It was the culmination of a dream, a lot of hard work and a sizeable investment.
But dozens of people turned up for a night to remember and an important chapter in Huddersfield’s brewing history – the opening of Magic Rock Brewing’s tap room.
Managing director Richard Burhouse welcomed guests to the licensed hall at its new premises, Willow Business Park, off St John’s Road, Birkby.
The craft beer brewery, which has enjoyed a meteoric growth since opening in 2011, needed larger premises after outgrowing its previous ones in Quarmby.
Richard has poured the best part of £1m into the venture and on the opening night, guests got the chance to see where the money had gone.
For anyone who has spent their lives desperately manoeuvring around many of our pubs trying to avoid barging into other drinkers and chintzy furniture this tap room is a huge relief - it is a seriously large industrial area yet the designers have pulled off the difficult trick of making it surprisingly intimate all the same.
Drinkers can also see direct into the working brewery next door.
Manager Duncan Sime, from Manchester, said: “It’s my third week and it’s really exciting.
“It’s a first for Huddersfield. We have 11 of our beers on offer.
“Richard Burhouse went to the US for three weeks and he got a lot of the design inspiration from there.”
Another Richard, Richard Norgate is the in-house designer.
The drinkers were served by a street food trader from Salford who was serving up delicious Malaysian food to accompany the beers and from July 3 a selection of food traders will be offering their wares on a regular basis.