Published on March 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Loud noises at new plant
A pioneering North Yorkshire brewery has completed an £850,000 investment into a new, state-of-the-art brewery and taproom. Rooster’s Brewing Co, is now based in Harrogate – having moved from its long-term Knaresborough home – and at 20,000 square feet, the brewery is three times the size of its previous premises.
Owned and run since 2011 by Ian Fozard and his two sons, Oliver and Tom, the move sees Rooster’s return to the town where the independent craft beer brewer first started life 27 years ago under the legendary Sean Franklin. Its brews include flagship Yankee Pale Ale, Baby-Faced Assassin and 24/7.
The company’s new headquarters consists of a bespoke brewhouse capable of producing over 30,000 litres of quality craft beer every week, as well as a large taproom (open since May last year). There’s also an upstairs Sample Room with a private bar overlooking the brewhouse which can be hired for functions for up to 120 people.
The new brewery, designed by head brewer Oliver Fozard, with British-made equipment sourced from UK manufacturers, will enable Rooster’s to almost double its production capacity immediately, with opportunities to expand and increase this further in the long-term.
Alongside this main plant, Rooster’s has also invested in a smaller, 1,600 litre brewing plant, which will be used to produce an ongoing range of new, flavour-packed limited-edition beers. These beers will form part an experimental sub-brand known as the Outlaw Project, which was in late February.
Oliver Fozard says: “Our focus has and always will be on brewing consistent, quality, easy-drinking and well-balanced beers, so we’re very excited by all the new opportunities this bespoke plant opens up for us.
“Not only does it enable us to significantly increase our production output for our ever-expanding range of beers but, with the addition of the smaller plant, we now also have an exciting opportunity to channel the pioneering creativity we’re known for and create a range of exciting, inspiring, flavour-filled limited edition beers that bring something completely new and different to the market.”
The first six new beers to be launched under the Outlaw Project include a German-style beer, a sweet stout and a range of American IPAs:
Monkey Tennis? (4.5% abv) With polenta making up 20% of the grist, Monkey Tennis? is a fruity pale ale brewed with the addition of orange peel and New Zealand’s Motueka and Rakau hops. Available in cask only.
Slow & Low (3.1% abv) A refreshingly tart Berliner Weisse with zing flavours of fresh lime juice and spicy root ginger with a touch of chilli pepper heat, leading to a crisp, mouth-watering finish. Keg and can.
Go Backer (3.6% abv) A scaled-down Vermont IPA; soft, juicy and brimming with citrus fruit flavours, with a low hoppy bitterness overlaying a malty, sweet backbone. Keg and can.
Behind The Curve (6.3% abv) A full-bodied, soft and mouth-coating New England IPA oozing juicy, tropical fruit flavours thanks to a blend of Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops. Keg and can.
Loud Noises (7.8% abv) A dry-hopped West Coast double IPA brewed with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops that delivers a fruit-laden mouthful of flavour. Keg and can.
Scoundrel (7.4% abv) A rich, decadent stout with a touch of sweetness and a luxurious mouthfeel, brewed with the addition of almonds, glacé cherries, raisins, sultanas, lemon and orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and lactose. Cask, keg and can.