Harewood hops brewed for three traditional ales

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Hops from Harewood House are being used by an award-winning brewery to produce traditional ales.

The stately home awarded a long term contract to WharefBank Brewery to brew, bottle, sell and distribute beer created from the hops harvested from the grounds.

Mike Schafer, CEO of Harewood House, said: “As one of the finest houses in England there is a genuine interest in all things Harewood.

“This unique venture allows us to take our heritage varieties of Harewood hops grown in our working kitchen garden, create a traditional product, while reaching a new and diverse audience.

“We are excited to work with WharfeBank Brewery; they have produced a fitting range of beers capturing the spirit of Harewood.”

Three different beers - Harewood Gold (5.1 per cent, a strong golden India pale ale), Harewood Red Kite (4.4 per cent, a traditional premium bitter named in recognition of the birds of prey often seen on the estate) and Harewood Dark (4.5 per cent, a traditional dark stout) - will be brewed.

In addition to producing the beer in bottles the brewery has also agreed to make the beers available in both cask and keg for pubs and bars wanting to sell a Harewood pint.

Martin Kellaway, partner and Managing Director of WharfeBank Brewery added: “We are delighted to have secured the Harewood contract.

“We have been involved with the team at Harewood for two years brewing for the shop and providing our ales at events.

“This partnership will allow us to negotiate listings and distribution across Yorkshire, as well as national and international accounts, enabling beer lovers everywhere to enjoy a taste of Harewood.”

He added: “The hops from Harewood are excellent bittering varieties, a testament to Head Gardener Trevor Nicholson and his team.

“Brewing with these and other quality ingredients that are produced locally makes for a great product and we hope to introduce additional brews in time.”