Ossett Brewery; How it all began
Ossett Brewery was founded in 1997 at the back of the Brewers Pride on Low Mill Road. Founder and Chairman Bob Lawson started the brewery following a 30 year career brewing for Joshua Tetleys, Beverley Brothers and Kelham Island.
The first beer aptly named ‘Bobby Dazzler’ was brewed in August 1998 and was an instant success! Many of the original beers including Excelsior and Siver King are still produced today and have gone on to win many awards, including Excelsior being named ‘SIBA Supreme National Champion Beer of Britain’ in 2003.
‘We never thought it would take off as quickly as it did, but very soon there was a demand to brew more and more. Many other pubs in the area wanted supplies and our range of beers began to grow as sales increased’ – Bob Lawson
Brewing was originally carried out on a 5-barrel brew length plant (about 1,440 pints per brew) the company soon outgrew this and moved a short distance around the corner to Kings Yard. Brewing still continues there today. Currently plans are in place to further grow the brewery to a new capacity of 400bbls a week (around 6 million pints a year).
Famous for light blonde beers, crystal clear and full of flavour, Ossett was one of the early pioneers of this style of beer that has become so popular throughout the country.
In 1998 Head Brewer Paul Spencer joined us and has overseen the evolution of the core range of beers whilst developing more experimental full flavoured seasonal beers. Paul and his team currently brew 200 brewers barrels a week at Ossett and a further 40 brewers barrels at our sister micro-breweries.
Within our Pub Company estate three sites have microbreweries in their cellars; Riverhead, Fernandes and Rat breweries. Paul oversees a team of Brewers that between them produce a huge range of beers each week. One of our unique selling points is that we can supply up to 18 different beers each week from our family of four breweries. These beers added to the Ossett range have helped the company to offer an amazing range of varied and interesting beers.