News that SAB Miller are to build a new pilot plant at the Meantime brewery sent shock waves through the British independent pilot brewing industry (me and Eung) today. Strangely though it's the minor detail that SAB Miller will also be acquiring the larger production facility at Greenwich that's got the beer geeks all of a twitter today. They can be an odd bunch.
I went round Meantime for work a few months back. Lovely it is. Lots of shiny, shiny things. I've heard they spent half a million quid on the floor alone. If I remember rightly production is 100,000 hl (17½ million pints) a year. And though the beer may be evil keg, and thus damns them to an eternity in the fiery pit, it wasn't bad stuff.
I've a couple of pictures of the place. I thought I had more but buggered if I can find them.
Anyway, looking at the pictures and thinking of the scale of production ask yourself: is this brewery craft or industrial?
Don't trouble yourself with nonsense about whether it's owned by the bourgeoisie or the petite bourgeoisie; or even worse start talking about passion. That sort of thing might be acceptable to a frenchman but surely has no place in British brewing. Just think of the scale and the shininess and cast your vote.