A brewery, bar, and restaurant has opened in a former warehouse in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle after a six-month construction programme.
Designed by architect Condy Lofthouse, the H1780 Tap & Still includes a brewery, distillery, kitchen, three bars, and a retail unit, and opened for business on Saturday 16 December.
The brewery will produce beers under the Higson’s brand name, which ceased production in 1990 after being bought by drinks giant Whitbread. There will be three new Higson’s beers: Pilsner, Amber, and Pale.
The 11,000 sq ft development incorporates two rubber manufacturing warehouses and has been refurbished by Wirral-based contractor Trustland. The development secured planning permission in May 2016.
It has been brought forward by entrepreneur Stephen Crawley, who was a non-executive director at London craft brewer Meantime for two years, and is a former managing director of Scottish brewer Caledonian. He also acquired Liverpool Craft Beer Co in February 2016.
Crawley said: “Every great city should have at least one great brewery and Liverpool is a great city. I was given an opportunity to reinvent Higson’s beers, and it was just too exciting an opportunity to pass up. There are three new brews for a new age, and we hope they’ll win lots of friends and put the Higson’s name back where it belongs.”