Case Studies

Sale of brewing business to South Australian brand

Piper Alderman advised Vale Brewing on selling their brewing business to the iconic South Australian brand, Bickford's Group.

Team: James Dickson

Service: Corporate & Commercial | Mergers & Acquisitions
Sector: Agriculture & Food

Vale Brewing is a local and independent brewery founded in 2008 and based in Willunga, South Australia. The Company gained popularity for its Vale Ale beer product and later expanded the range to include a Lager, IPA, limited edition brews, and cider. The Company has been privately owned by the Collin brothers since 2015.

Piper Alderman advised Vale Brewing on selling their brewing business to Bickford’s Group, an iconic South Australian brand. The sale included the Vale beer brand, Fox Hat Brewing, Dr. Pilkington’s cider brands, and a 3,500-litre brewing facility in Willunga. The sale represents the culmination of a 9-year relationship between the Vale Group and Piper Alderman.

The Piper Alderman team worked closely with Vale Brewing on all aspects of the transaction, including structuring the business for sale, due diligence, confidentiality arrangements, negotiations with buyers, and completion of the transaction. With our experience in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate and commercial law issues, we were well-positioned to oversee the transaction on behalf of Vale Brewing.

What our client said

Vale Brewing’s Managing Director, Tim Collin said:

“I am thrilled with the outcome of our deal with Bickford’s, along with the fact that these iconic brands will stay in South Australian hands.”