‘As tha’ been a-drinkin’ Joshua Jane?

By: JimOldfield

October 23rd, 2012

An award-winning Yorkshire brewery has called in two amateurs – to help make its next big ale! Ilkley Brewery took up the challenge of running a competition for HOME BREWERS – then let the joint winners of the Leeds Home Brew competition spend a day with the pro team, to help create its new nut brown 3.7 per cent ale, Joshua Jane.


Leeds home brewers David Bishop and Matt Lovell helped create the ale, which is named after the lovers in the spa town’s famous folk song, “On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at” (On Ilkley Moor without a hat). Described as “a rich, nut brown Yorkshire ale”, Joshua Jane is a traditional Yorkshire bitter made using American Amarillo and Columbus hops.

The brewery says Joshua Jane goes well with dishes like beef and chorizo casserole and lighter foods like blue cheese and apricots… and also a celebratory meat Joshua Jane meat pie – specially produced by the town’s award-winning Lishman’s butchers!

Joshua Jane goes straight into the brewery’s core range, and showcases Ilkley’s new branding which – as the pump clip shows – features the imposing crags of Ilkley Moor.

ilkley_joshua_janeIlkley Brewery director Chris Ives, said: “When the guys from Leeds Home Brew approached us to run a competition with their members, we challenged them with creating an American brown ale-style beer. We brewed with the winners in early September”.
Lukey lad! Ilkley brewer Luke Raven with Joshua Jane ale and pie.

Brewer Luke Raven added that the new branding was aimed at giving the brewery “even greater stand-out in a a crowded real ale market” to enhance Ilkley’s growing national exposure.