Friday, September 13, 2013

The best pub in Yorkshire plus brewery boom and Mallinsons in the spotlight

Old No 7, Barnsley: Yorkshire's premier pub

This week we've told you all about Yorkshire hops and tweeted about CNN waxing lyrical about real ale in God's Own County.
Well, yesterday CAMRA announced the best place to drink it in Yorkshire: The Old No 7 in Barnsley.
I've written about the pub in glowing terms before, so I'll leave it to the official blurb this time.
CAMRA describes it as: "The jewel in the crown of Barnsley town centre’s burgeoning real ale scene. This Acorn Brewery owned bar boasts seven real ales and one cider/perry, all on handpump. Two further ciders/perries are usually found behind the bar, plus an extensive range of quality foreign beers.
"The attentive staff and well-run bar attract a broad clientele including circuit drinkers, football fans and beer connoisseurs, who are all made equally welcome. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012 and 2013 and Yorkshire Regional Cider Pub of the Year 2013."
It's a remarkable achievement for a pub that re-opened in August 2011 to be crowned as the best in Yorkshire. So congratulations to all involved. And good luck in the national final.
It will be pitted against the reigning champ Baum of Rochdale and 14 others. 
You can read the full list here on the CAMRA site:
CAMRA have been busy this week launching the 2014 Good Beer Guide with a plethora of press releases. And one of them talks about the explosion of new breweries in Britain. 
A staggering 187 have opened in the last 12 months, marking a 14 % rise. And West Yorkshire is leading the way.
The press release states: "Another area which has seen an above average growth in breweries is West Yorkshire, with 8 new breweries taking the counties total to a whopping 57 – the highest of any region in the UK."
GBG editor Roger Protz said: "West Yorkshire has always been a strong area for beer, with Leeds, Bradford, Castleford, Halifax and Huddersfield, as well as many more smaller towns, boasting hundreds of fantastic real ale pubs. In recent years numerous new breweries such as Collingham, Big River and Brass Castle have sprung up to supply the local demand."
Protz also believes the rise of brewsters (female brewers) is adding momentum to the thriving real ale market.
And one of the case studies named in the brewsters' press release are Huddersfield's hopsters Mallinsons
Out of this world: Mallinsons Beer
The press release states: "One female owned and run brewery making a name for themselves nationally is the award winning Mallinson’s brewery. Founded by CAMRA members Tara Mallinson and Elaine Yendall at a small six barrel plant in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in 2008, they moved to a larger 15 barrel site in 2012 to help meet the growing demand."
It includes a quote from Co founder Tara Mallinson who says: "Myself and Elaine set up Mallinsons in 2008 because we selfishly wanted to brew beers we liked to drink. Brewing real ale is a great job, you get to experiment with new hops, rebrew old favourites and hopefully give the people who drink your beer a great pint."
So in summary Yorkshire is the centre of the beer universe and I'm very pleased to live here.

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