Meet the marvellous people who keep our show on the road!

We’re very lucky with the calibre, integrity and work ethic of our staff; and we find that having a diverse spread of backgrounds makes us a more effective group of people.

An Intro from the founder

Beer is a source of good in the world.

Phil is a die-hard exponent of the simple philosophy that good beer has the power to do much good in the world. That it’s a nutritious and noble drink, which brings people together and doesn’t deserve some of the brickbats from competitor industries. Also, that it doesn’t need the snobbery, marketing hoodoo, virtue-signaling, rockstar wannabes and smoke-and-mirrors inauthenticity practised by some within the beer industry. Former jobs include: Royal Navy helicopter pilot; Coastguard Search-And-Rescue Coordinator; UK Government negotiator at the UN Security Council on women’s rights, the protection of civilians in conflict and security/peacekeeping issues. Now a brewer and butler. Daemon is a small grey cat.

Founder, Owner
Phil Saltonstall

Kev Jones

Brand Guardian

Kev keeps the Brass Castle show on the road, and is only diverted from this important job by any game involving Everton FC, any chance to enjoy some great beer, and when duty calls with a darts team. He’s a Canadian-inflected (no respect for cold climates), short-wearing, transplant from Cheshire – who’s become a very recognisable legend in his adopted home of York. Although Kev has an erotically-charged relationship with spreadsheets, the office is not his natural habitat and he’s far happier behind a bar. Would probably rather be drinking a beer at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

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Sam Teale

Head Brewer
Sam is an avid enthusiast of all things fermented, from sauerkraut to kimchi, kefir to kombucha, and of course, beer! He began life as a landscaper, before moving on to drystone walling and ultimately building a Taphouse for his all-time favourite brewery. Sam now finds home amongst the Brewhouse fermenters, making the beers that underpinned his passion for the craft beer world from the outset. IPA’s, wheat beers and Belgians are among his favourites. Sam enjoys walks in the Sunshine and, when he can find an un-Disrupted moment, reading. Lives in York, in his own personal rainforest, with his fiancée.

Ellis Walsh

Events Coordinator & Media

Ellis is away from her natural habitat just now – behind the bar at the Brass Castle Taphouse – on maternity leave. Ordinarily, we’d expect to find her around the brewery either petting dogs, bossing the brewers around or taking photos for our array of social medias.
Ellis has been with Brass Castle since 2017, putting a BA in Music and an MSc in Business to good use by keeping our Taphouse in good working order, and making sure that there is always enough beer to drink! Hobbies include being an out of practice musician, drinking tea, and being a very happy Hufflepuff.

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Chris Waplington

Operations Manager & Bad Seed Brewery Supremo

Chris Waplington – Where are you?

Matt Hall


Matt is a drummer, ice hockey player and hop guru – who runs on Slipknot and vegan wraps – and is never happier than when digging. His happy place is a large hole in the ground.
If not in the brewery, Matt can usually be found at the ice arena supporting the Hull Pirates or training with the Honey Badger hockey team, trying to convince himself he is fit enough to actually play ice hockey. In terms of team dynamic, Matt is the Baldrick to Head Brewer Sam’s Blackadder, and can often be heard announcing “I have a cunning plan!”


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Lesley Beale


Lesley is allergic to alcohol (yes, allergic!) so everyone else gets to enjoy her share. When she’s not doing the day to day accounts here, she’s busy with Gumboots & Wellingtons, a rustic retreat she runs with hubby Andrew. In her former life ‘down South’ she had a career in international franchising for large retail businesses and has travelled to far-flung corners of the world as a result. She’s loves to learn new skills & crafts and loves being outdoors. Thanks to Head Brewer Sam, she’s learned dry-stone walling skills and is currently rebuilding the boundary walls at home.

Andy Mitchell


Andy Mitchell – Where are you?

esther Worrall

Taphouse Manager

Esther Worrall – Where are you?

Andrew Beale

Taphouse Manager

Andrew is a through-and-through Kiwi, with many strings to a rather long bow. From Lifeguard Trainer and Assessor, Glamping accommodation builder, co-owner of Gumboots and Wellingtons Rustic Retreats, to permanent shorts wearer, quizmaster, husband and father. Given Andy’s background in leisure management and health and safety, we’re not sure exactly how he ended up this far North. But he’s free to a good home, so long as there is Brass Castle Beer or Gin on offer. With almost 17 years in Britain to his credit, he now graces the Taphouse with his presence whilst trying to evolve into a Yorkshireman.

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Miranda Hartley

Taphouse Staff

Miranda has been with Brass Castle since October 2018, alongside her apprenticeship at a local canine hydrotherapy centre. When not working behind the Taphouse bar, you might find Miranda out in the countryside walking her dogs or baking (and eating) cake. Miranda puts her various animal care qualifications to use by fussing over and giving treats to any dog that sets foot in Brass Castle. Usually a gin drinker, Miranda’s mind was changed when ‘Ware Outlaws was released – which is now her firm favourite Brass Castle creation

Kevin Le Grande

Taphouse Staff

When our resident American isn’t teaching children in school, Kevin is usually found teaching the Taphouse the complexities of 1960’s American soul music.
Recently becoming a first time father, he juggles his time between home life and beer life with a pinch of tiredness! He’s been a barman, a Corporal in the US Army, a Sergeant in the US Air Force, a bus driver, a personal trainer and latterly has spent time teaching English in Korea and Portugal…he really is a man of many talents!
With Disruptor as his favourite beer, he’s the perfect fit for a Brass Castle employee…

James Hanson


James Hanson – Where are you!

Graeme Durrant


Graeme Durrant – Where are you?

Amber Barratt

Taphouse Staff

Amber Rebekah – Where are you?

Julie Hayes


Julie Hayes – Where are you?

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