Sitting just to the north-east of York, the picturesque market town of Malton has established itself as pocket of foodie heaven in the heart of North Yorkshire. This tour takes in two of the town’s best independent drinks producers, before heading The Black Swan brew pub in Pickering, where we find Breworks Brewery.
Please note that these are all working breweries, so unforeseen changes to Brewtown’s schedule are possible.
Since 2013, Bad Seed has been disrupting the traditional Yorkshire beer scene with its truly original brews. The brewery makes use of innovative recipes, quality ingredients and a modern outlook on brewing techniques to provide an alternative to breweries focused on more traditional flavours and production methods. With a range of cask, keg and bottled beers, including its Summer Ale, Espresso Stout and Saison, Bad Seed’s reputation for innovation and unique flavour combinations make the brewery a true original.
This brand-new brewing venture from the owners of the Black Swan pub is a microbrewery in the truest sense of the word. Head brewer Tristan Hall, alongside his parents and Black Swan landlords Phil and Jill, earned his brewer’s stripes establishing an artisan brewery in his previous home of Istanbul, and hopes to use traditional recipes and local seasonal ingredients to produce a selection of beers inspired by the international range he created in Turkey.
When it began life in 2011, Brass Castle produced four casks at a time in a garage on Brass Castle Hill. In its first year, the brewery won Champion Beer at the York CAMRA Beer Festival, leading to a surge of interest and rapid expansion. Nowadays, Brass Castle produces approximately 150 casks a week from its town centre location in Malton. From the light, bright Sunshine IPA to the thick, unctuous Bad Kitty vanilla porter, the brewery isn’t afraid to push the boundaries with its full-flavoured brews.