Created by Ilkley Brewery’s newest recruit, American brewer Christa Sandquist, Rye n’ Dry will enjoy a week-long exclusive preview at each of North Bar’s six Leeds venues from Monday 4 through to Sunday 10 November.

In addition, on Wednesday 6 November, Christa and her Ilkley brewers, will host a Rye n’ Dry launch event at North Bar Social in Otley and another one, on Thursday 7 November, at its Oakwood bar, Preston. Christa will be on hand to chat through the inspiration for her signature brew while customers have a first-taste of this Stateside-style beer. Both bars open at 17.00.

With influences from the classic American cocktail made with whiskey and dry ginger, Rye n’ Dry has been brewed with a combination of rye and barley grains and has ginger and orange added to give a dry and spicy finish. The end result is a 5% red ale which is part of the brewery’s Origins range. As with the other beers from the range, it will be a Yorkshire take on a classic beer style, in this case a Roggenbier: a high-rye beer traditionally found in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Christa commented: “One of the areas I’m working on, as part of my new role at Ilkley, is creating new, often experimental beers that will broaden and enhance the brewery’s existing ranges. Rye n’ Dry is a perfect example of this; I created the beer in small quantities using our new experimental brew kit and, once the recipe was right, we moved it into full scale production.

“It’s very exciting to see my first Ilkley Brewery beer hit the bar at North Bar’s brilliant outlets. As the two newest additions to the North Bar family, it’s a great welcome for North Bar Social and Preston to the company’s portfolio. I’ll be looking forward to hearing feedback from their craft beer aficionado customers.”

The six North Bar outlets that will be serving Rye n’ Dry exclusively during week commencing 4 November are:
• Northbar – 24 New Briggate, Leeds
• The Cross Keys – 107 Water Lane, Leeds
• Further North – 194 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
• Alfred – 6 Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds
• Preston – 468 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds (Launch event on Thursday 7 November)
• North Bar Social – 8 – 10 Bondgate, Otley (Launch event on Wednesday 6 November)

Rye n’ Dry will be available for general sale as from Monday 11 November and orders can be placed direct with the brewery by calling 01943 604604.

To find out more about Ilkley Brewery, visit: www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk or follow Ilkley Brewery on Twitter @Ilkleybrewery and Facebook www.facebook.com/ilkley.brewery

For further information on North Bar and its outlets, visit: www.northbar.com