Ilkley Brewery has now upped its staff numbers to 12.

Harriet Marks becomes the first ever brewster – female brewer. She said: “Having worked in Australian vineyards prior to this post, I was keen to pursue a career in the drinks industry when I returned home to Yorkshire last year.

“Here, craft beer is undergoing an exciting revolution and I love being involved in the entire brewing process. Back in the pre-industrial age, women were the original ‘brewsters’ so it’s brilliant to be joining Ilkley Brewery alongside two other female beer advocates.”

Alexa Jennings joins the business as office manager having previously worked at Tax Assist Accountants as an account technician. She will be managing the purchase ledger and month-end procedures as well as the co-ordination of the brewery’s operations.

Finally Claire Dunne joins the business as credit controller. She has an extensive background in the pub trade, having previously owned a pub and worked for a number of years with Market Town Taverns. Claire will be responsible for facilitating payments and liaising both with suppliers and customers.

All three appointments reflect the brewery’s continued growth in 2012 which positions it well for further success in coming years.

Last year the brewery won the national Local Business Accelerators campaign which saw them win a mentorship programme from Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.

A further six industry awards also graced the brewery’s mantelpiece.