Festival puts breweries on the map

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The past and present of Malton’s brewing industry came together at the first Beertown festival.

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the festivities at the Milton Rooms, Malton, on Friday and Saturday which had been organised by the town’s newest breweries - Bad Seed and Brass Castle.

There was music, food from Malton Relish, Haxby Bakehouse and Hayloft Foods, and beer – lots of beer – for the punters to sample and enjoy.

And for anyone interested in the brewing history of Malton, they could speak to historian Sid Woodhams, of the Woodhams-Stone collection, who was on hand with artefacts from two of the town’s former breweries.

To highlight the point that Malton’s brewing industry enjoys a bright future, the centre of the Milton Rooms and bar area were dominated by a “Beacon of Beer” – a tower of illuminated beer barrels.

Chris Waplington, who is the joint owner of Bad Seed Brewery alongside James Broad, said: “We are only ten months old and together with Brass Castle who have moved to Malton from Pocklington, we decided to celebrate that Malton has two breweries and a rich brewing history.

“We also wanted to celebrate the movement that is happening at the moment where beers are full-flavoured. The worst crime beer can commit is to be boring!”

Each visitor to the festival was given a half-pint glass, complete with markings for a third measure, to encourage them to try as many of the different tipples on offer from names such as Magic Rock, Kernel, Weird Beard, Siren, Tiny Rebel, Beavertown, and of course, Bad Apple and Brass Castle. The weekend, said Chris, had seen visitors come from as far as London, Sheffield and Edinburgh and there are hopes it could become an annual event.

“It has been incredible - the feedback we have is positive which is great,” he said. “We are trying to create a beer festival unlike Malton has ever seen before and the feedback proved that has been a success in all these aims.”




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