Ilkley Ale quenches capital’s craft beer thirst

One of Yorkshire’s fastest growing microbreweries is taking London by storm after winning at the inaugural Craft Beer Battle earlier this month.

In addition to its first place, Ilkley Brewery has also received two listings at Jamie Oliver’s barbecue steakhouse, Barbecoa.

Luke Raven from Ilkley Brewery said:

“Winning against such a stellar line-up of craft breweries was a huge moment for us. Competitions like these really help to cement the hype surrounding the craft beer boom because it all boils down to taste.”

Richard Shelton, sales director at Ilkley Brewery, said:

“Simply having the opportunity to feature in the Craft Beer Battle, alongside such craft beer greats, was a fantastic platform for us to introduce our beers to a discerning London market. Winning the competition was something else!

“We are delighted with this level of recognition and our recent listing at Barbecoa has only strengthened our profile in the capital. I hope it continues to open up growth opportunities for us in London and beyond.”

Image credit Kate Beard
Going down well with the judges! Photo by Kate Beard

On Monday (July 1) the team from Ilkley Brewery will be back in the capital at a Meet the Brewer evening which will be held at Craft in Islington. The Ilkley brewers will be trialling an experimental Saison at the event called Siberian Nights, a five per cent dark version of Siberia which was originally  brewed in collaboration with renowned beer writer, Melissa Cole.

There will be an additional ten real ales from Ilkley available on Craft’s hand pumps plus two keg products. Entry to the Meet the Brewer event is free and open to all. 

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