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31st October 2013

Unique collaboration between three Yorkshire microbreweries pays off with a Majestic listing

Three award winning Yorkshire breweries have collaborated to launch a mixed pack of craft beer that has won a listing in selected Majestic stores.

The ‘Yorkshire Six Pack’ features two beers from each of West Yorkshire based Saltaire Brewery, Vale of York based Rudgate Brewery and Wolds based Wold Top Brewery and represents the variety of beers brewed in Yorkshire.

Saltaire’s contribution to the robust boxed set is Saltaire Blonde, 4%, a golden ale with a touch of malt and a light, spicy hop flavour and Cascade Pale Ale, 4.8%, an American style pale ale that is characterised by its pine and grapefruit aroma from the American Cascade hops. Cascade Pale Ale was awarded Silver in the Premium Bitters category at SIBA North East 2013 and Bronze in the Bottled Premium Bitters, SIBA Great Northern Beer Competition 2012.

To complement Saltaire’s pale beers, the Yorkshire Six Pack includes Rudgate Brewery’s Battleaxe Bitter, 4.8% and York Chocolate Stout, 5%. The bitter is a complex, chestnut coloured best bitter with a memorable fruity flavour whilst the full bodied stout is a deeply rich and satisfying beer brewed using Columbian chocolate from York’s famous Cocoa House to deliver a subtle chocolate finish. York Chocolate Stout was awarded Champion Speciality Beer at York Beer Fest 2012.

Tasting different again, due to chalk filtered water that comes from high on the Yorkshire Wolds, Wold Gold, 4.8% and Angler’s Reward, 4%, complete the pack. Blonde, continental style Wold Gold is brewed from Wolds grown barley and is a soft, fruity beer with a hint of spice whilst Angler’s Reward is a golden pale ale with a fruity bitterness and a lingering aftertaste. Wold Gold won the coveted 3 Star Gold Award at the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards 2013, took Gold in the bottled gold beers category of the SIBA Great Northern Beer Competition 2012 and Bronze in the bottled gold beers category, SIBA BeerX national competition 2013.

Andy Lloyd from Majestic commented, “Majestic are pleased to be supporting this unique collaboration between three Yorkshire micro-breweries and anticipate that sales will be strong, especially in the run up to Christmas and New Year celebrations.”

Of the collaboration, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery said; “With all eyes on Yorkshire ahead of the Grand Depart next year, we wanted to bring a selection of Yorkshire’s best craft beer together in one pack so that people everywhere can taste the difference in the beers from each of three Yorkshire counties.”

The Yorkshire Six Pack is available in Majestic’s Yorkshire stores from 6th November.

Saltaire Brewery is famed for producing hand crafted ales with a contemporary twist from its brewery that is housed in a former Victorian power station on the edge of the World Heritage site at Saltaire.

Rudgate Brewery was founded in 1992 in the former ammunition building of RAF Marston Moor Airfield and takes its name from the Roman road that runs through the airfield. It now produces CAMRA championship beers from a modern brewery on the airfield.

Farm based Wold Top Brewery brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and pure, chalk-filtered Wolds water.


Photo: The Yorkshire Six Pack

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Notes for editors

  1. Detailed tasting notes and food pairings for each of the beers;

    1. Saltaire Blonde 4%

One of Yorkshire’s bestselling bottled ales. This golden coloured ale is based on a recipe for a Bavarian style beer. It has a touch of creamy malt and a light, spicy hop flavour. Saaz hops from Slovenia provide a mild bitterness and a refreshing finish. Saltaire Blonde is great with Fish/ Seafood, Chicken and creamy pasta sauces.

    1. Cascade Pale Ale 4.8%

A former national champion brew on tap, this bottled version is packed full of hop flavour. Featuring Cascade hops from Oregon State, America, it has the distinctive fresh pine and grapefruit aroma associated with this hop. As an American style pale ale, it also has a good level of bitterness and a spicy, citrus flavour. Cascade is great with Spicy Asian Cuisine such as curries and stir fry, but also goes well with British favourite Fish and Chips.

    1. Battleaxe Bitter 4.8%

A chestnut coloured best bitter. Initially bitter-sweet, a complex blend of malts and choice English hops produces a memorable fruity flavour. Rudgate Battleaxe is great with Steak, used in Batter or in a Steak and Ale Pie.

    1. York Chocolate Stout 5%

A deeply rich and satisfying premium stout. Complex, full bodied flavours and warm, subtle chocolate finish. Brewed using Columbian chocolate sourced exclusively for us by York Cocoa House. York Chocolate Stout is delicious with any chocolate dessert

    1. Wold Gold 4.8%

A blonde, continental style beer. A heady mix of Wold grown Barley, Wheat and Cara malt hopped with Goldings and Styrian hops give the beer its soft, fruity flavour with a hint of spice. Recent winner of a coveted 3 Star Gold from the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2013. Wold Gold is great with Spicy foods and strong flavours and is particularly good with Thai and Indian cuisine. 

    1. Angler’s Reward 4%

A refreshing golden pale ale with a fruity bitterness & lingering aftertaste. certainly a beer to help create those “one that got away” stories! Brewed with Wold grown malts and hopped with the fruity Cascade and Goldings hops. Angler’s Reward is good with fish and chips and most fish, especially salmon.

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