Brick Brewing has reported a strong lift in Q2 profits, despite a slight dip in net sales.

The Canadian brewer, which is based in Ontario, said late last week that net profits for the three months to 1 August came in at CAD925,944 (US$892,734), double the CAD460,815 posted in the corresponding quarter a year earlier. Net sales in the period dipped very sightly, however, to CAD9.1m versus CAD9.3m.

The company credited an 11% rise in sales of its Laker beer brand and “continued cost management” for the healthy profits.

For the first half of its fiscal year, net profits hit CAS1m compared to CAD892,174, while net sales were down to CAD16.1m against CAD17m.

“Cost management initiatives are delivering significant improvement in gross margin,” said George Croft, Brick's president & CEO. “We will continue to drive costs out of the business at every opportunity."

Separately, Brick also announced the appointment of John Bowey as a company director. Bowey held the position of chairman of Deloitte Canada from 2006 until his retirement in May this year. He has joined the brewer's audit committee.

The official statement can be found here.