Harrogate brewers glory win in London as Daleside's favourites take awards again

Harrogate's brewers and hospitality sectors have been given a lift by news that an independent Harrogate firm has won two major awards in London.

By Graham Chalmers
Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 8:54 am
Daleside Brewery in Harrogate wins two major awards in London - Head Brewer Rob Millichamp and General Manager Adam Cox. (Picture Gerard Binks)
Daleside Brewery in Harrogate wins two major awards in London - Head Brewer Rob Millichamp and General Manager Adam Cox. (Picture Gerard Binks)

Daleside Brewery is celebrating double success at this year's London Beer Competition.

Both Monkey Wrench (5.3% ABV) and Morocco Ale (5.5% ABV) have won silver awards for the Starbeck-based independent business which prides itself on creating "Beers of Distinction".

The winner of numerous drink awards since its first brew in 1988, Monkey Wrench is a powerful, strong award-winning ale, deep chestnut in colour.

Morocco Ale's origins lie in an ancient, secret recipe for “Morocco” believed to date from Tudor times when Henry VIII and Elizabeth l ruled England.

It was first named Morocco Ale by Colonel James Grahame of Levens when he was a courtier to Charles II.

The ale was last brewed in the Old Brewhouse at Levens Hall in 1877 and remained unused until 1995 when Daleside Brewery of Harrogate began brewing it.

Monkey Wrench is also one of Daleside's most enduring popular favourites, having first won awards back in the late 1990s.

A powerful smooth strong ale, it's mid brown to ruby in hue with aromas of fruit hops malt and roast malt together with some sweetness.

General manager Adam Cox and his team pride themselves on being committed to the ethos of Daleside which has stood ever since it was launched in the mid-1980s when it was a pioneer for draught beers brewed using traditional methods drawn from a long history of beer making.

Success in the London Beer Competition involves international recognition for the Harrogate business.

Daleside's beers were up against rivals from countries includung Germany, Austria, ROI, Belgium, Taiwan, Poland, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, Norway, France and Denmark, to name a few.

Competition tasting involved bottles being sent to London for the testing where they were judged on three categories - flavour, value for money, packaging.

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