Yorkshire Square Ale
Yorkshire Square Ale is a nod to our famous method of brewing.
First brewed in 1999 to celebrate our unique 'Yorkshire Square' fermentation process. You can find more about this special fermentation process on our Brewing Page.
To create the special artwork for the bottle label, we commissioned two original paintings by local and now internationally recognised artist, Mackenzie Thorpe. The first was a large painting of the Square Black Sheep (named ‘Paul’ after our founder) and the second was a landscape of a red sky. We combined these pieces to create the bright, iconic label for the beer.
This tasty beer contains Demerara sugar which has a rich history with Yorkshire Breweries. At one point, a large proportion of the Demerara sugar produced in the Caribbean was supplied to brewers in this region. At this time beer was taxed on malt content. By adding Demerara sugar, brewers could ensure their beer developed strength, flavour and body without giving as much away to the taxman.
Sadly the tax savings don’t apply today, but by using Demerara sugar in our brews today we are preserving another Yorkshire brewing tradition.
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Dry and warming with hints of grapefruit and Demerara sugar and a long dry finish.
At 5% ABV Yorkshire Square Ale may have a kick, but it’s certainly not heavy. It’s a warming beer with hints of grapefruit and Demerara sugar, balanced against a rich malty background and followed by Black Sheep’s characteristic dry and refreshing finish.
To create the distinctive Yorkshire Square Ale flavour we use the superior Maris Otter malt, Demerara Sugar and a blend of hops – predominantly the Golding variety.
Demerara Sugar is key to the Yorkshire Square Ale taste. It provides a sweet and warming character which balances perfectly against the bitter hop undertones.
Of course a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!