Ilkley Brewery has invested in fermentation and cask filling equipment that will enable it to meet growing demand from domestic and overseas customers.
The West Yorkshire brewery has taken delivery of a 10 foot high, 8,000 litre fermentation vessel, along with a brand new cask filling machine that will give better quality control.
Both pieces of equipment will help to increase production levels by 33 per cent.
In terms of beer, this means the brewery can now make up to 25,000 litres or 50,000 pints on a weekly basis.
The brewery’s latest round of investment follows another successful year of business.
UK sales are 20 per cent higher than at this time last year. In May, the brewery also shipped its first export order to America, a move that has boosted sales volumes even further.
Managing director, Chris Ives, said:
“Feedback from the States following our initial shipment in May has been positive and we have just had confirmation of a second order which will head Stateside in early December.”
The brewery also exported to Sweden last month, sending 17,000 bottles of Holy Cow, a rich cranberry milk stout, to its Scandinavian shores.
A further 17,000 bottles of the beer will be shipped in early December.
“Export is most definitely a strong sales area for us and we expect to see it develop steadily over the next 12 months to account for around ten to 12 per cent of sales by the end of 2014.
“That said, UK cask sales remain our biggest focus and we will continue to build on this by introducing new beers to the market next year and by recruiting more staff to meet production forecasts.”