Half Full in Ilkley Brewery takeover

Ilkley Brewery founder Chris Ives
Ilkley Brewery founder Chris Ives
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Ilkley Brewery has been acquired by its former manager’s recently-founded beer company.

Leeds-based Half Full Beer Co, which was founded by Luke Raven in March, bought the £1.6m-turnover brewer for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Raven spent four years at Ilkley Brewery before leaving in March this year.

Ilkley Brewery director Richard Shelton will remain in post at the business, which sells 22 keg, cask and bottled beers.

Its products are sold in Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op and Booths, and pubs across the UK, as well as 10 countries internationally.

Ilkley co-founder Chris Ives will exit the business as a result of the buyout.

Half Full plans to increase brewing capacity at the craft beer specialist, doubling production within two years.