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Big Bog Brewing Company collapses into administration

Liverpool’s Big Bog Brewing Company has appointed administrators and has closed down with all assets now up for sale.

The brewery, which was originally founded in North Wales in 2011 before it was moved to the Venture Point East business park in Speke in Liverpool in 2016, has appointed administrator Neil Henry of Lines Henry.

Big Bog Brewing Company focused on traditional cask ales, while its sibling brand Strawberry Fields Brewery produced modern craft beers from the same site, which also had a tap room.

According to local reports, both brands of the brewery’s beers were available in pubs across Merseyside.

Speaking about the closure, Henry said that the brewery business had faced much higher prices of raw materials along with waning sales directly linked to an increase in pub closures.

Henry explained: “All of this has meant that, despite producing a product that has won many awards and accolades, the business could not continue and has had to close.”

The hospitality industry has taken a number of hits in recent times with many closures being documented as pubs, bars and breweries all face the challenges of rising costs amidst reduced consumer spending during the cost-of-living crisis.

Last year, Craig McCormick from Glen Affric brewery in Birkenhead told reporters that he believed the region’s hospitality industry would remain in “survival mode” for some time.

McCormick warned: “I think the entire drinks industry is going to be hunkered down in survival mode for the next 12 to 18 months. At a certain point, I lost count of the breweries that closed down last year. Even this year, we’ve lost loads.

He added: “Last year we had a lot of the small guys and one or two of the big guys, but this year we’ve seen a few of the bigger guys go, because they had a longer tail. For a lot of breweries now, it’s not a case of who’s making money, it’s who’s got the biggest cash reserves and who’s losing the least. I don’t think there’s many breweries earning money. It’s a very difficult industry.”

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