Brewer Davenports has marked 185 years of brewing by unveiling a special plaque and revealed they are looking to move back to Birmingham.
The company started brewing beer in Birmingham back in 1827 with Robert Davenport and is best known for “Beer at Home Delivery” from their former site at Bath Row.
The site is currently The Maltings student accommodation with 827 rooms owned and managed by University College Birmingham.
Paul Steeples, brand development director for Davenports, said the company is looking to open a new brewery in Birmingham – which could create up from 50 to 100 jobs, and is searching for a suitable site.
Mr Steeples said: “We are very pleased that Davenports has been recognised again. It’s synonymous with the city and we are keen to bring the brewing process back to Birmingham.
“We are looking for around two acres in the city centre. It would have been nice to have it here, I’m sure the students would have liked it and the original brewery well was here. But we have to look at infrastructure and road links.”
Mr Steeples said Davenports Walsall Brewery would continue to make the Highgate brand as they looked for a new city site.
Davenports have called one of their ales B15 in honour of the site.
The ceremony was followed by a procession led by a traditional horse- drawn dray and delivery vehicles through Broad Street.
The cart made a delivery at the City Tavern off Broad Street – one of Davenport’s pubs.
Mr Steeples was also confident of keeping up the famous Davenport at Home tradition with the use of the internet for home deliveries.
The Artesian well at the Bath Row site was some 700 feet deep, and took five years to sink in 1928. The well was acquired by University College Birmingham as part of the sale of the site. The Davenports fleet of delivery vans has been branded with a bright new logo and the website has undergone a makeover.