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Brew York was born out of two friends passion (some would say obsession) for beer and brewing. Creating Brew York was the realisation of a long lived dream to build a brewery in the centre of York where the experience and location is as enjoyable as the beer itself.

The brewery consists of a 20 hl Brewhouse and over 260 HL in Fermenting and Conditioning capacity. This gives us the ability to produce a core range of 6 beers and the flexibility to produce the more ‘out there’ seasonal and one-off beers that really excites us. Our beer is produced in Cask, Keg & Can and sold throughout the UK.

Our brewery is located within York’s historic city walls, a 15 minute walk from the station. A very unique Taproom with riverside beer garden has been constructed right alongside the Brewhouse to showcase our beers at their freshest. Be sure to check out our events page for upcoming food, music & beer celebrations and TripAdvisor for the amazing reviews we have been receiving!

Our Story


It all began over a beer….. or maybe a few beers!
Having met on a friend's stag do, Wayne & Lee had a lot in common and a healthy taste for beer was top of the list. Several years later at the same friend’s BBQ, the quality of Wayne’s home-brew, produced using the ‘all grain method,' sparked Lee’s 20 year old hobby back into life, and a budding partnership was formed. Before you knew it they were brewing together at every opportunity. A few homebrew competitions and a debut at a friend’s wedding, gave the guys the right amount of confidence. Eventually the regularly occurring pub conversation of ‘what if we were to build our own brewery?!?!?’ became more than just a drunken pipe dream, with the creation of Brew York.


In July 2015 we began the long journey to acquiring planning permission to convert a large warehouse just off Walmgate into a brewery. Believe it or not, only the second brewery within York City walls. Several months later, in March 2016, the first beer was brewed on the premises, a beer that has gone on to win several awards, Viking DNA. This beer was a nod to the heritage of the brewery, which was the location where the Jorvik Viking centre was originally built. The first twelve months since brewing the first beer have been a whirlwind. Fermentation capacity has quadrupled from 60hl to 260hl and production has moved from Cask & Bottle, to Cask, Keg & Can. Several successful events have been hosted at the Brewery and a handful of beer awards have been won.

What next?

A broader and more eclectic range of brews with much more of it making it into Cans. We see our cans as well as more beer festival appearances as the best route to much more people getting to know and experience what Brew York is all about. We have a few festivals lined up and some new brews coming which we are super excited about (could one be the next Tonkoko?), but as we have learned in our whirlwind first year a lot can change in a short period of time so you are going to have to keep checking back to find out where to find us and what interesting brew is coming when!

Our people

Wayne Smith

MD & Co-Owner

Brewer and the Money Man. When wayne’s not brewing, he’s in charge of the pennies. Always challenging with Lee’s love of expensive hops!

Lee Grabham

Head Brewer & Co-Owner

Bewer & Events manager. When Lee’s not dreaming up or brewing new recipes, he’s giving Simon Cowell a run for his money in spotting the best music talent for upcoming tap room events.

Tom Bacon

Field Sales

Sales extraordinaire & self professed Outdoor Cat. When Tom’s not selling the beer, he’s usually found propping up a bar somewhere as he doesnt like to be cooped up in an office.

Mat Shaw


Mat is the newest member of the brewery team having worked at several Yorkshire breweries comes with plenty of experience. Barnsley through & through, you can spot Mat amongst us by his flat cap and outside of the brewery, his whippet.

Tom Andrea

Assistant Brewer

The most junior member of the brewery team, Tom joined Brew York straight out of university. Merchandise enthusiast and collector, the key to his heart is a branded sweatshirt.

Roddy MacPherson

Assistant Brewer

Roddy joined Brew York in 2018 progressing from Drayman into the fully fledged Brew Team member. He seems to have an endless supply of freshly imported US craft beer he is always willing to share with the rest of the team. .

Andy Watters

Events Manager

Expert pint puller & event co-ordinator. Andy can usually be found behind the bar at beer festivals or sampling the wares of the other brewers.

John McClure

General Manager - Bars

Runs the beer hall & tap room and makes sure we maintain the biggest draft beer selection in York. John is responsible for the team's obsession with beer cocktails and is also the handyman behind our reclaimed pallet wood beer garden.