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James & Kirkman Brewery

at the Robin Hood, 4 Wakefield Road, Pontefract WF8 4HN  tel: 01977 702231

The brewery occupies outbuildings at the rear, now re-roofed. Brewing on a 3 barrel plant from the Hesket Newmarket Brewery commenced in May 2013, and due to be celebrated with a First Beer Festival at the pub in August 2013!
The first brew was the eminently quaffable Stargazer at 5.1% which means that the Robin Hood can at last be listed as a LocAle Pub! Soon after came the amazingly tasty 3.2% Star Light, with a third beer made with local honey in the fermenter.
David James, founder of Fernandes Brewery, then East Coast Brewery and now James & Kirkman Brewery.
Mandy Kirkman half of the Kirkman half, daughter of Dave and Maureen
Photographs taken from the car park of the Methodist Church behind.
roof of the projected coolroom
 coolroom and store
Re-roofing was accomplished, using the sort of corrugated material that the caravan builders of East Yorkshire use for those chalets with tiny wheels that make them technically towable caravans. The little room in the corner at one time was thought a possible site for house a copper on wheels that can be trundled out into the open for boiling, rather like the one at Bob's Brewing. From the Web Album on the link provided below it will be noted that the copper has been accommodated in the main brewhouse.

You can also view a PicasaWeb Album covering life at the pub and progress of the brewery. New photos added 18/03/2012 and 13/05/2012 with a further update due any day.