The Beers at the Birch Hall Inn
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
and then in
June we celebrated
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement ! it makes all those hours spent tinkering about in the cellar worthwhile
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR LOCAL BREWERIES
Cropton Brewery - between Pickering and Helmsley
Brewery - City of York at
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
Top Brewery, Driffield
Wold Top Brewery, Driffield
Rudgate Brewery, York
Find out more about them and their brews at beermad.org.uk
BEERS IN THE PIPELINE
enjoy in the next week or so.
Lincoln Green Brewery
We introduced our own Beck Hole Beer in July 2009
called it 'BECKWATTER'
mellow and malty and
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 ....