One thousandth brew marks fifth anniversary for Ilkley brewery

Yorkshire-based Ilkley Brewery is celebrating its fifth year anniversary this week with the unveiling of its one thousandth brew – a Darjeeling and blackberry infused brown ale called Mash Tonne.

Lead brewer, Christa Sandquist has made 6,000 pints of the anniversary beer, and the first was pulled at a celebration event at Bar t’at in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Bar t’at, part of Yorkshire pub group Market Town Taverns, was chosen as the anniversary venue in honour of it being the first pub to permanently stock Ilkley Brewery beer back in 2009.

Market Town Taverns managing director Simon Midgley said:

“I’m really pleased Chris and the team at Ilkley Brewery have chosen Bar t’at to launch Mash Tonne.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the brewery for the past five years due to a shared passion for great, locally sourced beer and are proud to support such a great Yorkshire brewery.

Mash Tonne will also have a special London launch today at the Hack & Hop pub in the City.

This will be Ilkley Brewery’s first partnership with the Pubs of Distinction group.

Made with a cold infusion of black Darjeeling tea and finished with fresh blackberries, Mash Tonne is a 5.5 per cent ale featuring a combination of British and American hops.

Speaking about the milestone brew and five year anniversary, Chris Ives, managing director of Ilkley Brewery, said:

“This time five years ago, I had really only just learned how to make beer so to be here celebrating our 1000th brew alongside our fifth year anniversary, is actually a bit hard to believe!

“We’re marking the occasion the only way we know how: by brewing a momentous beer.

“Christa has created an exciting and quite unusual brown ale and I think it captures where we are as a brewery perfectly.”

Back row from left_ Jonny Moore Ian Buxton Christa Sandquist and Nick Smith  Front_ Chris Ives managing director of Ilkley Brewery
Pictured with Chris Ives managing director of Ilkley Brewery (front) are, from left, Jonny Moore, Ian Buxton, Christa Sandquist and Nick Smith

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