Bury St Edmunds pub and brewery giant Greene King has unveiled its £750,000 innovation brewhouse - named after the country’s original patron saint.
The company’s small batch St Edmund Brewhouse, which has taken six months to build, will provide an improved platform to craft and add to their extensive range of beers.
It was launched by mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Terry Buckle on St Edmund’s Day when the county celebrated the legacy of the former King of East Anglia.
Chris Houlton, managing director of Greene King Brewing and Brands, said: “Today really is a historical landmark for Greene King.
“Over the last 200 years our passion for crafting fine quality ales here in the heart of the Suffolk countryside has seen us build a strong reputation as a first class brewer.
“The St Edmund Brewhouse will allow us to be more flexible in our approach to brewing than ever before and provide a great innovation platform on which we can continue to develop great beers.
“We’re immensely proud of our long brewing heritage here in Bury St Edmunds and this investment demonstrates we will be here to stay for many years to come.”
Three brand new beers help form the new brewhouse’s first craft range including the late-hopped Double Hop Monster IPA, Suffolk Porter and St Edmund’s Anniversary Ale.
Other beers in its debut craft range include golden beer St Edmund, dark ale Strong Suffolk and American-style pale ale Yardbird, which is named after jazz legen Charlie Parker.
Meanwhile, Noble English Craft Lager completes the range.
Built by Musk Engineering, the brewhouse has capacity to run upto six brews a day and will be bale to brew smaller runs of beer of between 15 and 30 barrels.