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   Outgang Brewery (and Thomas Elstone Brewery brand not currently in use)

(the image is not the actual brewery logo but taken from a photo of landlord Thomas Elstone with evicted local mining families)

The Kinsley Hotel, Wakefield Road, Kinsley, Pontefract WF9 5EH         e-mail thebrew@sky.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT PRODUCTION BEYOND TESTS AT THIS BREWERY DID NOT IMMEDIATELY COMMENCE. THE PLANT WAS MOTHBALLED, WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY CAME ABOUT TO ACQUIRE AND RE-FURBISH A PROMINENT PUB IN HEMSWORTH TOWN CENTRE. IN LATE 2017 GORDON MAIR AND IAN BROWN DID START PRODUCTION!

CAMRA's Brewery Liaison Officer for this brewery is Bob Wallis

The brewhouse is situated in the rear part of the historic Kinsley Hotel and the Thomas Elstone name derives from the landlord at the time of the Kinsley Evictions of 1905, a key event in Yorkshire mineworkers' history. The local Twixt Aire and Calder Website  is a wonderful starting point to learn more about this event. Outgang Terrace in Kinsley was where newlyweds probably had their first house. The Outgang Brewery name was originally to be used for beers brewed specifically for the customers of the Kinsley Hotel, so we might have seen Outgang Bitter, Outgang Mild etc. The Thomas Elstone name was planned to be kept for beers that went out to the trade.

As of July 2011 the brewhouse was fully insulated and clad and brewing vessels were awaiting components such as the heat exchanger. By mid-August, the brewing vessels were in position and awaiting final pipework prior to testing. It will be a 2 barrel plant, upgradable to 5bbl if required, and the brews will be available principally at the pub itself and possibly at Hemsworth Miners' Welfare up the hill in Fitzwilliam (which did not actually come to pass). At the end of August is that mash tun and copper were in position, with all pipework to vessels in place, the next task being the completion of a pump station so that the main circulator pump can be switched from one task to another. Test brewing commenced in October 2011 with just water so that the flow and temperatures could be observed, inter alia speed of boil, operation of the heat exchanger, effectiveness of hot liquor tank in retaining heat. The landlord Gordon Mair has had training at Brewlab, Sunderland University.

The loading from immersion heaters in the kettle caused the fuseboard to burn out, so Gordon was forced to instal a  new three phase electricity supply. January 2012 saw the pub offering up to four cask-conditioned Yorkshire-brewed ales at extremely reasonable prices which have established a local demand for real ale in a pub which had been keg-only for a number years. Due to a series of setbacks the brewery, as of mid-June 2012 did not get into regular production, but a supply of 9 gallon casks was about to be ordered. In October 2013 Gordon was planning to collect a stock of casks from a supplier in Blackburn with his new dray pictured below. With the collaboration of a new partner in the brewing and sales, Ian Brown who has had a great deal of trade experience, regular brewing now takes place, supplying Gordon's two pubs and several other local outlets. The regular brews are a dark 4.0% mild style beer called Pit Bottom, a 3.9% bitter called Tailgate Ripper, a 3.9% blonde beer called Lamp Room and a strong dark porter called Rest Day. The beers have been sold as far away as Edinburgh and are regularly on sale in a growing number of free trade outlets locally. Ian did greatly increase the stock of casks so that more beer can go out to our local pubs.

Malts have been sourced from Fawcetts of Castleford

More pictures can be seen on this PicasaWeb Album including mash tun and copper in place, ready to brew. More will be added soon. Check this page again soon!

This exterior shot of the Kinsley Hotel shows how huge the place is!

a quick glance into the brewhouse, during the installation phase

This is the original new dray, converted from a horse
box. Top speed is in the low to mid forties m.p.h.
Plans are afoot for a pick-up truck to be restored as a second vehicle.