Black Sheep Yorkshire Square Ale (500ml Bottle)
Yorkshire Square Ale is a premium ale with a rich and full flavour and a solid alcohol kick.
First brewed in 1999 to celebrate our unique 'Yorkshire Square' fermentation process. You can find more about this special fermentation process on our Brewing Page.
To create the special artwork for the bottle label, we commissioned two original paintings by local and now internationally recognised artist, Mackenzie Thorpe. The first was a large painting of the Square Black Sheep (named ‘Paul’ after our founder) and the second was a landscape of a red sky. We combined these pieces to create the bright, iconic label for the beer.
This tasty beer contains Demerara sugar which has a rich history with Yorkshire Breweries. At one point, a large proportion of the Demerara sugar produced in the Caribbean was supplied to brewers in this region. At this time beer was taxed on malt content. By adding Demerara sugar, brewers could ensure their beer developed strength, flavour and body without giving as much away to the taxman.
Sadly the tax savings don’t apply today, but by using Demerara sugar in our brews today we are preserving another Yorkshire brewing tradition.
In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.