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12th May 2021

Yorkshire Wolds businesses collaborate to create unique beer

Alex Balchin with Barrel Wave

Sibling businesses from the Yorkshire coast have collaborated to launch a second barrel-aged beer.

The teams at Wold Top Brewery and sister company Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery have launched Barrel Wave, a limited edition beer that has been matured for eight months in casks that latterly held Filey Bay whisky from Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery.

Of the collaboration, Wold Top’s Brewery Manager, Alex Balchin said: “Rather than brewing an original beer (as we did with our first barrel aged beer, Swell), for this bottling we’ve taken one of our most popular and well known beers, Scarborough Fair IPA, and aged it in Spirit of Yorkshire whisky casks for eight months.

“Over that time, the beer has matured and developed and has taken on the flavours of the casks. The result is a beautifully rounded, smooth, full bodied beer where hints of soft citrus fruits and hoppy bitter notes marry with the light, creamy, vanilla flavours of the Filey Bay whisky.

“At 9.1% abv it’s not a beer for every day. Much like a good dram of whisky, it’s one to savour and sip!”

Barrel Wave is gluten free and suitable for vegans. Stocks are limited to 6,000 330ml bottles that are available online at, from the shop at Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery and independent retailers including Sewell on the Go convenience stores whilst stocks last. Limited stocks of Swell (12% abv) are also available.

Wold Top Brewery was founded by in 2003 and is located on the Mellor family farm at Hunmanby Grange near Filey. The team use home grown barley and water from the farm’s borehole to produce a range of award winning cask, keg and bottled beers that are available throughout Yorkshire and nationwide.

Home of Filey Bay single malt whisky, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson. Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery is a true field to bottle setup, using barley grown on, and water sourced from, the Wold Top farm at Hunmanby Grange.


Notes to editors

  1. For more information about Wold Top Brewery, please visit
  2. For more information about Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, please visit
  3. Follow the link to buy Barrel Wave

Press release from three60 marketing on behalf of Wold Top Brewery

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