Keighley and Craven Breweries
There are eight operational breweries situated in the Keighley and Craven Branch
area, with a ninnth rumoured to be in the pipeline, all of which concentrate on brewing real ale. Click on the
appropriate link below. Breweries which have closed in the last twenty years area also listed.
Barley Bottom Brewery
This brewery is now closed. Based at the Barley Bottom Homebrew supplies shop in Silsden, the brewery, which opened in Spring 2012 and closed in October 2013, produced several beers including Cobbydale Bitter 4%, Cobbydale Blonde 4%, Cobbydale Gold 4%, Golden Cascade 4%, Clogg Dancer 4%.
Bridgehouse Brewery Ltd., Hawkcliffe Works, Hebden Rd., Oxenhope, W. Yorks., BD22 9SY
Tel: (01535) 642893
The Bridgehouse Brewery opened in Keighley in March 2010 and very soon moved up the Worth valley to Oxenhope. In May 2014, Ian Cowling, former owner of Old Bear Brewery in Keighley, took on the job of brewery manager and Bridgehouse are reported to be doing some brewing at the previous Old Bear site. There are plans to move the brewery to Sandbeds, next to the Airedale Heifer pub, which is run by Bridgehouse. The current beer range is Diken Gold 3.6%, Mellow Yellow 3.8%, Stokers Bitter 3.9%, Tyke Bitter 4.1%, Barnstormer Pale 4.4%, Heathcliff Stout 5.0%, Moorland Bitter 5.2% and since May 2014, the Old Bear brands are brewed by Bridgehouse. Look out for the beers in the Airedale Heifer in Sandbeds, Riddlesden and local freehouses.
Copper Dragon Skipton Brewery Ltd., Snaygill Industrial Estate, Keighley Rd., Skipton, N. Yorks., BD23 2QR
Tel: (01756) 702130 Fax: (01756) 702136
Regular Beers: Black Gold (ABV 3.7%); Best Bitter (ABV 3.8%); Golden Pippin (ABV 3.9%); Cobblers Cask (ABV 4%); Silver Myst (ABV 4%); Scotts 1816 (ABV 4.1%).
The core range of 6 beers is supplemented by a “Limited Edition” range. These have proved very successful, and in future a full 60-barrel brew-length will be produced and sold on a “when it‘s gone, it‘s gone” basis.
Since starting Copper Dragon have acquired a small number of pubs across Yorkshire and Lancashire and, following their move to a larger site next door to the original one, a new visitor centre with bar and bistro opened in Autumn 2008.
For more information go to Copper Dragon's website on www.copperdragon.uk.com. E-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Current October 2014
Dark Horse Brewery, Coonlands Laithe, Hetton, Skipton BD23 6LY
Tel: 01756 730555
Formerly the Wharfedale brewery near Hetton, the business was bought in 2008 by Richard and Carole Eyton-Jones. Richard has extensive brewing pedigree which began at the original Goose Eye brewery based at Goose Eye, Keighley. The brewery has a 15-barrel plant, although normal brew-length is 10 barrels. Up to 3 brews are done each week.
The first beer, a mid-brown bitter at 3.8%, called simply ‘Hetton Best Bitter‘, appeared in Summer 2008. This was followed by ‘Hetton Pale Ale‘ (4.2%), and the stronger ‘Whipcracker‘ (5%), which is no longer brewed. Hetton Pale Ale is currently the main beer produced. It can be found in a number of pubs locally including the the Craven Arms, Appleteewick, the Angel, Hetton and the Grassington House Hotel, Grassington. (Check the Dark Horse Brewery web-site for a list of outlets.) It is also sold in bottled form. Best Bitter is also still produced regularly. A one-off beer, King of the Dales (4.2%), was brewed for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July 2014 and a special beer, Festivale (4%) is produced annually for Grassington Festival in May/June.
Current October 2014
Goose Eye Brewery
West Yorkshire BD21 5AX
Tel: 01535 605807 Fax: 01535 605735
Regular Beers: Barmpot Bitter (ABV 3.8); Goose Eye Bitter; Wharfedale Ale (ABV 4.5); Pommies Revenge (ABV 5.2); No-Eyed Deer (ABV 4.0); Chinook (ABV 4.2)
Regular outlets locally: Friendly Inn, Stanbury; Turkey, Goose Eye; The New Inn, Appletreewick; Parkside Social Club, Haworth; Narrow Boat, Skipton; The Crown, Addingham.
