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Norsman spruces up for Michells and Butlers debut

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Four months after its maiden voyage a Scandinavian-inspired spruce beer is set to embark on its second endeavour with listings in Nicholson’s and Castle pubs, both belonging of the Mitchells and Butlers brand.

From September through to November, the Ilkely Brewery’s Norseman will be served in cask alongside other award-winning real ales and new-to-market brews which Nicholson’s and Castle pubs both celebrate.

In Leeds, the beer will be served in Nicholson’s pubs including the Victoria Hotel on Great George Street and the Palace on Kirkgate. It will also be on tap at the Adelphi, a Castle pub, on Hunslet Road.

The Norseman, which is a five per cent ruby coloured ale, was originally brewed in collaboration with writer and beer sommelier Jane Peyton in spring this year.

It is made using locally foraged pine needles along with Douglas fir needles and buds from Ilkley Moor.

The beer features as part of the brewery’s Origins range which boasts beers that celebrate traditional methods and innovative brewing techniques from around the world.

Jane said:

“It’s so exciting that what was meant to be a one-off beer, has now been picked up by two large chains of pubs.

“Nicholson’s and Castle pubs have such an excellent selection of unusual and hard-to-find beers, it’s a real thrill that a beer I was involved in brewing with Ilkley Brewery, has intrigued the buyers at both pubs.

“I can’t wait to take my friends on a crawl of Nicholson’s and Castle pubs and make a big hole in the Norseman casks!”

Chris Ives, managing director of Ilkley Brewery, said:

“With Jane’s expert palate and inspiring recipe ideas, we have managed to create a beer that not only stands alone as a fine seasonal ale but one which will now take to the Nicholson’s and Castle stage where its soft bitterness and fragrant pine and herbs notes will be enjoyed by a national audience.”

Jane Peyton helped create the Norseman with Ilkley Brewery copy
Jane Peyton helped create the Norseman with Ilkley Brewery

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