The founding duo behind the Loch Ness Brewing Company at Drumnadrochit, which went into liquidation earlier this year, have joined a rival beer-maker on Royal Deeside.
Steve Crossland and George Wotherspoon are now managing director and development director respectively at Deeside Brewery at Lochton of Leys by Banchory.
The double appointment comes as the Aberdeenshire brewer enjoys increased demand for its beers during 2016.
Mr Crossland said: “Deeside Brewery is flourishing in the current craft beer market and we hope to bring further knowledge and passion, developing some exciting new products
“Working with such a fantastic foundation for growth, we believe our experience in the industry and our real passion about craft beer will complement the existing team.”
Mr Wotherspoon added: “The past six months have been positive for Deeside Brewery, with Steve and I appointed to build on this momentum.
“We aim to introduce the business to the cask ale market and expand our increasing export market.
“Above all else, we will be working alongside Neil (Stirton), our head brewer, to develop the current beer range to suit every palette. We’ve got big plans for the future.”
Unable to pay its debts, Loch Ness Brewing Co was formally wound up at Inverness Sheriff Court in July.
Gordon MacLure, an insolvency expert at north-east accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael, was appointed interim liquidator.
Deeside Brewery, owned by Banchory-based businessman Mike Bain, produces beers including Talorcan, Macbeth and Laf.