Booze from failed brewery for auction

Thousands of pounds’ worth of booze is to go under the hammer following the collapse of an award-winning regional real ale brewery.

The Highwood Brewery at Melton Ross, North Lincolnshire, maker of Tom Wood’s beers, went into liquidation three weeks ago. Scunthorpe-based CJM Asset Management is under instruction to sell off the firm’s entire stock of beers, wines and spirits, along with its fleet of delivery vehicles and other equipment.

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CJM has had to apply to magistrates for a temporary event licence to enable the thousands of bottles of drink to be auctioned off next Tuesday. CJM director Paul Cooper said: “I’m sure many real ale drinkers around the region will be very sad to see the brewery go under.

“It was quite a success story, growing from a small local operation producing just 5,000 pints a week that were drunk within a 40-mile radius into a regional operation brewing more than a million-and-a-half pints a year.”

Included in the sale is a mobile bottling plant once used by top chef Gordon Ramsay on one of his TV programmes.