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Spend quality time with your dad this Father’s Day and treat him to a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale. We’ve picked out our favourite breweries to visit from across the county, with on-site Tap Rooms or hop-tastic tours

Breworks
The Black Swan, Birdgate, Pickering YO18 7AL
01751 242401 www.blackswan-pickering.co.uk

Breworks are producing artisan beer in heart of Yorkshire. The small brewery uses the latest techniques and technology in their brewing process, whilst ensuring each and every pint remains true to the heritage which inspires its production – all Breworks’ beers take their character from the great railways of the world. Although the brewery is a relatively new addition to its home at The Black Swan pub in Pickering, the team behind these refreshing ales are not new to the concept of making beer. The brewers originally travelled to Anatolia in Turkey to learn about the region’s long history of beer production, and subsequently set up The Bosphorus Brewing Company in Istanbul in 2012. On their return to God’s own county, they brought their knowledge and experience with them to create a new take on British beer. Breworks now produce four core beers in small batches, as well as a range of regular special brews. Try the Istanbul Pale Ale for a well-hopped, full-bodied flavour, or enjoy a pint of the rich, smooth Coal Porter which offers a classic balance of being neither too bitter, nor too sweet. The Great Scot bitter is naturally balanced and made with English hops, whilst the Breworks Lager is perfectly refreshing on a hot summers day. Treat your dad to a trip to Breworks this Father’s Day, where a tour of the brewery and a sampling session can be arranged for parties of up to eight people.

Northern Monk
The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Marshall Street, Leeds LS11 9YJ
0113 2430003 www.northernmonk.com

Founded by Russell Bisset and Brian Dickson, Northern Monk brews its beer across two sites in Holbeck in Leeds. The Old Flax Store is home to the original brewery which began its journey in 2014, before expanding into a second, much larger site on Sydenham Road in 2017 – between both locations, Northern Monk can brew up to 18 beers at a time. The Grade II-listed Old Flax Store was converted from an old mill and is now home to both the original brewery on the ground floor, and the Northern Monk Refectory LDS where you can sit back, relax and sample Northern Monk’s range of ales fresh from the brewery below. Try the Eternal Session IPA for a light, refreshing, citrusy beer that’s perfect for summer, or choose Faith for a modern pale ale that’s smooth, tropical and fruity. Producing a gluten-free IPA called Origin, Northen Monk has something for everyone, even those who are looking for something a little more unusual this Father’s Day – the Neapolitan pale ale recreates the flavours of the classic ice cream, whilst the fruited sour ale Farewell Tangerina packs a distinctive tangerine tang. Learn more about the brewing process with your dad by booking onto one of the breweries regular tours which include the opportunity to taste three of Northern Monk’s popular beers.

Theakstons
The Brewery, Masham, Ripon HG4 4YD
01765 680000 www.theakstons.co.uk 

Founded in 1827, Theakstons is an independent family-run brewery located in the charming market town of Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. Now run by the great-great grandsons of founder Robert Theakston, the brewery produces a wide range of beers – from traditional classics including the Old Peculier ale, to a seasonal range of beers that celebrate and commemorate momentous events. Visit the Black Bull in Paradise visitor centre at the brewery in Masham to sample any of Theakston’s cask ales that are in production, or take a tour around the famous brewery itself. On warmer days, be sure to head outside into the Beer Garden for a refreshing pint in the sunshine.
 
Brew York
Unit 6, Enterprise Complex, Walmgate, York YO1 9TT
01904 848448 www.brewyork.co.uk

Brew York was born out of a passion for beer and brewing that was shared by two friends, Wayne and Lee, who met at a friend’s stag do. Turning their hobby into a career, Brew York now produces beers in cask, keg and can which are sold throughout the UK. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Brew York is home to a Tap Room with a riverside beer garden where you can unwind and try the brewery’s range of ales. Producing a best-selling core range alongside seasonal, one-off and collaborative beers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Learn more about the brewing process and sample the results along the way on one of Brew Yorks tours which run every weekend.
 
Copper Dragon
The Cross Keys, East Marton, Skipton BD23 3LP
01282 844326 www.copperdragon.co.uk

Based in the market town of Skipton, Copper Dragon brewery produces real ales that are sold throughout the country. The ever-popular Golden Pippin blonde beer is made using the finest British malt to create a full-bodied, aromatic ale with citrus notes, whilst the brewers draw on their 70 years of experience to produce the Best Bitter with subtle aromas and a crisp, clean finish. Head to the brewery’s ‘tap’ in nearby East Marton to sample the Copper Dragon range – the charming 17th century Cross Keys Inn boasts friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a refreshing pint with your dad this June.

North Brewing Company 
Unit 6, Taverner’s Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds LS7 1AH

0113 3453290 www.northbrewing.com

North Brewing Company creates beers with big flavours and tonnes of hops. Sample their fun range of interesting flavours in the on-site Tap Room – look out for the regular ‘collaboration’ beers for something a bit different. For a lighter pint try their SPUTNIK or Prototype pale ales, whilst Transmission is a punchy IPA and the Full Fathom is a dark and creamy coconut and coffee porter. 

Kelham Island Brewery

23 Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8SA

0114 2494804 www.kelhambrewery.co.uk
Kelham Island opened for business, it was the first new independent brewery in Sheffield in nearly a century. The first beer brewed by Kelham was produced in the beer garden of the Fat Cat pub in Alma Street. Now the brewery puts out two special beers every month, including its AbFab themed pale ale and the Licensed to Chill golden ale. Visit the brewery and book on one of their popular tours, which start with a drink and a plate of proper pie and peas in the Brewery Loft Bar.

Brass Castle Brewery 
10A Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB

01653 698683 www.brasscastle.co.uk 
www.brewtowntours.co.uk

This brewery began its life in a garage in 2011, but has expanded hugely since then. Brass Castle’s is now the UK’s foremost brewer of vegan and gluten-free craft beers – try the gluten-free Optical Illusion for a pale ale with tropical, citrus and pine notes. Book a tour through Brewtown which takes you on an afternoon of brewery-hopping, visiting three or for different breweries with a chauffeured transition between each one.

Wold Top Brewery 
Hunmanby Grange, Wold Newton, Driffield YO25 3HS

01723 892222 www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk 
Wold Top produce 22 different types of beer at this award-winning Driffield brewery. The Scarborough Fair IPA won silver in the SIBA North East Regional Keg Awards 2019, whilst the gluten-free Against the Grain beer won gold in the Reduced Gluten Beers category of the International Brewing & Cider Awards 2019. Head down to the World Top and book on a Tuesday Tour to learn more about the brewing process – with a pint and souvenir glass included.

Black Sheep Brewery 
Wellgarth, Masham HG4 4EN

01765 689227 www.blacksheepbrewery.com

This Masham-based brewery stocks its beer in pubs and inns nationwide. A family-run business, Black Sheep takes advantage of six generations of expertise to produce cask, keg and bottled beers. Join an experienced tour guide and take a look behind the scenes of the historic brewery to discover the unique processes that go into creating the perfect pint of Black Sheep.

Published in: April 2019

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