Alton Manor Park Brewery - Hampshire

Alton Manor Park Brewery – Hampshire

Alton Manor Park Brewery – Hampshire

  I have had this on my to do list for 1 year. living only 20 minutes away I have always kept a close eye on the place. One day I passed it and it was empty. I kept looking and would always see activity during the week and the weekend. One day we decided it was time, not expecting to gain entry or get anywhere near the place as the security are still on site and you see them when you drive pass. We decided to give it a go and after finding a way in we looked for access into the main building, looking for a good hour we were about to give up. looking through the window you can see the heaters on in the canteen, a newspaper which was a day old and food on the table. We carried on searching and eventually found access. We had been past a few CCTV cameras and we were expecting the security van any minute, but no nothing. So we proceeded!

It was announced exactly 1 year ago that the brewery would close with a job lose of over 100 people.

It officially closed in May and they had an auction in November to sell the equipment off. The decommissioning process is underway and due to be completed by the end of 2015.

There have been a number of breweries in Alton since 1763. Coors Brewing Company (among the ten largest brewers in the world) had a brewery in Alton for fifty years, which produced Carling, Grolsch and Worthington. It closed in 2015 because it lost work from Heineken.
The Coors Alton Brewery Coors Alton employed 125 to brew beer for such brands as Carling, Worthington’s, Grolsch, Arc Lager and package it into 11- or 22-gallon kegs. Alton also supplies beer by tanker to regional brewers. The present Coors brewery was built in 1963 to make Harp Lager. In 1995 its then owner, Bass, carried out a cost-cutting operations review. As beer sales fell, Alton’s future began to look uncertain. In Alton’s workforce, 30-plus years of service is not uncommon. But between 1994 and 1996 the site had had three general managers, “each one,” says Alton’s last general manager, Gordon Stirton, “with his own ideas” for moving forward. When Stirton took over in 1996 he inherited a lot of bad feeling. A year earlier every employee had had to re-apply for his or her job. “It was fairly brutal,” says Stirton, “and a lot of people felt upset about that. We had to bring people on board”. The Alton workforce had hardly settled when, in May and June 2000 Interbrew of Belgium bought Whitbread, then Bass. Then in 2002 the Alton brewery was bought by Coors.