Thursday, June 2, 2016

News: Last orders for Wentworth Brewery

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Wentworth Brewery, the independent brewery based in the historic village of Wentworth in Rotherham, has ceased to trade and the facility is up for sale.

Opened in September 1999, the brewery is based in the old power house on the Wentworth Estate, know as the "Gun Park," which provided the electricity power supply for Wentworth Woodhouse.

Award-winning ales from the brewery included local favourites - WPA and Gryphon - and were supplied to hotels, pubs and supermarkets. The company grew and also began bottling Wentworth spring water but brewing stopped last week.

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A creditor's meeting is scheduled for next week and XL Business Solutions has been named as the proposed liquidator of Wentworth Brewery Limited. Chartered surveyors, Walker Singleton has been appointed to lead on the sale of the business.

Jeremy Bleazard of XL Business Solutions, said: "The brewery has experienced a difficult trading period, due mainly to issues associated with meeting its duty and tax commitments. Prior to these issues the brewery had operated viably."

Progressive Beer Duty is a beer duty system that allows smaller breweries to pay less tax on their products. Critics argue that the system is squeezing middle ranking regional operations.

Daniel Hey, associate at Walker Singleton, added: "Significant investment has been committed to the installation of both the brewery and bottling plant. The brewery has benefited from the support and association of the Wentworth Estate, not just in its name. As landlords, the Estate has indicated a willingness to talk to prospective tenants over continued occupancy of the property which opens the opportunity for an astute buyer, recognising the current resurgence and demand for craft ales, to acquire a "turn-key" micro-brewery."

The micro-brewery and bottling facility has been put up for sale. The brewery has a capacity of 25 barrels and includes stainless steel tuns and tanks. The bottling operation has the capacity of 1,200 bottles per hour.

The premises are occupied on a leasehold basis and the landlord has declared a willingness to grant a lease to a new entity moving forward. Key personnel may be available to discuss future roles with any prospective purchaser.

Wentworth Brewery website

Images: Walker Singleton

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