutch brewer’s investment in Brixton Brewery last year, which saw 49% of the company sold.

Rumours have been circulating for several months that Beavertown was seeking new investment, as it seeks to fund a move to a large-scale production facility next year, with many suggesting AB InBev as a likely suitor. It announced earlier this month that it would move production of some of its flagship beer to Belgium, while it prepared for the transition to Beaverworld.

Beavertown declined to comment when approached by MCA, while Heineken simply said: “It’s our policy not to comment on rumour and speculation in the marketplace.”

At the end of last year, Beavertown abruptly closed Duke’s Brew & Que, its craft beer and bbq concept site in De Beauvoir Town.

Last year’s deal with Brixton Brewery saw the founders stay at the helm of the business and funded a move to a new brewery.