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Macdonald Henderson are pleased to have advised Viking Mead Ltd on its acquisition of the UK’s northernmost brewery, Valhalla Brewery, situated on the isle of Unst, Shetland.

Alistair Morgan founded Viking Mead Ltd in 2017, and the company produces Skald, a refreshing, ‘session-strength’ mead at around 5%. Mead is a remarkably simple drink, utilising only water, honey and yeast to create alcohol, and yet capable of great complexity.

The founder, Sonny Priest, has sold the business after 20 years of producing local ale.

The name Skald, is that of Norse storyteller poets who would captivate the mead-halls with the tales and sagas of gods and heroes.

The acquisition will allow Viking Mead to continue to make the Valhalla signature line of ales in addition to the mead.

The brewery will allow the business to expand. The new premises boasts one large 800l fermentation tank, and four smaller 600l ones, allowing for a number of different batches on the go at once, at around 1200 bottles each.

A great increase in the capacity of the original crofthouse brewery where Viking Mead was founded, Valhalla offers the chance for Skald to truly achieve its potential, as well as allowing for a whole range of different meads.

In respect of the deal, Mr Morgan commented:

“This is a great opportunity for us to expand the Viking Mead business and at the same time keep alive the excellent range of ales produced by Valhalla over the past 20 years. The dedication and passion that has been put into the business is clear to see and we are looking forward to taking it forward to the next stage of the journey”.

In respect of the role played by Macdonald Henderson, Mr Morgan commented:

“Macdonald Henderson are a pleasure to work with. The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience and right from the start I was reassured by their enthusiasm and genuine desire to make sure the whole process went as smoothly as possible for us. Their advice and attention to detail ensured that our interests were always protected and despite the geographical distance involved, the lines of communication were always open and we were kept informed every step of the way. They have my deepest thanks”.

With acknowledgement of copy to Alex Garrick-Wright:

Last updated: 11.36am, Monday 18th June 2018

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