Our History

Timothy Taylor established the Brewery in the centre of Keighley in 1858, moving to The Knowle Spring, our present site, in 1863. The principle of not accepting second best was laid down and remains with us to the present day. This means that the very finest ingredients are used to brew the best possible beers, with Landlord winning many awards.

Our Timeline

1826
Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor was born in Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire. The brewery remains in the Taylor family and is now the last independent brewer of its type left in West Yorkshire. This independence enables Taylors to survive as one of the few brewers still brewing true cask ales in the same way it has always been done.

1858
First brewery in Cook Lane

Timothy Taylor opens his brewery in Cook Lane, Keighley. Timothy Taylor starts brewing in partnership with James Shackleton and John Naylor. He buys his first pub, ‘The Volunteers Arms’ one year later.

1863
Knowle Spring Brewery, Keighley

Timothy Taylor starts brewing and malting at the Knowle Spring Brewery, Keighley. Taylor buys out his previous partners and builds the new brewery and malting with financial assistance from his father-in-law, Robert Aked.

1894
Philip Taylor is born

Philip Taylor, son of Robert Taylor, is born. The deep well is sunk at the Knowle Spring Brewery. The water from the aquifer is still used today. After the well is sunk the brewery is extended with a new brewhouse, cellars and finally in 1911 a new fermentation building to meet growth in sales.

1928
Brewing Championship Awards

Timothy Taylor’s wins its first brewing championship awards. The brewery is put up for sale. Fortunately, Allsopp’s bid to buy the business is withdrawn. Malting ceases at the Knowle Spring.

1952
Philip Taylor creates Landlord

Philip Taylor creates Landlord. Sydney Taylor, Robert’s younger son, joins the board.

1953
Passing of Percy and Philip Taylor

Death duties threaten the future of the brewery due to the passing of Percy and Philip Taylor. Gladys (Percy’s widow) marries Sir John Horsfall. With his financial help, on her son John’s determination, the business continues.

1982
Landlord wins CAMRA’s 'Beer of the Year’

Landlord wins CAMRA’s 'Beer of the Year’ for the first time. Timothy Taylor’s starts regular exports of Landlord to London.

1991
A brewhouse, bought from Oldham Brewery

A brewhouse, bought from Oldham Brewery after its closure, is installed. This begins a 20 year investment programme to cater for Landlord’s growing popularity.

2000
Landlord wins the first ever ‘double’ for beer

Landlord wins the first ever ‘double’ for beer. CAMRA’s ‘Beer of the Year’ and the Brewers’ Championship ‘Draught Beer Cup’. The brewery expands its fermentation capacity to bring more beer to our customers.

2012
Havercake, Ram Tam and Landlord win Taylor’s latest awards

Havercake, Ram Tam and Landlord win Taylor’s latest awards. Timothy Taylor's is still privileged to reward exceptional taste.

2014
Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival held in London’s Olympia. Charles Dent retires as Managing Director and becomes Timothy Taylor's President.

2014
Tim Dewey is appointed Timothy Taylor's Chief Executive

Tim Dewey is appointed Timothy Taylor's Chief Executive - having previously worked for Unilever, Smirnoff, Tanqueray, Hendrick’s, Pilsner Urquell, many of the big names in whisky, and finally Drambuie, which is where he was working when the headhunters made their move.

2016
Boltmaker earns its second major award

Boltmaker earns its second major award when it's crowned Champion Beer of Britain in the Bitter Category at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival.

2017
Knowle Spring is released and added to the core range of beers

After a long period of extensive testing, Knowle Spring is released and added to the core range of beers. Combining pure water from our spring with Golden Promise barley and whole-leaf Cascade, Chinook, Minstrel and Strisselspalt hops. Creating a light, refreshing and aromatic blonde beer with floral and grapefruit aromas.

2019
Ram Tam is rebranded under the name Landlord Dark

Our well-loved but mainly regional dark beer Ram Tam is rebranded under the name Landlord Dark. Ram Tam was brewed to the multi-award-winning Landlord Pale Ale recipe but with the addition of caramelised sugars to give a rich yet light and drinkable dark ale. Therefore, the new Landlord Dark name is selected to reflect the beer’s true pedigree and so more fans are able to try this rich yet light and drinkable dark ale.

2020
Timothy Taylor's launch our first keg ale - Hopical Storm

Timothy Taylor's launch our first keg ale - Hopical Storm is a 4% ABV aromatic, dry-hopped, modern pale that, while initially launched as a well-liked cask product in Summer 2019, also performed exceptionally well when we trialled it in keg at high-profile festivals and selected pubs.

Is this the most cultured  yeast in Yorkshire?

Is this the most cultured yeast in Yorkshire?

Taylor’s yeast is a unique strain that we began using over 40 years ago and has regenerated over 2,000 times. It has adapted to the specific conditions of our brewery and we look after it carefully to maintain its consistency. When we fill our casks we don’t extract the yeast, which allows it to undergo a secondary fermentation in the cask. This gives Taylor’s beer extra conditioning, flavour and life. So when you sup a pint of Landlord you can thank our cultured yeast for that clean, crisp flavour and attractive, moreish taste. 


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