Brewery boss steps down after 14 years

The man credited with transforming Burnley brewery Moorhouse's into one of the nation's best known brands has resigned.

David Grant says farewell to Moorhouses
David Grant says farewell to Moorhouses

David Grant has stepped down as managing director of the Accrington Road brewery after 14 years in the role.

During his tenure, Moorhouse’s grew from a brewery producing 35 barrels a week from its Victorian premises into an international concern with a new £4.2m. brewing complex.

The brewery, which opened in 2010, now has a production capacity of 1,000 barrels a week. Last year sales reached £6m.

Mr Grant has seen supply agreements achieved with many of the UK’s leading pub companies and high street supermarkets.

He said: “After 14 very challenging but enjoyable years I have decided to move on to new pastures. We made great progress in those years despite an ever difficult market place.

“When I joined, despite our Black Cat beer having won the Champion Beer of Britain in 2000, the business was at a very low ebb indeed.

“But, with the support of an excellent team, that situation was turned around. I believe that Moorhouse’s beers are among the best in the country and deserve to be enjoyed in pubs throughout the land.”

Moorhouse’s director Ian Parkinson said: “David has given outstanding service to the brewery, working hard to transform Moorhouse’s from micro to regional status.”