The Beers at the Birch Hall Inn

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When we first came to the Birch Hall Inn. way back in 1981, there was one pump - at the farthest end of the little bar.

Out of it came Youngers Tartan Keg beer...the locals and regular visitors were used to it .so we stuck with that, though we did put a second pump in to serve the other bar. All the other beers and lagers were bottled - in busy times we nearly disappeared beneath a mountain of empties.

We changed eventually to John Smiths Magnet, still keg, and put in a draught lager. We had such a small cellar and trade was so variable that it seemed cask conditioned beers were not an option.

A few good summers, a bit of bravado and a cellar training course at the Theakstons Brewery in Masham put us on the road to real ale in 1989.

Our first two 'nines' of bitter went down a treat, and since then we've enjoyed trying beers from far and near alongside our regulars which include Black Sheep Bitter and our own 'Beckwatter'

We're very lucky to have some brilliant independent breweries nearby to give a local flavour to our selection on draught..

Too many lovely beers .. so little cellar-space, of course we have our favourites and there are still lots that we haven't had chance to try ..but we must be doing something right.'cos our local CAMRA branch checked out over 200 real ale pubs in its area and has voted us
Pub of the Season for Summer 2007
Pub of the Year 2007
Pub of the season for Summer 2009
Pub of the year 2010

and then in June we celebrated
Pub of the Year 2014

Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement ! it makes all those hours spent tinkering about in the cellar worthwhile


Cropton Brewery - between Pickering and Helmsley

York Brewery - City of York at the top of Micklegate

Daleside Brewery - Starbeck, near Harrogate

Hambleton Brewery - Near Thirsk

North Yorkshire Brewery - Pinchinthorpe Hall, Guisborough

Captain Cooks Brewery, The White Swan, Stokesley

Wold Top Brewery, Driffield

Rudgate Brewery, York

Find out more about them and their brews at






to enjoy in the next week or so.

Northallerton Brewery

Half Moon Brewery

Lincoln Green Brewery

and of course
Black Sheep Bitter
our own Beckwatter

We introduced our own Beck Hole Beer in July 2009

we called it 'BECKWATTER'
what else...?
it's on most days, and if not we do it in bottles

it's mellow and malty and
brewed exclusively for us by the organic
North Yorkshire Brewing Company...

come and try some


if you have any requests or suggestions for beers to try, or would like to leave feedback on any you've been here and sampled, please drop me a line ....