Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
High Street, Tadcaster
England, United Kingdom
Samuel Smith Old Brewery was established in Tadcaster, Yorkshire in 1758. Samuel Smith bought the brewery for his son John in 1847. John Smith built a new brewery next door (John Smith’s Brewery) left the old brewery to his nephew Samuel in 1886 (Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery). Samuel Smith's still brews with the Yorkshire Square system and uses water from the original 1758 well. I started drinking Samuel Smith's ales when Merchant du Vin first imported them to the US in 1978. Their Nut Brown Ale, Taddy Porter, India Ale, Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout are world class classic beers. I, like many home brewers at the time, made valiant and often futile attempts to copy these beers. They were the standard we all aspired to.
In the 1990’s Samuel Smith’s purchased the Melbourn Brothers’ All Saints Brewery & Pub in Lincolnshire, England, restored its Victorian brewing equipment and began making organic beer at the restored brewery. They make a Pure Brewed Organic Lager, an Organic Pale Ale, an Organic Chocolate Stout, an Organic wheat Beer, an Organic Cider and an Organic Perry. In 2009, Merchant du Vin first imported Samuel Smith’s Organic Fruit Beers to the US. There are four of them: Organic Cherry Fruit Beer, Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer, Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer, and Organic Apricot Fruit beer.