Cheers! Leeds brewery looks to tap into beer boom and produce EIGHT TIMES more booze

Barrels of some of Kirkstall Brewery's beer
Barrels of some of Kirkstall Brewery's beer
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An expanding Leeds brewery company could be set to produce eight times more beer if its plan to switch sites is approved.

Kirkstall Brewery – currently based off Wyther Lane – has applied for planning permission to take over the former Medina Dairy site at Kirkstall Road.

John Kelly, from the brewery, said it had been operating at maximum capacity since it moved to its current site in 2012.

He added: “If we get approval we’ll physically be able to brew eight times more beer. There’s a much bigger appreciation for quality beer nowadays.

“People are starting to realise it’s not just about the package, it’s about where it comes from and how it’s made.”

The brewery can trace its roots back to the 12th century, when Cistercian monks founded Kirkstall Abbey, complete with a brew house and a forge.

It now makes beers including Kirkstall Pale Ale, Best Yorkshire Bitter and Generous George.

If the plans are approved, the company would retain the existing building but put cladding on the exterior walls.

Inside there would be a bar and restaurant as well as a brewery with access for the public.

The project will be led by Group Ginger, the design group behind the successful redevelopment of the art deco Tetley Brewery headquarters

The brewery hopes to relocate by the end of the year.