Samuel Smith's (informally and popularly known as Sam Smith's) is an independent British brewery in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England. A brewery is a dedicated building for the making of Beer, though beer can be made in the home and has been for much of beer's history Tadcaster is a Market town in North Yorkshire, England, lying on the Great North Road approximately 15 miles east of Leeds and 10 Yorkshire is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in Great Britain. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland It brews at Yorkshire's oldest brewery, which was founded in 1758.
In 1847, Samuel Smith, a butcher and cattle dealer from Meanwood, Leeds, funded his son John to buy a struggling brewing business in Tadcaster from the Hartley family. Meanwood is a suburb of north-west Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Leeds ( is located on the River Aire in West Yorkshire, England Tadcaster is a Market town in North Yorkshire, England, lying on the Great North Road approximately 15 miles east of Leeds and 10 That brewery, founded in 1758, is said to be the oldest in Yorkshire. Year 1758 ( MDCCLVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common
John Smith took over the brewery in 1852 forming John Smith's Brewery. John Smith's is a Brewery founded in 1847 by John Smith at Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, England. Year 1852 ( MDCCCLII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year He was later joined by his brother William. John then left the brewery to the eldest son of his other brother Samuel and the joint custiodianship of the business to both William and Samuel. However William bought Samuel's half and moved the business to a new brewery, next door, which is where John Smiths is now brewed, then leaving the business to his sister's sons. Meanwhile Samuel's son Samuel Smith, inherited the Old Brewery on William's death in 1886, and re-opened the brewery under his own name. Year 1886 ( MDCCCLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common He then ran it in competition with his cousins' business, John Smiths. Samuel Smith's remains independent, the only brewery in Tadcaster to do so.
The brewery operates some pubs, which are notable for their independence: The beers are all produced by the Tadcaster brewery and no large-corporation spirits or soft-drinks are available. Prices are kept minimal by only increasing in line with alcohol duty and inflation increases. In November 2004 the company took the decision to ban music in its pubs to save Performing Rights levy. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
Samuel Smith still delivers multiple-trip bottles in beer crates - a very environmentally friendly system.
The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and bears the name of famous local brewer Samuel Smith. It is both the oldest brewery in Yorkshire and the only surviving independent brewery in Tadcaster.
The smallest of the three modern-day Tadcaster breweries, Sam Smith's is one of the few remaining British breweries to employ the traditional Yorkshire Square system in the production of its beers. The Yorkshire Square fermenting system was perfected well over 200 years ago
Brewing water for ales and stouts is still drawn from the original 85 foot well, sunk when the site was established in 1758, and the yeast used in the fermentation process is of a strain that has been used continuously since approximately 1900 - one of the oldest unchanged strains in the country.
In keeping with this rich sense of history and tradition, the brewery keeps a small team of dapple-grey Shire Horses. Far from being simply show horses, these gentle giants are among the last active dray horses in the world. They deliver beer around the town of Tadcaster.
Samuel Smith produces a wide range of beers, all vegan and brewed solely (except for the Oatmeal Stout, Wheat Beer and Organic Cherry Fruit Beer) with malt, hops, yeast and water. The bottled beers are available in some off-licences in the UK. In the United States, Samuel Smith's bottled beers are imported by Merchant du Vin. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Merchant Du Vin of Tukwila WA is a Beer importer founded by American Charles Finkel in 1978 In Norway, the beers are imported by Strag AS. .
|Beer Name||Style||Alcohol Strength abv|
|Old Brewery Bitter||English Bitter||4. 0%|
|Old Brewery Pale Ale||English Pale Ale||5. 0%|
|Yorkshire||English Bitter||3. 8%|
|Organically Produced Ale||English Pale Ale||5. 0%|
|Taddy Porter||English Porter||5. 0%|
|Winter Welcome Ale||Winter Warmer||6. 0%|
|Extra Stout||Dry Stout||4. 5%|
|Imperial Stout||Russian Imperial Stout||7. 0%|
|India Ale||India Pale Ale (IPA)||5. 0%|
|Nut Brown Ale||Brown Ale||5. 0%|
|Oatmeal Stout||Oatmeal Stout||5. 0%|
|Organically Produced Lager||European Pale Lager||5. 0%|
|Alpine Lager (formerly Ayingerbräu Lager)||European Pale Lager||4. 5%|
|Pure Brewed Lager||European Pale Lager||5. 0%|
|Cider Reserve||Dry Cider||5. 2%|
|Organic Cider||Cider||5. 0%|
|Wheat Beer (formerly Ayingerbräu Hefe Weiss)||Wheat Beer||5. 0%|
|Sovereign Bitter||English Bitter||4. 1%|
|Dark Mild||Mild Ale||3. 7%|
|Taddy Lager||European Pale Lager||3. 7%|
|Organic Cherry Fruit Beer||Fruit beer||5. 1%|
Samuel Smith's are also notable for the fact that they produce cider. 'Organic Cider' is available in bottles while 'Cider Reserve' is sold on draught solely in the UK.
Until 2006 Samuel Smith's used the brand name Ayingerbräu for its lagers and wheat beers, using the name and logo of German brewery, Brauerei Aying. The Ayinger Brewery (pronounced "eye-ing-gr" Brauerei Aying is a medium-sized German Brewery located in Aying, Bavaria, about The brand was best known for its 'man-in-a-box' pump for Ayingerbräu Lager, which featured a model Bavarian man in a plastic box.
Ayingerbräu Lager gained a cult following in some parts of the UK and a beer drinking challenge is held annually. In 2006, Ayingerbräu Lager reverted to Alpine Lager, its original name in the 1960s.
In late 2005, Samuel Smith's ceased production of both the Ayingerbräu D Pils and Prinz Lager brands. These have been replaced by Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager.
Note: the brewery does not have a website.