Chairman of City Pub Companies helps launch share sale of West Berkshire Brewery

07 January 2014 by
Chairman of City Pub Companies helps launch share sale of West Berkshire Brewery

The chairman of the City Pub Companies, has teamed up with the founders of the West Berkshire Brewery (WBB), to offer beer lovers a chance to buy a stake in the company.

David Bruce, who developed the Firkin and the Slug & Lettuce pub chains and was a co-founder of the team which created, floated and then sold the Capital Pub Company for £93m, became chairman of WBB in March 2013. He has already personally invested £100.000 in the company and is acquiring a further £50,000 of shares as part of the new initiative which will provide family, friends and WBB fans the opportunity to buy a minimum stake of £1,000 in the business .

Bruce described WBB as "a fabulous, authentic, British brewing success story" which he is proud to lead.


Based in Yattendon, West Berkshire, WBB was founded by husband-and-wife team Dave and Helen Maggs, almost 20 years ago when they used their life savings to make beer in a converted barn behind a pub.

Together with their business partners, Andy and Karen Baum, who joined WBB in 1998, they went on to create a brewery that produces eight beers including Good Old Boy, Swift's Pale Ale and Dr Hexter's Healer, as well as a raft of seasonal and limited-edition brews. Its products are now stocked in pubs across London and the Home Counties, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, as well as more than 30 branches of Waitrose and Fortnum & Mason in London.

The offer to buy a stake in the business will run throughout January. All enquiries should be made to the company via the brewery website: www.wbbrew.com

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