Jarrow Brewery, the south Tyneside brewer, is expanding with a view to gaining an AIM-listing within the next 12 – 18 months, M&C Report has learnt.

Tim Cottier, recently appointed chairman of the board told M&C Report the brewery is looking to expand its business with the acquisition of regional craft breweries.

“We are looking to buy a couple of breweries in the next six to 12 months. We have identified one at the moment who we have just started talking to.”

Initially Jarrow Brewery Ltd will buy one smaller brewer to be consolidated within the Jarrow Group to take it forward towards stock market listing.

“As and when we buy another brewery it will operate as a separate identity within the Jarrow Brewery portfolio,” Cottier said.