Yorkshire’s Best Brewery Tours
Celebrate Yorkshire’s brewing heritage
While being shepherded around the brewhouse you’ll get an insight into the 25-year history of Black Sheep, as well as the technical and scientific aspects of making beer. With Black Sheep’s reputation for flirting with the more experimental end of the brewing scene, it should be fascinating.
Black Sheep Brewery, Wellgarth, Masham HG4 4EN
Take a look at Copper Dragon’s brand new, state-of-the-art Bavarian brewing tech with a friendly, informal trip around their brewhouse. The tour packages include a homemade meal at the end too.
Copper Dragon Brewery, Airedale Business Centre, Enterprise Way, Skipton, BD23 2TZ
A great option for big groups, Elland will take you around their brewhouse with a couple of drinks thrown in too; you’ll have a chance to pull your own beer and try some which are only rarely on sale, as well as learning about the history of Elland since it was founded in 2002.
Elland Brewery, 3–5 Heathfield Industrial Estate, Heathfield Street, Elland HX5 9AE
Great Newsome bills itself as Yorkshire’s hidden gem, and in a county which is absolutely teeming with examples of the genre, this brewery is both one of the best hidden and (if you’re a beer connoisseur) most dazzling. Over the course of two hours you’ll see exactly how much graft goes into each pint of Great Newsome and get a taste with a member of the brewery team on hand to explain the finer points.
Great Newsome Brewery, Great Newsome Farm, South Frodlingham, Winestead HU12 0NR
The grand dame of Yorkshire breweries, Theakstons have been brewing since 1827 and their traditional tower-style gravity-powered brewery has been making beer since 1875. Go in the day and follow the entire brewing process with a guide or, if you’re really keen, you can organise a private tour for an evening.
Theakstons Brewery, Masham, Ripon HG4 4YD
There are over 360 pubs inside York’s city walls, and somebody’s got to keep the pints flowing to them. Step forward York Brewery. On their brewery tour you’ll go around the brewhouse learning how York’s processes from the grain to the glass, and get four third-pint tasters of their wares to boot.
York Brewery, 12 Toft Green, York Y01 6JT