West Berkshire Brewery new owners

West Berkshire Brewery which announced that it was seeking buyers to avoid going into administration has been purchased by local business Yattendon Estates.
The brewery was established in 1995 in a shed behind the Pot Kiln in Frilsham and had since grown into a major force in local brewing, producing such award-winning beers as Good Old Boy and Mr Chubb’s.
It was also a recent centre of controversy when a group of employees ‘called out’ some of the employment practices.

The current modern brewery building is already under the ownership of Yattendon Estates and provides an up-to-date facility for its range of traditional and craft beers which are sold throughout the trade and retail outlets in the south and further afield. It also provides canning, bottling and contract brewing for other brewers.

Yattendon Estates
Yattendon Estates is a privately owned company with diverse activities ranging from printing technologies, fabric supply. and game/meat processing through to wealth management. It also runs the Royal Oak in Yattendon with its Michelin rated cuisine and where the Estate runs shooting, walking and riding activities. The Estate covers over 9,000 acres in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and employs over 300 people around Yattendon.

Elsewhere, amongst the wide range of interests, it has farms with wheat, barley, oats and other crops and has a herd of rare breed cattle as well as having salmon fishing on an estate in Sutherland, and even a rowing club on the Thames.
Now it has a Brewery too!

It is part of the Yattendon Group owned by the Iliffe family with operations throughout Europe, North America and Canada, including in leisure, landed estates, marinas, property and the media.

West Berkshire Brewery has come a long way since that shed at The Pot Kiln.