New brewery toasts royal couple

14 March 2011

A real ale lover from Barnsley who lost his job due to government cuts has seized the chance to follow his dream of starting his own small brewery.
James Taylor, 54, was made redundant from his post as a performance specialist with axed watchdog The Audit Commission and has used his redundancy pay and life savings to launch Two Roses Brewery.
Brewing is about to start at his newly fitted-out unit at Darton Business Park, Barnsley, with the first batches of hand-crafted cask and bottled beers ready by mid-April. 
As well as a core range including a stout, a fruity golden beer and a traditional bitter, there will be special editions. The first is ‘Roy-ale Wedding’ to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. 
James, who lives at Staincross Common, already has orders from Sheffield’s University Arms pub and local beer festivals, including the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) annual general meeting in Sheffield and Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar.
James said: “I’ve been passionate about real ale for 30 years and a member of CAMRA. For the last ten years, I’ve brewed on a small-scale at home. I see the process as a mixture of science and art. 
“Like many people, I’ve always wanted my own brewery so, after being made redundant, I decided with the backing of my family to go for it.
“I came up with the name Two Roses because I grew up in Oldham in Lancashire but I’m very happy to be launching my business in Barnsley, where I’ve lived since 1995. As well as the water here being great, I’ve also had lots of encouragement and support from local people. My plans seem to really resonate.”
This encouragement has included financial and marketing coaching from the Enterprising Barnsley programme, which offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.  
Enterprising Barnsley has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
James added: “It’s quite a challenge starting a business and the coaching I’ve had through Enterprising Barnsley, especially around the development of my website, has been extremely useful.” 
As well as supplying pubs and festivals, James plans to sell through farm shops and restaurants and will also be able to offer 72-pint casks for private parties.   
He is keen to keep distribution as local as possible with an eye on the environmental impact of his business. He is also looking at the possibility of using recycled bottles in the hand-bottling process.   
From May parties of 15 or more will be able to book a brewery tour, including tasting in the sampling room, and there are plans for an on-site shop in the future.
For more information about Two Roses Brewery contact James on 01226 388375 or 077807 01254 or visit
For more details about Enterprising Barnsley contact programme manager Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at or go to
Notes to News Editors:
Photographs are available on request.
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and University Campus Barnsley. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. 

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