|Fourteen of us paid a visit to the York Brewery during Naburn Lock weekend and were treated to a tour as promised, although the booking system had managed to lose our booking according to the tour guides - strange things going on? It must be the sampling process affecting the computer or operator as I did receive an email reminding me that the tour was booked and ready to go! Oh well, we weren't disappointed.
Located just inside the city walls at 12 Toft Green YO1 6JT; a mere stone's throw from the historic Royal entrance to the city - Micklegate Bar. Easy to find too; into the city through Micklegate and turn left.
We learnt about the malt process and sampled the different stages of the process, and then how different hop types produced different flavours, along with other ingredients such as Lavender to create a beer called 'A touch of purple' - although an acquired taste I fear.
The site houses a twenty-barrel brew plant, with six open top fermenters and five conditioning tanks. A gallery is above the brew house, along with a viewing panel into the fermenting room to watch the bubbling ales.
After witnessing their beer being made, we gathered in the taproom bar for our sampling session, and pork pie eating!
A nice little tour if you are ever in the vicinity.