Raising a glass to a brewery python

Civic seal: Little Valley Brewery owners Sue Cooper (centre) and Wim van der Spek welcome Hebden Royd Mayor Scott Trickett (left), beer writer  Roger Protz (second left), the Deputy Mayoress of Calderdale Jennifer Pearson and the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Peter Wardhaugh (far right) to the reception in Cragg Vale
Civic seal: Little Valley Brewery owners Sue Cooper (centre) and Wim van der Spek welcome Hebden Royd Mayor Scott Trickett (left), beer writer Roger Protz (second left), the Deputy Mayoress of Calderdale Jennifer Pearson and the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Peter Wardhaugh (far right) to the reception in Cragg Vale
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Calderdale’s Little Valley Brewery has celebrated its new branding and the launch of its eighth bottle conditioned ale – Python IPA.

More than 100 representatives from the brewing and Calderdale community attended the launch at hill-top brewery at New Road, Cragg Vale.

Special guest was beer writer Roger Protz who remarked on the quality beers being produced and the new bottle labels and pump clips.

Python IPA is to feature on Mr Protz’s blog as his “Beer of the Month” for August at www.beer-pages.com/blog.html

The beer is a 6% strength India Pale Ale which is doubled hopped with a strong malty taste.

The north-west supermarket, Booths, will be showcasing the Python in all of its 26 stores during September.

Locally the Python is available at Oasis in Hebden Bridge and more details are available on a new website at www.littlevalleybrewery.co.uk

Little Valley Brewery was formed six years ago this Friday by Dutchman Wim van der Spek and Sue Cooper who thanked the local community for its support over the years.

Its beers include Withens Pale Ale; Cragg Vale Bitter; Hebden’s Wheat; Stoodley Stout and Tod’s Blonde to mark Calderdale places and landmarks. They are on sale in over 100 outlets including pubs, restaurants and supermarkets.