Capital Pubs took over and refurbished Ganlon’s Irish Pub just opposite Brockwell Park on the Brixton-Herne Hill borders in 2007. They shrewdly decided to install a microbrewery. The five barrel plant brewed its first brew on 19th September 2007. In 2011 Peter Haydon, beer historian, ex-SIBA General Secretary and late of the Meantime Brewing Co. Persuaded Capital to let him take over the Florence Brewery and when – in September 2011 – Greene King acquired Capital he persuaded them to sell him the plant and intellectual property outright. Since April 2012 the Florence Brewery has been run as an independent business, still however, turning out a range of beers that remain totally exclusive to the Capital Pub Company estate.