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06-03-2012, 13:30
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xyk2Iz5w1mk/T1YTPcRgclI/AAAAAAAADH4/4S-MSLC4p2k/s200/mcr+finest+badge.png (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xyk2Iz5w1mk/T1YTPcRgclI/AAAAAAAADH4/4S-MSLC4p2k/s1600/mcr+finest+badge.png)You may or may not have noticed that one of the four remaining Manchester Family Brewers, Hydes has decided to close its Moss Side brewery and move to a green field site. The main point of this being the age and location of the venerable brewery itself. (I have visited it and it is indeed very cramped and yes, very old.) The family remain firmly committed to brewing and the new site, though smaller, will produce exclusively Real Ales. It is expected that they will produce a core range plus seasonals and special brews. The family will remain as owners and will take an active role in the running of the new brewery, though all the free trade business has been sold to Thwaites.

That was roughly the picture in January, though I have omitted some of the more mundane details. Since then it has been revealed that the new £2 million brewery will be based in the former Greenalls Distribution Centre at Media City in Salford. This is a modern 20,000 sq foot industrial unit and it is expected that the new brewery will be fully operational by September / October. The brewery will be a fully automated, brand-new brewing set -up, with an initial capacity of 5,000 barrels per year. This is a huge fall from current capacity and production and even allowing for the loss of contract brewing (including cask Boddingtons) is quite astonishing. The brewery is probably knocking out around 40,000 barrels currently, though it was as much as 88,000 barrels when Boddies was still being bought in quantity.

According to their web site Hydes has 66 pubs. A 5000 barrel brewery would be able to supply each pub with around six nines a week. The obvious conclusion from that is that most of the requirements of the Hydes estate are going to be bought in from elsewhere. A two million pound brewery, producing around 100 barrels a week, just doesn't seem economic.

I understand the Hydes Production Manager, Paul Jeffries will be guest speaker at Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch meeting this week. The answers to the many hard questions that should arise will be very instructive.

This blog piece draws heavily on CAMRA information. I have also heard the cask Boddies is likely to be discontinued.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-1351243269772552189?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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