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The Identity Game: Studying The Ossett Brewery Pub Estate

If you asked a well-travelled beer aficionado to describe a typical Ossett Brewery pub, they could probably have a good stab at it; you might find our distinctive pump clip wallpaper, upturned barrels as rustic table-tops, classic pub paraphernalia on the walls, an Ossett Brewery logoed mirror and there’s a good chance of a bricked archway too. Finding success in business is not just about hitting on a winning formula though, it’s also about what you do with that winning formula. In truth, yes, there’s a few pubs amongst the 25-strong Ossett Brewery pub estate that bear those h.. Read more

Keep Brewing and Carry On: Introducing Our Annual Family Open Day

Every part of our lives involves the concept of simply ‘carrying on’. It involves work, looking after the kids, making tea, doing the washing, getting up and going to bed. Our everyday routines are very repetitive and a lot of the time we are struggling for motivation, but we simply carry on, because we have to. It is that notion that the world keeps on moving, regardless of what you do, that underpins Ossett Brewery’s ethos of hard work and making the most of opportunities, but it is also central to the support we give to our preferred charity; the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospi.. Read more

Celebrating 20 Years of Ossett Brewery with a ‘Happy Birthday’ Beer

When there is so much change happening and everything is looking to the future, it is easy to forget the past. There is no doubt that Ossett Brewery is undertaking radical change at the moment, with a new brewery and headquarters taking shape, a new brewery project at the Hop at Saltaire, regular ‘socials’ staged at our King’s Yard home and with constant expansion of the food and drink we are offering throughout our pub estate.  But all that won’t stop us standing still for a moment and remembering where it all started, because that was 20 years ago next month. August .. Read more

Now For Something Completely Different

Variety is the spice of life, but in the brewery business it is absolutely essential. The ever-expanding UK ale scene has seen to that, but providing variety is also a basic principle of business, and even if you are one of the biggest brewers in the north, you have to diversify, expand and offer something new or you get left behind. That’s not a position Ossett Brewery has ever taken up and we don’t intend to start now, so we have always strived to produce new flavours, adapt new techniques and, let’s be honest, give our taste buds a treat, by developing new beers and keeping the mark.. Read more

Suck it up Everyone, We’re Saying Goodbye to Plastic

  In an industry as competitive as the pub trade, waste is a huge problem and at Ossett Brewery it is something we have to keep a very close eye on in terms of brewing, food production and the way we operate throughout our whole pub estate. If we didn’t, the beer you drink and the meals you order would have to cost a lot more. We’re sure this is no surprise to most of our customers, but what does come as a rather pleasant by-product sometimes is when we are able to cut out a wasteful practice that actually has positive consequential benefits. From this month we have introdu.. Read more

Our Brewery Social Services You

There are many ways we like to get together for a drink; to celebrate a birthday or an engagement, before the football or rugby, on the way to a gig or just as a weekly ritual between friends or family. Social drinking is one of the world’s oldest cultural traditions. There are few things we enjoy more than getting together, ordering some beers and chewing the fat while the world passes by. It’s escapism in a raw and stripped back format and because Ossett Brewery possess the bare essentials you need for this; pubs, people and beer, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate our role in.. Read more

A Year of Celebration: announcing our 2018 Beer Festivals

Call us old fashioned, but as we go to considerable lengths to brew quality beer, we quite like people to drink it. With a pub estate now stretching to 25 establishments and a burgeoning retail trade to wholesale partners and direct deliveries, you’d think that would be enough, but no, we don’t just like to brew, sell and drink beer – yep, we like the odd drop ourselves too – we like to celebrate it as well. The concept of beer festivals is nothing new of course, but the real ale revolution has seen an insatiable thirst for the gathering of like-minded souls to raise a glass t.. Read more

Taking Ossett Brewery To The Next Level: 2018 The Year Of Expansion

There is a famous John Lennon quote that goes “life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”. It is perhaps a line that we could attribute to the growth of Ossett Brewery over the last few years. The organisation has expanded and diversified beyond recognition, but our humble headquarters in the market town of Ossett have remained more or less the same. While the capacity of the brewery has increased as demand for our core beers has grown, particularly in the last five years of the Real Ale Revolution, there comes a time when you have to look around and make a key decisio.. Read more

Ossett Brewery keeping it real at the Brewer’s Pride

Some things in life just seem inevitable; the sun going down at the end of the day or England succumbing to a middle order batting collapse in the Ashes, these are events you could set your watch by and file under ‘definitely going to happen’. Another, perhaps, is the acquisition of the Brewer’s Pride pub by Ossett Brewery. Maybe ‘inevitable’ is not the right word, but there is something about the latest addition to the Ossett pub estate that just feels right, and pretty much as nature intended. November saw the pub up for grabs and it was swiftly secured for the brewery.. Read more

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

Something In The Air At Fernandes

We all like to raise a glass to celebrate an anniversary, and we don’t need much excuse, whether it’s marking a wedding milestone or five years since the cat first learned how to use the cat flap that you fitted many years previously. If there’s a significant date to be noted, we’ll iron a shirt and be straight there. So imagine if there were two anniversaries landing together at the same place, and that place was a pub combined with a microbrewery? You shouldn’t need a degree in Event Management to be able to arrange an appropriate celebration, and lo and behold we have al.. Read more

Spreading The Love of Beer with our September Beer Festival

For most people the festival season is seen as June to August; the summer months, or so we call them. You know the scene; endless sunny days, drinking, dancing, eating and sometimes sleeping outdoors, enjoying a sunset as the band plays on, etc etc. But at Ossett Brewery we like to be a bit different, and September is when it all kicks off for us.   The great benefit of beer festivals is that you don’t necessarily need the weather; just the people and the beer. Except that September usually provides pretty decent weather anyway, but let’s keep .. 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

#TryJanuary not #DryJanuary

This January we are proudly supporting #TryJanuary which encourages people to get out and about to bars and pubs to discover new beers, be it cask or keg - it's all about trying something new. We dont however support the Governments ‘nanny state’ new guidelines on the supposedly harmful effects of moderate consumption of alcohol. Mike Benner, Managing Director of SIBA, the Society for Independent Brewers puts it very well: “It is clearly important for the industry to consider the scientific evidence behind the new guidelines, not least because there is a wides.. Read more

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

The Gaslight Restaurant

Friday 15th August see's the re-opening of the historic restaurant at the Kings Arms, Heath, Wakefield. Refurbished and re-named after the rare gas lighting that gives the restaurant in unique atmosphere. The A la Carte menu will focus on fresh, seasonal & local produce. ​

International Beer Challenge Recognise Yorkshire Blonde

For 18 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers. The whole rainbow of beer complexity enters the IBC, with entries received from no fewer than 30 countries. We are delighted that our bottled Yorkshire Blonde has won a bronze medal in the Golden Ales 4.1-5% category. Look out for the IBC Medal Logo appearing on bottles of Yorkshire Blonde in future.

Wakefield Golf Club Sponsorship

Our on going relationship with Wakefield Golf Club has been strengthened with our two year sponsorship of their Scratch Team. The picture below shows the team just before they got stuck into the Yorkshire Blonde in the 19th.

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