Entrepreneur to revive Cains Beer and create 200 Liverpool jobs

Andrew Mikhail, who has opened a string of businesses such as bars and hotels across the North West, has struck a deal to revive the Cains brand at its home in the Baltic Triangle. Tony McDonough reports

Cains Brewery
Entrepreneur Andrew Mikhail is set to revive the Cains Brewery in Liverpool

 

Liverpool’s iconic Cains Beer is making a return in a £7m investment that will create 200 jobs.

Entrepreneur Andrew Mikhail, who has opened a string of businesses such as bars and hotels across the North West, has struck a deal to revive the Cains brand at its home in the Baltic Triangle.

There has been no Cains Beer since 2013 when the brewery was closed down and the owners of the site, brothers Ajmail and Sid Dusanj, put forward plans for a £50m Cains Brewery Village.

It is now home to a number of independent bars and a market and has proved a hit with people from across Merseyside.

New deal

Mr Mikhail has now agreed a deal with Sid Dusanj to take over the Cains brand and bring forward his 15,000 sq ft scheme on three levels of the original Cains Brewery building. Plans include a craft-brewery with cask and keg beers, an Altrincham-market style venture for artisan food & drink lovers, and a state of the art sky bar.

In addition, another bar with capacity for 120 already named as The Quarter Hoop plus a brewery hall housing 400 guests will sit alongside the existing Brewery Tap and the Punch Tarmey brand (part of Mr. Mikhail’s existing portfolio) that will operate on the other side of the brewery.

‘Pivotal moment’

Mr Mikhail said, the son of a Liverpool GP, said: “This is a pivotal moment for our business, the Cains Brewery Company. Cains Brewery and Liverpool are such iconic brands and Cains of course is part of the city’s heritage.

“After speaking with Cains’ former managing director Sid Dusanj for around six months, he told me he was delighted to pass on the Cains’ brand to someone who is so passionate about the Brewery Village scheme and the city.

“I was born in Liverpool with a family history that goes back several generations and my vision is based around making this city great again.”

The four phases being developed over three years include phase one, Punch Tarmey, an artisan food & drink hall and the brewery in phase two, the sky bar in phase three and the hotel in phase four.

Sid Dusanj managing director of Brewery Village, added: “The brewery village concept started five years ago and it’s great to see that Cains Beers will be brought back to life within the Grade II-listed brewery.”

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