Monday, 7 September 2009

Copper Dragon Going Well


The MA reports that Copper Dragon Brewery of Skipton has increased its turnover by 50% over last year. Copper Dragon managing director Steve Taylor said: “This is supposed to be a slow time in the brewery trade but we are operating at near full capacity with our hand crafted cask ales and sales of our bottled range are going through the roof." I'd have thought they'd have used the doors myself, but there you are.

Nice to see another good news story from the cask ale front line and to see that Tyson's sterling supping has not been in vain!

The Morning Advertiser story is here.

11 comments:

Moggy said...

agreed its nice to see them doing well, they make some great ales and seem to be popular with the pubs round here.

Leigh said...

Yep, always know what you're going to get with CD. I spent a morning at the new brewery around this time last year and Peter Taylor was an absolute gent. He also founded the Northern Craft Brewers, and supports homebrewing in general as the seed of the craft movement - so an all-round nice guy. One thing though - I'd love to see CD do a couple of seasonals. Just move out of the comfort zone a little, you know what I mean?

wittenden said...

I always look out for CD when we go to Yorkshire as I've enjoyed their beers in the past, but the part of the Dales we know best is infested with Black Sheep.Incidentally, you said that Roosters isn't the brewery that it was: never had it up north, but tried Hedgehog(?) at Amberley B/F were it compared well with a special from Dark Star-that's praise from me!

Tyson said...

I hope they appreciate all the hard work I put in.

Woolpack Dave said...

I think this reflects success generally with the smaller independent breweries. Time and time again I'm getting the same story from micro brewers; we're quite busy thank you Tyson and every other beer drinker for that matter.

Tyson said...

Personally I don't think CD need to do seasonals-they've got a good core range and should stick to that. In my experience, most (but not all) seasonal beers brewed by the regional brewers aren't very exciting.

RedNev said...

I've been singing the praises of Copper Dragon for a good while, and was on their Golden Pippin last night in my local ~ a rare visit by the beer to Southport. I don't generally drink beers below 4%, but I make an exception for this one.

Jeffrey said...

They should ask their PR people to send out fewer press releases. I've stopped reading them, they're so bloody frequent. We had one of their beers on at the pub recently (and IPA?), but it sold in a single session when I wasn't around, so didn't get to try it.

MicMac said...

I'm pleased for them (good beer & good reputation for treating their pub tenants well) but I'm amazed they're nearing their recently massively-increased brewing capacity though - if memory serves they now have a 60bbl plant capable of brewing twice a day - that's 480 firks a day. :~o

Great business, but I wouldn't want to be chief cask-washer!

Tandleman said...

Keep you out of mischief Mike.

MicMac said...

we have a single-head cask-washer, one cask takes about 7mins in total, if my maths is right that would be 56hrs work (no breaks) for us to wash one day's of CD's casks!