New Staff Join Award-Winning Microbrewery

Four new staff members have joined the team at an expanding family-owned microbrewery in East Yorkshire.

Hunmanby-based Wold Top Brewery hired the new recruits across different departments between June and October, increasing the staff total to 16, excluding directors.

Three of the employees are from Bridlington – Nigel Wilson assists wherever he is needed, Ben Costello works in sales and technical support and Oliver Pratley, the youngest member of the team aged 20, joins as accounts assistant. Paddy Pennock, from Langdale End, has been taken on as farm hand and brewery assistant.

Mr Costello said: “Being part of the family is a great thing about working here as well as the different range of tasks. Of course, the free beer is also another positive!”

Mr Pratley enjoys the camaraderie at Wold Top Brewery and said: “The thing I have found working here is that within this one company, there are so many genuinely nice people who are all willing to help you when you need it!”

Kate Balchin, Accounts and Export Manager, is pleased with the new team members: “Everyone in our staff always works really hard and these men are no exception – they have bonded well and become valued team members in a short space of time.”

Wold Top Brewery recently enjoyed a hugely successful awards season including claiming overall Business of the Year and the Best Small Business Award at the York Press Business Awards; the Best Small Business Award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards and the Best Green Business Award at the inaugural Scarborough News Business Awards.

They also gained national acclaim at the British Farming Awards in Droitwich where they were awarded Diversification Innovator of the Year.

Wold Top Brewery was founded in 2003 out of a need to diversify from farming and the distinctive character of their beer comes from the home-grown barley and the farm’s own source of chalk-filtered water.

Their cask and bottled ales can be found in pubs, independent retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, and off-licences throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and online at