Having previously established Franklin’s Brewery in 1980, which he then sold in 1986, Sean Franklin founded Rooster’s Brewing Co. in 1993 and, along with his wife, Alison and son, Sam, won three gold medals at the prestigious World Beer Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010, YPA won gold in both 2006 and 2008 and also bagged a silver in 2010, with Leghorn pipping it to top spot in the Summer Ale category by bringing home the gold that year.

In 2011 Sean decided to retire and, with Sam having already flown the nest to Canada, chose to sell the brewery to Ian Fozard and his sons, Oliver (Head Brewer) and Tom (Commercial Director). 

Now based back in Harrogate and fast-approaching 30 years since being established, Rooster’s remains an independent, family-owned and operated brewery and is still winning gold medals on the international stage, as well as closer to home.

Their beers always have an emphasis on aroma and flavour and are consistently clean tasting, easy drinking and well balanced. Famed for brewing pale ales, they enjoy playing around with different styles and flavours as well, always striving for excellence.

Since 1993, countless awards have been won, many at the prestigious International Brewing Awards and the World Beer Cup, as well as in SIBA and CAMRA beer competitions in the UK.

All their beers are vegan friendly. They offer a wide range of beer styles in cans via their web-shop.


Their most popular beers from their core range are:

  • Yankee Pale Ale 3.6% abv.
  • Baby Faced Assassin IPA 6.1% abv.
  • Thousand Yard Stare Hazy Pale Ale (Gluten Free) 5.4% abv.
  • Pilsnear - our take on a classic German / Czech style 4.8% abv.
  • Go Backer Session Vermont IPA (Gluten Free) 3.6% abv.
  • Better Late Than Never NEIPA 5.9% abv.

In addition they always offer an eclectic range of monthly or quarterly limited release beers of varying styles as well as beer available in 5 litre Minicask / Minikegs and 10L Bag in Box.

Swap your Craft Beer Gift Card for Rooster's digital gift card to spend in their webshop. (This e gift card is not redeemable at Rooster's Taproom - online only).

They offer free UK delivery on orders over £50.