Wharfedale brewery strikes gold with stout

Ilkley Gazette: WharfeBank Brewery's managing director and partner Martin Kellaway, right, receiving a gold award at the SIBA North East Beer competition WharfeBank Brewery's managing director and partner Martin Kellaway, right, receiving a gold award at the SIBA North East Beer competition

A Wharfedale brewery has added more awards to its tally.

WharfeBank Brewery, at Pool-in-Wharfedale, won a gold and several bronze medals at the SIBA North East Beer competition.

The brewery's Yorkshire Stout was awarded gold in the Bottled Porters, Milds, Old Ales and Stouts category of the event, held at the York Beer and Cider Festival, and took bronze in the Overall Bottled Beers section.

Those accolades follow the stout's success in the Inter-national Beer Challenge 2013, when it received a silver medal.

The awards represent a strong start for WharfeBank in its first six months since expanding into creating bottled beers to complement its cask ales.

Managing director and partner Martin Kellaway said: “We are delighted with the continued success of our Yorkshire Stout.

"We brew it on the banks of the River Wharfe, but the style and flavour are inspired by a traditional recipe found on the West Coast of Ireland.”

WharfeBank's Yorkshire SPA, a strong pale ale, also claimed a bronze medal in the Bottled Strong Bitters category of the competition.

“This was a new experimental brew for WharfeBank, a real departure from our core traditional ales and we were blown away by customer feedback,” said Martin. "It was so successful we had to bottle it and for a new premium ale, up against some strong contenders, we were proud to achieve bronze."

Recognising a growing demand for beers with more experimental flavours, WharfeBank has appointed award-winning brewer Steve Crump to develop a range of "refreshingly different" varieties to support its Originals range.

His first new ale, Firestorm Furious, was also a winner, taking a bronze for Cask Beers of 6 per cent ABV and Over.

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