Exciting Times at Elland

Lots is happening in Elland. A long-awaited train station is set to break ground any day now, millions of pounds has been pumped in by Calderdale Council, and the Elland Town Council has reconvened after some years of the town having no local leadership. A town centre remodelling programme is top of their agenda, and hopes are high that the surge in economic and social vibrancy that has spread across the rest of Calderdale will continue in our town. Go Elland!

Keen to be part of the forward movement locally, here at Elland Brewery we too have been busy, with owner Steve Francis handing over day-to-day operations management to his son Joe, and a rethinking of how we do business overall. We’ve been around for twenty years now, and the beer trade has changed a lot in that time. We’ve no plans to ditch any of the beers you love, but we certainly need to keep up with the modern ale landscape and bring all the energy we can muster into rebuilding after Covid. This means new staff, new ideas, a whole new way of thinking. All options are open to us.

We’re in the news!

There are lots of ideas in the pipeline, and this renewed energy caught the eye of renowned beer writer Chris Dyson, who did us a splendid writeup which you can read here. We’d love to hear from you with any feedback on the new beers we’ve been trying out (Ell And Back 4.2% amber, Afternoon Threelight 3.5% cask pils-influenced pale, Game Changer 5.3% throwback IPA) as well as anything from our long history that you’d like to see again. Drop  Scott a line on scott@ellandbrewery.co.uk and keep up with where we go next.

Watch this space for updates!

White Prussian Enters the Keg Market

Customer pressure wins and we have agreed finally to introduce White Prussian to keg. Trials are currently underway and the product after intense testing will be in a few selective accounts from next week for the purposes of customer feedback. Initial tastings have been very successful but we will await the results of the paying customer before committing fully to increased output. Check the site to see where you might taste it, with the opportunity to win some brewery merchandise as a thank you for providing some insightful feedback.

Elland Sponsors Clifford Beer Festival

Next Saturday (June 24) sees the return of one of the best village beer festivals on the circuit, when no fewer than 30 cask ales will be served at Clifford Village Hall. As village events go, this is a pretty impressive number. And unlike many festivals where beer is served directly from barrels racked up behind the bar, here all the ales will be cooled to the correct temperature by a professional quality system and dispensed through handpumps with sparklers, to present them foaming with a nice creamy head. Event spokesman Richard Coldwell says: “Previous experience tells us that local drinkers don’t like flat beer drawn directly from the cask so we’ve teamed up with a professional cellar services company to give our customers the sort of pint they get in their local pub – there’ll be no flat pints here!” Among the beers you can try will be Last Over, which has been specially created by Elland Brewery to celebrate the sporting achievements of Ryan Sidebottom, who is retiring from professional cricket this year. The Yorkshire and England star is a long-time supporter of the festival and has occasionally brought along his equally famous dad Arnie, who played both professional cricket and football in the 1970s and 80s. Says Ryan: “I’m really pleased to be connected with Clifford Beer Festival. It’s a fantastic charity raising money for local causes.”

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/preview-clifford-beer-festival-leeds-1-8595748

Elland Announce Price Increase

Managing Director, Stephen Francis announces the Companies first price increase in over three years.


1872 Porter reaches the final at GBBF

1872 finalistWe are very pleased that our 1872 Porter reached the final at CAMRA GBBF. Unfortunately we did not win, losing out to Binghams Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire.

Our 1872 Porter is arguably the most decorated beer in recent British brewing history. A rich, complex, dark ruby beer from a Victorian recipe. It has an old port nose, coffee and bitter chocolate flavours from four malts including finest Maris Otter and English hops. Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. Three times National Winter Ales Champion.

Cask Elland Blonde in Finland

finland elland blondeFormer regular at the Junction in Castleford and most certainly a lover our beers, Janne Lehvonen recently spotted our Blonde in his home country of Finland. Yet another discovery and a reminder of his adopted county of Yorkshire.

Elland Blonde is a 4.0 ABV easy drinking blonde ale. Dry and aromatic yet uncomplicated. Soft bitterness and light citrus notes from a combination of English Progress and American Cascade hops.


brewery visit from the Junction pub, castleford

Junc elland

We were recently pleased to host a visit from the regulars at the Junction pub at Castleford. Run by Maureen Shaw and Neil Midgley, the pub is known locally, nationally and internationally for being the only pub to serve all the cask beers from its own wooden casks. We are proud that our beers feature frequently at the pub in the wood.

Amongst the beers on offer on the day was our award winning 1872 Porter from a wooden cask.

Supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the Brewers Pride

Chinook_Elland Brewery

We are pleased to support the Brewers Pride at Healey, Ossett with their annual Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fund Raising Beer & Music Festival over the weekend of 30th & 31st July. We will be supplying three beers – Nettlethrasher, Beyond the Pale and Chinook. We are donating the Chinook in support of the worthy charity.

Chinook is a golden, single hopped golden session beer at 3.9% ABV with a hint of spice, strong citrus and grapefruit aroma and flavours.

Clifford Champion Beer Festival – Wood You Believe It!

JMWe are pleased to have sponsored and provided two Festival Special Beers in the Wood (casks courtesy of the Junction at Castleford).

The two beers were Gale Force were brewed for and named by ITV Calendar Weather presenter Jon Mitchell and Wood You Believe It (in the wood) brewed for ITV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood.

Gale Force was a 5% IPA easy drinking pale ale brewed with US and NZ hops that give a combination of fruit flavours.

Wood you believe was a 4.6% premium golden bitter with fruity citrus flavours and aroma.



Our Beers in the Wood at Clifford Champion Beer Festival on Saturday 25th June

We thank Richard Coldwell for this post on his blog

Festival Special – Beers from the wood

Festival Special – Beers from the wood

Gale Force 1

Jon Mitchell with Mike Hiscock & Stephen Francis

A unique head to head is kicking off at Clifford Champion Beer Festival on Saturday 25th June. Championship winning brewers Elland have come up with two one off special brews for well known YTV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood and weatherman Jon Mitchell.

I headed off to the brewery for a sneak preview of Jon Mitchell’s Gale Force IPA, a 5% IPA easy drinking pale ale brewed with US and NZ hops that give a combination of fruit flavours.

While we were there I also had a taste of Duncan Wood’s Wood you believe it which is a 4.6% premium golden bitter with fruity citrus flavours and aroma.

Jon Mitchell said, ‘The Gale Force ale that Elland have brewed for me is superb. I’m sure my hoppy Gale Force IPA will outsell Duncan’s Wood you believe it Bitter.

Although both beers were very good, they always taste better at the brewery. I personally thought Jon was right, although my preference won’t be the same as everyones. What will be interesting is the opportunity for people to taste both these beers from the wood, something we are trying to support at Clifford Beer Festival.

Wood you

This year, thanks to Elland Brewery and The Junction pub, Castleford, ‘the home of beers from the wood’ we have been able to put four Elland beers on the bar in wooden casks. As well as the two festival specials there will be the championship winning 1872 Porter and Beyond the Pale. There will also be a Sunbeam Ales Chocolate mild which was brewed for the Leeds mild fest in May and has been conditioning in the wooden cask with the unique Sunbeam Ales logo on ever since.