York Brewery Tour, Micklegate, York
Located close to the ancient walls of the city, this micro brewery was set up in 1996 by two colleagues who previously worked at the Little Chef. Take the York brewery tour and discover that it now produces four different ranges of beer and has won numerous awards.
The smell of hops will lead you to this little brewery close to Micklegate. The last tour of the day is at 5pm, the perfect time for a bit of beer education followed by a drink in their bar.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Take a guided brewery tour
- Taste beer in the Tap bar
- Visit the brewery’s pubs
Brewing in York
When York Brewery opened its doors in 1996, it had been over 40 years since ales had been traditionally brewed within York’s ancient city walls. The brewery site was built in the late 16th century, and most notably, was the birthplace of Joseph Hansom, the inventor of the Hansom Cab (you can see one on display in the York’s Castle Museum).
Take a Brewery Tour
Take the York brewery tour and you’ll see that the brewery houses a 20-barrel brew plant. There are six traditional open top fermenters and 5 conditioning tanks. With a handy gallery above the brew house and a viewing panel into the fermenting room, visitors on the guided brewery tours can see the brewing process in action and experience all the sounds and smells.
Taste Centurion’s Ghost
The tour ends in the brewery tap room bar where you’re invited to taste their bestsellers such as Guzzler (mid weight, easy drinking), Centurion’s Ghost Ale (dark and mild), and the cleverly named York Minster and Yorkshire Terrier. If you want to carry on drinking afterwards, you can choose from one of their five pubs dotted around the city.
- The brewery has its own gift shop on Stonegate and hidden behind that you’ll find its Yorkshire Terrier pub
Sometimes called “hop asparagus,” the tender young shoots of hops can be steamed or sauteed.
WHERE TO STAY IN YORK
The Bar Convent
Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent is just over 300m from York Railway Station.
Rooms from £38 a night.
Hotel du Vin
In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.
Rooms from £94 a night.
You can take me to all of their pubs in York except for Mr Foley’s Cask Ale House. I’m even welcome in the Tap Room.