I live in Scarborough and have been to a number of beer festivals this year and regularly pop into York for a day out. Some cool microbreweries have set up in North Yorkshire these last few years, some you'll have heard about, others you won't. Many of them are involved in reciprocal beer trades, produce collaboration brews and work together supplying beers to festivals, shops and pubs in pairs and small groups.
Keep an eye out for the following few because they're starting to distribute outside of the county and might turn up around your gaff soon:
Bad Seed – make 5 kinds of bottled beer: Saison, Espresso Stout, IPA, Pacific Pale, Hefeweizen, all really well done. The stout and saison have recently been released on keg and the saison tasted stunning. These guys have more store over the next few months and have already made a good start given that they've been open only 6 months.
Brass Castle – produce an extraordinary range of beers for such a new brewery. Burnout is made with peat, Sunshine is a mid5%er IPA that won the SIBA North-East Champion Beer 2013, Bad Kitty a luxurious vanilla porter, Heretic an impossible to categorise saffron flavoured golden ale made with a Cantillon brett. yeast and Wallop is a small batch barrel-aged beer [Port and Sherry so far] based on a Yorkshire Stingo recipe.
Great Heck – started iffy but have hit form this year. Yakima IPA is a wonderfully malty, hoppy beer that verges on DIPA territory [even better in bottles], Mosaic a floral-citrus hoppy session, and Black Jesus a choc-hop balanced Black IPA.
North Riding Brewpub – focuses on pales, IPAs, DIPAs and milds. Stu loves US West Coasters so expect loads of Cascade, Citra, Chinook, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe hopped beers but he's also tapped into the southern hemisphere varieties too – Nelson Sauvin, Ella, Galaxy.