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.
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.”