Current November 2013
Haworth Steam Brewing Company, Haworth, W. Yorks.
Tel: (01535) 646212
This brewery is no longer brewing in the Keighley and Craven area.Haworth Steam Brewery launched their first beer, a blonde ale named Austerity, at the White Lion in Haworth during the 1940s weekend in Spring 2011. The beer range is True Tyke, 3.8%, an amber ale; Ironclad 957, 4.3%, a dark stout named after a locomotive used on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway; Austerity, 3.8%, a blonde ale named after another KWVR locomotive; Fallwood XXXX, 5.2%, a strong ale (Fallwoods brewery operated in Haworth in the late 1800s); Steam Bier, 4.6%, a continental style lager only available in bottles. The beers are available in Gascoigne‘s Smoke House, Delicatessen and Café on Haworth Main Street. The beers are no longer brewed at Haworth.
Current November 2013
This brewery is currently not operating. Situated behind The Queens Arms in Litton, the Litton brewery produced a range of beers such as Litton Ale, Potts Beck, Leading Light, Gold Crest and Dark Star in the early 2000s. After a couple of changes of ownership and management at the pub, brewing became intermittent and no beers have been brewing since 2012 when the pub again changed hands. The brewing equipment is still on-site and the current owners may yet resurrect it.
Current November 2013
started brewing next to the Old White Bear, Cross Hills, in February
In November 2006 the expanding brewery moved to larger premises at Midland Mills, still in Crosshills village. Beers: Aire Valley Bitter (AVB) (3.7% ABV), Velvet (4% ABV), Pinnacle Bitter (3.9% ABV), Pinnacle Pale Ale (3.6% ABV), Pinnacle Blonde (4.3% ABV) and Pinnacle Porter (4.8% ABV) are brewed regularly along with monthly specials and other occasional brews. Naylors beers are no longer available in bottle-conditioned form. In 2009 a beer-shop opened on the premises under the name of Naylors Beer Emporium and in 2013 the shop moved across the yard and was expanded. The shop is open during normal brewery hours and is open as a bar Friday afternoon and evening from 3 to 11.
Current November 2013
Old Bear Brewery,
Unit 1, Aireworth Mills
Keighley, BD21 4DH
This brewery has now ceased trading although Bridgehouse are reported to still be brewing some beer on the site. The Old Bear Brewery was established in 1993. A family business, it was located in a 19th-century textile mill on Aireworth Road, Keighley. Former owner/head brewer, Ian Cowling, moved to Bridgehouse as brewery manager when Old Bear ceased trading at the end of April 2014 and the brewery name and beers live on as a Bridgehouse ‘trading style’. Various cask beers were produced on the 10-barrel plant, both regulars (e.g. Estivator - 3.8%, Black Mari‘a - 4.2%, HoneyPot - 4.4%, Goldilocks - 4.5%, Hibernator - 5%) and the occasional seasonal/special such as the renowned Duke of Brontë which claimed to be Yorkshire‘s strongest cask ale. Beers were also available in bottle-conditioned form using bottles from sister company Bottle Rescue, a community venture which offered learning disability placements in bottling and bottle recycling. Bridgehouse plan to continue to brew the regular beers from the Old Bear range. See Bridgehouse Brewery above.
Oxenhope Moorland (ceased brewing 16 September 2004)
This brewery has closed. Brewer Andy Gascoigne from the Oxenhope Moorland Brewery at the Waggon & Horses reckoned that, at 1405 feet above sea level, his brewery was the highest in Britain (any comments?). Regular beers were Oxenhope Best Bitter (3.6%), Moortop Gold (4.5%) and Old Tosser (5%), in Winter only. The brewery closed in September 2004, when Andy sold the pub and moved to Scotland. Andy now runs Gascoign‘s Smokehouse, Delicatessen and Café on Main Street, Haworth - see Haworth Steam Brewery above.(18/07/2011)
Settle Brewing Company
Unit 8, The Sidings
Telephone 01729 824936.
Beers: Signal Light (3.6%); Mainline (3.8%); Classic (4%). Settle also produce the following beers for Nine Standards Brewery in Kirkby Stephen: Original Standard (3.7%); Gold Standard (4.1%); Silver Standard (4.3%); Double Standard (4.7%); Royal Standard (5.5%).
