Steam Machine Brewing Company was established in 2015, and just 12 months later owners Nick and Gulen Smith are preparing to open their second brewery.
Whilst the new premises are four times size the size of their first brewery, the company is staying close to its original site, occupying Unit 14 of the IES Centre in Horndale Avenue, Newton Aycliffe.
Nick and Gulen will now be able to increase the amount of beer they brew fivefold, taking production from 1,600 bottles to 9,100 bottles each week.
After the success of their first brew room, they have included a new, larger room on the premises, where visitors can drink the beer in the same place it was made.
Nick, a former chemistry teacher, said: "The main reason for moving was to increase capacity as we had been running at maximum since early this year and we had simply not been able to keep up with demand for our beer from our trade customers.
"Our beer is now being bought and sold across the UK, so by having bigger premises, not only will we be able to satisfy the demand for our current range of beers, it will also enable us to introduce newer beers."
Nick and Gulen were adamant that when they moved premises, they wanted to retain a brew room, which has become a popular destination for drinkers each weekend.
Nick said: "The brewery is situated on a private industrial estate so people have to call us from the entrance gate to gain access.
"Despite the fact people need to make an effort to come to us, the brew room is always full, so we are delighted to have been able to retain it and actually make it even bigger."
The Steam Machine Brewing Company’s current core range of beers are an IPA, Double IPA, Earl Grey-infused IPA, Red IPA, Treacle Toffee Stout, Saison Blonde and a Lapsang Souchong Smoked Porter.
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