A US brewing company is reportedly lining up a bid for the historic Highgate Brewery in Walsall. The Stone Brewing Company, based in Escondido, California, is understood to have discovered the company was available via a Facebook page set up by dedicated fans. The 112-year-old firm was liquidated in June, after being placed into administration the year before. Empire Star, the Smethwick pub group, owns the site in Walsall. Ian Robinson, a spokesman for Empire Star, told the Birmingham Post: “We have received an enquiry via a third party stating that an American brewer has shown a keen interest in the brewery and at present we are supplying them with full specifications of the site and its equipment. "We are not able to confirm the name of the interested party at this stage, as this has not been disclosed to us, but news will be released once we have a firm indication that the sale is likely to go ahead.”