Wharfedale Brewery - Date Lines

  • Founded In Wetherby In 1756
  • Ceased Trading In The 1950s
  • Grassington  Rebirth In 2003
  • Company Dissolved In 2007
  • Reformed In Ilkley In 2012
  • Wharfedale Brewery III Is Born
  • Ilkleys First Brewpub Opens

Wharfedale Brewery History: 1756 To Present Day

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The original Wharfedale Brewery was founded in Wetherby in 1756 and served many of the town's 15 taverns before becoming Oxley's mineral water factory in the inter-war years.  

The building was demolished in the late 1950s and redeveloped as a bus station and depot.

The name was resurrected in 2003 further up the River Wharfe in Grassington, by Steve Blizzard and David Aynesworth, (owner of the Craven Arms in Appletreewick and star of YTVs "Yorkshire's Perfect Pint").   

They produced a number of fine beers, which could be found on the bars of pubs throughout the Yorkshire Dales, under the "Folly Ales" brand. The company was dissolved for personal reasons in 2007.

In late 2012, a group of friends and real ale enthusiasts came up with the idea of a brew Pub back down stream in Ilkley.  

In March 2013 they took over the lease of the former Albert Inn on Church street.

The pub, which was built in 1709 as a farmhouse, was renamed the Flying Duck and following extensive refurbishment opened in the summer of 2013.

In a barn at the back of the Grade II listed building, Wharfedale Brewery was brought back to life once more and resulted in brewing returning to Ilkley town centre for the first time in well over 100 years.

The new brewery, which predominantly serves the pub, a small number of carefully selected local hostelries and local beer festivals, produces three core beers; Wharfedale Blonde, Black and Best Bitter, seasonal specials and bottled beers.

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