Islay Ales owner seeks funding to build rum and whisky distillery

The businessmen behind Islay Ales are planning to build a combined brewery and distillery, which will produce single malt and the Scottish island’s “first” rum. Independent Scotch whisky bottler The Islay Boys, owner of Islay Ales brewery, is looking to relocate its Islay Ales site in Bridgend to a site at Glenegedale in Laggan Bay. The new one-hectare site, which will incorporate a whisky and rum distillery, will be called Laggan Bay Brewery & Distillery.…

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Young’s buys UK bar operator Redcomb for £34m

UK brewery Young’s & Co has purchased London bar operator Redcomb Pubs and its 15 venues in a deal worth £34 million (US$44.3m). The purchase of Redcomb, which operates sites including Alphabet in Islington and Lockhouse in Paddington, means that Young & Co will now operate 200 venues across the country. Patrick Dardis, chief executive of Young’s, said: “The team at Redcomb has created an outstanding, well-invested estate of pubs, which we are delighted to…

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