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7th December 2015

North bar to open brewery

Pioneering Leeds-based bar group North Bar Ltd and the successful team behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House have joined forces to open a 15bbl brewery with a 200 person capacity tap room in Leeds.

The new brewery opened on November 28th at Taverner’s Walk Industrial Estate on the fringe of Leeds City Centre and will initially service the eight bars currently operated between the two bar groups. Brewers Seb Brink (formerly of Golden Owl) and Darius Darwell (of Bristol Beer Factory) are behind the recipes of the beers, which will vary from classic British standards to exciting and interesting flavour combinations.

Christian Townsley, Director of North Brewing Co, said: “We’ve been talking about opening a brewery for over ten years, to finally see it become reality is amazing and we’re all really excited about the future.”

Opened in 1997, North Bar marked the way for the growth in ‘craft beer’ venues in the UK, working closely with key beer importers such as James Clay of Elland and Vertical Drinks of Leeds on the way. The group currently operates six venues in Leeds, with work underway on a new venture in Harrogate. Belgrave Music Hall opened in 2014 to critical acclaim and the team have followed that success with the opening of Headrow House in October of this year.

Christian Townsley, Director of North Bar Ltd, said: “We see North Brewing Company as the next logical step in our business growth, but it doesn’t come without a challenge as over the last eighteen years our customers have come to expect only the best from us. We believe that even in the current competitive climate in British brewing there’s an opportunity for a team willing to produce well crafted classics as well as more challenging beer styles.”

John Gyngell, Director of North Bar Ltd, said: “In our group of bars we have commercial customers ready and waiting for our product, giving us the opportunity to develop our products quickly and under the scrutiny of the most refined palates. In the tap we have an exciting new venue that we worked hard to ensure still felt like a part of the brewery, we wanted that ‘Willy Wonka’ feel.”

North Brewing Co, Unit 6, Taverner’s Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, LS7 1AH

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North Bar
North Bar is a previous winner and runner up of The Observer Food Monthly ‘Best place to drink in Britain’, ahead of 11,000 licensed establishments. North Bar is a regular stop on the celebrity brewer gig scene; recent visitors include Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn, Doug Odell of Odell, and Kjetil Jikiun of Nogne. North Bar regularly launches brand new global beers for the UK market.

North Bar Ltd
The independent group North Bar Ltd is renowned for its alternative approach to bars, blending craft global beer, local breweries, interesting wines and spirits, excellent quality food and eclectic music and art, all backed up by excellent service from friendly and knowledgeable staff. Since opening in 1997, North Bar Ltd has expanded the group to include; Holbeck’s gastro pub The Cross Keys, Chapel Allerton’s friendly neighbourhood bar, Further North, and Meanwood’s Alfred.

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