Moonwake Beer Company to open microbrewery and mezzanine tap room in Leith
Craft microbrewers Moonwake Beer Company are set to open a new brewery on the Shore after planning permission was approved.
The start up, founded by director, Finlay Heslop and head brewer, Vincent Rosario, was previously named Origin Beer Company and a planning application was lodged to Edinburgh City Council in December 2020 to part-change a disused industrial unit on Tower Street into a brand new tap room and microbrewery.
Moonwake, which means ‘the moon's reflection on a body of water’ is a nod to the brewery’s location, the importance of water as a brewing ingredient, and the ‘beer's reflection of our collective experience.’
In January, Moonwake Beer Co, took hold of the premises 6A Tower Street, across the road from the Malmaison hotel just 34 metres from the Shore.
Since receiving the keys the founders have stripped the building back to make it an empty unit, laid new flooring, shipped in their brewery kit and ‘unleashed their inner Michaelangelo’ to create a colourful brewery mural, sharing updates with excited craft beer fans on their website.
While the space is small, Moonwake’s plans are to create the brewery itself, made of a three-vessel brew kit, as well as an impressive mezzanine tap room for tastings of their small batch product.
The planning permission notes that Moonwake willandIn their supporting statement to the council in the planning application, Moonwake said that their small brewery will brew up three to four batches of craft beer a week, and hopes to create eight jobs.