Meantime move to treble capacity

18 April, 2008

Greenwich brewer Meantime will treble its

capacity when it moves site

next year.

The new brewery will be on a brownfield site in the Greenwich area, and work

is due to start at the end of this year. The

current site is to be redeveloped.

Meantime will take over brewing equipment from the Flying Dog brewery in Denver, US , which will grow Meantime's annual capacity from 25hl

to around 75hl.

Meantime has also signed a deal with the Greenwich Foundation to excavate and renovate the old Greenwich Naval College - one of London's oldest brewing sites - as part of a 5 million project.

A small brewery and brasserie will open on the site, which housed a brewery from 1717 to 1860, and Meantime will recreate the old brewery's London porter .

The beer will take its character from Brettanomyces yeasts and Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacteria from wooden tuns where it will be aged for at least a year before it is released for drinking, in a bid to replicate 18th-century beer style.

Brewmaster Alastair Hook said: "London is the home of India Pale Ale, porter and stout but, in time-honoured British tradition, we have allowed this rich heritage to be forgotten.

"Meantime and the Greenwich Foundation are determined to change this."

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