The Little Gin Shack

The socio-economical head wind post-COVID has been a difficult one to manage for a number of drinks companies, resulting in some of these falling into administration and potentially ceasing to trade altogether. Inflation and rising costs have challenged drinks companies and their business plans more than ever, with changes in consumer behaviour also having an impact.

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There are a few companies that have remained solvent and thankfully found new owners or investors in order to continue trading. Below are examples of some Drinks companies gone into administration in 2022 include:

February 2022 – The Illogical Drinks Company

The entrepreneur Eric Sampers, who was behind the company, shared a very candid post on his journey and his learnings which he was happy to share via Inside the Cask – click here to read it.

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February 2022 – Silverback Distillers (3 Pugs Gin)

Silverback Distillers 3 Pugs Gin

February 2022 – Humber Street Distillery and gin bar

Humber Street Distillery and gin bar

March 2022 – West Berkshire Brewery

April 2022 – Wholesaler Alchemy Drinks

April 2022 – Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co.

April 2022 – Fallen Brewing Co.

Fallen Brewing Co

May 2022 -Kelham Island Brewery

June 2022 – Trossachs Distillery (McQueens Gin)

A notice from Cambusmore Estate McQueen Gin last October 2022 stated:
“Trossachs Distillery Limited, producer of McQueen Gins, has gone into administration. The administrators have attempted but failed to find a buyer for the business as a going concern and so the remaining assets are now being sold off. The distillery and shop are no longer open for visits. Cambusmore Estate will be seeking new tenants for two of the buildings at Drumbane from the beginning of next year.”

Trossachs Distillery McQueens Gin

June 2022 – Online drinks retailer Spirit.Ed (previously 31Dover)

June 2022 – Online beer retailer HonestBrew

September 2022 – Bella Vista Distillery (trading name: Bottomley Distillers)

Bottomley Distillers

October 2022 – Skinner’s Brewery

This is one of Cornwall’s much loved breweries and on a more positive note, it has recently been rescued from administration as reported.

Skinner's Brewery

October 2022 – Old Dairy Brewing

Old Dairy Brewing

October 2022 – Wester Distillery

Wester Distillery

November 2022 – Sutton Harbour-based wholesale drinks company Total Cellar Supplies Ltd

December 2022 – Burleighs Gin

Burleighs Gin

December 2022 – Twisted Wheel Brew

December 2022 – Wild Beer Co.

The Wild Beer Co. brands and IP were acquired by Curious Brewery in early 2023 – click here for more info.

Wild Beer Co

December 2022 – Premium gin shop and bar The Little Gin Shack

The Little Gin Shack


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