Top beer writer singles out beer from Yorkshire Wolds brewery as best IPA

Esteemed beer writer Roger Protz has hand-picked a beer produced at an East Yorkshire brewery to feature in one of his top ten lists as published in the Good Beer Guide 2018.

Wold Newton based Wold Top Brewery’s Scarborough Fair IPA took the title for best IPA in the expert’s list of the best examples of British beer styles.

With an ABV of 6 per cent, Protz said that Scarborough Fair IPA had the ‘strength of a Victorian original’ and applauded the ‘refreshing’ beer for its ‘big punch of hops balancing lightly toasted malt from barley grown on the brewer’s farm’, adding that “as a gluten-free beer, it lacks nothing in taste and aroma.”

Protz was writing in the Good Beer Guide, described as the ‘beer lovers’ bible’, which was published on September 14 and is now in its 45th edition.

Released annually, the independent guide is revised and updated to list the best cask ale outlets in the UK.

Kate Balchin, Wold Top Brewery export and accounts manager, said: “We are very proud that our Scarborough Fair IPA has been chosen by one of the most knowledgeable beer writers in the country to feature in the Good Beer Guide.

“We’re passionate about producing excellent tasting beers from the best of the farm’s resources and we’re delighted that Roger has singled Scarborough Fair IPA from the hundreds of beers of a similar style.

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