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Carrying On With The Annual Family Fun Day

There has been an awful lot of change at Ossett Brewery over the 20 years that it has been brewing beer, but one constant has been the enduring spirit to carry on, despite whatever chaos is ensuing around us. Demand for our beer pretty much dictates that we have to do that, but where others may chuck the towel in and give up, at the King’s Yard brewery we have learnt to adapt to whatever is thrown at us. The brewery itself has changed location and grown beyond recognition over the last few years, and our current expansion is presenting more daily challenges than a Tour de France winner has to face.. Read more

A Labour Of Love

I’ve been drinking beer for the best part of 30 years, and I think I’ve got a fairly intimate knowledge of it, in terms of taste at least. I know what I like and I’ve certainly got experience in establishing that fact. But until you have spent time actually making beer you can’t truly claim to understand the mechanics of it, the science behind it and the sheer effort required to make a quality brew. I always knew that, so it was a real pleasure when I was offered the opportunity to spend a day in the King’s Yard brewery with head brewer Paul Spencer. Many of us have spen.. Read more

Fernandes 1997 Nostalgia Beer Festival!

To celebrate 20 years of brewing at Fernandes Brewery Tap & Bier Keller we are holding a special nostalgia Beer Festival from Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th September. We are heading back to all things 1997! There will be 20 beers including some special collaborations and guest beers and you will have the opportunity to win your drinks at 1997 prices!!  Get your thinking caps on because there will be some golden oldie's thrown into mix at the pub quiz on Thurday from 9PM If you want to find out a little bit more about the history of Fernandes Brewery and how they make.. Read more

Always shaping the future: the history of Ossett Brewery

July 2017 sees the first steps taken in the latest expansion of Ossett Brewery. Ceiling panels are being lifted, tanks re-located and pipework re-directed. It is not the first time the organisation has shrewdly invested to pre-empt or catch up with demand, but this time a phased 18-month programme of development will leave the brewery in a strong position for the future. And given the relatively recent birth of the organisation, that the astonishing rise in popularity of real ale has been suitably served from the same humble area of land in the small market town of Ossett, goes to show how skilful manag.. Read more

A Fresh New Look for The Riverhead Brewery Tap

The Riverhead Brewery Tap is having a makeover and will re-open for our lovely customers on Friday 16th June from 12noon.  The Riverhead is ideally placed in the picturesque village of Marsden, Huddersfield and the exciting new developments will compliment this riverside location with some fantastic new additions. Come visit us from Friday 16th June and we promise that you won't be disappointed. For now, here is a sneaky peek of our wonderful new signage....

More Exciting News For Ossett Brewery!!

You may remember in our previous post featuring the news of our snazzy re-brand, we mentioned that a major expansion would be occuring on the Ossett Brewery site......well we are now ready to share the details and give you more of an idea about this exciting new project!! The current brewery which produces the core Ossett range will be able to extend capacity by the construction of a brand new cold storage warehouse. The decision to embark on this expansion programme was made in order to keep up with growing demand for Ossett brands such as Yorkshire Blonde, Silver King and Excelsior. Silver Kin.. Read more

Ossett Brewer 22 Yard Barrel Push!

We hope you've all been doing your weight training.....  

We passed our SALSA Audit!!

Fantastic & exciting news for Ossett Brewery! We have passed our SALSA Audit (Safe & Local Supplier Approval) and received our certificate which you can see by clicking here...it's truly a sight for sore eyes. Congratulations to Paul Spencer who is our Director of Brewing and to all of our Brewers for their hard work. It's a huge achievement!!    

SIBA: Small Pack Beer Competiton 2016

Treacle Stout (5% ABV) is awarded Silver in SIBA's Independent Beer Awards within the Region Beer Competition 2016 category... The award is open to porters, stouts, old ales, strong miles and strong brown ales.

Rat Inn-festation at The Rat & Ratchet

You are never more than 6feet away from a rat...

Brew Your Own Rat Beer!

Make a pit stop at Candlebar to be in with a chance to win your very own rat brew day! Details below...

International Women's Collaboration Brew Day 2016 @ Riverhead

Riverhead Brewery has been part of this fantastic event in 2014 & 2015 & we hope to have a great day again in 2016! We’re inviting all women who are interested to join us on March 5th 2016 at any point between 10AM & 5PM to brew with us and celebrate IWCBD. All are welcome to come for a nosey! £1 from every pint sold of the finished beer will be donated to Huddersfield Womens Aid so come along to take part for this worthy cause. All we ask is that if you want to join in with the actual brewing then please wear sensible shoes. Hope to see you there. We are also ho.. Read more

RAT INFEST @ FOX INN

The next RAT Inn-Festation will be at The Fox Inn, York starting on Wednesday 10th February until the beer runs out! ‘Meet the Brewer’, Robin Moss, on Wednesday evening from 7pm for only £7 a ticket which includes a free RAT Glass and 7 x 1/3 pint samples   Live music on Sunday 14th February from 8pm with pianist Ali Lawrence featuring guest singers for a ‘Rat Pack’ set.

