Burnley brewery scoops top award for new premises

CHEERS: Moorhouse's MD David Grant receives the award from Ruth Evans, of the Society of Independent Brewers
CHEERS: Moorhouse's MD David Grant receives the award from Ruth Evans, of the Society of Independent Brewers

Moorhouse’s Brewery has won a top industry award for its new premises.

The £4.2m. complex was chosen as Best Business Development in the country at this year’s Society of Independent Brewers Business Awards, and was hailed as exemplary by a panel of judges.

The launch of the 15-million-pints-a-year brewery in Accrington Road trebled the firm’s former production capacity. It also marked the realisation of a dream for managing director David Grant when the former small brew-house in a terraced street was stretched to the limit after demand for Moorhouse’s award-winning Pendle Witches cask ales rose 17% a year.

The society’s chief executive Julian Grocock said: “Within the world of British independent brewing, the judges could find no better example of exemplary business development and no better statement of faith in and commitment to this manufacturing industry.

“Having a dream is one thing; getting it backed by your board of directors is another; seeing it brought to fruition is perhaps as good as it gets – but that’s what happened to the MD of this winning company.”

MD David Grant said: “We are very proud to bring this top business award to Burnley. This praise from our brewing peers ends our first year of trading on a very high note as we gain new sales and look forward to an exciting future.”

The workforce at the brewery has now doubled to more than 40. The complex includes a high-tech visitor centre with bar and restaurant, and a training school.

Since completing the new brew-house last November, sales have risen as planned, notably in September and October up 21% on the previous year – and record-breaking sales of almost half a million pints in October for the Hallowe’en season. Production targets are set to double the present £3.5m.+ turnover in two years.