About Us

About Us

Established in 1983, Old Mill Brewery is a small independent family owned brewery, housed in an 18th century former corn mill and maltings at Snaith in East Yorkshire. It is equipped with a highly specified, modern brewing plant, Old Mill Brewery has retraced the footsteps of the traditional regional brewer.

Dedicated to producing a range of quality ‘real ales’, not only for the local market, but for a national audience too, the company with 150 years combined experience in brewing is recognized as one of the leading lights of the recent revival of the brewing art.

Old Mill Brewery is an experienced operator with a reputation for consistency and quality throughout it’s comprehensive product range. The company is keen to anticipate customer demand in today’s dynamic market place, determined to delight customers nationwide.

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Awards & History of Old Mill Brewery

1233 – Snaith
Within a few miles of roaring motorways, yet remaining a traditional East Yorkshire market town, the name of Snaith has been on the map since the time of the Domesday Book and doubtless even longer. Nestling on the banks of the River Aire, a tributary of the mighty Humber, Snaith is presided over by the impressive Norman Church of St. Lawrence and details of the town’s past are continually being discovered and researched. Though the …
1791 – The Building which now forms Old Mill Brewery was built
Deed of covenants relating to lands at Snaith 19th October 1830: Parties: 1) Thomas Tate of Snaith, miller 2) John Curtis of Snaith, gentleman. Property: erection and building formerly a maltkiln and then converted in part into a corn mill at Snaith with the steam engine, mill stones and other machinery therein and the boiler house adjoining. Piece of ground at Snaith containing 39 square yards with the pond therein and the coal and cinder …
1983 – Old Mill Brewery is launched
Traditional Bitter ABV 3.9%. First created in 1983 and subsequently unaltered, Traditional Bitter is brewed using a mix of pale and crystal malts plus Fuggles hops, with Styrian hops added prior to the end of boiling. The result is a beautifully balanced drinking beer, distinctively aromatic and pale in appearance, prompting CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide to offer the promise "everything a good bitter should be". Traditional Mild ABV 3.4%. Not a weaker, coloured pale ale …
1984 – Purchased The Brewers Arms in Snaith, East Yorkshire
Purchased our 'Brewery Tap' – The Brewers Arms in Snaith, East Yorkshire
1985 – Bullion Strong Bitter was created. A brew not to be trifled with
Bullion was introduced in 1985 to meet the demand for a full bodied, stronger beer and in only its first year was judged Best Bitter from a new brewery at the Great British Beer Festival, Brighton, Metropole.  Such early recognition for Bullion, which uses additional roasted malt in its production, has served to establish the beer as one of the classic of its type, either on draught or in a bottle. Bullion – Best Bitter …
1987 – Bullion is runner up to the Champion new brewery beer of Britain
August 1987 – Bullion – runner up to the Champion new brewery beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Brighton. Purchased the Falcon, Mexborough, South Yorkshire
1988 – Purchased the Red Lion, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
1989 – Purchased the Marsh Hotel, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
1990 – Traditional Bitter wins CAMRA’s ‘Beer of the Year’
Traditional Bitter wins CAMRA good beer guide's 'Beer of the Year' , as one of the best British beers
1991 – Purchased the Albion Vaults, Selby, North Yorkshire
Now known as 'No1 The Crescent' after an extensive refurbishment
1993 Newsletter – “TENTH ANNIVERSARY AND GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH”
Ten years ago it was our dream to set up a quality brewery that would produce the finest traditional beers to rival the best in the land, to buy our own pubs and to fit them out to the highest standard in order to sell the fine beers of ours. Along the way we wanted to employ people who would share our passion for technical excellence and consistency and to put Snaith well and truly …
1994 – Our Yorkshire Porter wins West Riding Refreshment Rooms beer of the month
Purchased the Kirklands Hotel, Outwood, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
1995 – Purchased the Mission, Hull, East Yorkshire
1996 – Purchased the Nellie Dene’s – now the Bridge Inn, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
1996 – Introduction of Handicasks – Making light of a heavy job
Rolling out the barrel at a Selby area brewery is no big deal. Lightweight casks are set to revolutionise the licensed delivery trade. Snaith-based Old Mill Brewery pioneered the non-returnable Handicask to guarantee supply within three days to any landlord nationwide. Back-breaking barrels, worth more than the ale inside and hard to recover from widespread pubs, have been replaced by lightweight models.cThe plastic prototype means the word of the independent brewery’s beers can spread far …
1998 – Purchased the Victoria Hotel, York, North Yorkshire
Pathfinders Return wins 2nd place at Wakefield CAMRA 8th Beer Festival
1999 – Purchased the Station Inn, Hull, East Yorkshire
2000 – Purchased the Lord Nelson, Brigg, Lincolnshire
2001 – Bridlington Festival Ale wins Beer of the festival at Bridlington Beer Festival
2003 – Purchased the Bay Horse and the Punchbowl Inn
Purchased the Bay Horse, Great Heck, North Yorkshire Purchased the Punchbowl Inn, Thorne, South Yorkshire

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