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Monks brew up success with their own beer

Father Terence Richardson, Prior of Ampleforth Abbey and College, makes a special delivery of the Ampleforth Abbey Beer as the Abbey revealed it is about to sell its 75,000th bottle of the traditional beer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 24, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Father Terence Richardson, Prior of Ampleforth Abbey and College, makes a special delivery of the Ampleforth Abbey Beer as the Abbey revealed it is about to sell its 75,000th bottle of the traditional beer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 24, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Sales of Ampleforth Abbey Beer are on track to break the 75,000 barrier next month.

The traditional monastic beer, based on a centuries-old Benedictine recipe, was launched two years ago to tap into the fast growing market for premium bottled ales.

And it is not just in the number of sales where the beer is making a splash.

It was named Yorkshire’s Best Drink in the Deliciouslyorkshire Awards 2012/13 and also received the Two Star Great Taste Award and was awarded silver in the International Beer Challenge.

Ampleforth Abbey Beer, which is brewed by Little Valley Brewery, Hebden Bridge, is sold in around 70 specialist and independent retailers throughout Yorkshire, branches of Booths supermarket, in local pubs and restaurants, online and in the Abbey Shop.

Its roots date back to 1608, takes in the French Revolution, and was revived when Father Wulstan Peterburs, the abbey’s procurator, embarked on a trip to Trappist breweries in Holland the Netherlands.

Little Valley Brewery, which brews all its beers using 100 per cent organic agricultural ingredients and soft Yorkshire water, began producing the revived Ampleforth Abbey Beer in 330ml bottles in 2012. Ampleforth Abbey is the only working British monastery involved in the production of its own beer.

Its sales allow the abbey to support its monastic community and charitable works.

 

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