Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company proposes closure of Wychwood Brewery

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has today announced plans to close Wychwood Brewery from November this year, in line with the break clause on CMBC’s lease with the landlord who owns the site.

The brewery, located in Witney in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, will continue to operate as normal for the coming months. Wychwood brands – such as the popular Hobgoblin ales, as well as Firecatcher and Dry Neck beers – will continue to be brewed in the CMBC network, well known for producing high quality ales from breweries such as Marston’s Brewery in Burton-on-Trent.   

The business is providing support to the six colleagues employed at the brewery during the consultation period over the proposals and will also explore any opportunities for redeployment within the business. CMBC will be working with partners and customers in the region to ensure they are prepared and supported through the change.

Paul Davies, CEO, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company, said: “We understand the depth of feeling towards Wychwood Brewery, and have tremendous pride in our team there. Our number one focus is giving them all the support they need as we begin the consultation on this proposal.

“The UK ale market is an incredibly competitive space, and combined with a turbulent economic outlook for the UK provides for a challenging environment for industry to navigate. By making use of the break clause in our lease for Wychwood Brewery, we can consolidate our brewing network to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, supporting ongoing investment in our people and business.”