The Crafty Brewing Company, the microbrewery based in Dunsfold, Surrey, has acquired Guildford-based brewery, The Little Beer Corporation (LBC).

LBC was set up 10 years ago and the acquisition sees The Crafty Brewing Co. take over LBC’s lease, acquire its assets and continue employment for all LBC staff members.

It allows Crafty, which supplies c260 bars, hotels, restaurants and theatres in London and the South East, to double its brewing capacity to 40,000 litres a month.

The brewery will redevelop its original brewhouse to create a new 4,000 sq. ft. brewery with a capacity of 100,000 litres per month, with the expanded brewery being built at Thatched House Farm near Dunsfold in the Surrey Hills.

Andrew McMorran, The Crafty Brewing Co. chief executive said: “We owe our success to the loyalty of our customers in Surrey but with demand now coming from national restaurant groups, hotels and theatres we need this extra capacity in Guildford to produce more beer. We launched an apprenticeship scheme with Godalming College in February so now we have the capacity to increase production we can recruit more local people to make, sell and deliver to new customers”.