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7th July 2022

Award-winning York Brewery Set to Open New Venue

Lee Grabham and Wayne Smith at Handley Tap

Innovative Yorkshire brewery, Brew York, is about to open the fourth venue in its expanding portfolio. This time it’s a taproom at the newest site in Osbaldwick – a £2million state-of-the-art production facility.

Brewing commenced at the Osbaldwick site just over a year ago as part of a significant growth strategy to gradually increase production capacity to 5 million pints a year. The 65,000sq ft complex at Handley Park – just 10 minutes drive up the road from the original site at Walmgate – will now house a new taproom, which opens to the public at 4pm on Friday 15th July and will be open every weekend thereafter on a Friday and Saturday.

The weekend taproom – named the Handley Tap – will offer the freshest possible beer, including some exclusive special releases, plus changing weekly street food and an opportunity to grab Brew York merchandise.

For opening weekend the popular Tonkoko milk stout will be pouring on cask alongside Calmer Chameleon – an American pale with hyper juicy and resinous hops Columbus, Mosaic, Simcoe and Idaho 7. In addition there will be 8 keg beers, Portuguese street food from Frango Eduardo, and a selection of Brew York cans to drink in or takeaway. Alongside the opening of the main taproom bar, the Brew York monthly YouTube livestream will take place on the Handley Tap mezzanine at 7pm on Friday 15th July as a special, optional event. Founders Wayne and Lee will be joined by Tom and Ol Fozard from Roosters Brewing Co for beer tasting and discussions on brewing, business and the beer industry in general.

With the new bar being nestled within a business park and surrounding villages, close to the University of York campus and student accommodation, and within easy reach of popular local cycle routes, it’s expected to appeal to a wide range of visitors.

Co-founder and Managing Director Wayne Smith “With venues already in York city centre, Leeds, and Pocklington we’re really excited to add this new taproom to the list. There’s a sizable community around us out at Handley Park and the hope is many will become regulars as we settle in and evolve based upon what they tell us they want. The key for us at Brew York is getting the freshest possible beer out to as many people as possible, and this is another way we can do that. We’re really looking forward to becoming a more active part of our local area and further enhancing York as a popular craft beer destination.”

The vision for Handley Tap is to offer exclusive beer previews and tastings as well as brewery tours and to develop a programme of live music and special events, including adding more facilities geared towards families and young children. The main Handley taproom is on the ground floor with level access, welcomes under 18s until 8pm when accompanied by an adult, and is very dog friendly.



  • Handley Tap will open 4pm Friday 15th July

  • Opening times will be weekends only, 4pm-10pm Friday and 12noon to 10pm Saturday

  • Location: Brew York, Unit 1 Handley Park, Osbaldwick, YO19 5UP

  • To request an audience ticket for the YouTube Live email

  • To participate in the YouTube Live online on Friday 15th July go to for a 7pm start. Please note a ‘taste along’ pack can be purchased in advance at

  • Visiting the taproom is free, everyone is welcome, and no pre-booking is required


Founded in 2016 by beer enthusiasts Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham, Brew York’s vision is ‘to make beers with character that are enjoyed across the globe’.

Independently owned, the now multi-award winning brewery started out at Walmgate, York, soon after adding a taproom and shop within the same location. Having executed a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2018, £56k was raised to develop a new beer hall and street food kitchen. In 2020 The Market Tap at Pocklington was added to the portfolio followed by Brew York: New Briggate in Leeds. Also in 2020 Wayne and Lee signed on the dotted line to take on a new state of the art production facility in Osbaldwick.

Brew York is known for its quirky beers, comical names and bold, often playful can art. The Yorkshire brewery has made a big impact on the national scene over recent years with stand out beers such as Tonkoko – a vanilla, tonka bean and chocolate milk stout – and Rhubarbra Streisand – a rhubarb milkshake pale.

About Brew York Handley Park

The new Osbaldwick site has enabled Brew York to address escalating demand, both domestically and internationally. As part of the expansion, several new jobs were created increasing employment to 70 across the business, and the team invested in new kit and technology to improve efficiency, quality and consistency. This included creating a large cold store, and obtaining a grain silo and mill alongside a reverse osmosis machine, which strips all mineral content from the water to create a ‘blank canvas’ for brewing. This further improves general quality and enables the production of new styles of beer such as Pilsner which would not otherwise be possible using York’s mains water supply.

The Osbaldwick investment quickly enabled output to double from 880,000 pints a year at the Walmgate Brewhouse to current levels of 1.7 million pints. With two new 200 hectolitre external fermentations vessels installed outside in March this year the total production capacity at the site is an estimated 5 million pints a year. The original Brewhouse site at Walmgate also remains in full operation as a smaller-scale brewing facility.

Press release from Brew York


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