Turned out nice again

Richard Croasdale catches up with Turning Point Brew Co.


When Turning Point was set up by Cameron Brown and Aron McMahon in 2017, in a town called Kirkbymoorside, its mad dash from initial conception to selling its first beers was truly something to behold. What’s even more impressive is that it managed to maintain this pace, and within two years the pair were ready to upsize and relocate to Knaresborough, where Rooster's Brewing Co’s old brewery (Rooster was also moving to a bigger home) was the perfect spot at the perfect time.

“At the time, most of us lived in York, and so it was a little closer to home, as well,” recalls Cameron. “We've been here four years now and absolutely love it. Knaresborough is such a beautiful little town, and well worth a visit.”

Soon after the brewery relocated though, Covid hit and – like so many breweries – Turning Point found itself relying on the custom of its new neighbours to see it through the lean, pub-free times.

“The way the local community supported us, a brand new business to the area, quite literally saved us,” Cameron continues. “In that time we quickly developed a strong community of drinkers, who were all very keen to visit our taproom, as soon as we were able to open. Our taproom has been a key part of what we do here because of the great local support, and we love catching up with the locals over a pint of Disco King on a summer Saturday.”

In more recent times, the brewery has built up its fermentation capacity with a number of smaller tanks, allowing it to experiment and make even more new beers each year. It’s also got its ‘Imperial March’ event coming up on 23 March, a pub crawl around York to try seven of the brewery’s imperial stouts at seven different venues. The last stop of the day is Turning Point’s own pub, The Falcon. 

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