How have drinkers reacted to Beavertown selling a stake to Heineken?

By James Beeson contact

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Big player: Beavertown has signed the deal in order to fund the £40m build of a new production facility and visitor experience
Big player: Beavertown has signed the deal in order to fund the £40m build of a new production facility and visitor experience
The beer world is in shock after craft brewery Beavertown announced it had sold a minority stake in its business to global brewing giant Heineken.

The brewery has allowed Heineken to buy a portion of its business​ in order to fund the £40m build of a new brewery and visitor experience 'Beaverworld'. The new site is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2019, and will create 150 new jobs at the north London brewery.

Drinkers have reacted with mixed views to the announcement, while a number of breweries – including Cloudwater Brew Co and BrewDog – have announced their intention to pull out of the Beavertown Extravaganza Festival this September.

“We are not going to be attending Beavertown Extravaganza,” the Manchester brewery wrote on Twitter. “We hate to let any of our customers down. Come and share a beer with us at Leeds International, Indy Man Beer Con, or any of the other indie festivals or events we’re pouring at this year.”

Retailers react

Independent bottle shop Hop Burns & Black has also revealed it will no longer be selling Beavertown products after running down existing stock.

"Heineken does not have the health of the UK independent beer scene at heart,” it said. “Dressing up this move as good for the consumer is just spin – in reality this is simply helping Big Beer chip away at the UK independent beer scene."

Others, however, have praised the brewery for its success and expressed their excitement about the potential future growth the investment from Heineken could bring.

“I for one believe this is a great thing for @BeavertownBeer, their employees and the UK beer industry as a whole,” said David Holden. “Good luck to them.”

“Congratulations to the team at @BeavertownBeer,” added Steve Borthwick. “Never easy to raise significant capital like that! Hopefully you've struck the right deal and we'll be seeing more quality beer in more places soon!"

'Simple greed'

“Wish Beavertown and staff nothing but the best, but this is right out of the playbook,” wrote Scottish beer writer Richard Taylor. “'Heineken at arm's length' 'recipes will not change' 'Logan remains in charge'.”

Mark Critchley, however, was less enthusiastic. “Absolutely pathetic, simple greed, no loyalty to faithful customer base,” he said. “I loved your beers that's me and sadly many more finished with Beavertown!”

“Goodbye Beavertown, it was nice knowing you,” added Guardian​ writer Tony Naylor.

Following the sale, the brewery's founder, Logan Plant and his wife will remain majority shareholders in the business. The exact stake that has been sold to Heineken, and the value of the deal, has not been disclosed.  

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