Rooster's Brewing Company | Harrogate
Hatched in 1993, Rooster's Brewing Company is presently nested in the wonderful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. At a time when most ales for sale were traditionally brown, Sean Franklin, along with his wife, Alison and son, Sam, founded the Rooster's Brewing Company, and quickly developed a reputation for brewing ground-breaking, hop-forward pale ales that showcased exciting new hops bought in especially from the USA. Beers such as Yankee soon started to attract the attention of judges at beer festivals across the UK, racking up countless awards along the way.
In 2011 Sean decided to retire and, with Sam having already flown the nest to Canada, chose to sell the brewery to Ian Fozard and his sons, Oliver (Head Brewer) and Tom (Commercial Director). Whilst there has been a respected change in ownership Rooster's are still crazy about hops and the unique flavours they can impart on beer. Their hop store is crammed full of hop varieties from all over the world; from Australia and New Zealand to Slovenia and North America.
The Rooster's Brewing Company continue in their quest to produce the highest quality, clean-drinking beers possible, whilst also continuing to experiment and innovate, as new beer styles evolve and customer curiosity grows. Up until 2012, the brewery only ever produced cask beer but, in April of that year, a new range of bottled beers was introduced. Kegs followed in 2014 and in January 2015, Rooster’s became one of the first smaller breweries in the UK to install a canning line, leading the way in what quickly developed into a very popular and exciting market.
2020 marked the moved into a new bespoke brewhouse capable of producing over 30,000 litres of quality craft beer every week. Designed by Head Brewer Oliver Fozard Rooster's are now capable of producing 5,000 litre brews specifically for their core range of popular beers. Alongside this main plant, Rooster’s has also invested in a smaller, 1,600 litre brewing plant, which is used to produce an ongoing range of new, experimental, flavour-packed limited-edition beers under the ‘Outlaw Project’.