In this comprehensive and newly-updated guide to Yorkshire brewing, renowned beer writer Simon Jenkins trawls the length and breadth of Britain’s biggest (and best) county seeking out the brewers old and new, large and small, which between them have created an astonishing beer scene.
From fiercely traditional brewers producing time-honoured beers in slate Yorkshire squares, to the new-wave craft brewers embracing a dizzying variety of imported hops; from the ancient brewer hemmed in by a tight knot of cobbled streets to the brewery founded in a garden shed as a lockdown project – Simon found them all.
This entertaining journey around the county lists every brewery Simon could find – more than 180 – and chronicles the resilience which these businesses showed when faced with the pandemic and the closure of the hospitality industry. We learn about some of the very best beers the county has to offer, meet lots of the brewers, and discover the extraordinary measures which many took to survive the challenges of Covid-19 and some of the best places to drink them.
About the Author
Simon Jenkins is an award-winning beer writer, whose weekly column Taverner appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post from 1992 to 2019. His first book, The Great Leeds Pub Crawl, is a lively informative ramble around the best pubs in the city.
Simon has written for a host of publications in the UK and overseas, including the national magazine Beer, published by the Campaign for Real Ale. He regularly contributes to broadcast discussions on beer and brewing, has a regular slot on the Leeds Beercast podcast, and is a judge in Yorkshire’s prestigious Taste of Herriot Country Food and Drink Awards.
He has won a string of awards from the British Guild of Beer Writers, including in 2010, their highest accolade, British Beer Writer of the Year. In 2019 he won the Adnams Award for Best Beer Writer in the Regional Media, for the second edition of The Yorkshire Beer Bible.
Simon shares his passion for beer through his business itsthebeertalking.co.uk which offers tutored beer tastings and regular pub and heritage walks visiting many of his favourite haunts.
And despite all this, he is generally fairly sober