Ainsty Ales Brewery & Taproom was founded by York-born 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 to our customers and to support local businesses and charities with our activities along the way. We do this while celebrating our roots in the vibrant and fantastic City of York.

Looking to Collaborate?

We love to collaborate with brands and organisations on exciting joint-marketing opportunities! We can offer our brewery expertise to develop a unique beer for an event, launch or product where we can discuss mutually-beneficial sponsorship opportunities.

Local Beers For Everyone

Our award-winning craft beers are brewed by a small dedicated team, Head-Brewer Andy Capel, Assistant-Brewer Aidan & 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 copper kettle. it also houses three fermenters & conditioning tanks with enough room to double capacity if needed!

New for 2020 

We are proud to launch our new online craft beer delivery service! Allowing you to enjoy the taste of Ainsty Ales anywhere in the UK. Explore the first of our canned range available online today.


COVID-Secure Measures

Depending on whether you fill up at our Ainsty Ales 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.


Standard measures across the brewery include:

  • Staff will be wearing face coverings
  • Customers are advised to wear face coverings when not seated at a table
  • Hand Sanitiser is available
  • Staff will be regularly cleaning and sanitising all public areas 

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