Company brewing up to 40 jobs at four new pubs

Mike Heaton, Jamie Lawson and Mike Inman.
Mike Heaton, Jamie Lawson and Mike Inman.

Ossett Brewery will open four new pubs in Yorkshire this year as its formula of cask ale- led community pubs continues to succeed.

The £10m turnover business, which has an estate of 19 pubs and four brewing sites across Yorkshire, intends to invest more in community and live music themed pubs.

The new pubs, in Leeds, Bradford and York, will create up to 40 new jobs.

Mike Inman, joint managing director, said: “We are also looking at potentially expanding the brewery, which is growing at a rate of about 15 per cent per year. It is getting to the point where we are almost at capacity.

“We hope to continue growth at the rate of two or three sites a year; we will continue to look for Hop sites in larger cities such as York, Manchester, and Nottingham, but also look at opportunities for buying and refurbishing traditional community pubs closer to home in Yorkshire, particularly West Yorkshire areas.

“We are fortunate to be brewing at close to capacity and are working with some quality free-trade outlets alongside our own pubs. Our successful formula of cask ale-led community and music pubs is enjoying success despite the economic climate, as many pubs are closing.”

Ossett Brewery was lauded for its “genuine love of pubs” by judges at the national Publican Awards 2013, where it won an award for the Best Microbrewery Pub Company.

Judges were impressed with the synergy between cask ale and live music in The Hop venues.

It has also won many brewing awards with its core brands Excelsior, Silver King, Yorkshire Blonde, Big Red and Pale Gold.