Pictured is Mark Stredwick
A North Yorkshire entrepreneur has returned to his home county to bring together his joint passions for beer and buying local in a new business venture.
Mark Stredwick launches Brewtown Tours this week, giving beer lovers the opportunity to look behind the scenes of some of the big names and rising stars of Yorkshire’s beer revolution.
A self-confessed ale lover, Mark returned to the UK in May after 16 years living oversea, to flourishing beer scene. But something was missing – something that had been part of everyday life in Australia the USA – and it was this that inspired his new business venture.
“My life overseas included a five-week craft beer tour of north western America and a stint as a tour guide with Dave’s Brewery Tours in Australia,” said Mark. “I came back to the UK buzzing with ideas and keen to set up my own business.
“The beer scene here is fantastic, and very different to the one I left 16 years ago, but I was surprised to see that brewery bus tours, which are part and parcel of the industry in other countries, simply don’t exist here in the UK.”
With that, Mark set about researching and visiting the region’s microbreweries, starting in his home county of North Yorkshire, discovering the quality and variety of beer styles on offer and exploring the appetite among breweries for welcoming visitors. Six months on, and Brewtown Tours is ready to embark on its first guided tour.
“The concept is simple,” Mark added. “I take small groups of up to eight people on a tour of three breweries over the course of an afternoon, taking in some stunning Yorkshire countryside along the way and giving them an opportunity to learn about the brewing process, explore working breweries, meet some of the people who are driving the beer revolution and sample some of the most delicious beers in the UK.
“My aim is to help visitors and locals alike explore the incredible range of craft beers and real ales Yorkshire has to offer, through a fun, laid back touring experience with fellow beer enthusiasts. Our great relationships with local breweries create a VIP tour experience for guests – every tour is different, and every brewery has something unique to offer.”
The stops currently available on Brewtown Tours include Brew York in York city centre, Half Moon Brewery in Ellerton, The Hop Studio near Elvington, Ainsty Ales in Acaster Malbis; Brass Castle and Bad Seed in Malton.
Mark is also in discussions with West Yorkshire breweries, including North Brewing Co, Northern Monk and Brewery Tap, with a view to launching a Leeds-based tour in the coming months.