Timothy Taylor Brewery

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Timothy Taylor's Brewery
TypePrivately held company
FounderTimothy Taylor
Products Beer
Website http://www.timothytaylor.co.uk/

Timothy Taylor's is a family-owned regional brewery founded in 1858 by Timothy Taylor. Originally based in Cook Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England. Timothy Taylor's moved to larger premises in 1863 at Knowle Spring in Keighley, where they remain.


The brewery is still family-owned and was family-run until 2014, when the Chief Executive Charles Dent retired and became Chairman. [1]



Timothy Taylor's best known ale is Landlord, a pale ale, 4.3% abv when cask conditioned, and 4.1% when sold filtered in the bottle. It was created for miners, to compete against local rival Barnsley Bitter. [2] Landlord was four times Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival. [3] [4] The brand attracted media attention in 2003 when Madonna said in an interview with Jonathan Ross that it was her favourite beer. Since then the draught beer has become more widely available throughout the country and Landlord is also being exported in bottles. [5] [6]

Landlord is available in the brewery's own tied pubs, and is often available as a guest ale in other pubs, especially those in Yorkshire. Bottled Landlord is available in Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and several other supermarkets, as well as from the brewery's webshop.


Timothy Taylor's Best Bitter was renamed Boltmaker in 2012 to better distinguish it from their ale Golden Best. Boltmaker won Gold in the Bitter category at the Great British Beer Festival in 2014 and was also crowned their Champion Beer of Britain 2014. [7]

Boltmaker is a Yorkshire Bitter which is 4% when cask conditioned or 4.2% when sold filtered in the bottle. It was originally bottled exclusively for Tesco shortly before winning Champion Beer of Britain 2014. In late 2015 bottled Boltmaker became available in other supermarkets such as Waitrose.

Knowle Spring Blonde

A brand new addition to the Timothy Taylor's range, a blonde beer Knowle Spring Blonde, will be available from March 2017. The 4.2% easy-drinking yet complex blonde beer is the brewery's first addition to their core range since 1952. [8] This is available in a limited number of supermarkets.


Timothy Taylor Golden Best pump Beer pumps, Black Bull, Wetherby (3rd September 2020).jpg
Timothy Taylor Golden Best pump
Timothy Taylor's brewery at their current Knowle Spring site in Keighley. Timothy Taylor's Brewery.jpg
Timothy Taylor's brewery at their current Knowle Spring site in Keighley.

A variety of other ales, such as Golden Best, Dark Mild and Ram Tam (renamed Landlord Dark in 2019) may be found in Timothy Taylor's houses. Landlord Dark can be found in some supermarkets. A new French style blonde ale Le Champion was brewed specially to celebrate the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart in Leeds. With the advent of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling event in 2015, Le Champion was brewed again in April 2015 and is being brewed again in March 2016. [9]

Timothy Taylor's also produce an occasional special bottled ale called Havercake Ale.

In the past Timothy Taylor's produced another bottled ale called Northerner, bearing the advertising slogan, For Men of the North. This slogan has been reinvented as "Originally brewed for men of the north, now loved by everyone" and is borne on the back of the wagons.


The brewery is supplied with water from an artesian well (Knowle Spring).

Only whole hops are used for brewing.

The yeast strain originally came from the Oldham Brewery.

80 percent of production is for cask conditioned products. Bottling is contracted to Robinsons Brewery.


The Woolly Sheep Inn in Skipton is a Timothy Taylor's pub. The Woolly Sheep Inn.jpg
The Woolly Sheep Inn in Skipton is a Timothy Taylor's pub.

Timothy Taylor's currently has 19 of its own tied pubs in Bingley, Cononley, Fence near Colne, Haworth, Grassington, Halifax, Keighley, Leeds, Malsis near Cross Hills, Oakworth, Oxenhope, Ripon, Skipton, Thornton and Wadsworth near Hebden Bridge. [10]

These are the Albert Hotel in Keighley, the Boltmakers Arms in Keighley, the Brown Cow in Bingley, the Burlington Arms in Keighley, the Crossroads Inn in Halifax, the Devonshire Hotel in Grassington, the Dog & Gun in Malsis, the Dog & Gun in Oxenhope, the Fleece Inn in Haworth, the Grouse Inn in Oldfield, the Hare & Hounds in Wadsworth, the Lord Rodney in Keighley, the New Inn in Cononley, the Royal Oak in Keighley, the Royal Oak in Ripon, the Town Hall Tavern in central Leeds, the White Horse in Thornton, the White Swan in Fence and the Woolly Sheep in Skipton. All of these pubs are run by tenants, except for the Lord Rodney in Keighley and the Woolly Sheep in Skipton, which are run by Timothy Taylor's itself.

In 2015, Timothy Taylor's bought The Devonshire Hotel in Grassington and it underwent a complete refurbishment, reopening in December 2015. [11]

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