Bath Ales will soon be able to brew up to 14.5 million pints each year after company threw open the doors to its new multimillion-pound brewery.

Hare Brewery in Warmley can produce double the Somerset brewer’s previous site, with new equipment at the four-vessel brewery enabling staff to produce a wider variety of beer styles.

The site, which was built by Musk Engineering, is part of a multimillion-pound investment form parent company St Austell Brewery.

Darren James, senior brewer, said: “Opening Hare Brewery – which we’ve built from the ground up – is a very exciting moment for everyone involved.

“Extra capacity means more beer for Bath Ales’ drinkers including our flagship ale Gem. And we’ve already started brewing a wider range of beer styles on the new equipment including Sulis, our first lager.

“We’re quite literally opening the doors to the brewhouse in that beer fans will be able to see it for themselves – we’ll be holding regular brewery tours which means that people can see our new kit and visit our tap room to taste our beers at their freshest.”

James Staughton, chief executive, St Austell Brewery, added: “We’re delighted to be up and running, brewing beer and welcoming visitors to Hare Brewery. As the south west’s most sophisticated and technologically advanced brew house, it’s a project that we’re immensely proud of.

“Today’s official opening marks the culmination of two year’s hard work since we acquired Bath Ales in July 2016. I’m thrilled that we’re all here today to celebrate the next chapter in the storybook that is Bath Ales and the coming together of two south west businesses with shared values.”

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