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Ness beers get new owner

Rescue for failed craft brewery’s brands

Loch Ness Brewery 1A craft beer brand has been rescued after two Highlands businesses joined forces to relaunch it.

Cairngorm Brewery together with local hotel and bakery company Cobbs have acquired the Loch Ness Brewery trademarks and 20 recipes from Johnston Carmichael, the  administrator of the failed Drumnadrochit micro-brewery.

Aviemore-based Cairngorm Brewery previously bottled beer for the collapsed Loch Ness Brewing Company. Cobbs will stock Loch Ness products at its outlets across Scotland.

Cairngorm managing director Sam Faircliff said: “The Loch Ness brand is so well known globally that it will be a great opportunity for the export market as well as here at home.”

Rory Cameron, managing director of Cobbs Bakery, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Cairngorm Brewery and we look forward to bringing Loch Ness Brewery products to our 17 Cobbs outlets across Scotland and further afield in due course.”

Gordon MacLure, restructuring partner at Johnston Carmichael, said: “It’s pleasing to see a well-known brand like Loch Ness being given a new lease of life under the ownership of Cairngorm and Cobbs.

“The management teams of both businesses have the experience and infrastructure to take Loch Ness into a very bright future and we are very pleased to have played our part in helping preserve the existence of the iconic brand.”

The Loch Ness Brewery, was launched five years ago at the Benleva Hotel by Stephen Crossland and George Wotherspoon. Last year they unveiled new look labels at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh’s Victoria Street.

Mr Crossland presented the beers at the annual La Maison D’Ecosse, an event showcasing Scottish luxury products in Monaco.

The company also secured a deal to stock Marks & Spencer and Asda. But it fell into liquidation in July this year.

Mr Crossland and Mr Wotherspoon have joined another craft brewing business, Deeside Brewery, as managing director and development director respectively.



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