Marston's Brewery in Burton-on-Trent will open its new £7.4 million bottling facility today creating more jobs in the region.
One in four premium bottled ales in the UK is brewed and bottled by the company.
Overall beer sales rose by 0.8% in the last quarter - 15.3 million extra pints on the same period in 2012.
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A horse named Winston Churchill won a race at Uttoxeter on the 50th anniversary of the former prime minister's death today.
Cold with clear spells in southeast at first, cloud across the rest of the region then spreading to all parts.
Milder but breezy with a good deal of cloud and one or two brighter intervals further east.