Cheers for our award-winning ale

Martin Ogley, Elland Brewery Ltd, with his award winner porter.
Martin Ogley, Elland Brewery Ltd, with his award winner porter.

A POPULAR ale brewed in Elland has been declared one of the best in the country in the National Beer Competition.

The pint, called ‘1872 Porter’, was announced as the Champion Ale in the Porters, Strong Milds, Old Ales and Stouts category at the Society of Independent Brewers competition in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It is produced by Elland Brewery Limited, on Heathfield Industrial Estate, and has won a wide range of awards during recent years.

Director Martin Ogley said he was proud that the company had been recognised nationally.

“We work hard to make our beers the best they can be and it’s fantastic to receive this public recognition,” he said.

“I’m grateful to everyone at the brewery, to the pubs who sell our beers and to our many loyal drinkers locally for helping us to win this award. We’ll go on producing our beers as long as there is demand for them.”

At 6.5% ABV, it is much stronger the majority of ales on the market, making it’s popularity among drinkers varied.

“It’s a love it or hate it pint,” he said. “Some pubs say it’s too strong and their customers won’t drink it, while others will drink it all day,” he said.

Martin describes the ‘1872 Porter’, which is based on a recipe from that year, as being rich, complex and dark, with an old port nose and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours.

The ale is distributed across Yorkshire and Manchester, although through selling to wholesalers, beer brewed in Elland could be found anywhere, though Martin expressed concerns at the long term future of the industry.

“Last year, sales of local beers grew by 8.8 per cent, compared to an overall decline in the UK beer market of -3.9 per cent, but I’m going to have to pay an extra 25per cent in duty on what I earn so the government are at risk of losing revenue in the long run if they force brewers to cut back.”

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