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Timothy Taylor brewery tour

On 04/11/14 by Brigid Simmonds (Chief Executive)

Every year, the BBPA team visits one of our members so we all gain a greater understanding of their history, heritage and challenges. In my time, we have been to Brewers of Europe, Marston’s, Hall & Woodhouse, Adnams and, this year, Timothy Taylor. With Charles Dent moving to be Chairman at the end of the year and 'Boltmaker' awarded Champion Beer by CAMRA, it seemed a great idea for us all to board a train to the West Riding of Yorkshire last week, on one of the hottest Hallowe'ens for decades - it was even warm in Yorkshire!

Timothy Taylor started brewing in Keighley in 1858. It is still a family-owned company but, like many, has external non-executive directors, including Mike Bramley and Tim Clarke who have all played their part in the BBPA in past years.

Timothy Taylor uses Golden Promise barley in all their beers and whole hops. They take pride in their yeast evolved over 1,700 yeast generations and water from the Knowle Spring. Fermentation takes a minimum of seven days with a further week in a holding tank before beer is put into casks.

Beyond the brewery, Timothy Taylor's were one of a number of companies to take advantage of the 'Grand Depart' of the Tour de France this year. Peter Eells, their head brewer, created 'Le Champion', a 4.5% abv French style blonde beer, and students from Leeds City College produced striking yellow bikes to decorate the company’s pubs. The Woolly Sheep won the award for best pub in the 'Welcome to Yorkshire' Pub of the Year competition and supplies of Le Champion were even delivered by bicycle!

After a 'tour de force' history lesson, complete with photographic evidence from Charles Dent and a tour of the brewery, the team headed for lunch at the Lord Rodney with a melt in the mouth cottage pie, with Landlord, Boltmaker and Golden Best to complement. We then walked to the 'Boltmaker' pub, hardly larger than a small front room, but clearly a favourite 'wet-led' pub for a last pint before heading back by train.

We would all at the BBPA like to thank Charles, Peter, Andrew and the whole team for a great visit. The Timothy Taylor purpose is to thrive as a family-owned business by brewing nationally renowned, award-winning beers; owning pubs which support the value of the company; generating an attractive and sustainable return for shareholders whilst being fair and honest to their customers, employees and suppliers. This encapsulates the heritage and Britishness of beer and pubs which we are all so keen to support and promote.


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