Brewery & Taproom

Ainsty Ales Brewery & Taproom was founded by Born & Bred 'Yorkie' Andy Herrington. Our multi-award-winning beers provide a distinctive range and all are produced at our York based brewery 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 Ainsty Ales is simple; to provide great tasting experiences for our customers whilst working as closely as possible within the circular-economy …. support local businesses and charities along the way. We do this while celebrating our roots in the vibrant and fantastic City of York.
Our Brewery Taproom is open every Friday from 3-9pm & from April to October on Saturday from 2-7pm. We love supporting our Street Food partners, including Baoger Queen, Bistro Guy & Yorkshire Pizzeria who will serving delicious food most weekends. We’ll be serving a selection of casked and kegged Ainsty Ales, local Gins & Ciders as well as regular Live-Music on offer. Find out more here, including all our COVID-safe measures 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 multi-award-winning craft beers are brewed by a small dedicated team, Head-Brewer Rich Mellen, Assistant-Brewer Johnny Souch & 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: 

  • Drive-Thru customers please enter the brewery and follow the one-way system at the bar
  • Customers are advised to wear face coverings
  • 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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