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MP asks for an update on £1m micro-brewery

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

Andrew Griffiths

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BURTON’S MP has written to bosses at town-based beer giant asking for reassurance over the future plans for £1m micro-brewery where production is ‘temporarily paused’

Andrew Griffiths contacted chiefs at Molson Coors, in High Street, after the Mail reported how the William Worthington Brewery, based at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, was still closed for improvement works and no date had been set for its reopening.

The parliamentarian got in touch with the firm in a bid to get an update on the situation and to ensure that, if the site remains closed for much longer, that brands such as White Shield are continued to be brewed in the town.

Mr Griffiths said: “Worthington White Shield is an iconic Burton brand.

“I welcome Molson Coors’ commitment to brewing beer in Burton and I hope that the technical problems in the microbrewery can soon be rectified.

“However as an iconic Burton beer it is unthinkable it can be brewed anywhere other than the home of brewing.

“I hope Molson Coors can reassure me that Worthington will continue to be brewed in Burton.”

The company is still using existing stocks of the brewery’s beers.

It is also looking at producing the range of ales made at the site at other locations as part of an effort to ensure the company ‘continue to meet our drinker’s’ and customers’ thirst for quality beers’.

A spokesman for Molson Coors said: “Work is still under way and on plan at the micro-brewery.”

The site has been closed since April.

The Mail understands that a major review is still taking place looking at how machinery can be ‘re-configured to make brewing, cleaning and maintenance easier’ at the brewery which opened in a blaze of glory in 2010 as the firm’s response to cask ale demand.

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