Liverpool's Cains Beer brand is set for a revival

Cains beer is to be made at its historic Grade II-listed brewery in Liverpool for the first time in five years, as part of a £7 million redevelopment of the site.

The Cains name has been acquired by entrepreneur, Andrew Mikhail, who plans to develop the site with a revamped brewery, various bars, a food and drink hall and a hotel.

Cains Brewery was originally founded in 1858 but the last beer was made on site in 2013. The brewery has had a number of owners over the years with the most recent being Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj who bought it in 2002 and then for a second time in 2008 after it went into administration. The pair embarked upon the brewery village concept five years ago but the brewery stopped producing beer.

Mikhail said the new scheme, which is expected to create 200 jobs, will be partly modeled on the Guinness Brewery visitor attraction in Dublin.

He said: “This is a pivotal moment for our business, the Cains Brewery Company. Cains Brewery and Liverpool are such iconic brands and Cains of course is part of the city’s heritage.

“After speaking with Cains’ former managing director Mr Dusanh foir around six months, he told me he was delighted to pass on the Cains’ brand to someone who is so passionate about the Brewery Village scheme and the city.

“I was born in Liverpool with a family history that goes back several generations, and my vision is based around making this city great again.”

Cains’ flagship beers included its Finest Bitter, Cains Lager – which was linked to Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 - and Cains Fine Raisin Beer. The latter won the first California Raisin Innovation Award for raising awareness of raisins. 

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