DEVASTATED owners of an award-winning Worcestershire brewery have revealed their sadness at having to close their doors after failing to find a buyer for the business.
Owners Lizzie and Sean Barnett have made the decision to wave goodbye to Pershore Brewery with a ‘heavy heart’ after five successful years which have seen the couple scoop a clutch of awards for their beers.
While they admitted it has been a hard decision, the tireless couple revealed the closure of the much-loved town business was necessary to ensure their health and well-being.
The decision to close their doors has its roots back in December 2019, when Lizzie sustained a shoulder and neck injury which meant she was unable to brew or lift casks.
“With the COVID-19 situation delaying decisions, we had hoped we were going to sell the brewery as a going concern, but this was not meant to be,” the couple wrote on Facebook.
“We decided we would stay in control and close down the brewery and business in an orderly fashion, which we have now completed.”
Established in July 2015, the caring couple built the brewery from scratch after a love of home brewing led them to need bigger premises and a microbrewery was born
Lizzie and Sean produced their first ales in late 2015, selling the first cask to a local pub in the December that year.
The business became so successful the couple produced a range of ‘core’ real ales and a series of craft ales before making the decision to close.
Over the past five years, Lizzie and Sean have won eight awards for their beers, through SIBA and Great Taste Awards, along with their beers appearing in many CAMRA beer festivals, including the Great British Beer Festival in London, twice, and BeerX in Liverpool.
“We have met many fantastic people, colleagues, customers, suppliers, fellow brewers and all those who have visited our brewery and open nights, many of whom we now class as friends,” they said.
“The past five years have been an absolute blast, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our families, friends and you – our customers. But now it is time to hang up the brewing paddle and look forward to exciting new adventures.
“There are so many great local breweries around Worcestershire and we hope all of our followers continue to enjoy real and craft ale from these very hardworking brewers.”