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Image caption Danico brewery owner Sebastian Danico had a big rock in his head
A brewery has finally been allowed to buy land at London’s Tower Road brewery site.
Danico Brewery Co. has been trying to buy a triangular plot of land in central London – a decision that is now almost 30 years overdue.
In 1992, Tower Road founder Sebastian Danico, who died in 2015, asked for a refund of £2m after it was originally ruled out on the grounds of the “public interest”.
But Tower Hamlets Council says it will now allow Danico to buy the plot for £675,000.
Mr Danico, a Dutch immigrant, started Tower Road in 1986 with the thought of producing some excellent beer.
Nowadays it produces some terrific beers and is included in the prestigious Good Beer Guide.
Much like the Danico brewery itself, Tower Road was founded in a small square next to a car wash in Grays, Essex.
As the brewery expansion developed, it spread out. There is now a bigger beer garden and its beer is exported to 73 countries.
It makes the Danico brand too, and is currently awaiting permission to buy a brand of beer from a Vietnamese brewery to launch Danico Budvar in Vietnam.
Mr Danico told the BBC: “We’re finally going to be able to proceed with our purchase of the Tower Road brewery site, with its enviable location within popular Kingsland Market, after 25 years of trying.
“Given our ambition for further growth in the short and medium term, it’s only right to move out with the site our patron Sebastian Danico would have wanted us to, in a few years’ time.”