RAT INFEST @ STALYBRIDGE STATION BUFFET BAR

The latest RAT Inn-Festation is at The Stalybridge Buffet Bar and starts on Thursday 28th January until the beer runs out! ‘Meet the Brewer’, Robin Moss, on Thursday evening from 7pm for only £6 a ticket which includes a free RAT Glass and 6 x 1/3 pint samples On the bar will be 8 different Rat cask ales and 1 keg. Look out for CollaboRATion #10 Rat a Tat Tat – brewed with Stalybridge Buffet Bar and hopped with Citra!     

Huddersfield Oktoberfest 2015

We are very happy to announce that once again our beers picked up a number of awards at the Hudderfield Camra Oktoberfest. The awards were voted for by the public out of 100+ beers: GOLD award in MILD category: Riverhead Brewery – Damson Mild SILVER award in STOUT/PORTER category: Fernandes – Black Voodoo GOLD award in STRONG BITTER category: Rat Brewery - Number of the Rat   Congratulations to our Brewers; Lisa, Steve & Robin!

Rat Brewery ‘Inn-festation’ & Open Day

The next Rat Brewery ‘Inn-festation’ will coincide with a Rat Brewery open day. The weekend of 18-20th September will feature 15 Rat cask beers including several new beers in addition to old favourites. The Thursday night highlight will be a ‘Meet the Brewer’ and tutored tasting with Rat Brewer, Robin Moss. Saturday will see the open day and public brew day. The full on rodent themed weekend will also feature a #RatCrafted keg bar, Rat Brewery bottle and Merchandise stall with a street food stall on the Saturday and vinyl disco on the Saturday night. If you’re a Rat fan you.. Read more

‘RATSPUTIN’ KING OF THE KEGS

Our recently launched range of #RatCrafted keg beers caused quite a stir at the SIBA North Keg Beer Competition held at the Canal House, Nottingham on 23rd July. We’re chuffed that our characteristically hazy German style Wheat Beer ‘Rattus Rattus’ won the bronze medal in the Speciality Beer category and even more chuffed that our fantastically named 7.4% Russian Imperial Stout ‘Ratsputin’ won the gold medal in the Premium Strong Beer Category, beating Elland’s 1872 Porter into second place. The winners of the eight category’s were then reassessed to.. Read more

Rat Against The Machine wins again!

Rat Against The Machine has again been recognised, this time by the prestigious International Brewing Awards! RATM keg won Bronze in the strong ale category. On Wednesday 29th April our Head Rodent, Paul Spencer and Rat Brewer, Robin Moss headed down to London to collect their well deserved medal. Congratulations Rat Brewery!  â€‹  â€‹

Bloke From Hull Reports on #IWCBD 2015

Following a successful first appearance in 2014, the International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day returned on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March 2015 with over 80 participants from 11 countries. All the female brewers who joined this year brewed Unite Red Ale (4.6% ABV), the recipe of which was formulated by event Founder and Brewster Sophie de Ronde of Muntons Malt. Co-ordination of all of the brewers and teams was again headed by Denise Ratfield of Pink Boots Society. Eleven countries were involved, with brewsters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Italy, Mexico, New Zealan.. Read more

Riverhead #IWCBD

The second International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day is taking place on Sunday 8th March. Brewster’s from all around the world will be brewing the same beer on the same day as a celebration of International Women’s day and a chance to unite together for charity.  This year our Brewster, Lisa Handforth, is inviting all women to come along to an open brew day at the Riverhead, Marsden on Sunday 8th March. Feel free to pop in anytime from 10am-5pm to join in or even just to say hello! All we ask is that if you do wish to help brewing then please wear sensible footwear. The beer .. Read more

Time to talk Rhubarb

Each year Wakefield, the centre of the Rhubarb Triangle, celebrates the wonderful vegetable that is Rhubarb with a three day festival. This year the festival took place Friday 20th- Sunday 22nd February. Now in its ninth year, the Rhubarb Festival has attracted more than 125,000 visitors from across the country. As usual Fernandes Brewery brewed a special beer for the event – this year brewer Steve Hutchinson created Rhubarb and Custard; a 4% golden rhubarb beer made with new season forced rhubarb grown at Oldroyd’s Farm in Rothwell.  Steve said: “The custard part is actually .. Read more

Rat & Ratchet named the Best Cask Beer Pub in the UK at the Great British Pub Awards 2014

