Daily Post Article

I was interviewed last week about the Cain’s book by Mike Chapple of the Liverpool Daily Post. He’s written up an excellent piece about Robert Cain, the brewery, and the city of Liverpool. He’s absolutely right about the atmosphere in Liverpool at the moment, it’s really electric. From the article:

Generally, there’s a very good vibe in the city at the moment, especially when the memory stretches back 25 years to Liverpool’s darkest days when the area around the Tap was a blighted wasteland of deprivation.

The brewery’s fortunes have changed a lot for the better in that time too and since 2002, when Cains was taken over by the enterprising Dusanj brothers, it’s become a giant of a brand bringing lots of kudos to Merseyside.

Someone else who thinks so too is the writer Chris Routledge, whose latest work is Cain’s: The Story of Liverpool In APint, which is scheduled to be published by Liverpool University Press.

“There’s an amazing correlation between the fortunes of the brewery and the city itself,” says Yorkshire-born Chris …

Cork-born Cain was one of our greatest-ever characters.

From humble origins, he became the rags-to-riches mogul who began brewing in Liverpool around 1850.

He owned the Stanhope Street brewery that shares his name and built two of its greatest pubs, The Philharmonic and The Vines, or Big House, on Lime Street.

When he died at the age of 82, he left a personal legacy of over pounds 400,000 – pounds 28m by today’s valuations.

“It’s a personal story of one man’s success against the odds but it is also a story spanning almost two centuries about the city of Liverpool itself, its wealth and poverty, rise, fall and reinvention,” says Chris, who has nearly completed the book’s first draft.

“But it is also the story of the city’s people and their unique spirit.”

Since the turn of the millennium, he believes that this reinvention and revival has quickened remarkably in the city and the brewery especially with the Dusanjs as its driving force.

He adds: “You could say that there are enormous parallels between Robert Cain and the Dusanj brothers.

“Cain was an Irish immigrant who started off with absolutely nothing and, when the Dusanjs’ father arrived here in this country from the Punjab in the early 1960s, he had virtually nothing as well.”

Read the whole article here.

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