Local Brewery ListA list of the local breweries in our branch
Breweries in Halifax and Calderdale
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Boothtown Brewery Halifax
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Bridestones Brewery – Blackshaw Head
Established by Dan Tasker on the family farm near Blackshaw Head above Hebden Bridge in May 2006, the brewery was named after a nearby grit stone rock formation known as the Bridestones. The brewery uses the local soft Pennine spring water for its beers, ideally suited for dark beers like our festival special porter – we have an exclusive on the only cask conditioned version of Platelayer’s Vanilla Porter; brewed with German and English hops, along with Madagascan vanilla pods.
Bridestones beers are on sale about two miles away at the New Delight Inn at Colden near Heptonstall, which operates as the brewery tap, along with guest ales. They supply direct locally, but also do beer swaps with other breweries which may be found as guests. There is an adjacent camp site and car park, walkers are welcome and for those wanting to use public transport it is on the 596 bus route from Hebden Bridge.
The brewery is a 5 barrel plant and brewing usually takes place twice a week with Sandstone at 3.9% and Pennine Gold at 4.3% being the regular beers, although there are other ales brewed from time to time, along with seasonal specials.
Eagles Crag Brewery – Todmorden
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Elland Brewery – Elland
The Brewery was founded on Heathfield Industrial Estate, Elland in 2002 as E&S, before changing its name to Elland Brewery in 2006. It takes great pride in the fact that its beers have ‘stood the test of time’ and is proud to be a ‘proper, independent, traditional, micro-brewery’. Elland’s beers are well- established locally and in the wider area and its famous, multi-award winning, 1872 Porter (6.5%), Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2013, is ordered and sold at beer festivals throughout the UK.
Elland Brewery is well-known for its 1872 Porter, but also brews another five core beers that are popular both locally and in other areas of the UK. These include Beyond the Pale (4.2%), a dry citrusy pale golden bitter and White Prussian (3.9%), a crisp, clean and refreshing beer made from lager malt and German hops.
In 2015, the brewery tweaked its beers and introduced two beers to its core range. It also re-designed all its pump clips to make them more customer-friendly by providing clear and concise information.
Elland Brewery’s aim for the future is to become known as ‘the most helpful brewery’ by providing detailed information, helping with last minute deliveries and catering for unexpected situations.
The Halifax Steam Brewing Company – Hipperholme
The Halifax Steam Brewing Company was founded by David Earnshaw in 1999. It began in his back garden, in a garage with a collection of vessels and barrels. The first brew was Cock O’ The North (5.0%) which first reached our glasses in March 2000. In this year the brewery got its first dedicated brewing space in Hipperholme; a red Portakabin, a seemingly unlikely home for a brewery. It was here that The Halifax Steam Brewing Company began to construct its repertoire of over 80 recipes. In 2006 the brewery expanded to include a brewery tap; this is the Cock O’ The North. The brewery was only metres from the bar, separated by a glass partition. In 2014 the Cock O’ The North bar underwent an expansion and facelift and this saw the brewery relocated to an adjacent building and the bar area double in size. The bar gained a wood burning stove, cosy sofas and a larger choice of seating and also a landscaped beer garden used for live events. In 2015 the brewery was taken over by Sam Davidson who is still producing the regular Halifax Steam brews. There are also new beers such as Selene, a 4% Golden Ale.
Hogs Head Brew House and Bar – Sowerby Bridge
Hogs Head Brew House is Calderdale’s newest brewery and is situated in Stanley Street, Sowerby Bridge. It opened in a huge, sprawling 18th century former malthouse in December 2015 and the building had to undergo major renovations before brewing could begin. The Brew House is located inside the accompanying bar and the handsome copper and stainless steel brewing vats are proudly on display behind glass at the back of the building.
The Brew House and Bar are owned and run by Chris Smith and Shaun Horbury; Chris being a former brewer at the Black Horse Brewery in Luddendenfoot. Some of the beers brewed include White Hog’, an easy-drinking ‘session’ beer, ‘Old Schnozzler’, a dark porter and a flavoursome bitter ‘Six to Eight Weeks’ so named because it was the phrase they came up with when people asked them when they were opening; though in reality it took slightly longer. As well as the Hogs Head’s own beers (usually 4 or 5), the bar also serves a range of rotating guest beers
Since it opened nine months ago, the Hogs Head beers have proved popular and the bar attracts many locals and people from much further afield.
Landlord’s Friend Brewery- Luddendenfoot
Landlord’s Friend Brewery was established in 2010, by licensee Chris Holroyd, at Kershaw House, Luddendenfoot, in an outbuilding at this Grade One listed mansion house which was built circa 1650 on the site of an earlier building. The building itself is worth visiting and Chris provides good value meals served from Wednesday to Saturday between 4pm and 8pm and on Sunday between noon and 5pm.
