Ex-BrewDog boss steps down as Curious Brewery MD

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An exciting journey: after a successful two years at Curious Brewery, Gareth Bath has stepped down
An exciting journey: after a successful two years at Curious Brewery, Gareth Bath has stepped down

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Curious Brewery managing director Gareth Bath has stepped down from the beer and cider arm of Chapel Down Group to “pursue other interests”.

Bath, who left BrewDog nine months after being promoted to the role of managing director at the Scottish brewery, has announced his resignation after joining Curious Brewery in October 2017.

Bath said: “It’s been a very exciting journey over the past two years, and I’d like to thank everyone at Chapel Down for the experience in building this amazing brand.”

During his time at the brewery, Bath has overseen the build of the new brewery and the rebranding exercise.

Bath told The Morning Advertiser​ in June 2019​: “Chapel Down has a different brand positioning, a bit more sophisticated, a bit more premium and being a quintessentially British luxury brand at its heart, but it’s as disruptive as anyone.” 

Looking back

The Kent-based brewer, wine and spirit maker Chapel Down's combined sales rose from £11.8m in 2017 to just over £13m during 2018.

Established in 2011, beer arm Curious Brewery contributed £4m of this – a 10% increase year on year – and delivered a gross profit of £1.29m in isolation.

When Bath joined Curious Brewery, Chapel Down CEO Frazer Thompson told TheGrocer​: “Gareth will bring a new level of energy and expertise to grow the Curious business and brand to greatness.

“With his blue-chip background and the tremendous success he enjoyed with BrewDog, he’s a great addition to our board and will give the whole business an immediate boost.”

On the announcement of Bath’s resignation, Thompson said: “We wish Gareth well in the future and thank him for his help over the past two years in creating this exciting brand.

“In the meantime, I will take control of the business in the interim as we build going forwards.”

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