NORTHERN MONK BREW CO. to expand and invest £100,000 in local economy

Northern Monk Brew Co have had a great start to 2015 with an increase in demand for their progressive range of beers as it looks to expand thanks to the Business Growth Programme.

The company will create four new jobs, increase the brewing capacity by 66%, open up a bottling line, install a new fire exit so that Chapter Hall can open and install a pilot kit, which will allow smaller brew batches to be made. The expansion plans have been made through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and their Business Growth Programme.

Based at the Old Flax Store of Marshalls Mill, The Northern Monk Refectory, which launched in October 2014, is also going from strength to strength and plans to hold more events thanks to the growth scheme as they look to open The Chapter Hall event space.

Founder and Director Russell Bisset said: “We were successful in securing a grant of just under £18,000 from the LEP and this funding, together with other finance totalling around £100,000 is enabling us to invest in additional machinery to increase production capacity, make alterations to our premises and create four new jobs. It is really exciting times here with some big plans as we launch around six new beers, numerous new collaborations and look to open up the top floor (Chapter Hall) for events.”

This Sunday sees the Refectory launch the ‘Sunday Service’ initiative. Sunday roasts, board games plus free live music in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University. What makes this different? Customers visiting can donate to the Northern Monk food bank in which all donated items will get you a free Northern Monk beer. All donated items will be given to St. Georges Crypt.