Tinkle bells festive ales from Cross Hills brewery

Keighley News: Naylor’s Brewery sales and accounts manager, Michael Wilkinson, with the Yellow Snow beer Naylor’s Brewery sales and accounts manager, Michael Wilkinson, with the Yellow Snow beer

Fancy a Christmas tinkle – I mean tipple – with the seasonal beers from Cross Hills brewery Naylor’s?

There’s the tinkle of animal bells as you sample the premium copper-coloured ale entitled Reindeer’s Revenge.

And a different kind of tinkle could be in store if you have a pint of the 4.3 per cent pale ale called Yellow Snow!

The two beers are Naylor’s new brews for the Yuletide season, alongside old favourites Santa’s Darkside and Scrooge’s Christmas Barrel.

The festive foursome are proving popular in pubs across Yorkshire and East Lancashire.

The Station Road brewery has also taken the Christmas quartet to Sheffield and Newcastle, as part of its monthly supply runs.

Naylor’s sales and marketing manager, Michael Wilkinson, said the company’s team – led by founding brothers Stephen and Robert Naylor – are constantly thinking of ideas for new brews to mark special events in the calendar.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We have a core range of six beers, then we concentrate on one-off brews every month.

“We’ve repeated a few this year because they were so popular in the past, but the general rule is once it’s gone it’s gone.

“At Christmas, we always try to have a quirky beer and a serious beer.”

Mr Wilkinson said Naylor’s Brewery was growing as real ale enthusiasts in more regions learned about the products it has on offer.

The company was set up by Robert and Stephen in 2006 with an eight-barrel brewery on the Midland Mills industrial estate in Cross Hills.

Business became so good that last April the company made the decision to move across the yard to a bigger unit and doubled its production to 16 brewery barrels.

The Christmas staples are Santa’s Darkside, described as a menacing, strong, dark and rich ale with great roasted flavours, and Scrooge’s Christmas Barrel, which is brewed using four different types of hops giving an intense malty flavour.

Yellow Snow – a clean and golden bitter – uses a special blend of hops, while Reindeer’s Revenge is brewed using traditional methods.

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