Sadler’s Brewery could close with the risk of Peaky Blinders beer production shifting 200 miles to Lake District
The brewery famous for producing Peaky Blinders beers and Birmingham’s artisanal lager could stray nearly 200 miles from its Black Country roots.
Brewing of favorite beers could be transferred to a Lake District brewery as the future of Sadler’s factory in Halesowen is uncertain.
Around 25 jobs are at risk following the news of the shock and a consultation on the brewery’s future is underway with a chance that production of the company’s favorite beers will be produced in the Lake District.
Halewood International, a Merseyside-based beverage maker and distributor, bought a significant stake in Sadler’s two years ago and may move production to the Hawkshead Brewery in Kendal, Cumbria. However, the firm would like to point out that no final decision on the future of the plant has been made.
Sadler’s was originally a family business that started in Oldbury in 1861, run by Nathaniel Sadler and later expanded by Thomas Alexander Sadler.
The brewery was historically reopened in the winter of 2004, 77 years after Thomas Sadler brewed his last pint in 1927. It moved to a larger site in Halesowen in 2015.
It caters to 12 related pubs, the most famous being the Windsor Castle Inn, Lye, the original brewery. Its beers are also available at freehold houses in the Midlands.
The best-known product is its Peaky Blinders line, inspired by the popular historic BBC drama series.
CEO Chris Sadler reportedly left the company a few weeks ago.
The company confirmed that a consultation has started on the shutdown. The future of its related bars and pubs is unclear.
A spokesperson for Halewood said: âNo decision has been made regarding Sadler’s Brewery and the production of Peaky Blinder beer.
“The consultation process also includes affected jobs, but there will be no decision until the end of January.”
Earlier this year, the brewery announced a major partnership with West Bromwich Albion with Peaky Blinders lager available at The Hawthorns on match days and an extensive brewery brand around the stadium.