THE stories of four Yorkshire breweries, including Timothy Taylor's in Keighley, have been told in a new book from the Campaign for Real Ale, The Family Brewers of Britain, written by award-winning beer writer Roger Protz.

Protz charts 300 years of British brewing through the fascinating and sometimes fractious histories of the families still running them.

The four Yorkshire breweries featured are Samuel Smith in Tadcaster, Yorkshire's oldest brewery founded 1758; Timothy Taylor’s, which was founded in Keighley in 1858, and two in Masham, Theakston, which was established in 1827 by the Theakston family and Black Sheep which was founded in 1992 when Paul Theakston began his own brewery.

With in-depth features and interviews from 30 family brewers throughout the book, Protz examines the past, present and future of these brewing companies.

Protz said: “These Yorkshire breweries represent some of the best of Britain's brewing history and are a credit to Yorkshire. It is a testament to the continuing quality of their beer that they remain relevant and popular in the modern day and continue to meet the demands of today’s consumers.”

The Family Brewers of Britain has gone on sale this week from CAMRA Books, retailing at £21.99 (£19.99 for CAMRA members).

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