Here are two Yorkshire micro breweries hubby and I visited recently.
Helmsley Brewing Company
Or Sommat’s Brewing as the sign above the door says. Translated as “Something Is Brewing” for you none-Yorkshire speakers.
Just when you thought Helmsley had everything, along comes this brewery. The bar area was relativeey small but with the brewing vats on full view you’re left in no doubt that this is a brewery first. Yet it has a welcoming cafe/pub vibe.
Head down the main high street, the Black Swan Inn behind you, towards the bridge and it’s on the right hand side.
It’s a great addition to this popular town which already has several inns, bistros, cafes and gastro-pubs. This place is raw and real and I liked it for that.
Brass Castle Brewery Tap in Malton
What a fantastic addition this place is to Malton.
This micro brewery is situated in Yorkersgate (between the market place and the station). It was around 4pm we visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was heaving. With friendly staff and a great atmosphere.
As you can see, I was drinking wine rather than beer. But that’s what I loved about this place. It was full of beer enthusiasts but I didn’t feel silly for asking for wine. In fact they also serve prosecco and tea and coffee. There was a range of pastries for sale too, which I resisted.
Oh the beers – they serve 8 on tap and apparently Northern Blonde is a particularly good session beer (3.9% and “an easy-drinking and refreshing malty blonde”).
Bad Seed Brewery is also based in Malton, with brewery tours available. That’s on our to-visit list.
Malton, known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital also held its own Beer Town festival in May. Dates for 2018 yet to be announced. Will this market town soon be called Yorkshire’s Beer Capital too?
Watch this space!
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