We’ve signed a far-reaching investment deal with the UK’s largest independent drinks company, Halewood Wines & Spirits.
Under the deal, we’ll build a new brewery, expand production & gain new routes to market, and Halewood will enter the UK brewing industry.
Brewery founder Alex Brodie said: “Demand for our beers exceeds our ability to supply. We have gone about as far as we can on our own. This partnership with Halewood will allow us to grow and fulfil our potential.”
“I am convinced that Halewood share our values,” he said. “We have had a long negotiation and I believe that this deal gives Hawkshead a way of getting significant investment without being absorbed into ‘big beer.’ Halewood sees small, craft and premium as the future. And they are Northern. I like that.”
This is Halewood’s first entry into British brewing and they will take a controlling interest in us. Specific terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Halewood’s CEO Stewart Hainsworth said: “Hawkshead Brewery will continue to operate independently of the Halewood Group, under Alex’s leadership, with Halewood as its main distributor and investor. Hawkshead brews great beers. We are delighted to help them carry on doing what they are so passionate about.”
Alex will continue as Managing Director, and our existing team will carry on running the brewery as a stand-alone business, within a small group of North West craft drinks-makers, under the Halewood umbrella. The group includes another Lakeland company, mineral water producer - Willow Water, Liverpool Gin distillery and North Wales whisky distillery, Aber Falls, which is due to open later this year.