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Vegan & Gluten Free Beer, meet Phil from Brass Castle brewery

This month we are talking to Phil Saltonstall from Brass Castle Brewery. He tells us what makes beer gluten-free and vegan-friendly and how his time in America has influenced his views of the craft beer scene. 1) Brass Castle Brewery is renowned for gluten-free and vegan-friendly beers. Please would you explain how your beers are…

Beer & Gin Festivals in October 2017

Autumn is here so why not spend a lazy afternoon tasting beer and gin with your friends? Here is just a small selection of the beer and gin festivals you can find in Yorkshire and the North of England this October. 6th-8th October Bolton Beer Festival 4th-7th Leeds Oktoberfest Teesside Brewfest Wakefield CAMRA Beer…

Who is the man behind Brewtown Tours

As you might expect for the owner of a business providing beer tours, Mark Stredwick has been drinking the brown stuff ever since his early years in Great Ayton, Teesside. The introduction largely consisted of his Dad’s homebrew, a nod to his future enthusiasm for small-batch, a real ale brewed in microbreweries by passionate men…

Inspired by continental cafe-bars, meet North Brewing Co

Inspired by continental cafe-bars and dismayed by the lack of options available on the Leeds bar scene at the time, directors John Gyngell and Christian Townsley set out to revive the city’s flagging nightlife by opening a friendly drinking spot with a focus on never-before-seen imported beers and excellent service. How did the two of…

What is a ‘Wapentake’? ask Ainsty Ales!

Inspired by the old “York & Ainsty District Wapentake”…  Andy Herrington from Ainsty Ales   Based in Acaster Malbis just south of York, Ainsty Ales is a world apart from your mental picture of a microbrewery. Far from being a soulless industrial space, the brewery is based on a farm in themiddle of picturesque, rolling…

Beer and Gin Festivals in July 2017

What’s on in July – Yorkshire beer and gin festivals in July 2017 30th June – 2 July Leeds Gin Festival Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival Suddabys Summer Festival Malton Tyneside Sausage and Cider Festival, North Shields MonkeyFest, Huddersfield Thorganby Beer Festival, North Yorkshire   7th-9th July Wynyard Hall Gin Festival, County Durham Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival, CAMRA…

Treason, Chocolat… it’s The Hop Studio

You founded The Hop Studio in 2012 – what inspired you to become a brewer? As a professional bureaucrat for nearly 20 years, I thought it was time to make a meaningful and beneficial contribution to society. Although I’d claim that I was one of the good guys who got things done it was clear…

BEERTOWN 2017: An Insider’s View

Today, we’re welcoming Bad Seed Brewery’s Chris Waplington to the Brewtown blog to talk to us about the BEERTOWN festival, running from May 18th – 20th in the Yorkshire food capital of Malton. “The dates are set and the countdown has begun to BEERTOWN 2017. This is the fourth year we have run BEERTOWN together with Brass Castle…

Yorkshire distillery gets into the spirit of things with production of the county’s first single malt whisky

As the birthplace of parkin, Betty’s tea rooms and the eponymous pudding, Yorkshire has long been recognized as a true foodie’s delight. The local drinks industry isn’t far behind either, with microbreweries aplenty and even a few gin makers now scattered across the county, But whisky – isn’t that best left to the Scots? Fledgling Yorkshire…

At the bar with… Lee Grabham, Brew York

Brew York is a relatively new addition to the Yorkshire beer scene, which makes the brewery’s stratospheric ascent to popularity even more impressive. Owned and run by two-man team Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham, what started as the shared pipe-dream of two homebrewing enthusiasts became a reality when the pair decided to take the plunge….

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