Coyle helped bring the Scottish brewer’s flagship oak-aged beer, Innis & Gunn Original, to market in 2003 when he was at Refresh, and has kept a strong professional interest in the business ever since.
He said: “Innis & Gunn is an entrepreneurial, local craft brewer that has had great success in taking its outstanding craft beer to an international audience. I have known Dougal Sharp, the chief executive and founder, for many years and I admire the way that he has been so single-mindedly committed to making innovative great tasting beer, no gimmicks, no stunts, just great flavour.
“My aim is to help the company take that approach even further because I believe the British consumer is actively seeking out new beer experiences and Innis & Gunn can help meet that demand by strengthening the appeal and availability of their existing brands, while maintaining a steady stream of innovative new brews.”
Innis & Gunn chairman Tony Hunt said: “We were keen for James to join our board because he is passionate about beer, has a great understanding of the beer trade and is someone who has real entrepreneurial flair. Although we are still a relatively small company we have big plans for the coming years, and someone with James’s experience will be able to contribute to our mission of changing the world of beer for the better.”