Doncaster Brewery’s Brewer
Ian Blaylock, proprietor and brewer at Doncaster Brewery
Ian traded in his spanners and took to drink when he set about building Doncaster’s own micro brewery cleverly called Doncaster Brewery.
The start of the Story of Doncaster Brewery
Ian who ran his own garage business for 15 years decided on a complete change of direction in January 2012 and started building his 15 barrel micro brewery. “It’s something I have always wanted to do and I decided it was now or never” said Ian.
Ian and his wife Alison funded the project themselves. Ian said, “I have built the Brewery from scratch and it has taken a lot longer than I first anticipated but I know every part of the kit so I will be able to maintain and repair it myself”.
The brewery which is named ‘Doncaster Brewery’ promotes all things Doncaster. Ian and Alison, who were both born in Doncaster and have lived here all their lives wanted to do something to help put the town firmly back on the map.
Ian said, “The kit will make 4320 pints in a 15 barrel run. All the beers are to do with Doncaster and its heritage. We visited ‘The Point’ when they had the fantastic exhibition on The Sand House and have made a blond beer to focus on this fascinating part of Doncaster’s history. We have also been brewing a beer to celebration Doncaster’s award winning market. 1194 Charter Porter.
The next part of the journey
In January 2014 Ian and Alison took a property in the Town Centre – 7 Young Street – and started to work on moving the Brewery and creating a Tap Room. The brewery equipment itself was moved into the new premises in May and was manhandled through the front window due to the size of the vessels. Although the tap room was opened in January it was work in progress until the Official Launch on the 7th September 2014 when Rosie Winterton MP came and pulled a pint of beer with the help of Civic Mayor Councillor Pat Haith.