Big plans brewing for Brew York
York’s unique craft brewery and tap room, Brew York, has started 2018 on a high note with their expansion plans, which will bring an economic boost to the city and see them nearly tripling production of their weird and wonderful brews.
The brewery nestled within York’s City Walls has recently put a planning permission application into York City Council to expand their craft brewery, create 11 more jobs and breathe new life into a three storey building to stop it from falling into disrepair.
Brew York co-founders and beer lovers, Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham, opened what many consider to be York’s most unique venue back in April 2016 and already have 17 employees. They plan to expand their craft brewery by reconfiguring their existing building to boost production of their wide range of exciting brews.
The current tap room will be extended into the new building offering more seating. They’re also planning to create an open plan street food kitchen in the new building, where customers can enjoy some tasty treats which complement what will be the widest beer selection in the city, and York based street food maestro Street Cleaver will be a permanent fixture along with guest food vendors.
The expanded Brew York will play host to regular events for beer lovers such as Keg Fest North, and the annual City of Ale festival. And with dedicated events spaces for weddings and parties, as well as meetings and training sessions for businesses, local residents will be able to experience Brew York in a whole new way.
Co-founder and managing director, Wayne Smith, said: “Lots of our customers have told us they love our brews and really enjoy visiting our tap room to see where our beer is made. With our expansion plans we want to create more jobs to grow our Brew York family so that we can increase brewing capacity and spread the love a little further. This will also mean we can get more of our brews out there in pubs and bars across the country so more people can enjoy what we’re doing. We’re also hoping to be exporting into Europe and even further afield.”
For local York residents (and former home brewers) Wayne and Lee everything centres around their brewing and love of fine brews, which feature a mix of intriguing ingredients. They’re even planning to install a lab and a small scale version of their current brewing system where they’ll monitor quality and fine tune their latest concoctions. It will also mean that they can support the home brew community and offer classes on how to brew, which would appeal to both local residents and businesses looking to offer their employees a different type of team meeting.
From its location in the city’s quirky Walmgate/Fossgate area, Brew York currently produces an impressive 13,400 pints of beer a week. Co-founder and head brewer, Lee Grabham, said: “We’re really excited by our plans to increase the amount we brew each week three fold and are already thinking about all the different beers we’ll be able to make.”
He added: “It would mean that not too long after Brew York’s second birthday we’d be able to brew more than ten times the weekly amount we were brewing when we launched in 2016. If someone would’ve told me a few years ago when Wayne and I were home brewing in our sheds that we’d be expanding our own brewery on this scale, I never would’ve believed them. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s always well worth it when we see people enjoying our beers in the tap room sitting just a few meters away from where they’re brewed."