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Historic West End brewery in Adelaide to close after 160 years

The brewery cites a ‘drop in draught beer sales as a result of the pandemic’ as a factor in its decision to close

The historic West End brewery in Adelaide is to close with the loss of about 90 jobs.

Brewing company Lion says the 160-year-old business will close in June next year. The company says the inner-city facility has been operating well below capacity for some time and is no longer viable.

“We have come to this proposal as the best way to ensure we have a sustainable brewing network for the future,” Lion said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Our input costs have continued to rise against this backdrop of declining volume, and a further drop in draught beer sales as a result of the pandemic.”

Lion said about a third of its workforce in South Australia, those involved in sales and sponsorship roles, would stay on.

Those to lose their jobs would have access to placement support and a $1m re-skilling program on top of any redundancy payments.

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