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7th February 2014

Dark Star and Saltaire breweries craft collaboration


From today, Dark Star Brewing Company, based in Sussex and Saltaire Brewery, based in West Yorkshire are launching a new classic European ale Bock 5.6%, the result of a unique collaboration between two of the UK’s best known craft breweries.  Their combined brewing talents have worked together to create two new ales.  The second will be launched to celebrate the Tour de France’s Le Grand Depart, which takes place in Yorkshire in July.

Dark Star has brewed the Bock to a joint recipe – it’s a rich dark brown beer with a rich malt aroma and toasty caramel flavour.  It is true to style with delicate hop fruitiness and well balanced bitterness.

Bockwill be available in February from both breweries, giving drinkers in the North and South the opportunity to sample this unique ‘one off’ brew.  It will also be available in bottles and in keg.

In July, the Tour de France visits Yorkshire for the Grand Depart!  Saltaire will play host to beer festivities to mark the occasion and is working with Dark Star to create a special themed beer.  Expect it to be a highly refreshing ale – just the drink for after a long bike ride!  Again, this special collaboration beer will be available in cask, keg and bottle.

Of the collaboration, James Cuthbertson of Dark Star says, “We’ve worked with Saltaire for years and have great respect for what they’ve achieved in Yorkshire. We’re like-minded when it comes to producing quality beers and it just seemed natural to get together and combine our talents in this way.”

Ewen Gordon, Saltaire Brewery’s Sales Director agrees, “This collaboration is a first for Saltaire, and not something we do lightly or are likely to do often, and the Dark Star team were our first choice.”

Saltaire Brewery is famous for its monthly Beer Club and is holding a special event to celebrate the Grand Depart on Friday 4 July at the Brewery.  It will gather all the other special brews made in Yorkshire to mark the visit of the Tour, and all those cycling to the brewery for the event will get a free pint for their efforts!  Dark Star’s team will also be there to meet local beer lovers.

Both breweries can be contacted for more information about the availability of both beers.

Wendy Carthew
Tel: 01274 594959

Notes to Editors:
Saltaire Brewery is in Shipley, West Yorkshire and has brewed hand crafted ales since 2005. With over 50 trade awards, including two national championship brews and three international gold medals, our beers are recognised across Yorkshire and beyond.