World Cup fever manifests itself in many different ways, not least in the latest brew from Ilkley Brewery in the UK. “Capello’s Glory” is adorned with the England colours and aims to raise support for the England manager, Fabio Capello.
According to drinkers at the Bar T’at in Ilkley, Yorkshire, “its a nice light beer with a distinct hoppy taste”. Hops which, in fact, come from New Zealand. The rest of the brewing process, however, is pure tradition. The English premium pale ale uses: “only the finest malted barley, hops and Yorkshire water” and has an ABV of 4.3%.
The makers decided on the name in order to differentiate themselves from other football-themed special editions. lkley Brewery was set up in 2009 by Chris Ives and Stewart Ross and has won national awards for “Mary Jane” – a beer name taken from a local folk song which describes flirting with “Mary Jane” in the freezing weather on top of Ilkley Moor.
Ilkley Brewery beers will be at the Great British Beer Festival in August and will have a stand at the Harrogate Christmas Fair in November. A limited quantity of “Capello’s Glory” is available from pubs around Skipton and Ilkley. Pubs can order direct from Ilkley brewery or through one of the distributors, SIBA, DDS, Flying Firkin, Boggart, Tate Smith or Small Beer.