Obituary: Legendary brewer and Sair Inn landlord Ron Crabtree
One of Yorkshire’s best-known brewers and landlords, Ron Crabtree of the Sair Inn at Linthwaite, has died aged 79.
He had battled throat cancer in recent years and died on Sunday night.
A former teacher, Ron set up West Riding Brewery, Huddersfield’s first microbrewery, in the old Ralph Wood textile mill, off Bradley Mills Road, with fellow CAMRA members Ken Williamson, Mike Field, Jim Turney and Dave Jessop.
Inevitably, the idea had been originally conceived over a pint in 1979.
Their first commercial beer, West Riding Bitter, was launched in June 1980 and the friends never looked back... read more
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