Brew By Numbers could enter administration just two years after the brewery moved into the Morden Wharf development in Greenwich, it emerged yesterday.
The company filed a notice to appoint administrators yesterday, the trade website Just Drinks reported. The notice gives Brew By Numbers ten days in which no creditor can take any legal action against it for outstanding debts.
Just Drinks reported that yesterday’s filing was the third such notice the brewery had made in just over a month, suggesting that a deal to restructure or sell the company was in progress.
Elsewhere in SE London, Just Drinks also reported that a similar notice has been filed by Brick Brewery, whose original brewery and taproom under Peckham Rye station is a big favourite with locals. Most of Brick’s beers are now brewed at Blackhorse Road in Deptford.
Soaring rents and increased prices for raw materials have proved crippling for many small breweries. Another south London favourite, Canopy, closed its doors in Herne Hill at the end of last year.
Brew By Numbers was founded in Bermondsey in 2011 and has kept a tap room in what became the area’s “beer mile”.
Its arrival on the Greenwich Peninsula in 2021 was hailed as “kickstarting the regeneration” of Morden Wharf, next to the Blackwall Tunnel, where planning permission was later given for 1,500 homes in towers of 21, 25, 30 and 36 storeys.
The riverside taproom quickly became a favourite for craft beer fans on sunny evenings and hosted festivals and other events.
However, it was discovered last year after noise complaints that its outdoor terrace did not have planning permission. An application was filed with Greenwich Council last September, but no decision has been made.
After planning permission for Morden Wharf was given in September 2021 the company behind the scheme, U+I, was bought by the property giant Landsec, which put the site up for sale last year.
Last year plans to fell willow trees on the riverside were unveiled as part of proposals to improve flood defences at Morden Wharf. However, a decision on their future has since been deferred.
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