After the outstanding success of The Rat & Ratchet been named the Best Cask Beer Pub in the UK at the Great British Pub Awards 2014, Ossett Brewery held a celebratory event to mark this honour on Sunday 16th November 2014.  Richard Prest and Lisa Dunbar, Managers of the Rat, dressed themselves up for a glamourous night at The British Pub Awards, at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. Richard and Lisa were joined by a wide variety of other publicans from across the country, with a total of 17 awards been announced at the ceremony. The Rat & Ratchet beers all have humorous and creative ale t.. Read more

New Launch of Riverhead Dining Rooms on Friday 21st November 2014

FRESH | SEASONAL | LOCAL | A LA CARTE DINING The team at Ossett Brewery and Manager, Lorri Wood welcome you to come and see the fresh looking Riverhead dinning rooms, with new chef, Adam Wright. Bookings are now being taken, please call 01484 844324 to reserve your place. Food Service Times: Tue – Thur 12noon – 2pm | 5pm – 9pm Fri 12noon – 3pm | 5pm – 9pm Sat 12noon – 9pm | Sun 12noon – 8pm THE RIVERHEAD BREWERY TAP & DINING ROOMS 2 PEEL STREET | MARSDEN | HUDDERSFIELD | HD7 6BR WWW.THERIVERHEADMARSDEN.CO.UK

Mini Casks are back for Christmas!

Do you fancy draught Beer At Home For Christmas? Our 5 litre mini-casks are always popular for Christmas and New Year parties. We will be selling at from the Ossett Brewery shop from mid December until they run out! The ‘shop’ is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. These casks contain proper cask ale and therefore will need time to settle and the container should not be moved until it is empty. Once opened the beer is best consumed in three days.  Yorkshire Blonde 3.9%   -£17.57 Silver King 4.3%                .. Read more

Wakefield CAMRA Beer Festival 2014

Once again the Ossett Brewery team ventured to the annual Wakefield CAMRA beer festival. This year the festival featured ‘Celtic Fringe’ beers along with local brewers and real ciders. All the beer was on top form and included beer from all four of our microbreweries.  Our stand out beer of the festival was Fernandes Black Voodoo. June Bradbury from Wakefield CAMRA joined Steve at Fernandes to brew our favourite chocolate orange stout, and to make it even more unique the voodoo heading for the festival was racked into a wooden cask. The beer went down a treat and we are very happy.. Read more

Sheffield CAMRA 40th Steel Beer Festival

Our micro-breweries picked up a couple of awards at the Steel City beer festival at Kelham Island:   GOLD award in BITTER category: Fernandes Brewery – Half Nelson GOLD award in BEST BITTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratweiller   Half Nelson also won SILVER and Ratweiller bronze in the OVERALL BEER of the FESTIVAL competition. Our congratulations to all the brewers involved.  

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Triumphs

We’re really chuffed our beers picked up a number of awards at the Hudderfield Camra Oktoberfest. The awards were voted for by the public out of 100+ beers: GOLD award in BITTER category: Riverhead Brewery – American IPA GOLD award in STOUT/PORTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratsputin (Russian Imperial Stout) GOLD award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Riverhead Brewery – Marzden (Bavarian Smoked Wheat Beer) BRONZE award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Fernandes – Czech Mate (German style Pilsner) The Rat Brewery 'Ratsputin' was matured in and served from a.. Read more

Rat in a Bottle

We have bowed to customer demand and bottled a small batch of our flagship IPA in 330ml bottles. Rat Against The Machine is an intensely hopped American style IPA that is bottled conditioned. A powerful 7% pale and bitter beer with massive citrus hop aroma derived from US Chinook & Citra hops. We’re really happy with the powerful and complex taste and we’d love to know what you think. The bottles are available from the Brewery Shop, the Rat & Ratchet pub in Huddersfield and many specialist beer retailers.

Rat Infestation At The Crown Posada, Newcastle

RAT INFESTATION AT THE CROWN POSADA, NEWCASTLE - FRI-SUN 1ST-3RD AUG Head Brewer Paul Spencer & Rat Brewer, Robin Moss, will bring a bit of Yorkshire to Tyneside on Yorkshire Day as they host a meet the brewer on Friday Night. The weekend will feature 10 Rat brews including a specially brewed American IPA 'Coffin Rat'.

Fernandes CAMRA Presentation

Leeds Camra will be presenting brewer Steve Hutchinson with the award for overall beer of the festival for his Chocolate Orange inspired 'Black Voodoo'. It was one of the first beers to sell out at the festival out of a total of 177 beers. At the same time Wakefield Branch members will present Steve with the belated bronze award for best mild at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Sounds like a good excuse for a few beers at the Fernandes Brewery Tap from midday.

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