Back garden brewery set for expansion in new home

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Beer connoisseurs are toasting their new addition to East Yorkshire’s real ale scene after relocating a back garden brewery to an industrial estate in Beverley.
Start-up team at Twisted Angel Brewing. From left, Matt Hall, Emma Lishman and Barry Wilson.

Beer connoisseurs are toasting their new addition to East Yorkshire’s real ale scene after relocating a back garden brewery to an industrial estate in Beverley.

Twisted Angel Brewing is already making a name for its ales in pubs and at festivals across the north of England and Head Brewer Matt Hall is working to develop quality and capacity after opening at Beckside Court.

Matt worked as a waiter before seizing the chance to develop his interest in growing hops and brewing beer with Brass Castle Brewery near Pocklington. That was about four years ago but, with a young family, Matt found the commute too much after Brass Castle moved to Malton. So he set up his own brew kit in the garden of his home at North Newbald.

Twisted Angel began to take shape after Matt renewed his acquaintance with fellow real ale enthusiast Allan Sykes by selling him some brewing equipment. Allan brought in Barry Wilson and the pair became shareholders.

Matt said:

North Newbald to Malton was such a long commute and I had a dream of setting up a brewery so I did that in my garden. I purchased some brewing gear from Allan, he introduced me to Barry and when it emerged I didn’t have enough power to run brew kits in my garden we decided to find another site.

After looking round and having a lot of discussion we came here. In my younger years I had piercings and listened to heavy music. I wanted a name that stood out so we bounced a few ideas around and Twisted Angel stuck.

Charlies Parkinson, Agency Surveyor at Garness Jones, said:

They identified this unit and things moved quite quickly because it was the only suitable property in the area – there is limited stock and high demand. This had been used by a company working in the poultry sector and was only vacant for a couple of months before the brewery came in.

They had to do a fair amount of work to adapt the building for their brewing needs but they now have plenty of space in a good location on the edge of a very busy town.

Beer connoisseurs are toasting their new addition to East Yorkshire’s real ale scene after relocating a back garden brewery to an industrial estate in Beverley.
L-R: Matt Hall, Emma Lishman and Barry Wilson.

From launching their first beer, Daywalker Stout, just before Christmas, Twisted Angel now have eight in their portfolio with more on the way. Outlets include Chequers in Beverley, The George Hotel and The Whalebone in Hull and the Centurion Arms in Brough, scene of a soft-launch event recently. Further afield, Twisted Angel beers can be found in Middlesbrough, Castleford, Scarborough and Whitby.

Matt said:

We have been at the Hull beer festival for the last two years, we are going to Hessle beer festival, Beverley and maybe Cottingham and Beertown in Malton.

There wasn’t a brewery in Beverley when we moved in although one has since set up. We can do 1,500 pints per brew and we brew three times a week but can increase that to five times.

Barry added:

We are working on finding more outlets and we are looking to expand into bottles and cans but we want to get cask and keg out there first and concentrate on making sure that the quality of the beer is exceptional. If we do that the beer will sell itself and customers will come to us. We have been under the radar but we are beginning to emerge now.

We have a number of collaborative brews that we are working on – brewers tend to help each other out – and we have space outside the building to hold events which might be something we will look at in the summer.