One for the road as brewery calls time

A NEW brew with a real kick has been created by a Wakefield brewery as a leaving present for all his loyal customers.

Maureen James, 53, and her husband David, 56, are leaving the Fernandes Brewery Tap pub, micro brewery and wine and homebrew supplies shop, M&D, they have built up over the past eight years, to start another smaller brewery in Filey.

And the Kirkgate brewers have created Poynton’s Pride beer as a parting gift, named after Wakefield rugby league legend Harold Poynton.

Mr Poynton, a former Yorkshire and Great Britain test player, will use Sunday’s Wildcats’ game against Huddersfield Giants to join regulars at Fernandes Brewery Tap to launch the new beer.

The pub, brewery and shop have been taken over by Ossett Brewery, Healey Road – which has bought everything ... lock, stock and all the brewing barrels. They will take over officially on Monday, July 30.

Joint owner Mrs James said: “We are sad to be leaving, but after eight years we feel the time is right. My husband brews three times a week and I work three full shifts in the pub each week and it’s getting a little bit too much. But we still intend to carry on brewing.

“Although it’s a wrench to leave what we have created here, it’s also exciting to be starting a new venture. The small brewery in Filey will be called the Five Leys, which is an old name for Filey and which means a clearing of a meadow or a forest.”

Mr and Mrs James started their brewing business in Wakefield in 1993. The premises was originally a malt store built in 1822 by Louis Fernandes, who also owned the original Fernandes Brewery in Doncaster Road.

Mrs James said: “Ever since we started brewing we have become well-known for creating our own unique beers, named after some of the pubs in Wakefield that have closed down over the years and also after things associated with pubs.

“These include Wakefield Pride, Double Six, Empress of India and Shakespeare. We will miss mixing with our customers and making beers for Wakefield.”

The couple will hold a leaving party for customers on Sunday, July 29, from 2pm complete with entertainment at the pub on Avison Yard, Kirkgate.