The Beer Drinker's Guide to Yorkshire

The Beer Drinker's Guide to Yorkshire

While our last article focused on food, this time we concentrate on the beautiful beers crafted in England’s largest county. As there are far too many to list them all, here’s our list of the best names in local beer you should check out during your holiday break near Scarborough  on the North Yorkshire coast.

The Breweries

Timothy Taylor’s

Founded back in 1858, Timothy Taylor is renowned among the best names in the business; pop star Madonna one labelled Landlord, the brewery’s pale ale, as the ‘Champagne of Ales’. It’s this ale which the brewery is perhaps most famous for, and has won more prizes than any other English beer in history. Collectively, the Yorkshire brewery has won over 70 prestigious awards since 1928, the most recent of these when Boltmaker was named as CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2014. One of the secrets to the brewery’s rich success is that it is one of the remaining few that uses whole leaf hops. They are also the only brewery to use 100 per cent Golden Promise Barley in production. Timothy Taylor's

 What beers should I look out for?

Other than the aforementioned Landlord and Boltmaker, other favourites include Golden Best, Ram Tam and Havercake Ale. After we got in touch with Timothy Taylor’s, they said some of the best places to try their beers include The Station Inn, The White Horse & Griffin and The Dolphin in Whitby. Use their pub-finder tool for more information about the nearest pub to you that sells Timothy Taylor’s Championship Beers.

Black Sheep Brewery

While the Black Sheep Brewery may not hold the same history as Timothy Taylor, the efforts of Paul Theakston since 1992 have certainly not gone unnoticed. With Paul previously working for Theakstone’s Brewery, the family company, before going it alone, it means that each cask is expertly crafted using six family generations of experience. After a little over 23 years of trading, Black Sheep is considered one of the country’s best breweries, and their outstanding collection of beers looks certain to uphold this reputation for generations to come.Black Sheep Brewery

What beers should I look out for?

In terms of the cask ales, the best include Best Bitter, Golden Sheep, Black Sheep Ale and Riggwelter. They also offer a host of bottled beers including Velo, All Creatures and Monty Python’s Holy Grail – the latter being created to mark the 30th anniversary of the comedy movie.

Saltaire

Even newer to the scene is Saltaire Brewery, a name that has grown hugely in stature since its formation back in 2005. As well as two international gold medals for their Triple Chocoholic Stout, the beers of Saltaire have also won more than 70 different trade awards. As if the fine beer wasn’t a reason enough to visit Saltaire, there’s also the monthly beer club that offers all the Saltaire products, plus a few from other guest breweries, for £2 each. Click here to find out more.

What beers should I look out for?

The most famous of all is Saltaire Blonde, a light ale which is delicately crafted using Czech and German hop varieties to offer a distinctly soft and malty taste. Others include the black IPA Cascadian Black and the pale bitter Saltaire Pride.

Wold Top Brewery

Using their farm based high up on the Yorkshire Wolds, Tom and Gill Mellor have been producing stunning ales under the Wold Top Brewery brand since 2003. After revenue streams from their farm began to steadily fall after the millennium, they took the bold move into the production of beers and ales, a move which looks to have paid off after winning countless awards for their produce. Using barley grown exclusively on the brewery’s farmland and chalk-filtered water collected yards from the brewery, it means the beers and ales they produce are truly unique in flavour.

What beers should I look out for?

The flagship beer of the Wold Top Brewery is the Wold Top Bitter, a 3.7 per cent bitter that’s renowned for its full flavour. While it’s known for its great taste, it’s also developed a reputation for its use in creating tasty batter – great news for budding chefs. Others include Headland Red, Falling Stone, Spring Fling and Against the Grain.

 

The Best Pubs in the Area

All this talk of beer is sure to get you in the mood for a pint or two, and if you are looking forward to a stay in our hotel near Whitby, here’s some of our favourite public houses you should check out during your stay.

The Station Inn, Whitby

Located right in the heart of Whitby, The Station Inn  is a fantastic pub and is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Another reason to head to The Station Inn is the variety of guest ales on offer, with products from Timothy Taylor and Saltaire some of the regular features.

Duke of York, Whitby

Another establishment in the town is the Duke of York, found on Church Street, which is right down on the harbour. Combining fantastic views with a beautiful range of guest ales, the Duke of York is the perfect destination to visit during your holidays in the region.

The Duchess Pub, Scarborough

We move onto the neighbouring town of Scarborough, with our first and only stop being The Duchess Pub, an establishment which aims to provide great entertainment for our family. As well as offering a fine menu and lively calendar of events, it’s in our list for the range of beer on its menu. Alongside the usual favourites, there’s always a new guest ale available to try! Check out their Facebook page for more information about what events are happening soon.

Image Credit: Timothy Taylor’s, rawdonfoxrawdonfox (Flickr.com), The Station Inn

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