Salt Beer Factory — a £1.7m investment by Ossett Brewery in a grade II listed Victorian tramshed — has been offically opened.
Salt is a microbrewery with a difference, unifying heritage and modern brewing. The mission is to produce showstopping, hop-forward beers, and couple them with an interactive brewery experience.
Brewing a wide range of beer in keg, can and cask formats — including IPAs, NEIPAs, stouts and lagers — an exciting line-up of brewing collaborations are planned for the 2019.
The 20-hectolitre beer factory is housed in an iconic piece of architecture. The taproom is in the heart of the brewery, where beer drinkers can enjoy hand-crafted Salt Beers with the backdrop and theatre of the brewhouse around them.
The Salt experience includes brewery tours, a stage for live events, DJ booth, viewing mezzanines, tank beer dispense, gift shop, wood-fired pizza oven, and private hire / conference facilities. A range of clothing has been specially designed for Salt by the global fashion brand Luke 1977.
Craft Asylum bars opening
The brand doesn’t stop there; work is under way for the expansion of Salt through two craft-centred venues, named Craft Asylum. The first bar is set to launch in the venue formerly known as Candlebar, on Granary Wharf, Leeds, on November 16. The second Craft Asylum — at 26 East Parade, Leeds, just off Greek Street — will be opening its doors on November 30.
Craft Asylum is a city centre concept which will showcase modern hop-forward beers from Salt and leading guest breweries, plus more than 50 artisan gins and premium coffee.
The two new bars will create a relaxing destination for guests to visit and escape from the everyday madness of city life, while enjoying great drinks from independent producers.
Ossett Brewery owne, Jamie Lawson, said: “The vision for Salt has been three years in the making; a concept that began with an idea to brew some beer at the back of the Hop in Saltaire has now evolved into something much greater than we could’ve ever imagined.
“The vision has now extended beyond the brewery as we aim to showcase the best in craft beers and gins in a modern pub environment.”