St Austell Brewery has announced a multi-million pound investment in a new state-of-the-art Bath Ales brewery at Warmley in Bristol.
Following the acquisition of Bath Ales in July 2016, the company's funding will double Bath Ales' capacity to 50,000 barrels or 14.5 million pints a year, and add new bottling facilities.
The new-look brewery will be versatile and give Bath Ales the opportunity to create new beer styles in cask, keg and bottles. The plans include a lauter tun, which for the first time will give Bath Ales the capability to brew traditional continental style lagers alongside its successful range of premium ales.
Bath Ales also has a new general manager, Tim McCord, who formerly held senior roles in brewing giant InBev and Punch Taverns.
Independent, family-owned St Austell Brewery was founded in 1851 and currently owns 167 pubs in the South-West. It is best known brews are Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev lager.
Bath Ales, founded in 1995, brews award-winning beers such as Gem and Barnsey, and runs 11 pubs in Bristol, Bath, Cirencester and Oxford.