Renowned 'craft brewery' snapped up by trio of beer lovers

From left, St Peter's Brewery chief executive Derek Jones toasting the sale of the business to him and to two other beer...

New St Peter's Brewery co-owner Derek Jones and brewery founder John Murphy toasting the sale deal at the Jerusalem Tavern in London - Credit: St Peter’s Brewery

A Suffolk brewery has been bought by three friends who share a passion for beer.

St Peter's Brewery, based at St Peter's Hall, near Bungay, was created by John Murphy more than 20 years ago and has remained a prominent part of the craft brewery scene since with its distinctive bottles and beer flavours.

The new team - who have snapped up the business for an undisclosed sum - will be led by chief executive Derek Jones, who is described as "a seasoned beer man with more than 20 years of global beer experience, including at MolsonCoors and SABMiller". 

John Murphy at St Peter's Brewery

Brewery founder John Murphy at St Peter's Brewery back in 2017 - Credit: Archant

The company said founder Mr Murphy - who developed and ran the business for 23 years - had taken the "difficult decision" to retire and sell up.

But he was said to be "delighted" to have found a team which will continue his legacy and carry on making high quality, traditional beers which are sold in more than 20 countries.

The brand is known for its quirky oval bottles which were a key part of Mr Murphy's clever branding.

St.Peter's Brewery, Bungay. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

St.Peter's beers on display in their distinctive oval-bottomed bottles - Credit: Jamie Honeywood

New owner Mr Jones said it was "an incredibly exciting new chapter for St Peter's".

"We will invest in the brewery in Suffolk from the outset to maintain quality while meeting growing demand. 

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"We believe the staff at St Peter's have contributed enormously to the company's success and are key to its future.

"We look forward to working with this excellent team and making some really good British beer."

St Peter's is set in the grounds of ancient St Peter's Hall. It also owns and runs another historic site - the Jerusalem Tavern in Clerkenwell in London.

St.Peter's Brewery, Bungay. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Inside St Peter's Brewery near Bungay - Credit: Jamie Honeywood

Janet and John Murphy were advised by Dave McCarthy at DrinksAdviser.