Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing Co has declared its independence and sought to quash “unfounded rumours in the industry” that the craft brewer was looking to follow the likes of 4Pines, Feral and Pirate Life as sell-up.
“It’s flattering to hear some people think we’re worth $49 million,” said BentSpoke co-owner and head-brewer Richard Watkins, “but there is absolutely no substance to the rumour that we have sold all or part of our business.”
“Here at BentSpoke we are a family business and we value our independence. We value our place in our local community as a brewer, as a beer wholesaler and retailer, as an employer, and as a place where friends can meet.
“We also take a huge amount of pride in being able to make the kind of beer we want to make, and to make it the best way we think it can be made.
“When you consider all of that, and bear in mind that our business is growing rapidly, we’re just not interested in giving it up, at any price.”