End of a beer era

icSouthlondon looks at the human side of what happens when a brewery closes – in this case Young’s Ram Brewery in London.

Another father-of-five, who wished to remain anonymous, started at Young’s as a teenager and has worked there for 31 years.

He said: “I’m the wrong side of 50, so I don’t get my shares yet. I suppose the shares are a perk so we can’t really moan, but it would soften the blow if we could get them now.

“Unfortunately, they’re paying out for people’s age, not their loyalty.”

Many of jobs will continue at the Charles Wells brewery in Bedfordshire, but this whole story is a reminder that when it comes to beer that business almost always trumps tradition