When Ushers closed down their Isle of Wight brewery in 1998 David Yates was determined to get back into brewing. The one time brewer of Burts beers in Ventnor had been hired by Geoffrey Hartridge to rekindle the Burts name and brew beers; first of all in the Dodner Brewery and then for a short while in The Sandown Brewery and Stillroom (now the Old Comical).
When Ushers bought up the Hartridge Estate the writing was on the wall and it wasn’t long before the axe fell once again on Burts locally brewed beers.
In 2000 Dave then opened his own five barrel plant at the inn at St Lawrence. Brewing started in 2000 and now has over 30 regular outlets.
Bottling started in 2003 and in 2004 the brewery won Bronze in the Champion Beer of Britain competition with Yates' Special Draught. All the draught beers are available in bottled conditioned form. Seasonal beers are also available.