Brewery moves out of back garden base to get ahead of the game
From left, Matt Hall, Emma Lishman and Barry Wilson at Twisted Angel’s new site
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Feb 2018
BEER connoisseurs are toasting an East Yorkshire brewery that has expanded with a relocation from its back garden base to a much larger site at a Beverley industrial estate.
Twisted Angel Brewing is already making a name for its ales in pubs and at festivals across the north of England and head brewer Matt Hall is working to develop quality and capacity after opening at Beckside Court.
Mr Hall worked as a waiter before seizing the chance to develop his interest in growing hops and brewing beer with Brass Castle Brewery near Pocklington.
That was about four years ago but, with a young family, he found the commute too much after Brass Castle moved to Malton, so he set up his own brew kit in the garden of his home at North Newbald.
Twisted Angel began to take shape after Matt renewed his acquaintance with fellow real ale enthusiast Allan Sykes by selling him some brewing equipment. Mr Sykes brought in Barry Wilson and the pair became shareholders.
Mr Hall said: “North Newbald to Malton was such a long commute and I had a dream of setting up a brewery, so I did that in my garden. I purchased some brewing gear from Allan, he introduced me to Barry and, when it emerged I didn’t have enough power to run brew kits in my garden, we decided to find another site.
“After looking round and having a lot of discussion, we came here. In my younger years I had piercings and listened to heavy music. I wanted a name that stood out so we bounced a few ideas around and Twisted Angel stuck."
Charles Parkinson, agency surveyor at Garness Jones, said: “They identified this unit and things moved quite quickly because it was the only suitable property in the area – there is limited stock and high demand.
“This had been used by a company working in the poultry sector and was only vacant for a couple of months before the brewery came in.
“They had to do a fair amount of work to adapt the building for their brewing needs, but they now have plenty of space in a good location on the edge of a very busy town.”
From launching its first beer, Daywalker Stout, just before Christmas, Twisted Angel now has eight in its portfolio, with more on the way.
Outlets include Chequers in Beverley, The George Hotel and The Whalebone in Hull and the Centurion Arms in Brough, which hosted a soft-launch event recently.
Further afield, Twisted Angel beers can also be found in Middlesbrough, Castleford, Scarborough and Whitby.
Mr Hall said: “We have been at the Hull beer festival for the past two years. We are going to Hessle beer festival, Beverley and maybe Cottingham and Beertown in Malton.
“There wasn’t a brewery in Beverley when we moved in although one has since set up. We can do 1,500 pints per brew and we brew three times a week, but can increase that to five times.”
Mr Wilson said: “We are working on finding more outlets and looking to expand into bottles and cans, but we want to get cask and keg out there first and concentrate on making sure the quality of the beer is exceptional. If we do that the beer will sell itself and customers will come to us. We have been under the radar, but we are beginning to emerge now.”