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05th February 2021

Hewitsons advises on sale of UK’s first Craft Brewery

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Hewitsons is proud to have facilitated the successful sale of St Peter's Brewery, one of the UK's first, and most distinctive, craft breweries.

Founded in 1996 by John Murphy, a successful serial entrepreneur known as the “Brandfather”, the Suffolk brewery produces award-winning ales such as Honey Porter, White Raven and Gatekeeper Golden Ale which are stocked in many outlets both in the UK and internationally. St. Peter’s Brewery is also well known in home and export markets for its Without®️range of alcohol free beers.

The Brewery has worked closely with Hewitsons’ Partners since its foundation, when Hewitsons’ London office, known then as Moorhead James, helped with the original setting up of the Brewery.

Now over 25 years later Hewitsons has assisted with the sale of St Peter’s to its new owners, a group of beer enthusiasts and investors led by new St Peter’s CEO, Derek Jones.

The team was led by Hewitsons’ Corporate Partner, David James, and involved real estate, employment and corporate lawyers advising on different aspects of the deal.

Commenting on the sale, Hewitsons Partner David James said “I have worked with John Murphy over many years and helped him successfully to create, build and exit a number of businesses. We are very pleased to have helped John with the sale of this innovative brewery, and to have helped facilitate the next chapter in the history of St Peter’s Brewery. Here’s to a great future for the Brewery and its team!”

John Murphy added “I have known and worked with David for over 30 years and with several of his colleagues for almost as long. Yet again we received superb advice and service which we much appreciate. We knew we were in the very best hands."

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