BRIXTON BREWERY ANNOUNCES FULL ACQUISITION BY HEINEKEN
1 February 2021
Brixton Brewery is now a wholly owned subsidiary of HEINEKEN UK.
Partnership formed in 2017 after HEINEKEN UK took minority stake.
Brixton Brewery, the south London based brewer founded underneath a railway arch, has today announced HEINEKEN has acquired full ownership of the business.
Today’s announcement follows the original investment from HEINEKEN in 2017, which saw the global brewer acquire a minority stake in the company, which has enabled Brixton Brewery to expand to a second brewery site, close to where they started in the heart of Brixton.
Brixton Brewery was started in 2013 – the dream of two local couples who met in a Brixton bar and shared a passion for the emerging London beer scene. Their vision was to make beers that reflected their vibrant and exciting home neighbourhood, with its famous nightlife, renowned music scene and multicultural influences. Jez and Libby Galaun, and Mike Ross and Xochitl Benjamin worked hard to make a success of the brewery and create a sustainable local business.
Starting life with one employee and mainly making deliveries on foot around Brixton Market, the 2017 investment from HEINEKEN enabled the team to build a purpose-built brewery and keep the original railway arches site as a tap room and experimental brewery.
Jez Galaun, founder of Brixton Brewery, says: “When we look back over the past seven years, we honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come – from home brewing to starting a small brewery, to building a highly recognisable community-based brand, with a large new brewery and Tap Room. It makes us want to dream even bigger for the next seven. To realise our vision to give thirsty people everywhere a taste of Brixton, we’re today announcing that, following a successful three years’ working with HEINEKEN, we have agreed a deal that will see HEINEKEN fully acquire Brixton Brewery.
“We will still manage the brewery and have creative control over the brand and the beers we brew. The partnership means we can lean on HEINEKEN’s expertise and routes to market, meaning more people across the UK can get a taste of Brixton.
“Our growth and expansion are a source of huge pride to us – we’ve always been ambitious for our team and for our business. Over the past three years of working together, we’ve built a strong relationship with HEINEKEN who share our commitment to quality and responsibility. We have benefitted from the HEINEKEN team’s expertise and market reach, and we want to build on it. There’s no denying the fact that the next few years will be challenging for many reasons, so we’re happy to have the opportunity to secure the future of Brixton Brewery for our families, our team, our community and fans of our beers, who’ve been hugely supportive of our success so far.”
Brixton Brewery currently employs over 25 people and is a London Living Wage employer as well as a member of the Living Wage Foundation. In addition, as a proud Brixton-based company, it has numerous partnerships and collaborations with local organisations.
Jochen Van Esch, craft development director at HEINEKEN says: “We are incredibly excited about the next chapter. Brixton Brewery will continue to operate as a separate entity. Our investment and support will mean the founders can stay in charge of day-to-day management of the company and its creative direction, and we can help develop retail opportunities, support with supply chain expertise and facilitate collaborations.”
Jez adds: “Our first change is no change: we built our new brewery as part of our initial investment from HEINEKEN and have been operating from there since 2017. Brixton Brewery will continue to be managed by the same two families, our beers will be brewed by the same bunch of eccentric beer visionaries, and delivered fresh from south London. Feel free to sit back, relax with a cold can, and see what we brew next.”
The consideration for the remaining shares in Brixton Brewery will not be disclosed.