Wold Top Brewery was founded in 2003 by arable farmers Tom and Gill Mellor. Based high on the Yorkshire Wolds where the hills roll down to the North Sea, ours is a family business that is run by the third and fourth generation Mellors and we pride ourselves on brewing superior quality beer from home grown barley and water that is gently filtered by the chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds and drawn from the farm's own borehole.
Our family has farmed 600 acres high on the Yorkshire Wolds for generations. With revenue from traditional income streams falling, we concluded that diversification was a necessity.
We spent 12 months researching our vision to produce Yorkshire’s best real ales and in 2003 Wold Top Brewery brewed its first ale in a converted barn. Thirteen years on, we have won several awards and are proud of our range of all year round and special edition cask and bottled beers that include Wold Top Bitter, gluten free beer Against the Grain and Golden Summer.
We use traditional methods and recipes to brew real ales with character. The character reflects the fact that the pure, chalk filtered water travels only metres from a borehole to the brewery, that the barley is exclusively Wolds grown and malted by family maltsters and that selected British grown hops impart a distinctive flavour.
We surround our crops with two metre margins to maintain wildlife biodiversity and maintain 35 acres of species rich chalk grassland that is home to varied flora and fauna. We believe that all of these measures result in better crops and tastier ales and we hope that you agree.
Bottler Steve is a fan of nature programmes, motorcycling, walking and amateur radio. Musically, he listens to all sorts and his favourite meal is a Sunday roast with a pint of Wold Gold. Folk and rock fan Tom looks after beer packaging and when not at work, he enjoys sport and log chopping. Depending on the time of the day, his favourite meals are a roast dinner or a full English. He enjoys watching Red Dwarf and his favourite beer is Headland Red. Chris is our bottling assistant who likes watching war documentaries, running, WWII history and making scale models in his spare time. His favourite meal is steak, chips and peas with a Scarborough Fair IPA or Wold Gold. When he’s not at work, our warehouseman Mark likes listening to 80s music, gardening, travel and watching old films and comedy and history programmes. His favourite meal is curry, ideally with an Anglers’ Reward. When he’s not busy on the bottling line, Nigel is a fan of 80’s and 90’s music, Dad’s Army, sci-fi and metal detecting. His favourite meal is kebab and chips.
Tony is the elder statesman of the brew team and has been with the brewery since 2004. When he’s not brewing or maintaining the high quality of our ales, he can be found cycling or bird-watching in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Unsurprisingly, given his cycling prowess, his favourite beer is Hello Velo.
Andrew is also a keen cyclist and loves a good curry with overly cheesed garlic naan – preferably whilst watching Wheeler Dealers or Seinfeld! His favourite beer is full flavoured Scarborough Fair IPA and his taste in music includes anything from the 90s.
Andrew’s fellow brewer and cellar assistant, David counts rugby, powerlifting, teaching spin and working his gun dogs amongst his hobbies, but also lists Emmerdale as his ‘guilty pleasure’! He’s a huge fan of Headland Red and his favourite meal is pheasant slow cooked in Headland Red with sweet potato mash and broccoli. Musically, his tastes include Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Completing the sporty team is Andy, who’s regularly seen running round the Wolds when he’s not helping out in the brewery or delivering our beer. He enjoys watching athletics, roast dinners accompanied by a dark stout and listening to heavy rock and house.
Jazz fan Tom’s role is ‘allegedly in charge’ and when he’s not hard at work, he can be found cycling round the Yorkshire Wolds, motorcycling and skiing abroad or playing the guitar. Tom’s favourite beer is Scarborough Fair and it may surprise you to learn that one of his favourite TV programmes is Benidorm! Garden planner and designer Gill shares Tom’s love of cycling and skiing and she also enjoys swimming, reading and watching cookery and home makeover programmes. Gill’s favourite meal is Beef and mushroom stroganoff and her preferred beer is Against the Grain.
Brewing and Packaging Manager Alex is a keen cyclist and runner who also enjoys gardening and growing his own vegetables. He loves a roast lamb dinner and his favourite beer is Scarborough Fair IPA. Musically, he likes anything that he can hum along to. Kate looks after accounts, export and marketing as well as being mum to toddling twin daughters. In her free time, she likes watching University Challenge, reading, exercising and spending time with her family. Kate’s favourite meal is steak, chips and salad and her top beer is Hello Velo.
Anne and Chloe delight in making sure that all of the weddings and events that we hold here at Hunmanby Grange run smoothly. When she’s not working, Events Manager Anne loves family meals, a chilled Against the Grain in the garden and going to the theatre. Her guilty pleasure is Made in Chelsea! Events Assistant Chloe enjoys running, roast beef dinners, Humber Light and listening to Ed Sheeran. She confesses that Love Island is her guilty pleasure!
Jason is chief problem solver and team wrangler! Whatever needs doing or any information needed, Jason is the go-to guy! Favourite beer: Headland Red and Marmalade Porter.
Louize has a wide range of jobs and responsibilities from wages and credit control to sales and customer service. Louize's most important job is to keep us sweet with wonderfully-baked cakes! Favourite beer: Ditto!
Vicky is all about the sales and making sure our wonderful customers have all the beer they need, and more! Vicky will do anything to sell another beer. Favourite beer: Hello Velo.
King of the handpull, Ben is a valuable jack-of-all trades delivering beers, helping customers with technical queries, and drumming up new business. Favourite beer: Wold Gold.