Marstons buys Thwaites beer brands

Daniel Thwaites PLC has exchanged contracts to sell the major part of its’ beer business to Marston’s PLC: the businesses that sell and wholesale beers to the independent free trade, national pub companies, wholesalers, supermarkets and export. It has also sold two beer brands, Wainwright Golden Ale and Lancaster Bomber. Thwaites’ distribution operation and free trade loan book will also be sold, and Marston’s will continue to brew some brands under license. Marston’s have been brewing Wainwright and Bomber since early 2014. The consideration is in the region of £25m, plus working capital.

The sale is subject to a consultation process and it is envisaged that approximately 150 employees will be transferring to Marston’s before the end of April. Thwaites has retained ownership of its’ ‘craft beer’ brands and other cask ale brands, including its seasonal ale range, which it will continue to brew and sell in its’ own properties.


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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