A SOUTH Tyneside brewery is getting on tap for a beer-boosting revolution.
Jarrow Brewery is set to recruit more than a dozen staff and produce 70,000 pints a week as part of £500,000 expansion plans.
A new brewing plant is fast taking shape at Aidan Court, Bede Industrial Estate, Jarrow, with specially-designed beer production equipment from Cheshire set to be installed soon.
The new brewing base comes after earlier costly plans to expand operations at historic St Andrew’s Church on Hebburn collapsed, because of residents’ objections and planning issues.
But now the brewery’s plans are full steam ahead, with the company set to boost production levels to 70,000 pints a week.
The plant is being partly-funded with a £140,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), which was agreed on the understanding that Jarrow Brewery would invest in excess of £500,000 over three years.
Brewery owner Jess McConnell said: “Brewing should start in Jarrow by mid-May and we will be creating 14 new jobs over the next three years.
“We made it just in time, in terms of the RGF grant, and will start recruiting brewery workers soon.
“The Jarrow plant will produce our biggest sellers, such as Rivet Catcher, while we will be retaining our brew house at The Maltings Ale House in South Shields.
“Plus, we will be able to start producing bottled beers again, which we had to stop, because of a lack of brewing capacity.”
Paul Minnikin, of Durham-based Business Legal Finance, helped Jarrow Brewery put its expansion plans on track, providing finance and legal support.
Mikaela McConnell, Mr McConnell’s daughter, who works as brewery manager, will split her time between the new Jarrow plant and The Maltings.
Jarrow Brewery was launched in 2002, at the Robin Hood pub, Jarrow, and later moved into The Maltings, before taking over The Isis pub in Sunderland and The Magnesia Bank, North Shields, last year.