Moor Beer is preparing to expand its operations following record sales through 2016.

The independently-owned craft brewer said turnover increased by 74% in 2016 while positive progress is being maintained in 2017 as it gets ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

The Bristol-based Moor Beer also said it increased production by 54% last year, and it currently distributes across the UK and exports to 20 countries.

The brewer has ambitions to continue this success and to “boost the craft beer movement in its hope town and beyond”.

In order to support further growth, the brewery is looking for additional premises in both Bristol and London, where it hopes to expand the team in all areas of the business. As part of ongoing expansion Moor Beer has already invested in new equipment to enhance production of its brews.

Justin Hawke, Moor Beer’s owner and view chairman of the brewers’ association SIBA, said: “We are so happy to be celebrating our 10th birthday, especially when you consider most people think craft beer is a new movement. News of our continuing growth coinciding with our anniversary is the icing on the cake.

“Over the past decade we set many of the trends by having the vision and quality to kick-start what was a flagging British beer market. We continue to remain desirable by a growing audience by staying true to our value and being fiercely independent.

“In these days of ‘crafty’ buyouts by the big brewers and the crowdfunding of questionable propositions, both of which compromise the integrity and choices a brewer can make, we are one of the very few who are truly independent. All shares are owned by my wife and I who both work full time for the brewery and believe passionately in its future.

“The progress we have made in the last 10 years is testament to an ever vibrant beer scene and we are looking forward to what the next six months, year and even ten years brings for us.”

Moor Beer is the only brewery to be recognized by Camra to serve real ale in cans.