Yorkshire’s oldest brewery is Samuel Smiths.They began brewing in Tadcaster in 1758 and brew on the same site to this day, using the same methods to brew and keeping the same yeast strain whilst fermenting their beer in traditional Yorkshire stone squares. As well as that, Samuel Smiths use oak casks that are made and repaired on site by full-time coopers and even use horses to transport beer around Tadcaster. The brewery has an extensive range of 16 different bottled beers and ciders, including their winter seasonal ale.They use English hop varieties, such as Goldings and Fuggles, to add bitterness and aroma to their ales.
The most popular beer is the Organic Chocolate Stout, a 5%ABV best served at 11°C.The stout, suitable for vegans, is brewed with the brewery’s well water, sunk way back in 1758 and draws water from 85ft underground. It uses Chocolate Malts and cocoa to create its smooth texture.
Another one of their most popular beers is the Organic Pure-Brewed Lager, which is an example of how the best ingredients and traditional methods can create a well-balanced lager with a great flavour.The PBL is best served at 7°C and, again, is suitable for vegans.