Brewery & Taproom

Ainsty Ales Brewery & Taproom was founded by York born & bred Andy Herrington to provide a distinctive range of craft beers and ales, all produced in the 'York & Ainsty Wapentake' a once self-governing area dating back to the Middle Ages, where the brewery gets its name.
The ethos of the brewery is simple; to provide great tasting experiences for our customers and to support local businesses and charities along the way.  We do this while celebrating our roots in the vibrant and fantastic City of York.

As soon as restrictions are eased our Brewery Taproom will be open every Friday from 3-9pm & Saturday from 1-6pm. Serving a selection of casked and kegged Ainsty Ales, local Gins & Ciders as well as regular live music on offer and tasty food options every other week. Find out more here and on Facebook.

We love to collaborate locally whatever brand or organisations you are, if you feel the same please get in touch!  We can offer our brewery expertise to develop a unique beer for an event, launch a product or bring Food & Drink businesses together! 

Independently Produced Beers For All to Enjoy!

Our award-winning craft beers are brewed by a small dedicated team, Head-Brewer Andy Capel, Assistant-Brewer Mark & head-honcho Andy all roll up their sleeves!
We have a 10 Barrel Brewhouse with a 12 barrel Mash Tun, hot & cold Liquor Tanks and a Copper Kettle.  It also houses three Fermenters & Conditioning tanks and is capable of producing 4800L of beer every week, with enough room to double capacity if needed!

COVID-Secure Measures

Whether you fill up at our Drive-Thru or the Taproom we have different COVID-Secure measures in place. You can find individual information on those measures by following the links above.


 Measures in place across the brewery include: 

  • All Drive-Thru customers must stay outside the brewery and follow the one-way system
  • Customers are advised to wear face coverings when not seated at a table (When Taproom reopens)
  • Customers must follow the one-way system when inside the building
  • Hand sanitisers are available
  • Staff will be regularly cleaning and sanitising all public areas

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