With the changes set to be complete in May, the expansion will lift Meantime Brewing Company’s capacity from its current 25,000 to over 100,000 hectolitres per year – equating to over 1.5 million pints every month.
Nick Miller, chief Executive of Meantime Brewing Company, said: “At Meantime, we want to challenge the notion that beers made in the craft tradition can only be made by small-scale brewers.
“We don’t think the craft category should be defined by the size of the brewer, but by the approach of the Brewmaster and his team, the ingredients, the range of beer styles and ultimately, the way the beers taste.
“We have big ambitions for the business and think this approach will enable us to achieve them.”
Visitor and education centre
The brewery will also feature a visitor and education centre, which Meantime hopes will become a major attraction for Londoners, tourists and trade customers.
The new centre will be fully operational in time for the London Olympics. This, alongside the daily brewery tours for visitors, will showcase London’s brewing history, as well as giving a wider audience an understanding of the company’s unique approach to beer-making.
“Our new brewery will make our core range of beers, but we will not stop therem,” added Miller. “Meantime has always been innovating in the beer category and I, along with my team, plan to keep creating new, interesting styles that really push people’s perceptions of the tastes that great beers can deliver.”
Meantime will also host beer and food matching events at the Visitors’ Centre, giving trade customers and consumers a taste for the beers that partner food.