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US company buys Newry Brewery

A Newry craft brewery has been bought by a US based alcohol producer for an undisclosed amount as part of a major European Investment. The Station Works Brewery created by Norbrook in 2013 as part of its Cumberland Breweries in England has now been sold to Altech makers of Kentucky Whiskey. Dr Pearse Lyons president and founder of Altech gained his first employment at the former with Harp Lager Brewery in his native Dundalk. Coincidently just over five kilometers from the village of Kilkurry, the birthplace of the deceased founder of Norbrook Lord Ballyedmond – Edward Haughey. The investment by Altech could now see Newry become a beer brewing power house for the new owner’s European and US range of craft beers. A Norbrook representative spoke on the new ownership for its Newry Brewery. “We are delighted that the company will continue as a trading business under its new ownership as a key player in the craft brewing industry,” said a spokesperson. “We will be working closely with the new owners and staff to ensure business continuity throughout the transition process. The board and management would like to thank our talented and dedicated staff, pour suppliers, our customers and consumers.  We wish Altech and the business every success for the future building upon what has been achieved to date,” added the spokesperson. New owner Dr Lyons will be focusing on bringing the local brew to the international stage. “This is a kind of homecoming for me as well as a big moment for the beverage side of the company and for craft brewing in Britain and Ireland,” said Dr Lyons. “These acquisitions will allow our new brand, Finn Irish Craft Lager and Foxes Rock, brewed here in Ireland to reach their full potential in the US,” he added.