Pictured are Drovers Arms Front of House Manager, Adam Atkinson; Drovers Arms co-owner, Graham Usher; Ainsty Ales owner, Andy Herrington; and Drovers Arms co-owner, Matt Rose

A North Yorkshire country pub has “beefed” up its traditional real ale selection thanks to the skills of a nearby micro-brewery.

The owners of the Dovers Arms, located in Skipwith near Selby, asked Ainsty Ales if it could create a beer unique to the 18th Century coaching inn that reflected its rural heritage.

The answer Andy Herrington and his team at the Acaster Malbis brewery came up with was “On the Hoof”, a 3.6 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) pale ale, which is already proving a popular pint with the pub’s customers.

Drovers Arms co-owner Graham Usher said: “The pub is very popular haunt for diners and real lovers alike, and to ensure we keep on appealing to our clientele, we regularly review our food and beverage operation.

“We looked at our beers and asked Ainsty Ales if they could come up a cask ale especially for The Drover Arms, and their superb response is ‘On The Hoof’.

“In addition to being a very palatable pale ale, the name and imagery on the pump clip is perfect.

“Harking back to the days when cattle were driven through the village and the herders would stop off for a quick pint before continuing our journey, it’s just what I envisaged.

“Fast forward a few centuries and On the Hoof, our unique ‘hand-bulled’ ale, has already become a firm favourite with our customers and is now one of our top sellers.”


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