Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Storm brewing ahead
Fast-developing Black Storm has made its third acquisition in its first 16 months of trading with the purchase of Black Hill Brewery in Chester-le-Street which adds another brand to its growing portfolio.
The brewery deal comes at a crucial time for the company as it reports substantial growth in its on- and off-trade business. Black Storm has been contracting its beers out to Hadrian Border Brewery in Newcastle, so the Black Hill deal opens the production base it has been seeking.
The company gained its first supermarket listing with the Co-op earlier in the year, following the acquisition of gluten-free brand Autumn Brewing Co in September 2018.
Founder Paul Hughes says: “Since we launched Black Storm in December 2017 we have been working with the excellent Hadrian Border Brewery to develop the quality and consistency of our beer, perfecting our core range and experimenting with new flavours for our seasonals.
“We are now in the perfect position to scale-up both our output and ambition, which our own brewery will allow us to do. With experienced brewer Chris Graham in charge of his own kit, we are looking forward to continuing to deliver our beers to our customers in the consistent way they have come to expect and to start mixing things up with some innovative and exciting additions. It’s an exciting time at Black Storm, and we’re looking forward to what the next few years will bring.”
Black Storm opened its first venture, Storm Cellar, in Whitley Bay, in late 2017 which has been followed by Drop Everything And Drink (DEAD) on High Bridge in Newcastle; specialist craft beer store Beer Box, at the Stack development in Newcastle; the previously-mentioned Autumn Brewing Co and Black Hill Brewery, plus Beer Box 2 in Manchester and the former Rios Bar in Stockton on Tees which is now another Storm Cellar – with more planned.
There’s certainly a storm brewing in the region.