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This week’s beer has a great story. Boy meets girl. Boy joins the RAF and becomes a helicopter pilot. Girl joins the United Nations and gets posted to New York. Boy follows girl to the Big Apple where he develops a keen interest in homebrewing. Boy and girl return home to East Yorkshire and start a brewery.
It would be a massive culture shock for most people to move from an apartment on the 45th floor of a skyscraper in New York to the garage of a house in Pocklington, but that’s just what Phil Saltonstall and wife Harriet did when setting up Brass Castle Brewery in 2011.
Things got off to a bit of a flyer, and within two months of brewing in the garage, Brass Castle bagged themselves the title of Champion Beer at the York CAMRA beer festival. Some Start.
From that point on Brass Castle have continued to grow at a steady pace, building a die-hard local following in the process. In 2014, with money cobbled together from family and friends, Brass Castle left the garage and set up in Malton with a simple PBC brew kit – manual but functional. Beer awards continued to come thick and fast, and the team began to grow. Over time, new tanks arrived and a Taphouse was established next door.
Nowadays, Brass Castle is firmly established in Malton, with customers around the UK and overseas, something the team are incredibly proud of…
“We love what we do, and we’re very grateful to be cheered on our way by our local community. Like any small brewery, we’re bursting at the seams and could always do with more space. That means we have to work hard to ensure that our beer remains amongst the best out there. While continuing to remind people how fabulous beer is.”
For tonight’s beer, we have Bad Kitty, a beer that earned its name from the antics of the two original brewhouse cats, who delight in mischievously supervising proceedings. Bad Kitty is a chocolate and vanilla porter with an awards sheet bigger than most. Big hits of chocolate upfront are balanced against a silky smooth mouthfeel and the lingering flavour of vanilla.