By: 8 March 2024
A hoppy ending: Ward Hadaway assists in brewery acquisition 

Harrogate-based Rooster’s Brewery has added to its nest with the acquisition of Daleside Brewery Ltd.  

Adrian Ballam and Rachael Sykes, from Ward Hadaway’s corporate team in Leeds, provided legal counsel to Rooster’s during the milestone acquisition. 

How will the brewery acquisition affect Daleside Brewery?

Maintaining its roots in the same picturesque North Yorkshire spa town, Daleside Brewery will continue operations as an independent entity. The brewery will continue to serve its cherished lineup of brews including the beloved Monkey Wrench, Morocco Ale, and the perennial favourite, Daleside Blonde. 

Over time, the operations of Daleside will gradually merge with Rooster’s brewery facilities in Hornbeam Park, Harrogate. However, both breweries will retain their distinct market presence. Daleside’s signature brews will continue to be crafted by their experienced team, ensuring the preservation of their unique flavours. 

A successful acquisition to secure Daleside’s legacy

Adrian Ballam of Ward Hadaway commented, “Ward Hadaway is proud to have played a role in this local good news story. 

“The acquisition of Daleside Brewery means an exciting new chapter for this longstanding business whose traditional beer brands complement Rooster’s respected brands in the local and national beer market.” 

Founded in 1991 by Bill Witty, Daleside Brewery flourished under the stewardship of Eric Lucas for over 30 years. Following the change of ownership, Lucas and his fellow shareholders are stepping down and embracing a well-deserved retirement. 

Ian Fozard, chairman of Rooster’s, said, “We are delighted to enable the Daleside business to continue beyond Eric’s retirement. We know the business and the team well and, with only a few miles between us, have helped each other countless times out over the years.  

“My son Oliver, Rooster’s head brewer, did his apprenticeship and cut his teeth in the world of brewing at Daleside in the early 2000s.”  

Eric Lucas, Daleside’s managing director, said, “I’m delighted that the long-term future of Daleside Brewery, its team and its brands have been secured and will remain in Harrogate. 

“On behalf of myself and my fellow owners, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and has been part of this great Daleside experience. I’m sure that we’re all looking forward to many pints of both Daleside and Rooster’s beers in the future.” 

Adrian Ballam, from the Leeds corporate team at Ward Hadaway, said, “It is a winning combination that we are happy to toast!” 

Pictured: Ian Fozard and Eric Lucas

Image courtesy of Rooster’s Brewery and McBryde & Co
Josie Miller
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