MAXIM Brewery in Sunderland is tasting national success with its first order from one of the UK’s biggest restaurant and pub companies.
The order with Mitchell and Butler means cask-conditioned Double Maxim, first brewed in 1901, will be available in pubs outside the North of England for the first time.
It is the latest success for the brewery set up at Rainton Bridge four years ago with help from Sunderland City Council to carry on the legacy of brewing in Sunderland.
Maxim Brewery managing director Mark Anderson, former financial director of Vaux Brewery, has led the company’s expansion to be one of the largest independent brewers in the North East.
After the closure of Vaux and Wards breweries in 1999, the company bought the Double Maxim, Samson, Lambton’s and Wards beer brands and recipes and has built a reputation for creating new brews snapped up by Wetherspoon’s.
Mark Anderson believes Maxim Brewery owes a great deal to Sunderland City Council’s business investment team.
He said: “We looked far and wide for buildings which could take the complex requirements of a brewery. The city council not only found us a perfect building, but gave us great advice, and took the time to understand exactly what we needed.
“The council’s business investment team has kept up its relationship with us as we’ve grown.
“We’re delighted that, with their practical help, we’ve been able to bring back some of the North East’s best-known beers at our Sunderland brewery. We’re a thriving small business and we feel part of the city, which is important to us.”