Saturday, June 18, 2011

189 Years of Brewing Ends

Today we wake up to the fact that Tetley's brewery has finally closed its doors for the last time. It has been known for some time that Carlsberg had intended to transfer the brewing of the brand elsewhere, but at lunchtime yesterday the doors closed for the very last time. And as the doors closed, 140 workers sadly lost their jobs.

This is neither the place, nor the time to go into a political debate as to the whys and wherefores of the callous actions of the larger breweries in the industry, just to feel sadness that one of Leeds major players is no more.

Of course we will still be able to drink Tetleys, but now it will be brewed under contract by Marstons in Wolverhampton.This will probably change the flavour, we will have to see, only time will tell. (That is unless you are a fan of the smoothflow, and if so why are you reading a blog about real ale. This will at least be produced, I hesitate to say brewed, in Yorkshire at Tadcaster).

Another iconic brand consigned to the tastebuds of history.

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