According to research by Mintel Food & Drink, more than one-quarter of Brits now drink ale or bitter and one in five regularly enjoy a first-rate craft ale. With sales of lager also dropping in more recent years, ‘hop-opportunity’ is most definitely knocking at our good friend ales door. We might be biased but we think the very best ale comes from Yorkshire - how about you? Malty, easy drinking and lovingly brewed in God's Own Country, here are 3 superb ales to quench your thirst at Wallers Brewery, Sunbridgewells.
Maiden Voyage by Bosun’s Brewing Company is a typical Northern English bitter. The award-winning brewery is based in Horbury in Wakefield and their unique range of real ales include genius creations such as ‘Down the Hatch’ and ‘Tell No Tales’. With its pleasant fruit notes and slightly dry finish, Maiden Voyage has a meaty, malty nose and is well-rounded with a gentle bitterness. This chestnut coloured ale has also been described as an excellent session beer (ABV 3.9%) and in 2013 won the SIBA North East Bronze Award for standard bitter.
Also from Bosun’s Brewing Company, we have the Horbury Blonde (formerly known as Buxom Blonde). This golden, pale ale has been described as having a light, semi-dry finish with notes of berry sweetness and a marmalade and orange peel bitterness. A light, easy drinking texture with mild carbonation. Cheers.
Situated close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire Village, Saltaire Brewery have painstakingly crafted their cracking bestseller, Saltaire Blonde. A real crowd pleaser in Bradford’s underground tunnels, this creamy, continental style ale has gentle hop spiciness and soft malt flavours.
The real ale trail at Wallers Brewery
The nations love for artisanal craft ale continues to be stronger than ever and up and down the country, small independent breweries are reinventing beer as we know it. As the original birthplace of many local breweries, Sunbridgewells is most definitely back on the map as the go-to place for diverse draughts in Yorkshire. With a timeless atmosphere and a vast menu to include wines, coffee, tea and soft drinks, our pop up ale bar also proves to be a huge success during our many events at the tunnels.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more depth and craftsmanship over your usual big brand lager, make it a superb real ale, make it Wallers Brewery at Sunbridgewells.
Written and published by Hannah King