Brewing family back in business

The Kings, formerly of King & Barnes, start microbrewery

May 25, 2001 - Horsham in Sussex has a new brewery run by a name familiar not only to beer drinkers in England, but also those in the United States.


Bill King, formerly managing director at the King & Barnes in brewery Horsham, has launched his own micro brewery with wife, Kathy, called WJ King and Co Brewers. The small microbrewery will be capable of producing a modest 20 barrels per week.

King is the fifth generation of the brewing family which had run King & Barnes for 200 years. The business was taken over last year by Hall & Woodhouse, which kept the pubs but closed the old brewery in Bishopric.

King & Barnes was particularly well known outside its home territory for its bottle-conditoned ales, which were exported to the United States. It also produced Worthington White Shield under contract, and that beer was awarded the title of best bottle-conditioned beer in England in 2000.

Initially King will produce two cask ales. "We have produced beers appropriate for local tastes," he said. "People here like hoppy, bitter flavoured beers, which is what we have produced." King intends his beers to be sold in local free houses, clubs and off-licences and he will also be running a home delivery service.

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