IF YOU listen carefully you’ll hear another quiet revolution stirring in Malton. This time it’s the gentle, bubbling and (I think) very happy sound of brewing. Yes folks, we are talking about beer, one of my favourite things in world and it is seemingly one of Yorkshire’s, if not the UK’s, favourite things too.

God’s own county has, for a long time, been one of the best places in the country for interesting and classic beers of all shapes and sizes and now Malton is starting to get back in on the act.

But I’m not talking of the excellent Bad Seed Brewery (recently rebranded with a very cool new logo and stocked at the Tate Modern no less) or neither am I talking about the award-winning Brass Castle Brewery (who seem to win at every beer festival in the land and have their own taphouse right here in Yorkersgate).

Ladies and gents I am talking about Malton’s third (yes third!) brewery opening its doors this March. I believe at the height of Malton’s Victorian brewing pomp, there were three breweries and so it is with some pride that we are catching up with our admirable 19th century townsfolk. But what of the new place, just opening?

Malton Brewery, based in Navigation Wharf, is the creation of the excellent and hardworking Howard Kinder.

Many of you will know Howard from his other brand Horsetown Beers but this new venture Malton Brewery is set to give Malton another serious foothold in the county’s brewing scene.

Indeed Howard came up to Malton and this beautiful part of Yorkshire to visit his son who was working in one of the town’s racing yards. He came for a weekend and decided to move here. And good on you Howard for bringing your brewing expertise with you too.

The new brewery, based in a charming building in Navigation Wharf, actually has an almost Victorian feel to it with exposed brick walls and lots of intriguing vats, pipes and equipment.

Howard is keen to say that his striking point of difference is that Malton Brewery is now the smallest commercial brewery in the UK. Small but I might add perfectly formed.

Howard explains that the diminutive size of the brewery makes all of his products artisan and quite exclusive. The yeast travels just a few steps from the YO Bakehouse production unit across the yard and all the brews are made on-site with Malton names and local inspiration. The new beers from Malton Brewery will give customers the chance to truly taste Malton in a glass.

Malton has always been known as a beer town and now with three top breweries, an award-winning taphouse, new bars and the famous Beertown craft beer festival (May 16 to 18), it is certainly regaining its position as one of the leading beer producers in the county.

So cheers Howard, I believe your brand new Malton Heritage Bitter is ready now - so I know what I’ll be drinking this weekend.

Talking of the weekend, Malton Brewery will be one of the many artisan producers at the Malton Monthly Food Market when it returns on Saturday, March 9.

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