A SOUTH Tyneside brewery has a lotta bottle after a £500,000 relaunch.
A new brewing plant was launched by Jarrow Brewery last autumn, as part of a Government-backed scheme set to create 14 new jobs.
The new brewing base at Bede Industrial Estate, Jarrow, means the borough company is able to produce far more bottled beers.
Owner Jess McConnell said: “The new plant means we can now produce the full range of bottled beer, whereas previously we had to cut back production.
“Some of our most popular real ales are now available in bottles, including Rivet Catcher, Jobling’s Swinging Gibbet, Westoe IPA and McConnell’s Irish Stout.”
Thanks to the new plant, Jarrow Brewery’s brewing capacity has increased to 72,000 pints a week, with some production still taking place at The Maltings, in Claypath Lane, South Shields.
Mr McConnell and his wife Alison secured £140,000 through the Regional Growth Fund to expand the company and create local jobs over the next few years.
And thanks to a deal with Carlsberg UK, beers brewed at the new Jarrow plant will soon be available in pubs throughout the country.
“We are in line with our original forecast and 2014 is set to be an exciting and challenging year,” Mr McConnell added.
Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn launched the brewery’s new plant last October, hailing the development as “a historic event”.