The brewery is a small purpose built, two and a half barrel wood-clad system. Most of the beer is sold at the Kershaw House Inn itself and the Church Stile at Sowerby. The brewery also supplies beers, via the Real Beer Agency, to pubs to the south of Leicester.
Most of the brewery’s beers are named in honour of former (deceased) customers, starting with Mr Smith – Arthur Smith was the first customer when Chris took over and first opened the door. The drinkers at Kershaw House Inn tend to be traditionally minded and their general style is that of standard bitters, not too strong and with malt and bittering hops in balance – a style that is becoming increasingly hard to find and, at times, are a nice change from all the modern pale, in-your-face citrusy beers.
Little Valley Brewery – Cragg Vale
Little Valley Brewery is situated at Turkey Lodge Farm on the moors above Cragg Vale in the Upper Calder Valley. It is co-owned by Wim van der Spek and Sue Cooper; Wim is the Master Brewer and Sue is the General Manager. Dutch-born Wim is a Bavarian-qualified brewer and has an MSc in food technology and met his English partner Sue during a cycling trip from Holland to Tibet. After the trip they settled in Hebden Bridge and founded the brewery in 2005.
Little Valley brew nine permanent beers which are available on draft and in bottles. Most are named after local landmarks and places; they cover a range of strengths and styles from the light and hoppy Withens Pale Ale (3.9%) to the cool and crisp Tod’s Blonde (5%). Stoodley Stout (4.8%) and Hebden’s Wheat (4.5%) is named after Hebden Bridge. All Little Valley’s beers are vegan-friendly and almost all are organically produced.
Little Valley have established a regional and national reputation for a distinctive range of real ales and Wim is a serious contender in the world of connoisseur beers and has produced award-winning beers in his native Holland, Germany, England and the Scottish Highlands.
Slightly Foxed Brewery – Mytholmroyd
The brewery was based in Asquith Bottom Mill, Sowerby Bridge with production of the distinctive range of beers starting in 2011. Slightly Foxed soon gained a reputation for brewing good, solid, honest, ales easily identifiable by the fox head logo on the pump clip. As well as their regular core brands, Slightly Foxed also produces seasonal ales and special brews.
With many micro-breweries, demand soon outstrips supply, but the space afforded at the Asquith site was restrictive so the search began to find a new location. The disastrous floods of Boxing Day 2015 resulted in the brewery equipment standing in several inches of water and this disaster prompted the owners to double their efforts to move to a new, ‘drier’, location.
The new brewery building is located in the Caldene Business Park in Mytholmroyd and in July they moved in equipment and re-started production. Matt Bell, Director of Slightly Foxed, said, “This new, larger site allows us more space to increase production and introduce new beer lines and will also enable us to have a bar that will be open on Friday afternoons”. These changes should allow Slightly Foxed Brewery to consolidate its position in a very competitive market.
Stod Fold Brewing Company – Ogden, Halifax
Stod Fold Brewing Company is situated in a barn on the edge of the moor at Ogden. The Company’s founding partners and childhood friends, Paul Harris, Angus Wood and Sam Turner decided to join forces after careers in Brewing/Microbiology, Finance/Marketing and Charity respectively to create a small team dedicated to producing high quality beers. They designed and built a fully integrated, bespoke, computer controlled, state of the art, 10 brewers barrel plant themselves. This plant allows resident expert, brewer and microbiologist Dr Paul Harris, the luxury of far greater control.
Stod Fold have 3 core beers in Amber (4.2%), a special bitter, Gold (3.8%), a quaffable light ale, and Blonde (4.5%), a hoppy pale. Their pump clips are made out of local ash trees and the onsite laser allows them to be customised for individual pubs.
Stod Fold supply to Yorkshire, Lancashire and central London. This beer is brewed at Stod Fold and is then transported to London in 1,000 litre tanks for fermenting and racking at their London Premises. They have set up a foundation to support local charities, their charity of the year last year was Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Vocation Brewery – Cragg Vale
Vocation’s mission statement says `fiercely independent’, `producing punchy and distinctive beers’, `never compromise our vision’ and `make our beers bold, brave, and never anything less than exhilarating’. These statements sum up Vocation Brewery’s intentions.
The brewery is located high above the Calder Valley in Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge. John Hickling, Vocation’s owner, originally worked in the banking sector, but in John’s words he “wanted to create more than spreadsheets” so he purchased a home brew kit and the rest, as they say, is history!
Vocation started production in April 2015 and their range of cask ales soon became an `instant hit’ with the drinking public and demand soon outstripped supply. Expansion plans were put in place and are still ongoing. What at first seemed a truly cavernous building is now full of brewery equipment and fermenting vessels and an adjacent building is being taken on for future development.
Look out for Vocation’s distinctive black with white casks now seen all over the country. In August 2016, Vocation was chosen by CAMRA as one of the 18 breweries to represent West Yorkshire at the GBBF; a remarkable achievement for a brewery that had only been in production for just over a year.