Joshua Jane by Ilkley Brewery
Yorkshire Bitter, 3.7%
Representing everything that is great about traditional Yorkshire bitter. Rich nut-brown colour and the soft caramel flavour is fused with Ilkley's unique hop character.
The live tasting of this beer was on 16th September 2021 #BeerBods
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A previous incarnation of Ilkley Brewery operated in this historic Yorkshire spa town between 1873 and 1923 before being taken over by a bigger outfit and finally leaving the area completely.
Locals Stewart Ross and Christopher Ives had no brewing experience at all, but after organising a beer festival and arming themselves with a three-day brewing course, decided to get their town brewing again in May 2009.
The twelve years since have been a complete whirlwind with the brewery now firmly cemented in the hearts of both old school cask beer aficionados and a new wave of beer lovers seeking something a little more adventurous. They’ve brewed over 200 different beers, totalling a whopping 13 million pints (enough to fill 3 Olympic sized swimming pools) and have picked up over 100 awards in the process.
For tonight’s beer, we have Joshua Jane. Named after Mary Jane’s suitor and representing everything that is great about traditional Yorkshire bitter. Rich nut-brown colour and the soft caramel flavour is fused with Ilkley’s unique hop character. A Yorkshire Bitter from one of the counties finest, how could we possibly say no.