Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery, which will now be operated as part of a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery in New York.
The Hackney-based London Fields Brewery was co-founded by Julian De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson in 2011, with beers including Craft Lager, Easy IPA and Shoreditch Triangle IPA. However, its beers are currently brewed outside of Hackney by a brewing partner.
The new duo now plan to relocate brewing back to London Field’s original home in a Hackney railway arch. The space will be upgraded to include a tap-room and events space. The two brewers plan to work together to add to the existing beer range.
Julian Momen, Carlsberg UK’s CEO said: ‘We’re thrilled to add London Fields Brewery to our growing portfolio of great quality craft and specialty beers. Our customers, and specifically those in London and other major cities, are looking to us to offer them the best possible range of interesting craft beers – and we think that, with nurturing, London Fields Brewery has huge potential. It’s the right move for us as we build a credible craft portfolio.’
Eric Ottaway, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery, said: ‘We’re excited to be able to work closely with this great London-based craft brewery. The range of beers, their eye-catching artwork and the great location of the brewery in Hackney makes for a fantastic platform. London Fields Brewery is surrounded by a thriving creative community that reminds us of home, and we’re looking forward to becoming part of it.’
London Fields hit the headlines when the company was raided by the HMRC for failing to pay VAT, corporation tax, beer duty and national insurance since its inception to late 2014, with debts amounting to £727,203.
Momen added: ‘We thank Julian for his work in establishing London Fields Brewery and the creation of this exciting brand, and we wish him well in the future. Looking ahead, we’re thrilled and energised to be working with Brooklyn Brewery to create something very special in Hackney in the years to come.’