Published on March 4, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour


New build has a lot to crow about

Construction work on a North Yorkshire brewery’s new home is progressing nicely, according to its owners. Rooster’s Brewing Co is relocating from Knaresborough back to Harrogate, where the brewery was first established by Sean Franklin in 1993.

Based at Hornbeam Park, a couple of miles south of the towns centre and a short walk from the train station of the same name, the building – previously occupied by ICI – offers Rooster’s much-needed, additional storage and operational space.

Having outgrown their current building, which has been home to the brewery since 2001, there’s also enough space at the new Hornbeam Park site for Rooster’s to develop an onsite taproom, complete with a space for private functions and, for the first time, the offer of regular brewery tours.

Owned and operated by Ian Fozard and his twin sons, Tom and Oliver, who bought the brewery in December 2011, the move is also an opportunity for investment in a brand new, custom-designed 30-barrel brew plant. And, as if this isn’t progressive enough, a 10-barrel pilot plant has also been commissioned that will allow for a wider range of beers to be brewed, as well as bespoke brews with trade customers and the development of a barrel-ageing project.

Work began on Rooster’s new site at the beginning of this year, with the aim of having the taproom room open and pouring beers in late April to early May. The new floor is close to completion, as is the new cold store.

The brewery itself will be installed in June, at which point production will transition from the old site in Knaresborough.

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