Fancy a top tipple? CAMRA suggests 13 at valley breweries

Trevor and Kathy Cook with their Camra guide beers at Barearts Brewery, Todmorden.
Trevor and Kathy Cook with their Camra guide beers at Barearts Brewery, Todmorden.

Two breweries in the upper Calder Valley are celebrating after several of their products were judged to be top tipples.

Little Valley Brewery, in Cragg Vale, and Barearts Brewery, in Todmorden, have a total of 13 entries in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Good Bottled Beer Guide 2013.

Sue Cooper, one of the owners of Little Valley Brewery, was delighted to see so many of its beers picked for the guide.

“We are absolutely tickled pink to see them highlighted,” she said. “For Little Valley, it’s a big tick.”

The guide features the following Little Valley Brewery beers: Cragg Vale Bitter, Tod’s Blonde, Withens Pale Ale, Python IPA, Stoodley Stout, Hebden’s Wheat, Ginger Pale Ale, Moor Ale, Ampleforth Abbey Beer and Dubbel.

There were plenty of cheers at Barearts as owners Trevor and Kathy Cook celebrated seeing three of their ales picked in the guide - their Best Bitter, India Pale Ale and Barley Wine.

Kathy said: “We are very pleased that our fine quality ales are in the Good Bottled Beer Guide again.

“At Barearts we use the finest ingredients to make our triple dropped, bottle conditioned beers.”

CAMRA’s Good Bottled Beer Guide showcases beers from across the UK in a range of different styles.

The 2013 edition features more than 1,800 beers from 342 different breweries around the UK.

Guide author Jeff Evans said: “The number of breweries producing bottle-conditioned beer, or ‘real ale in a bottle’ has grown massively in recent years thanks to an explosion in microbreweries across the UK.

“With more and more small breweries looking to bottle their beers both for local sales and in order to reach further markets, the traditional method of bottle conditioning is proving a popular approach.”