Ghost Ale & Chocolate – Bread & Butter Pudding

We hope you enjoy using our award-winning Ghost Ale in this delicious recipe to try at home! Let us know your thoughts or post photos of your creations on our facebook page –

Ghost Ale & Chocolate – Bread & Butter Pudding

For The Pudding

  • 5 Free range large eggs
  • 5  tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml single cream
  • 700ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 x 800g loaf of white bread, ends removed, cut into 1cm-thick slices
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 small handful of pecan nuts, roughly chopped

For The Sauce

  • 100ml York Brewery Ghost Ale
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • Sea salt


Heat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Crack your eggs into a large mixing bowl with the cocoa powder and sugar and whisk until smooth and silky. Gradually whisk in the cream and milk until combined. Cut your slices of bread into rough triangles and add them to the mixing bowl. Push them down gently and leave for 30 seconds, or until they’ve soaked up that lovely chocolate custard. It’s best to do this a few slices at a time rather than all at once.

You’ll need an ovenproof dish or tin about 30cm x 25cm x 6cm deep. Layer your soaked bread triangles in the dish, then pour over any remaining custard so it fills the dish. Leaving the chocolate in its wrapper, smash it to break it into chunks. Unwrap and poke these chunks between your slices of bread.

Scatter your chopped pecans over the top of the pudding, then sprinkle over some sugar evenly from a height. Pop the pudding into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden and the custard is delicately setting, but still wobbly.  While that’s happening get a medium pan over a medium-high heat and add the Ghost Ale, cream and sugar. Keep stirring and as soon as it comes to the boil, take it off the heat. Smash up your chocolate as you did before and stir the whole lot into the hot cream mixture with a small pinch of salt.

Serve your pudding with your chocolate-ghost sauce drizzled over the top. Lovely served with a few fresh strawberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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York Brewery Celebrates 15 Years of Brewing with Major Re-Brand

The multiple award winning York Brewery unveiled a major rebrand today in celebration of its 15th Anniversary milestone.

Following substantial investment in recent years in other areas of operations York Brewery realised it needed to update its company image in order to achieve long term sustainability for the company.

Lancaster’s award winning digital marketing agency Fat Media were brought in to examine the brand, visual identity and portfolio of drinks with a view to bring the brand in line with the 21st century.

York Brewery Managing Director Andrew Barker said: “The process gave us an opportunity to look at where we were and what we wanted to achieve, and the rebrand allows us to position ourselves as a leading independent brewer”

The redesign features elements from the existing brewery logo so as to highlight the company’s heritage and retain an ‘established’ feel whilst fine tuning the brand to reflect the premium quality of its ales. The existing tagline ‘Brewed within the City Walls’ was also retained.

“We wanted to enhance our professional image and bring consistency across our portfolio” said General Manager Andrew Whalley, North Region SIBA Council Chairman.
Further extension of the new branding is planned for rollout over the forthcoming months across all corporate material, bottled beers, pub venues and vehicle livery.

Industry guests were treated to an exclusive preview of the new branding as well as a guided tour of the brewery and a sample of their award-winning brews.

As well as the brewery, the company own four pubs across York and Leeds and is the sister company of Mitchell’s Brewery who celebrate a milestone this year of 140 years in the industry.

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Meet The Brewer

Here we get to know our brewer – Andrew Whalley (Dipl. Brew) at York’s award-winning brewery a little better …

What is your Brewery capacity?
We have a 20 bbl brewlength with 180 bls fermenting capacity or 9 brews per week

What is different about York Brewery?
We are situated within the City Walls of York and are geared up to do brewery tours of which we have 4 scheduled tours daily, plus the ability to do groups tours or functions on an evening.

How long have you been brewing for for?
I was a design draughtsman and I got made redundant twice in 3 years in the recession of the early nineties and I played rugby with a lad who’s parents ran a pub and who had started to brew beer for the pub. I enjoyed drinking beer and had done a bit of homebrew so pestered him to give me a job, and the rest as they say is history!

What beers do you brew regulary?
We produce four permanent ales – Yorkshire Terrier, Ghost, Guzzler and Constantine

Where do you think the future of brewing lies?
With a slight growth in cask ales, I hope that the future lies with smaller craft brewers brewing quality products. Obviously we can’t compete with the supermarkets but as the pub offers something different to take home, the trade we are in are in a prime position to take advantage of it.

What is your proudest moment in brewing?
Winning the gold medal and Champion beer for Centurion’s Ghost Ale at the Brewing Industry International Awards. It beat 98 other dark beers and stouts, including that famous black one from Dublin!

What was the last beer you drank?
One of our seasonal ales – York Blonde

What is your favourite hop?
Bramling Cross, which is an English variety. It has a blackcurrant nose and works wonderfully in beer.

Do you have a brewing inspiration/hero?
I don’t really have any heros as such but there are people in the industry who I respect such as Roger Ryman for what he has accomplished at St. Austell brewery, John Bryan for always pushing the boundaries with the beers he makes.

And finally, what are your interests outside of brewing?
Cycling, rugby and cricket.

Andrew Whalley
York Brewery

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COMING SOON for Summer 2010: The York Brewery Ale Trail

From York’s one and only operational Brewery, journey into York and discover the city’s lesser-known brewing history and famous inns. This self-guided tour will be available to download to your MP3 player and provides a leisurely-paced 120 minutes of commentary as well as the opportunity to spend time in our three city centre pubs along the way, sampling our great range of award-winning traditional ales.

This fascinating insight into many of York’s pubs, features historical characters; the Vikings, Guy Fawkes and the Rowntrees brothers. You will also discover the local legends behind our own ales; Constantine the Great, the centurion’s ghostly legion and that loyal Yorkshire terrier.

The tour is also available ‘guided’ for large groups or as a team-building event, details available upon request.

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Welcome To The York Brewery Blog

Welcome to our brand new brewery blog. We hope to keep you updated on all our brewing efforts and what we’ve got going on here at York’s one and only brewery.

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