St Peter's Brewery acquires Curious Brewery

By Rebecca Weller

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Change of ownership: Curious Brewery acquired by St Peter's Brewery
Change of ownership: Curious Brewery acquired by St Peter's Brewery

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Kent-based Curious Brewery has been procured by St Peter’s Brewery, one of the UK’s oldest craft brewers.

The purchase was reportedly completed on Friday 29 September for an undisclosed sum.

According to reports, Curious Brewery chairman Mark Crowther and managing director Simon George have stepped down from their posts following the deal, while Matthew Anderson remains as operations director.

New chapter 

St Peter’s CEO, Derek Jones, has taken over the helm at Curious Brewery with immediate effect.

In an email sent to The Morning Advertiser, Derek commented: "This is an incredibly exciting new chapter for St Peter’s as the company builds a powerful portfolio of brands.

"It will have St Peter’s iconic bottles and multiple award-winning beers now sitting alongside extraordinary beers such as Curious Brew and Wild IPA, to name just a few of the great products in the Curious Brewery stable."

St Peters Brewery, which is based in Suffolk, was founded in 1996 by John Murphy in South Elham, while Curious Brewery was established by Kent-based English winemakers Chapel Down in 2011.

Change of ownership 

Curious Brewery was acquired by Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners​ in spring 2021.

Prior to the change of ownership, a new multimillion-pound freehold brewery was built in 2019. Located in Ashford, Kent, opposite the international train station, it included a visitor centre, taproom and a 120-cover bar-restaurant.

Earlier this year, award-winning Curious Brewery announced it would “double” the size of its operations following its procurement of Wild Beer Co’s range of beers​ after the Somerset-based brewer entered administration.


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