Buyers are being urgently sought for a huge stock of beer brewed by defunct Manchester-based Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co which ceased trading in April.
Paul Stanley, of Begbies Traynor Manchester, with the Beatnikz Republic stock.
Photograph: Begbie Traynor
Liquidators at Begbies Traynor in Manchester say there are approximately 300 barrels of beer and hundreds of cans of craft ale left over following the demise of the award-winning brewery. It is what amounts to an estimated 20,000 pints ready to be pulled.
The beer, currently sat in a bonded warehouse near Strangeways, consists of a mix of craft ales, including IPAs, pale ales, stouts, and specialist fruit-based beers, such as Beach Bum, Oblivion Now, Miami Amor, and Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Paul Stanley and Jason Greenhalgh, of Begbies Traynor in Manchester, have been appointed as joint liquidators of Beatnikz Republic. They say the stock is a good opportunity for someone in the trade as they seek to recover funds for creditors of the company.
Paul said: “We’re looking for someone in the trade to see the opportunity, step forward, and buy the bulk of the stock that’s left over in this treasure trove of ale. At this stage we estimate there’s almost 20,000 pints of craft ale sitting here and we’ll supply a full inventory upon request. It would be good for a trade buyer such as a freehouse, independent bar, or organised beer festival.
“Plenty of the beer has a 2023 ‘best before’ date. Buyers would have to collect the barrels and kegs, and the price of the beer reflects this logistical challenge. This beer was commonly retailing at around £6 a pint in the Northern Quarter, but we’re looking for around £1 a pint, which includes the duty that needs to be paid.”
He added: “The company was hit hard by the impact of lockdown restrictions, rising transport costs, and inflation. Its primary customers were licensed premises across Manchester city centre and, in particular, in the Northern Quarter, from where they were able to grow good awareness of their brand locally and even internationally.
“This case highlights the challenging times faced by many in the hospitality trade. It’s not the first brewery we’ve been appointed to in recent times and it certainly won’t be the last in this kind of inflationary economic climate.”
Some 1,918 companies in the bar and restaurant sector in the North West region are currently operating under significant financial distress, according to the latest Red Flag Alert data which is produced quarterly by Begbies Traynor.
• Interested parties should contact Mark Dyer at Begbies Traynor in Manchester on 0161 837 1700 or email [email protected]