C2 Investments, the brewer and pub operator, has unveiled a new £750,000 state-of-the-art brewing facility in its home city of Lancaster, writes Tony Halstead. The site in the Lancaster Leisure Park will enable C2 to increase capacity from 100 to 400 barrels per week and pave the way for the brewery to double turnover in two years. Company boss Matt Jackson also revealed the new resources will allow the brewery to chase export sales for its bottled ales and new-style pressurised key keg beer containers. The brewery has added an on site visitors centre, brewery shop, bar and bistro. It’s the third north west independent brewer to launch a new visitor linked brewery following similar schemes opened by Moorhouse’s of Burnley and Cumbria-based Hawkshead over the last 12 months. Jackson said: “Right from the inception of this scheme we always aimed to add facilities which would capitalise on the tremendous growth and interest in cask ale over the past few years.” The final part of the scheme, a large landscaped beer garden, is expected to be completed later this year.

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