South-East, Wednesday & Thursday

There’s more to York than what’s within the walls! Brewtown’s south-east York brewery tour takes visitors out of the city centre to explore the beer scene further afield, taking in microbreweries in Elvington, Ellerton and Acaster Malbis before returning to the heart of the city.

Please note that these are all working breweries, so unforeseen changes to Brewtown’s schedule are possible.

Hop Studio

Sitting a stone’s throw from the Yorkshire Air Museum, the Hop Studio’s selection of Yorkshire favourites will have you flying high. Founded in 2012 by beer enthusiast Dave Shaw, the Hop Studio doesn’t like to be pigeonholed – they identify their brewing style as ‘original British craft beer’ and produce beers full of flavour, aroma and charisma – ranges include a Yorkshire Dubbel, a Vanilla Porter, and Elder, an Elderflower Saison brewed only during the summer months.

Half Moon

A five-barrel microbrewery housed in a converted forge in the picturesque village of Ellerton… are you sold yet? A long-held dream of husband and wife team Tony and Jackie Rogers, the couple launched the brewery in 2014 with a range of five classic Yorkshire ales brewed in small batches, as well as collaborations and seasonal specials. With the word spreading and demand for their delicious beers on the up, Half Moon won’t be York’s best-kept secret for long.

Ainsty Ales

One of the newest additions to York’s beer scene, Ainsty Ales started its life as a ‘cuckoo’ brewery, using the spare capacity at Malton’s Brass Castle brewery to brew batches twice a month before moving on to pastures new. With its very own premises about to open in the idyllic village of Copmanthorpe, Brewtown is delighted to offer visitors a chance to see the brand new brewery in action.

With a strong emphasis on sustainability and waste reduction, Ainsty’s aim is to produce great tasting beers as ecologically as possible, collaborating with local businesses to offer a truly unparalleled Yorkshire beer experience.

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North-West, Friday

Book a place on our microbrewery tour in the north-west of York to enjoy the spectacular countryside scenery, as well as some of the finest beers the area has to offer.

Please note that these are all working breweries, so unforeseen changes to Brewtown’s schedule are possible.

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Rudgate

The self-described granddaddy of the city’s microbreweries, Rudgate Brewery has been producing Yorkshire ales with a historical twist since 1992. The heritage and culture of the region is key to the brewery’s ethos: York’s Viking roots inform the names and recipes of many of Rudgate’s beers, and the brewery also produces York’s Chocolate Stout in collaboration with York Cocoa House, in recognition of the city’s long association with confectionary. With several awards to its name, including CAMRA’s Overall Champion Beer of Britain 2009, Rudgate has achieved national recognition over the years, and continues to produce award-winning brews.

Yorkshire Heart Wines & Beers

Yorkshire Heart’s brew HQ, Nun Monkton, might just be the prettiest village in North Yorkshire: the vineyard and brewery are situated in 10 acres of fantastic views of vines, surrounded by lush countryside. With a core range of seven beers, plus at least two specials every month, the brewery produces quality cask ales using water from Yorkshire Heart’s own natural spring.

Finish at Brew York

Brewtown’s north-west York brewery tour will end back in the heart of York at the city’s newest microbrewery. Situated on Walmgate overlooking the River Foss, Brew York’s ten-barrel craft brewery and tap room aims to redefine the city’s position in the UK brewing scene. Brew York’s passion for modern twists on British classics is evident in their beers, which combine zesty hops with toasty malts to create some true Yorkshire classics.

Malton, Tuesday

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.

Bad Seed Brewery

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.

Brass Castle

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.

Breworks, The Black Swan

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.

 

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