98. Amity Brew Co

A young, inclusive brewery committed to selling directly to customers and putting the Yorkshire town of Farsley on the craft beer map

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Founders: Verity and Russ Clarke and Rich Degnan
Founded: 2020
Website: amitybrew.co

Amity Brew Co’s founders Verity and Russ Clark, and Rich Degnan value three things above all: Friendship, Community and Good Beer.

A new entry to the index this year, Amity was determined to not let the pandemic delay their charge. The founders opened the company’s first ‘brewpub’ in December of 2020 in the idyllic town of Farsley, just outside of Leeds.

Whilst many small breweries attempt to get their products into Supermarkets and shops as quickly as possible, Amity decided that selling directly to customers, inspired by US breweries doing the same thing, was a more sustainable way forward.

Brewing aside, Amity has gone to great lengths to create an inclusive workplace for all. It’s one of the few Craft beer companies with a female director at the helm and a 50% female bar team.

This has resulted in around 90% of the brewery’s beer being sold in house or through the company’s website, which is all the more impressive considering Amity relies exclusively on free press coverage and spending on adverts falls short of £300 per month.

The bold strategy has allowed the company’s staff team to grow to ten and build relationships with local farms that use the brewpub’s waste grains to feed their animals.

Creating high-quality craft beer is no easy task, and Amity Brew Co’s appreciation for traditional beer styles, combined with a willingness to take the plunge and try something different, is a key component of the company’s roaring start to life.

90% of the brewery’s beer sold is either in house or through the company’s website, which is all the more impressive considering Amity relies exclusively on free press coverage and spending on adverts falls short of £300 per month.

Brewing aside, Amity has gone to great lengths to create an inclusive workplace for all. It’s one of the few Craft beer companies with a female director at the helm and a 50% female bar team.

With a clear direction, welcoming ethos and a commitment to getting beer into the hands of local people, the sky really is the limit for Amity’s plucky Yorkshire brewers.

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