Lion beverages has appointed plant closure specialists Hilco Global APAC to begin selling the major assets of South Australia’s West End Brewery, following Lion’s decision to cease beer manufacturing in the state.
Hilco in a joint venture with FA Maker will sell off significant food and beverage and brewing related equipment in a process to be completed at the end of June by which time SA’s formally iconic West End and Southwark brands will be imported from interstate.
Major assets that are in existing use are now available for immediate sale, with offers being accepted globally.
Hilco Global’s Adrian Paley said: “With a fully functioning 500- hectolitre commercial brewery including keg, can, bottle filling and packing lines, we are confident in our team partnering with FA Maker on this project.
“We expect significant interest in the major assets at this site.”
Beer, cider and ready to drink production assets including a 500hl Steinecker modern commercial brewery, filtration, bottling, canning and keg lines are being offered globally.
The sale is billed as “an opportunity to continue the legacy”, however South Australians are far from amused that the beer they associate with SA football and with Christmas decorations that attract crowds to the banks of the River Torrens every year will be made in Melbourne, or perhaps Queensland.
West End brewery underwent considerable restoration and renovation works in 2016, the project winning an award for Excellence in a Commercial Refurbishment / Redevelopment over $5 million.
Equipment starts with giant 500 hl Steinecker brewhouse dating from only 2015, engine room and plant services, beer filtration, canning, bottling and keg line, cider fermentration and filtration, juice storage and cider canopy.
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