From a little known factory in Leeds big things are brewing.
A machine that could revolutionise the modern day brewery business is set to be unveiled at an exhibition in March - and it is being pioneered in this city.
Stephen Midgley, Brewology’s technical director, has designed and created a machine which can siphon beer into cans and bottles ready for selling to the public.
It is expected to prove hugely popular to the smaller micro and craft breweries at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) BEERX - Annual Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool in March.
Brewology, in Holbeck, has already sold two just by word of mouth before the big unveil.
Mr Midgley, a former engineer at Tetleys, said: “It is something we are being asked for a lot to meet with the social demands for people that want to drink at home.
“The industry is substantially different now. Today we have literally thousands of smaller breweries but there were just 200 to 300 30 years ago.”
It is this trend that has helped Brewology, formed three years ago and operating with just 18 members of staff, to develop as the changes in drinking cultures, both at home and in the pub, mean the previous big breweries are also having to adapt.
As well as creating new machinery for the long-established Fuller’s Brewery, which makes London Pride, it has worked with Leeds, Kirkstall and Osset independent breweries.
Managing director David Grant added: “Three breweries are opening a week and more established breweries are having to downsize.
“Because of the varieties of beers, it creates a demand. Brewers have to be more flexible and equipment needs to be able to do more - which helps us.”