Neil Land with his little scrubber.



There was a substantial entry for Whitley Bridge Brewery  on the Wakefield CAMRA Website. This has now been pared down to this single page, but much of the original material is available on a Picasa Web Album.

A new brewery started up 3rd April 2003 in unused but newly built stables on a smallholding on the A19 at Whitley Bridge, technically just over the border from our area, but the owner-brewer, Neil Land, lived in Outwood and since moved the brewery to nearby Newton Hill. Whitley Bridge beer was resident for a time at the Lofthouse Gate WMC near the northern boundary of the District was Whitley Bridge was able to vary the range offered with other brewers' beers which Whitley Bridge distributed on a mutual basis. 

The Brewery closed around 4th July 2005, and the plant was sold to the new Ulverston Brewery. Neil retained the brand name which he has since sold on, and there remains the possibility of someone else brewing Whitley Bridge beers in the Selby area. Neil can still be reached on 01924 825836 or (mobile) 07775 898931. 

Neil was a professional brewer for 15 years with Carlsberg-Tetley in Leeds but had a lot of help and encouragement from Clark's and Bob Hunter of the Red Lion Brewery on setting up on his own. The beers appeared locally at the Red Shed, Harry's Bar, Flanshaw Hotel, Vine Tree and Fernandes, also West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms in Dewsbury, on the real ale circuit in Sheffield and as far away as Sunderland and Newcastle. 

Whitley Bridge reckoned to brew up twice a week on their 4 barrel brew length plant. There were 4 beers available initially from a standard bitter to a black ale/mild. Then in the good days at Newton Hill production more than trebled. Regular brews are indicated by bold type.

Nelly's Ale  4.3% a standard bitter, fruity flavoured with a hoppy aftertaste (Fuggles). Nelly is the brewer's nickname
Gunslingers Bitter  4.3% a creamy flavoured ruby ale, bittered with Challenger and dry-hopped with Fuggles, originally brewed for a C & W club called Ghostriders in Leeds


a dark mild ale with a rich fruity flavour, originally 4.1%, Mild category winner at Doncaster Beerex 2004, and Merrie City 2004.
Black Drake


a black mild ale, not currently in production
Knee Knocker


a light coloured fruity and refreshing Summer beer
Sharpshooter 5.0% a fruity sweetish ruby ale, produced in the winter
All The Way 3.8% a light summer beer named for Euro 2004, by the winner of a competition for Yorkshire Water employees - could be re-named as it looks as if its success will continue longer than England's football team
Newton Bar Bitter 4.3% developed from Nelly's but well dry-hopped to take away any sweetness
Bridge Gold 3.8% a new medium coloured fruity session bitter, now primed for a fuller flavour
Gold 3.9% an aromatic butterscotch-y bronze-gold coloured  beer developed from Knee Knocker but using more crystal malt 
Whitley's Winter Warmer 4.9% a copper coloured brew with the accent on crystal malt, also known as Mrs T's Winter Warmer
Kudos 5.0% deceptively easy drinking golden strong ale brewed with Maris Otter pale and crystal malt, hopped throughout with Styrian Goldings for an unforgettable aroma

Photo shows Neil's brother-in-law Richard Leach, who worked full-time as brewing manager,

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Emberzale was Mild Category Winner at Doncaster Beerex, April 2004  - first from the new brewery which celebrated one year in existence April 3rd 2004.


Whitley Bridge gained Beer of the Festival at the 2004 festival held at the Star Inn at Folly Hall, Lockwood, Huddersfield.


In a strictly regulated blind tasting Emberzale came top in the Mild category and was rated no.3 beer overall.

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