This one just came in:
Marston’s has announced it has acquired Refresh UK which owns the Wychwood Brewery, brewer of Hobgoblin and Brakspear.
The acquisition is consistent with Marston’s strategy of developing a portfolio of premium beer brands to complement the Marston’s range, led by Marston’s Pedigree.
This purchase by Marston’s follows the company’s acquisitions of Jennings in 2005 and Ringwood in 2007.
I don’t get too excited about this, as I have never been very excited about the Wychwood range of beers. (Though I like their ads!) Let’s just hope some of the new British micros grow enough to fill the gaps left by mergers and acquisitions.