North Brewing Co brewery expansion plans revealed

By Nikkie Sutton

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Leeds-based North Brewing Co has unveiled plans to double the brewing capacity of its Sheepscar site after a successful first year.

Co-founder John Gyngell said the decision to expand was made following advice from other figures in the trade.

He added: “We talked to a lot of guys we know in the industry and they said we would need the extra space so we took the plunge and [the additional unit] is already full.

“We have had an amazing first year, we are doubling capacity and buying more fermenting vessels.

“We want to double turnover and production, and we are looking at all markets, including export, retail, online retail and our local market where we want to have greater visibility.”

Moving away from paper labels

The brewing arm of North Bar Co is set to move away from its current paper labels after updated designs were approved for printed cans​.

Gyngell explained the business took the decision after trialling the idea and came to the conclusion that the new cans look more professional.

He added: “It started as a trial but we have now seen the more we do, the further our brand gets, the more widely recognised the brand is and it helps us get into markets we wouldn’t have got into otherwise.”

Brewery future plans

He also unveiled future plans for the company alongside the brewery expansion.

Gyngell added: “We will be getting some racking [in the brewery] and getting our first forklift truck, which the guys are very excited about.

“The focus is on the brewery for next year but we also need to make the bars continually better for the customers.”

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