North Korea buys British brewery

Ushers plant being dismantled, shipped to Pyongyang

Nov 15, 2000 - The Ushers brewery, well know for traditional ales in Britain's West Country, has been sold to North Korea and will be moved to that country to produce lagers.


North Korean workers are helping to dismantle the 175-year-old Ushers brewery in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and will rebuild it on the outskirts of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, when it is shipped there early next year.

The 1.5 million deal was struck after the North Koreans responded to an advertisement offering the brewery for sale. Peter Ward, the director of Thomas Hardy Brewing and Packaging, the owner's of Ushers, said: "When they first approached us I thought they were South Koreans and I was a bit shocked when I discovered they were from the Communist North."

Thomas Hardy Brewing bought the Ushers plant after the brewery closed earlier this year. Ushers began brewing in 1824 was best known for regional ales such as Best Bitter, Founders Ale and Mann's Brown Ale. The Ushers brands is now brewed under contract in Dorchester.

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