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Beer gets on its bike to welcome Le Tour

Added: Saturday, June 7th 2014

Saltaire Le IPA

Two of the country’s best known breweries -- Saltaire in Yorkshire and Dark Star Brewing in Sussex -- have joined forces for the second time this year with a collaboration brew.  Le IPA has been created to celebrate the arrival of Le Tour de France – the world’s greatest cycle race – to Yorkshire.

Saltaire Brewery has brewed Le IPA to a joint recipe created with Dark Star – it’s an apricot coloured IPA style beer which has a good body and strong malt presence.  French grown Triskel and Brewers Gold hops balance bitterness with fruity flavour which are further enhanced with the addition of coriander to add a creamy spicy depth.  This highly refreshing ale is the perfect drink after a long bike ride or to enjoy while watching the cyclists pedal by as you cheer them on.

To kick start the Le Tour weekend activities Saltaire and Dark Star Brewing are to team up to host Le Grand Depart Beer Club on the 4 July at Saltaire Brewery, where Le IPA will be officially launched. There will also be a wide array of specially selected beers from other Yorkshire Breweries that will be showcased at the Beer Club. 

“To truly embrace the desire to cycle, we will be offering the opportunity for a free pint and entry into a prize draw for anyone turning up to this special Beer Club with their bike and full lycra cycling kit on.  This definitely will be a Beer Club to remember!” says Ewen Gordon, Saltaire’s Sales Director.

Le IPA has an ABV of 5.6% and is available in bottle, cask and keg.


Other beers brewed to mark Le Tour 

Acorn On Yer Bike (4.5%) Oates Penny Farthing (3.6%)
Black Sheep Velo (4.2%) Ossett Downhill Fast (4.3%)
Bradfield Farmers Yellow Jersey Ale (4.2%) Pennine Tour de Ale (3.7%)
Brown Cow/Yorkshire On Yer Bike (4.6%) Revolutions Favourite Shirts (3.9%)
Copper Dragon Hill Hammer (4%) Ridgeside Bicycle Race (4.1%)
Daleside Pedal Power (3.4%) Rudgate Bicycale (4%)
Five Towns La Gran Depart (3.9%) Saltaire/Dark Star Le IPA (5.6%)
Great Newsome Maillot Jaune (3.8%) Slightly Foxed Tour de Fox (3.7%)
Hamelsworde Allez Hop! (5.2%) Summer Wine Lanterne Rouge (4%)
Hand Drawn Monkey Pamplemousse Vélo (6.8%)         Taylor Le Champion (4.5%)
Ilkley Marie Jaune (4.5%) Theakston Tour de Wot? (4%)
Kirkstall Tri-Cycle (4.5%) Thornbridge L'Eroica (4.3%)
Little Valley Stage Winner (3.5%) Two Roses T'Yellow Jersey (4.2%)
Magic Rock The Magic Spanner (3.9%) Wharfebank Lanterne Rouge (4.4%)
Moorhouse's On Yer Bike (4.2%) Wold Top Hello Velo (4.2%)
Naylors Saddle Sore (4.2%) York Velo-City (2.8%)
Nook Sprocket Fuel (3.8%) Yorkshire Dales Le Tour de Yorkshire (3.8%)

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