Refresh gets Brakspear's kit out

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Refresh UK has successfully purchased and removed all the key pieces of brewing equipment from Brakspear's former brewing site in Henley,...

Refresh UK has successfully purchased and removed all the key pieces of brewing equipment from Brakspear's former brewing site in Henley, Oxfordshire.

Sixteen pieces, including a mash tun, a copper kettle and the brewery's unique double drop fermentation system, were taken out of the brewery as part of the company's commitment to replicate the beer's distinct flavour.

Chief executive Rupert Thomson told thePublican.com that he was extremely relieved that the equipment was removed without the expense of having to take the roof of the site.

He said: "The purchase of this very special brewing equipment underlines Refresh's commitment to the future of the Brakspear name. The vessels play a significant part in reinforcing the great heritage of the brand.

"We are very grateful to Brakspear's who have gone to a lot of trouble to help us retain this equipment."

The pieces are now in storage until Refresh UK secures another site in the Thames Valley area. Two potential sites have been earmarked by the company, with one favoured more than the other.

"The first site was suggested after someone read of our search for a new site in the local paper and the free beer we were offering," said Mr Thomson. "The second site has recently come available and replaces an alternative that had proven too expensive to develop.

"Both locations have their planning complications but as soon as we have overcome these, we will start the process of bringing Brakspear's home to Oxfordshire."

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