11 January 2023
Wild Beer Co has been rescued from administration in a deal with the Kent-based brewery, Curious.
Curious agreed to add Wild Beer Co to its specialist portfolio of premium beers.
The acquisition will double the size of the existing Curious operation, based at Ashford, which has a current production capacity of five million pints per year and potential to expand upwards of 15 million pints per year.
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8 December 2022
After operating for ten years, the Somerset-based brewery that owns a bar in Bristol announced on Monday that it was closing.
A statement posted on social media read: “It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that as of today we have entered into a period of administration.”
“We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and love for our brand. It has been a wild ten years and we are heartbroken to be in this position. We could see the potential for Wild Beer and we had ambitions to increase sales and brand exposure. We must sadly report that the company has been facing a number of adverse trading conditions including; Covid, the loss of export sales, spiralling production costs, damaging inflation, and an increase in interest rates that have all affected sales.These factors along with the recent cost of living crisis have impacted the company’s ability to succeed.”
One of the success stories of the craft beer revolution was the 2012 founding of Wild Beer Co.
It previously operated a bar in Cheltenham, which closed down in 2019. The business attributed the closure to an increase in competition in the area.
Undebt administrators are looking for a potential bidder to buy the company. The group’s pub is still open for business as usual at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf.