History

Liverpool in the first half of the 19th Century was one of the world's most thriving ports - awash with visitors from all over the globe, money and opportunity.

Robert Cain, the founder of Cains Brewery and builder of the current historic building, rose from being an entrepreneurial 24-year-old brewing his own ale in one pub to a rich and influential businessman with the title of Lord Brocket and an estate of 200 pubs. He bought the brewery and established Cains in 1858, commissioning the current premises around 30 years later.

Robert Cain died in 1907 at the age of 81 and in 1921 the company he had established merged with Walkers of Warrington.

The new Walker Cains business only lasted two years before the Stanhope Street site and the right to brew Cains ales was sold to Higsons, which kept the Cains brand alive and associated with Liverpool for much of the century.

 


FCH Managing Director Adam Hall said: “We are taking inspiration from right across the world and have examined similar schemes in the US and Canada where they have brought the new and old together to create truly atmospheric and vibrant destinations.

“The plans will mean restoring the historic brewery building to glories not seen for a hundred years. There will be nothing quite like it in the North West of England so we are confident it will quickly become a new reason for tourists to come to Liverpool.”



In 1985, Manchester's powerful Boddington's Brewery purchased the company, only to decide to concentrate on pub ownership five years later and offload all its breweries to Whitbread.

The business was then sold to the Danish Brewery Company, which purchased and re-opened the site. The company later made a strategic decision to pull out of the UK and the brewery was sold to its current owners, British-born entrepreneurs Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj, who were the brewery's saviours in 2002.

The brothers read about the plight of Cains in The Times and were convinced that the heritage of the brand still had enormous value which could be built upon if they focused on the craft nature of the historic company.

Second generation immigrants raised in the South East and working in the Midlands, the Dusanjs threw themselves into the task of reviving Cains. They are the first British Asians to own a British brewery, which is now a member of the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB).

Now the brewery could be set to embark on another new and exciting chapter in its history.

 

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