Sharp’s Brewery, the Cornish brewer bought by Molson Coors in February this year, is examining plans to create a new brew house to expand production further after capacity is doubled next year as part of a £5.7m investment. The current investment is set to see production increased from 85,000 to 170,000 barrels from next year, with additional fermentation vessels and a new packaging area among the new additions. Sharp’s general manager Emma Bebbington told M&C Report that a new brew house could then be built to expand capacity further. “We are going to work that into the long range plan,” said Bebbington, adding that there’s “huge potential to take [production] well over 170,000 barrels”. Bebbington said there are plans to expand its reach beyond the south west and south east England, with sales teams currently targeting Wales. “When there’s more capacity we will move to the Midlands and then to the north,” she said. The brewery investment has also seen an extra 12 people added to the workforce, which now numbers 85. Brewing takes now takes place for 18 hours a day, between five and six hours longer than before Molson Coors’ c.£20m acquisition, Bebbington added. Sharp’s volumes are currently growing by 45% per year, with its flagship Doom Bar brand climbing from the fifth to the 10th ale brand in the UK in terms of volume in one year, according to CGA figures. Doom Bar is also the third biggest ale brand in London.

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