Brewery faces battle

The McCashins have owned the site, zoned suburban commercial, since 1980 when the family began brewing and manufacturing beverages. Brewery company Lion bought brewing rights to their Macs brands in 1999, and leased the site off the McCashins. Brewing and manufacturing continued on the site until a year ago, and the family recently signalled its intention to resume operations.

Best Island couple Robert and May Hall said they believed the re-opening of the brewery would be an asset for the district, particularly as a number of jobs would be generated, which they considered to be a “big plus” in these current tough times.
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Rory Cobb, of Stoke, said economic growth on existing sites was vital for sustainable growth. “Anyone attempting this type of investment in the current economic climate deserves to be fully supported.”

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