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Pocklington Brewery Moves to Malton


3:39pm 3rd December 2013

A Pocklington brewery has moved to Malton.

Brass Castle Brewery, who had their business in Pocklington, has moved to Malton and hopes to be brewing by mid-December.

Phil Saltonstall, founder of the business, said: ‘We are thrilled to be moving to Malton which offers us a central location and larger premises. Malton being hailed as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ has also helped our decision to relocate to this busy market town’.

Phil continued: ‘Brass Castle has, to date, been a ‘nanobrewery’, producing craft beers in casks and bottles, using traditional techniques. From the outset, our beers have scooped awards around the country. As our products have become more well-known, we have needed to secure a larger site with a good road network nearby. The location in Yorkersgate is ideal.’

Brass Castle has been awarded numerous prizes for its beers, including wins at York, Birmingham, Peterborough, Huddersfield and Guisborough beer festivals.  Most recently, their Sunshine IPA was named overall champion beer for the northeast of England 2013 by the Society of Independent Brewers Association.

Business partner Ian Goodall said: ‘It's important to us that people can come and see the beer production process. We hope to open the brewery to the public in the spring, as the premises will include a shop, brewery tap and reception area. At the moment we are also doing all our own distribution, but this could change in the near future.’

Brass Castle Brewery was founded in August 2011, with both Phil and Ian having experience in the brewery sector. At their Pocklington location, they could brew 16 to 20 casks at a time. The move to Malton will give the company a chance to increase their production to meet demand.

Their beers have some interesting names, such as Bad Kitty, Snow Eater and Cliffhanger.  All their beers are suitable for vegans/vegetarians, as unlike many cask ale breweries Brass Castle does not used animal-derived products in the brewing process. Phil said: ‘We have some creative ideas regarding new beers, and who knows, we could create a Malton-inspired ale!’

Phil thanked the Estate for the help they have received concerning their move. ‘We have found the perfect premises for brewing our products,’ said Phil. ‘The Estate has been supportive from the beginning, and we would like to thank them for all their help.’

Tobias Burckhardt, Fitzwilliam Malton Estate’s Surveyor, said: ‘We are delighted that Phil and Ian have been inspired to run Brass Castle from Malton.

‘The Estate has been helping Phil and Ian with building works, investing £30,000 in a new roof, and by upgrading the electrical infrastructure.

‘We are keen to encourage new and existing businesses to move to Malton where our property portfolio can suit a range of entrepreneurial requirements. We wish Phil and Ian the very best with Brass Castle.’

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