History of The Old Spot Brewery

In the beginning

We never had any intention or aspirations to become brewers, but were quite intrigued when through a friend of a friend heard that there was a brewery for sale near Castleford. We went to look and came away owning a brew plant!!
Unfortunately during a mad hig Ron from The Boat Brewery had already cut up the kettle (copper) as he couldn’t get it out whole by himself.
We stripped out all the old redundant equipment from the dairy at Chris’s parent’s farm and started to install the brew plant, Chris doing the wiring, Julian doing the fabricating. A suitable large vessel was sourced from which Julian created our new kettle.
After several months with bits and pieces and pipes everywhere we were ready to brew.

The very first Old Spot brew was on 30th August 2005.


Ron from the Boat Brewery was kind enough to oversee our first tentative brew. We had intended this to be a test brew, but once we tasted it we quickly realised it would be criminal not to share it with everyone.
Julian and Chris pulled the very first ever pint, took the first taste and there it was Dogs in’t Barrel was born and so was Old Spot!
We invited family, friends and local CAMRA members to join us at the Cricketer’s Arms, Keighley and sample our first two brews, Dogs In’t Barrel and Lift Off. The evening went very well we filled the pub and at the end of the evening it was quite satisfying to see that our ales did have alcohol in them!!
Since then we have been consistently creating new brews and expanding our customer base trying to deal directly with local landlords to keep our “beer miles down” quality is our primary objective and a pride in the personal touch to our customers.
Our maximum brew length up to recently was four and a half barrels this was dictated to us ultimately by the size of our fermentors after some calculations we worked out we could increase this up to seven barrels just by sourcing a larger fermentor. So Julian donned his fabricators hat and set to and made one from a few bits we had left over from the beginning.