A growing thirst for real ale has led two breweries to expand their operations.

Saltaire Brewery and Ilkley Brewery will both be churning out more beer in the coming months.

Saltaire’s production of beer will rise from about 35,000 pints a week to 50,000 when two extra brews per week are added at the beginning of August.

Head brewer Tony Gartland said the company will operate extended hours two days a week to take its number of weekly brews to eight.

Three extra staff are being taken on and £100,000 invested in the expansion, which has been driven by greater demand from supermarkets and pubs which stock its bottled beers. This year a fifth of the brewery’s production will be put into bottles, compared to ten per cent last year.

“We’ve a huge demand for cask ale from local pubs and clubs in West Yorkshire. Our focus is very much on the local area,” Mr Gartland said.

“There’s a boom nationally, but particularly in West Yorkshire and north Lancashire.”

The change is welcomed by the workforce.

Mr Gartland said: “It’s good news. People are very keen for the business to succeed and want to be part of it.”

Ilkley Brewery is currently advertising for a trainee brewer, sales representatives and a brewery operative/drayman and hopes to grow its production by the end of September.

Head brewer Chris Ives said: “We are expanding brewing production by up to 33 per cent on our current site to meet the ever-growing demand locally and nationally for our hand-brewed cask ales.

“The expansion will result in an extra 12,000 pints a week being brewed.”

The firm is investing an undisclosed amount in new equipment.

The company, based at New Brewery in Ashlands Road, was founded in 2009.