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Hops To It


Inside of North Brewing Co with brewing equipment
Brewery tours aren’t just for boring beardy uncles anymore – brewing’s really cool, so drop in on a new wave of breweries across Yorkshire

Magic Rock 
When you think about it, the fact that the Huddersfield brewery with the funky cans has managed to become not just successful and brilliant but one of the coolest breweries in the country – seriously, even people in That London are mad for it – is both unlikely and fantastic. Find out how on their Saturday afternoon tours. 
Willow Lane, 
Huddersfield HD1 5EB
01484 649823

Black Sheep Brewery
Ah, Black Sheep. How many times have you saved us when, in an unfamiliar pub in an unfamiliar town, we’ve lit upon your reassuring pump clip at the end of the bar and known that everything might just be alright? The least we can do as you celebrate a quarter-century of brewing is visit you in your home and learn your secrets in your traditional brewhouse.
Wellgarth, Masham HG4 4EN
01765 689227

Brewtown Tours
Too hype for hops to contain yourself to just one brewery? Brewtown’s tours show you around multiple examples around Leeds and York, including some of Yorkshire’s best-kept brewing secrets. Founder Mark Stredwick’s sipped his way around America and Australia, and really knows his cascade from his chinook. Those are hops by the way, you philistine. 
323 Clifford House, 
7–9 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RA
01904 636666

Brass Castle 
With the vegan revolution in full cry, it’s perhaps inevitable that it would come for beer too – everything here’s vegan and veggie friendly. The tours here are winningly informal: just pop in any time, have a chat about the beers, and a member of staff will show you around for free. Between the nix on animal products and the way their spent hops and grain are recycled into useful environmentally-friendly ventures, there’s a lot to chat about.
10a Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB
01653 698683

North Brewing Co
Another of the hip cans brigade, and another which has managed to build a huge following in a short space of time. Get six thirds of beer while getting the lowdown from a brewer on the bevs, the production, the equipment, the history, and the future of North Brewing in their intensely cool brewery tap space.
Taverner’s Walk Estate, 
Sheepscar Grove, Leeds LS7 1AH
0113 345 3290

The Sheffield Brewery Co
Right, brewery tours are brilliant and everything – obviously, as this little guide has proved conclusively – but sometimes you want more. Sure, you can get a tour around this characterful building with an optional pie and pea supper, and sure, it’s fascinating and fun. But really, what you want is to become a brewer for a whole day, getting a the full picture of what it is to have The World’s Greatest Job. Do it here. Live the dream.
Burton Road, Sheffield S3 8BT
0114 272 7256

Published in: August 2017

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