Saturday, July 11, 2020

Craft brewery to open new Leeds location after raising £75k

A new craft brewery has secured £75,000 of funding to launch an online shop and brewpub in an iconic landmark mill in Leeds.

Amity Brew Co is signing a ten-year lease at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, following an injection of £50,000 from the Business Enterprise Fund and raising £25,000 from family.

due to open in autumn 2020, the 2,500 sq ft brewery and bar will be situated at Sunny Bank Mills’ Festoon Rooms with a paved outdoor beer garden overlooking the newly developed £2million Weavers Yard, a 5,000 sq ft outdoor space with 96 car parking spaces.

Gaining experience at BrewDog, North Brewing Co and Beer Hawk, Co-founder and Director of Amity Brew Co, Russ Clarke dreamt of using the USA brewery model to open his own brewpub.

“We are a group of friends who met on the craft beer scene having worked in the UK’s best breweries, so we know our stuff, ” says Mr Clarke.

“We are inspired by the US model of a brewpub, making limited batch beer on-site and getting it into the hands of the community fresh and fast.”

John Gaunt, joint Managing Director of mill owners Edwin Woodhouse and Co Ltd, said: “Sunny Bank, one of the most famous family-owned mills in Yorkshire, has been transformed into a 21st century business centre.

“The mill has been extensively renovated to provide quality space within an environment steeped in heritage for small and medium-sized businesses in West Yorkshire. Altogether 70 companies are now on site, creating 350 new and sustainable jobs.”

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