A TASTE of Ryedale can be found at Tokyo’s World Beer Museum as a local brewery sends off the last of a 1,000 keg order.
The Great Yorkshire Brewery at Cropton, near Pickering, was given the order after it was visted by delegates from the Japanese museum, which is housed in the new 350 metres high Tokyo Sky Tree Tower.
Representatives with Zato Trading selected the local, independent brewery after a taste testing session of English beers, and then visited Cropton to tell company directors Joanne Taylor and Phil Lee the good news earlier this year.
“We were overwhelmed and really excited when they told us,” said Joanne. “It’s our ﬁrst export order and, hopefully, the start of a really good relationship with our new business partners.”
The brewery used its new kegging machine to help with the output and it was an around-the-clock operation with “all hands on deck” to ensure the 1,000 kegs of Endeavour, Two Pints and Monkman’s Slaughter were delivered on time.
The order is the latest in a recent line of good news for the former Cropton Brewery which was re-branded and re-launched as The Great Yorkshire Brewery when Joanne and Phil went into business together in January.
Their aspirations for the business is continuing with plans to launch its new keg porter, Blackout, next month as well as a line of new beers in partnership with local wildlife artist, Robert Fuller, who will design the pump clips.
This latest collaboration was inspired by the brewery’s work with chefs Andrew Pern, of The Star at Harome, and James MacKenzie, of The Pipe & Glass, who used their skills with ingredients to inspire Two Chefs, a golden honey beer seasoned with lemon thyme.
Also coming up in the future for the brewery is its Yorkshire Lager Festival at Cropton in the middle of July.