BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie hosted the companys AGM at the weekend

BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie hosted the company's AGM at the weekend

BrewDog has acquired London-based cider company Hawkes.

The Scottish brewer, which made the announcement at its AGM over the weekend, said cidery staff will retain their roles while Hawkes founder Simon Wright will remain at the helm. Financial details behind the transaction were not disclosed.

"Hawkes has grown a distinctive, bold and innovative business in an industry full of conformity, timidity and tradition," said BrewDog co-founder James Watt. "Our additional fire power will not only enable Hawkes to expand the reach of its incredible ciders, but also provide the opportunity to really make an indelible mark on the evolution of cider in the UK."

The Hawkes portfolio features six products, including a co-fermented beer and cider hybrid.

"Our history and mission parallels that of BrewDog, so this unification is truly a meeting of like minds," said Wright. "We are in an industry that has for far too long allowed 'big' cider and mass market products to hold back innovation and growth. I've long been impressed by BrewDog's attitude and approach to challenging the status quo of beer in the UK and around the world. Just like us, they stand up for those who want to break free, make a difference and take the cider scene into an entirely new era. I can't wait to see what the future holds."

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