North Coast acquires Wooha Brewing assets

North Coast Brewing Co. has acquired the assets of Wooha Brewing Company for an undisclosed sum.

Drinks entrepreneur Kenny Webster, who also controls Isle of Skye Brewing Co and Black Wolf Brewery, together with several artisan beer brands and links with key trade.

Brexit and Covid restrictions were blamed for the brewery company entering administration in March with the loss of 12 jobs.

Based in Kinloss, Morayshire, and founded in 2015 by Heather McDonald, Wooha suffered “unsustainable cash flow problems” arising from the rapid contraction of the global hospitality and licensed trade industry and problems and costs for exporters arising from Brexit.

Mr Webster said: “We have ambitious plans to grow and the acquisition provides us with access to high quality production facilities, a range of quality brands and an established network of trade and consumer customers. 

“We hope to restart brewing at our new site very soon and, as the business develops, we hope to create a number of new jobs.  We will keep WooHa’s customers updated via social media.”

Iain Fraser, partner with FRP and joint administrator, said: “The businesses associated with the director have a strong record of consistent innovation and Isle of Skye Brewing is one of the most recognisable craft beer businesses in the UK.”

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