Timothy Taylor began brewing beer in Cook Lane in the West Riding town of
Keighley. He clearly struck upon a successful formula for in 1863 he set up and
built a larger brewery at Knowle Spring where the company has remained ever
A key factor in the success of Taylor's ales is the spring water that wells up
from deep under the Pennines which is still used today to produce their
traditional cask ales. The brewery remains in the Taylor family and is now the
last independent brewery of its type left in West Yorkshire. This independence
has enabled Taylor's to survive as one of the few brewers still brewing true
cask ales in the same way it has always done.
Taylor's beer have won many awards and world-wide acclaim. The Landlord won the
1999 Champion British Ale at the CAMRA Olympia Festival and this was not the
first time it had won this prestigious award.
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Landlord Bitter 4.3%
Madonna's favourite tipple is Landlord Bitter. This multi-Champion Beer of
Britain is quite splendid with its full-flavoured balance of hops and fruit. A
classic strong pale ale, Landlord has won more awards nationally than any other
beer. This includes four times as Champion at the Brewers' International
Exhibition and three times as CAMRA’s beer of the year.
A well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter with a full measure of maltiness and
hoppy aroma. The only problem is that it is rarely seen in the Midlands' region
unless, of course, you know different - anyone seen this as a regular beer in
any pub other than the Green Dragon at Bishop's Frome?
Dark Mild 3.5%
This rich and creamy dark mild is a consistent award-winning ale. As the title
suggests, it's a dark brown ale with caramel overtones. Quite a bitter and sweet
combination. It is especially popular in East Lancashire.
Golden Best 3.5%
I enjoyed some fantastic pints of this light mild when on holiday in the
Pennines but have yet to see it on sale in the Midlands. Anyway, if you spot
this buy several pints because the amber coloured is simply divine. It has a
lovely hoppy flavour with a hint of fruit. At 3.5% it can make a really good
This is only sold by special order so you'll be lucky to find it in your local.
It is a unique, sweet, malty stout with glorious colour.
Ram Tam 4.3%
A dark, strong beer that has a reputation as a 'Winter Warmer'. Wholesome and
satisfying, this mellow beer has body and depth, leaving a pleasant fruity
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“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I
look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their
hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and
their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I
drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about