Skipton’s Copper Dragon Brewery has exciting plans for 2011 after a year that saw turnover increase by 15% and further expansion into international markets.
Demand for the brewery’s range of hand-crafted bottled and cask beers has increased with a growing number of orders from across the globe including Central and Eastern Europe
Copper Dragon founder and MD Steve Taylor explained: “Despite the downturn, Britain’s fondness for real ale continues to rise. Discerning customers are looking for new tastes in their beers.
“Interest in our range of ales, in particular Golden Pippin, has grown and we’ve seen demand from many new trading areas.
“The next twelve months will see us launch four special ales with the very popular Fred Trueman Ale making a comeback in February. We are also heavily investing in a new bank of fermenters which will increase our capacity and cement our status as a true regional brewer,” added Steve.
The Copper Dragon Bistro, based at the brewery, has witnessed another very successful year with the number of covers increasing by around 20%.
“It’s no longer the Yorkshire Dales’ best kept secret!” exclaimed Steve. “The culinary expertise of our head chefs Karl & Marie Reader combined with mouthwatering, locally sourced ingredients has made this venue a real success story.
“We will also be further developing our conference facilities with a growing number of local firms enjoying the novelty of hosting events within the brewery,” concluded Steve.
Established in 2002, Skipton-based Copper Dragon supplies its hand crafted Best Bitter, Golden Pippin, Scots 1816, Challenger IPA and Black Gold cask ales to over 2000 pubs across the UK as well as major supermarkets and foreign markets as far afield as Australia and Russia.