Daleside Brewery

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Daleside Brewery
Founded 1988
Headquarters Harrogate, Yorkshire,, England

Daleside is an independent brewery founded in 1988 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.


Daleside Brewery was established in the mid 1980s in Harrogate. It moved to Starbeck in 1992 and went through periods of enlargement up until 1999.[1] The company was founded by Bill Witty and in 1991, his son, Craig Witty became head brewer. Craig took over running the company when his father died in 2007.[2]

It has won numerous awards for its ales, including its Morocco Ale, which has been in existence since the 17th century. It was brewed especially for Charles II of England and named after his wife, Catherine Braganza who was described as being Moorish.[3]

Morocco Ale is specially brewed for Levens Hall in Cumbria who are the owners of the secret recipe. It was rediscovered in the early 1990s after being lost and was given to Daleside under special licence.[4][3]


Daleside produce a wide range of beers including;

  • Morocco Ale–a traditional spiced beer based on an Elizabethan recipe
  • Old Legover–a low abv Old Ale[5]
  • Monkey Wrench–a stronger Old Ale (CAMRA award winning) which was brewed especially for a beer festival in Hartlepool (so named after the colloquial nickname for people from Hartlepool who are known as Monkey hangers)[2][6]
  • Ripon Jewel–a strong pale ale, commissioned by Ripon Cathedral in honour of a gemstone associated with the founding of the Cathedral.[2] Brewed sine 1999; a percentage of the profits go to the cathedrals maintenance fund.[7]
  • Chocolate Stout–a stout where the barley is heavily roasted and Nestle chocolate is added[2]
  • Duff–a 5% abv dark ale ('Duff' sounds like 'dubh' Gaelic for "Dark")
  • Crack Shot Ale–named in honour of Jane Ingilby who supposedly dressed as a man and fought at the Battle of Marston Moor[2] later standing guard over Oliver Cromwell when he hid in Ripley Castle overnight after the battle[8]
  • EU in–a golden fruity ale
  • EU out–a light hoppy ale (both of these were brewed in spring 2016 during the EU Referendum campaign in the United Kingdom)[9]
  • Greengrass– named after the curmudgeonly character Claude Jeremiah Greengrass from the TV show Heartbeat[2]


Daleside Brewery sponsor the annual Auld Lang Syne 6-mile (9.7 km) fell race in Haworth every New Year's Eve.[10]


  1. ^ "About Us". Daleside Brewery. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Going Down in History". Yorkshire Evening Post. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Beer fans worldwide get on the road to Morocco". The Yorkshire Post. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Morocco Ale". Levens Hall. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Halley, Ned (2005). The Wordsworth dictionary of drink; an A-Z of alcoholic beverages. Ware: Wordsworth. p. 178. ISBN 1-84022-302-2. 
  6. ^ Barnard, Ashley (7 September 2016). "North Yorkshire brewery picks up CAMRA award for its popular beer". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "For good effect, add a healthy dose of spirit". Church Times. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Elizabeth is a crackshot with her recipes from the past". The Yorkshire Post. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Chalmers, Graham (5 May 2016). "Yorkshire brewery launches new beers 'for' and 'against' the EU". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Runners brave wind and rain in fell race". The Yorkshire Post. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 53°59′59.4″N 1°30′04.2″W / 53.999833°N 1.501167°W / 53.999833; -1.501167