In 2004, Young's announced a review of its brewing operations in Wandsworth. The difficulties experienced in brewing on this ancient and enclosed site, coupled with the desire of the local authority to acquire and re-develop the site forced the company to consider its options. After a 2 1/2 year review, Young's decided to sell the Ram Brewery site and enter into a joint venture with the Bedford brewer, Charles Wells, creating a new force in the industry, Wells & Young's Brewing Company Ltd. There had been a long-standing personal relationship between the Youngs and the Wells families. The decision to combine their joint heritage of brewing expertise, traditional techniques, master brewers' craft and the highest quality ingredients with the many benefits of a large, modern brewery would safeguard the future of Young's ales for generations to come.