Settle Brewery is located in a small industrial unit adjacent to Settle Railway station. Brewing started in January 2013 using a new 12-barrel Johnsons kit and the first beers went on sale in mid February. Brewer Ian Simkins originally brewed at Nine Standards, and transferred to Settle when production moved south. Regular outlets locally include the Talbot in Settle, the Craven (adjacent to Giggleswick railway station on the Settle bypass), The Masons, Ingleton and the Croglin Castle, Kirkby Stephen. Other outlets across Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales, West Yorkshire and North Lancashire take the beers on a regular basis.
Current November 2013.
Three Peaks Brewery.
7 Craven Terrace
Telephone 01729 822939.
Beers: Pen-y-ghent bitter (3.8%); Ingleborough Gold (4%); Whernside Pale Ale (4.2%); Andrew‘s Smoked Beer (3.9%).
Founded in November 2006, the Three Peaks Brewery is run by husband and wife team Colin and Susan Ashwell. Due to expansion Andrew Murphy was appointed Assistant Brewer in early 2013. The brewery was initially located in the cellar of their home, and only a single beer, Pen-y-Ghent, was brewed on the 1¼ barrel plant. In June 2011 the second beer was launched, Ingleborough Gold, which uses a combination of First Gold, Brewers Gold and Golding hops. In 2012 the brewery moved to an industrial unit at the top of Buckhaw Brow on the old A65 and it now brews using a 5-barrel plant. In July 2013 Whernside Pale Ale appeared as the third beer - 4.2% ABV, it is brewed with New Zealand Jade hops. Later that year a seasonal beer, Andrew‘s Smoked Beer was introduced using materials from Bamburg in Germany. A further 10-barrel run of this took place in March 2014.
Regular outlets for Three Peaks include the Helwith Bridge Inn in Ribblesdale, the Golden Lion in Horton, the Craven Arms in Giggleswick and the Talbot in Settle. The beers are also frequently available at the Red Lion (Earby), Bridge Bier Huis (Burnley) and the Fountain in Barnoldswick.
Updated April 2014.
Timothy Taylor & Co. Ltd.,
Knowle Spring Brewery,
Tel: 01535 603139; Fax: 01535 691167
Regular Beers: Golden Best (ABV 3.5); Dark Mild (ABV 3.5); Best Bitter (ABV 4.0); Landlord (ABV 4.3); Ram Tam (ABV 4.3)
Bottled Beers: Landlord is bottled and is widely available in supermarkets and off-licenses.
Special brews: Timothy Taylor do not generally brew seasonal or special beers. However, Spring 2002 saw the launch of a special cask ale to celebrate the 300th Anniversary Duke of Wellington‘s Regiment. Called “Havercake Ale”, the 4.7% beer was available in pubs in the area in which the regiment formerly recruited i.e. in the West Riding of Yorkshire between Sheffield and Settle. Havercake has been brewed occasionally since and is expected to reappaar for the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 in late summer 2014. The company celebrated its 150th year in 2008 with further brews of Havercake, and also a limited edition 5% brew “Celebration ale” - a rich, sweet, full bodied malty ale which impressed many. A one-off, “Le Champion”, was brewed to celebrate the visit to Yorkshire of the Tour de France in July 2014.
Current November 2013
Turkey Brewery, The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Oakworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire
This brewery has closed.The brewing plant was located at the rear of the Turkey Inn. The pub and brewery were sold in early 2008 and the brewing plant has since been sold on. The pub is still going strong!
This brewery has closed.The details below have been left for historical purposes. The web-site link is to the Cricketers Arms, Keighley which trades as Worth Inns and is still run by the Mitchell family who ran the brewery.
Regular Beers were: Alesman Bitter (ABV 3.7), Worth Best Bitter (ABV 4.5)
Seasonal/Occasional Beers: Beckside Mild (ABV 3.6), Nearys Stout
(ABV 4.0), Knobwilter Wheat Beer (Summer ABV 5.2), Old Toss (ABV 6.5);
Ruggies Russet Nectar (Autumn - ABV 7.8); Santas Toss (Winter - ABV 8.0)
Pubs: Worth Brewery had two tied pubs, the Brewery Arms and the Cricketers Arms - both in Keighley. Sadly the Brewery Arms is now closed. The Cricketers Arms is still trading. Check out also Café Choux Choux on Keighley Railway Station, the latest addition to the Worth Inns portfolio.