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Leeds Brewery barrels

Making a mark with the barrels

Brewing up

Sam Moss and Michael Brotherwell tell us about running Leeds Brewery, Leeds’ only independent brewery.

Leeds Brewery is definitely a young company, (the average age of the brewery's employees is around 25 years old) and the lead starts at the top with bosses Sam Moss (23) and Micheal Brotherwell (25).

Sam and Michael were both History students at York University, while at college the pair got experience of brewing on both side of the bar. As Sam quips, "Studying history means that we had plenty of time to spend in pubs."

Both spent time working at the York Brewery before the young entrepreneurs spotted a gap in the real ale market in Leeds.

Sam says, "Leeds is one of the biggest cities without an independent brewer, there is a huge potential.

The city of Leeds has a history of brewing especially with the large Tetley’s brewery on the edge of the city centre (now owned by the global giant Carlsberg). It was back in 1822 that Joshua Tetley set up his brewing business that became a Yorkshire institution, can Sam and Michael hope to emulate Tetley's?

There's a long way to go but for Sam locality is the key, "It is important to sell as much of our beer in and around pubs in Leeds, we are Leeds Brewery. I have never lived or worked anywhere where the people are so passionate about where they come from."

Leeds Brewery's plant

The brewery is in Holbeck

The small brewery, in a light industrial unit in Holbeck does not have the presence of Carlsberg's huge plant, it has the capacity to brew around 20,000 pints per week and was set up in June 2007.

The man with hands-on charge of the brewing process is Venkatesh Lyer who did a masters degree in brewing at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

Despite the company being only one year old Leeds Brewery now even owns its first pub, the Midnight Bell in Water Lane, Holbeck. The company regularly brews three beers, a draught bitter, a pale ale and dark mild alongside seasonal special brews.

In a recent diversification, the brewery has signed a deal with local city centre pub, Sam's Chop House, to supply bottled beer to be produced alongside the draught beer in the Holbeck plant.

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