Expansion bid for top brewery

Sold: Bowland Brewery
Sold: Bowland Brewery
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One of Lancashire’s most popular breweries has been sold as part of an expansion plan.

Brothers James and Andrew Warburton have acquired the Bowland Brewery Company, the award-winning brewer of Hen Harrier and Sawley Tempted, based in Clitheroe.

Although the plans for the brewery are still in the early stages, bigger premises incorporating a visitor centre and brewery tap are on the cards.

The brothers are no strangers to the pub and beer trade, James runs the James’ Places group of companies that include The Emporium in Clitheroe, Mitton Hall and The Waddington Arms.

While Andrew has been the owner and manager of The Lower Buck in Waddington for the last seven years.

Buying the popular brewery is the first stage in an exciting expansion plan.

Andrew said: “As soon as we knew the brewery may be for sale we knew we had to do the deal.

“Bowland beers have been on our bars for almost as long as Richard has been brewing them.”

“We have always had the upmost respect for Richard Baker, founder of the Bowland beer Company and the head brewer and genius behind Hen Harrier and Sawley Tempted. Creating such a strong brand, with great products, from scratch is a minor miracle.

“We now want to continue to work with Richard to move the brewery on to the next stage and fulfill it’s undoubted potential.”

Andrew added: “We’ve got some big plans for Bowland but like all big plans they take some time to work out.

“In the short term it’s going to be business as usual, we’re going to concentrate on brewing and delivering great tasting beer to our customers.”