St George’s Minster – Pale Ale

St George’s Minster Why St Georges Minster –  The Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster stands at the heart of the town of Doncaster, where a church has stood for over 8 centuries. The present church was built to the designs of George Gilbert Scott between 1854-1858, after the mediaeval church was destroyed by fire in 1853. It was described by Sir John Betjeman as “Victorian Gothic at its very best” Situated on the site of the Roman fort of Danum, a section of the Roman wall can be viewed in the grounds of the Minster. Beer Type: Pale  Strength : 4% ABV […]

Sand House – A Vicorian Marvel Carved in Sandstone

Sand House The Sand House was a prominent and unique feature in Doncaster from the 1850s until the Second World War. The Sand House was a mansion sized dwelling carved from solid sandstone by Victorian businessman Henry Senior. As well as carving the house itself, which stood in a former quarry, Henry excavated into the adjacent ground and created a network of tunnels, decorated with fine and unusual carvings. The Sand House, or “Don Castle” as it was referred to by Henry Senior, was well-known to the townsfolk of Doncaster The initial house comprised four rooms and was two storeys […]

Town Fields- Boolean Logic inspired by walk

Town Fields It is said that George Boole, the father of computer science and digital logic came up with the idea of using binary logic gates whilst walking on the Doncaster Town Fields when he held a teaching post in the town. Beer Type: Belgian style Pale  Strength : 6.6% ABV Brewing Notes Town Fields is a seasonal ale brewed for the Christmas period.   

Mucky Bucket – Remembering Doncaster;s Coal and Railway Legacy

Mucky Bucket Coal prompted Doncaster’s growth and the River Don and Don Navigation were used to transport coal from Doncaster to the steel production centres at Rotherham, Scunthorpe and Sheffield. In the early part of the 20th century Doncaster became one of the largest coal mining areas in the country, with the industry employing more people in the area than anything else. However, along with many other areas, a large number of mining jobs were lost in the late 1980s, and several pits closed. Beer Type: Black Pale Ale  Strength : 5 % ABV Brewing Notes A classic pale ale … … […]

Mansion House – Celebrating 1 of only 3 in the UK

Mansion House Doncaster Mansion House is 1 of only 3 remaining Civic Mansion Houses in Britain. The other two are in York and London. Doncaster’s Mansion House was built in the Palladian style and was designed by the architect James Paine. It was officially opened in April 1749 and the total cost of the build was £8,000 which is equivalent to around 10 million pounds today. Doncaster was a major interchange and overnight stop due to the Stagecoach trade which also made Doncaster a wealthy town. Many of the older inns and pubs in Doncaster still have ‘coaching arches’ as […]

Gold Cup – Doncaster’s oldest surviving race

Gold Cup The Gold Cup is the oldest surviving race at Doncaster Racecourse. Established in 1766 the Doncaster Gold Cup pre-dates the St Leger Stakes by ten years. It was initially held at Cantley Common and was moved to its present location in 1776. The Doncaster Cup is a flat horse race which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and takes place each year in September. During the early part of its history the race was contested over 4 miles. It was shortened to […]

First Aviation – Doncaster holds the first Air Races in the UK 1909

First Aviation Why First Aviation? The first aviation meeting in England was held at Doncaster Racecourse in October 1909 between the 18th and the 23rd of the month. Doncaster Racecourse was chosen to host the air show following the worlds first every air display in Rheims which were held in 1908. The Doncaster event was very popular with the world?s leading aviators attending including: Captain Sir Walter George Windham Ferdinand Leon Delagrange Hubert Le Blon, Shreck Roger Somme Wilbur Wright Louis Bleriot Samuel Franklin Cody Trophies and cash prizes were awarded at the Doncaster Meeting for the various events. An […]

Cheswold – A Doncaster Motoring Legacy

Cheswold Cheswold Motor Cars were made in Doncaster between 1910 and 1914 by E W Jackson and Son Ltd, vehicle manufacturers. The firm, which was established in 1904, manufactured motor vehicles on its Frenchgate premises and the vehicles were sold under the name of the ‘Cheswold’, after the nearby River Cheswold, an arm of the River Don. The firm produced 75 cars between 1910 and 1914 of a 15.9 horse-power 4 seater tourer type and 2 of these vehicles were still in existence in the late 1960s. In addition some two-dozen saloon cars were produced and the firm also manufactured […]

Centenary Pale – Centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield 1914 – 2014.

Centenary Pale Brewed for the celebration of the Centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield 1914 – 2014. This beer was brewed on the request of Bishop Peter, the Bishop of Doncaster on the occasion of the centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield.  It was made available in bottles throughout the celebration year at various events held in and around Doncaster. Beer Type: Pale  Strength : 4.1 % ABV Brewing Notes Centenary Pale was brewed specifically for the Diocese of Sheffield and is not regularly available.

Cast – A New Theatre for Doncaster

Cast Theatre Ale CAST Ale is a commemorative ale to celebrate the opening of Doncaster’s CAST Theatre in September 2013 – a state of the art venue and theatre space. Beer Type: Blonde  Strength : 3.8 % ABV Brewing Notes CAST Ale was brewed specifically for CAST Theatre and is not regularly available. A Golden straw coloured beer made with lager and wheat malts using Cascade and Summit hops. This beer has a citrusy aroma with a refreshing tangy bitter flavour.

Angel & Royal – Historic Public House

Angel & Royal Originally an Inn called the Bear (circa 1458), this became the Old Angel in the 17th Century, it was later replaced by the New Angel in 1810.  The New Angel was later renamed the Angel and Royal after Queen Victoria and her family stayed there. The Angel & Royal Hotel in Doncaster was hugely popular during race week and authors Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins both stayed here in St Leger week 1857. Thomas Pye was manager, the letter Dickens sent to Mr Pye exists in book form, The Letters of Charles Dickens. Beer Type :  A Christmas Ale    Strength  : 6.5% Brewing […]

1194 – Doncaster’s Historic Charter

1194 – Charter Porter The Charter Porter is named after the Charter granted by King Richard I on the 2nd May 1194 which gave Doncaster national recognition as a town. As a town Doncaster was later granted a Market Charter which allowed a market to be held around the Church of St Mary Magdalene in 1248. The market continues to operate today with traders now located under cover in the 19th century Corn Exchange building and also outside stalls around the Corn Exchange. The Corn Exchange was extensively rebuilt in 1994 following a major fire. Doncaster Market is still recognised as one […]

AD71 – Celebrating the Romans in Doncaster

AD 71 – Pumpkin Porter AD71 was the year when the Romans arrived in Doncaster and started building their garrison – DANUM. Danum’s first fort was built from timber to house approximately 500 soldiers. It was demolished in the 2nd century AD and replaced with a smaller fort protected by clay, gravel and limestone walls. Beer Type : Pumpkin Porter     Strength – 5.3% Brewing Notes Made with 54 kilos of pumpkin flesh, Maris Otter and Black malt and Roasted Barley and hopped with Hallertauer and Cascade hops. Also spiced with Allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A very spicy and moorish […]