Jobs lost as Geltsdale Brewery assets sold through administration

Assets sold of the Cumbrian independent brewers behind beers such as Cold Fell and Brampton Bitter

Geltsdale beers on tap, courtesy of Taste Cumbria
Geltsdale beers on tap, courtesy of Taste Cumbria

A renowned independent brewery in Cumbria has entered into administration causing all staff to lose their jobs.

Geltsdale Brewery Limited, based on Townfoot Industrial Estate in Brampton, was known for beers such as Brampton Bitter and Cold Fell and had been trading since 2006.

Founded by Fiona Deal, a former archaeologist, the brewery produced bottled and two cask-only ales - selling into the North-West, the Midlands, and even the Isle of Wight, via a distributor.

Joint administrators Gordon Smythe Goldie and Matthew James Higgins of Tait Walker LLP were appointed on July 25.

The administrators spoke to The Journal only to confirm that all staff had been redundant and the assets of the firm had been sold.

A meeting of the creditors is now expected to take place on September 2 at The Marriot Gosforth Park Hotel, Gosforth, Newcastle at 11am.

A statement posted on the London Gazette by the administrators read: “The Meeting is an initial Creditors’ Meeting under paragraph 51 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 and to approve pre-appointment remuneration and costs.

“A proxy form should be completed and returned to us by the date of the Meeting if you cannot attend and wish to be represented. In order to be entitled to vote at the Meeting you must give to us, not later than 12.00 noon on the business day before the Meeting, details in writing of your claim. Date of Appointment: 25 July 2014.”

A statement from regional independent breweries champions, Brewed In Cumbria & The Lake District, read: “We wish everyone involved with Geltsdale Brewery all the very best for the future.”

Geltsdale Brewery was originally situated in units at the Old Brewery building in Brampton, before moving to its last premises on Townfoot Industrial Estate.


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