BIRMINGHAM’S famous Davenports beer is set to disappear after the Midland brewery which made it shut down.
Walsall’s Highgate brewery, which first opened in 1898, has gone into liquidation, costing 20 jobs, after hitting its second financial crisis in ten months.
Highgate, which operated from a Grade two listed building on Sandy Mount Road, Walsall, bought the Birmingham beers after the Davenports brewery on Bath Row in the city centre ground to a halt in 1987.
Two Midland pubs run under the Highgate & Davenport name.
The City Tavern on Bishopsgate Street, Five Ways, and the Elms in Church Road, Wolverhampton, will continue to trade.
City Tavern landlord Chris Evans said he was seeking clarification about how the development would affect the future of the pub.
“I’ve been told not to worry but I’m not quite sure what’s happening at the moment,” said Chris, who took over the pub only a few weeks ago. “We have Davenports Original and Highgate Mild, which are average sellers. I won’t know anything else until I meet the people at the brewery.” Davenports is one of the most famous names in Birmingham’s industrial history. It was best known for the catchy “beer at home means Davenports” jingle on 1960s TV adverts.
The brewery also made deliveries at home.
Highgate reintroduced the deliveries last year when the company was taken over by new owners. The Black Country company was formerly the smallest brewer in the Mitchells & Butlers empire.
Last September it went into administration, owing the taxman more than £1 million. It was bought by property developers Simon Toon and David Lindol for £80,000, but they were unable to stop it from going into compulsory liquidation. Insolvency specialist Peter Darcy, of KJ Watkin & Co, has been confirmed as overseer for the liquidation.
He said: “The company has ceased trading and all employees have been made redundant.”
A meeting of creditors has been set to go ahead on Friday.
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