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East Coast Brewing Company
3 Clayhouse Yard, Rear of Mitford Street, Filey, East Yorkshire, YO14 9DX tel 01723 514865 www.eastcoastbrewingcompany.co.uk
East Coast was founded in 2008 by David and Maureen James of Wakefield whose previous venture was Fernandes Brewery with its Brewery Tap. The name originally proposed was Five Leys, but this is already used by a local hotel. The brewery is sited in a building which began housing a cart and up to three draught horses. More recently it was used as a smokehouse for fish, but in a mishap much of the upper floor was destroyed by fire and had to be rebuilt. A change in the upper brickwork testifies to this. Most Fernandes recipes remained with the brewery when it was sold to Ossett, but Dave has retained two of his favourites, Empress of India and Moodies Mild, although Dave detects subtle differences due to the characteristics of local water, year to year changes in particular hop varieties and the Burton yeast which he now uses. The first brew at the new brewhouse was John Paul Jones. One of his other early beers, Low Tide came third in the popular vote at Wakefield Beer Festival 2008 and Moodies Mild was fourth, as well as being Top Mild.
Wakefield CAMRA had a first branch visit on Sunday 22 February 2009, continuing their day at Bonhommes Bar on The Crescent in Filey, which is a regular outlet for East Coast beers, then at the Ship Inn, Muston and finally the Crown Hotel (Suddaby's) at Malton.
Note the new brickwork on the upper storey and the curved corner on the ground floor to allow easy turning of carts.
Few breweries in England can have such a glorious outlook!
Lots more pictures taken by local members Bob Wallis and David Owen can be seen at higher resolution on and copied from this Picasa Web Album.
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