Maxim Brewery, formerly The Double Maxim Beer Company Ltd, was established following the closure in 1999 of Vaux Brewery in Sunderland and Wards Brewery in Sheffield. Its founders were former Vaux and Wards employees Jim Murray, Mark Anderson and Doug Trotman, and its initial aim was to sell and market the famous Northern beers previously produced by Vaux and Wards, such as Double Maxim, Samson, Ward’s Best Bitter and Maximus. Initially lacking its own brewery, the company relied on Robinsons Brewery in Stockport for the brewing and bottling of these beers, however the long-term aim was to return the brewing to the North East and this was achieved in 2007 with the opening of the Maxim Brewery at Rainton Bridge. Regularly available cask beers include Samson (4% ABV), Double Maxim(4.7%ABV), Wards Best Bitter (4%ABV) and Lambton’s (3.8%ABV). New cask beers include Maximus (6% ABV) and Jinja Beer (4.9% ABV). For more information, please see www.maximbrewery.co.uk.