Castle Eden Brewery is back in business

BACK IN BUSINESS: Cliff Walker and David Travers, of Castle Eden Brewery, with James Clinghan, senior relationship manager at Lombard, and Ben Foster, NatWest relationship manager.
BACK IN BUSINESS: Cliff Walker and David Travers, of Castle Eden Brewery, with James Clinghan, senior relationship manager at Lombard, and Ben Foster, NatWest relationship manager.
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A HISTORIC brewery which closed more than a decade ago is set to see its beers pull in punters once again.

Castle Eden Brewery will open within days after a six-figure funding deal was signed.

Castle Eden Brewery has long played an important part in the commerce and heritage in the area.

Cliff Walker, brewery boss

It was originally opened in 1826, when it gained a reputation for ales sold across the country, but closed in 2002 due to changes in trading, with production moved to Camerons in Hartlepool.

Now it will brew again after businessmen Cliff Walker and David Travers decided to revive the brand.

They will open a micro-brewery in Seaham, creating six jobs.

Cliff purchased the Castle Eden brands and all of the intellectual property rights to the Castle Eden designs and recipes from AB In Bev in 2012, sparking off their project.

Cliff has a background in the brewery industry and has worked as sales director with the original Castle Eden Brewery, as well as experience with Cameron’s, Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, Courage and Grand Metropolitan.

David has worked in the drinks industry since 1976 with Vaux Breweries and has experience in contract bottling, running his own drinks company.

In addition to brewing, the premises will house a Moravek bottling line for its brands, with the company keen to offer contract filling services to others.

Cliff said: “Castle Eden Brewery has long played an important part in the commerce and heritage in the area.

“The products are high quality, which many have enjoyed for nearly 200 years and we are delighted to be resurrecting the brewery.”

Cliff and David have been supported by NatWest, with a loan arranged with Lombard to cover funding for machinery.