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Rutland Breweries to combine as Grainstore rescues Stoney Ford

Stoney Ford Brew Co Ltd, a small batch brewery based in Ryhall, Rutland, has been acquired by Rutland Brewing Co, owners of Grainstore Brewery of Oakham.

Stoney Ford, owned by local brewers Simon Watson and Tim Nicol, announced its closure on 5th April as its current premises had become unavailable and uneconomic. They were then approached by William Davis, co-owner of Rutland Brewing Co, who proposed a rescue package. Co-owner Tim Nicol said; “As a small micro-brewer we faced an uphill climb in trying to expand our business. Although we are barely 2 years old, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved locally with our beers and our brand, and are delighted that the effort and investment we’ve made won’t go to waste. The Rutland Brewing Company, owners of The Grainstore Brewery and Rutland Cider Company, has the resources, capacity, and distribution network to enable Stoney Ford to not just survive, but thrive.”

William Davis, co-owner of The Rutland Brewing Company, said “In the ultra-competitive UK beer market, and with the economic conditions that exist today, it’s extremely difficult to develop and grow a brewery business. Tim and Simon have successfully achieved this over the last two years whilst sticking to their principles of brewing with the finest English ingredients, producing a range of ales that have a great reputation locally. We intend to continue with that ethos, whilst introducing the Stoney Ford brand to a wider audience. The Rutland Brewing Company has ambitious growth plans including possible investment opportunities, for its Grainstore and Rutland Cider brands over the next twelve months and the opportunity to save Stoney Ford, a fellow Rutland producer, and develop their range of products alongside our existing portfolio, naturally fits with those plans. We hope that both Tim and Simon will continue to be the wonderful brand ambassadors for Stoney Ford that they have been over the last two years”

Stoney Ford’s move from Ryhall to Oakham will take place during April and beers should be available mid-May.

For further information please contact William Davis or Peter Atkinson at The Rutland Brewing Company on enquiries@grainstorebrewery.com

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