Real Ale Supporters Pledge Backing for Cains Buyer

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THE Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has pledged to give its support to any buyer who will keep Cains brewery in production.

The real ale sector may initially appear conservative, but like any other industry it has seen a series of takeovers and mergers in recent years.

Some of those deals have proved controversial as historic breweries have closed.

Cains' beers, including IPA, Raisin Beer and 2008 Culture Beer have been proving popular at the Great British Beer Festival this week, and CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said he did not want to see the Cains name and brewery disappear.

He said: "Beer drinkers in Liverpool should not lose out because of the credit crunch and we will support any company that puts forward a rescue plan for the ailing brewer to ensure great beer continues to be brewed at the Stanhope Street Brewery.

"We hope that the Cains stand at the Great British Beer Festival won't be the last stand for Cains beers."

One of the most acquisitive British brewers in recent years has been Suffolk-based Greene King. …