History

 

Ossett Brewery; How it all began

The Brewery

Ossett Brewery was founded in 1998 and first started at the back of the Brewers Pride on Low Mill Road. Founder and Chairman Bob Lawson began the brewery following a 30 year career brewing for Joshua Tetleys, Beverley Brothers and Kelham Island. 

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. 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. 

During 2017, brewing capacity increased from 12,500 brewer's barrels per year to 22,000. A new 8500sqft warehouse and distribution building has also been built. Cask washing and packaging has been transferred across to the new building and a new cold room has been constructed, capable of storing up to 2,500 firkins.

The Microbreweries

There are four microbreweries which fall within the Ossett Brewery group, three of which are within the cellars of our pub estate; Riverhead Brewery Tap in Marsden, Fernandes Brewery in Wakefield and Rat brewery in Huddersfield.

Our newest venture, Salt Beer Factory is a microbrewery with a difference, housed in a Grade II listed Edwardian tramshed, located in the UNESCO village of Saltaire, Bradford. Salt began with a simple dream - to brew great craft lager, but evolved into something much greater. Expect to find a range of hop-forward beers including IPAs, stouts, lagers and exciting brewing collaborations. The venue includes the Taproom, live music space, wood-fired pizza oven, gift shop and DJ booth.

The Pub Company & Tavern Estate

Since the opening of our very first pub in 2003, Black Bull in Liversedge, Ossett Brewery has created a diverse and ever-growing portfolio of 20 managed community pubs and 6 city centre bars across Yorkshire. 

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