PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 28 July 2015
Is Otley the best place for fans of Yorkshire real ales?
A new survey of pubs in the famous Yorkshire pub town of Otley has revealed that at any one time there are over 30 different varieties of real ales available on draught from over 20 Yorkshire breweries.
Otley Pub Club, a voluntary community organisation that supports the town’s pubs, conducted the survey in the run up to next month’s celebrations for Yorkshire Week.
There are real ales from all over the county, stretching from Wensleydale in the north to Sheffield in the south, Cropton in the east and Settle in the west.
The most widely available beers are from the Timothy Taylor, the Black Sheep and Saltaire breweries and there’s a full range of styles from blonde to black, with keg and craft beers as well.
Commenting on the survey, OPC chairman Andy FitzGerald said: “We believe Otley may have the biggest choice of real ales of any place of comparable size anywhere in Yorkshire. Coupled with the great choice of pubs, many of them historic, does this make Otley the best place for Yorkshire real ale fans?
“We are delighted that the town’s pubs support local breweries so much. Not only do they back Yorkshire beers but also change the varieties regularly so there is always something different for real ale fans to try.
“We expect there will be a few more for the beginning of Yorkshire Week this weekend (August 1st). Pubs will be flying the Yorkshire flag and several are putting on special events and entertainment, such as free Yorkshire puddings.”
Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub supporters and local publicans. Free to join, it is a way for Otley people to support their local pubs and enjoy the wide selection of real ales and for publicans to communicate with each other and their customers. The club campaigns on behalf of pubs where needed and organises social events, runs a web site and publishes a popular monthly newsletter and the successful Ale Trail leaflet. It has had success in the past in getting several of the town’s pubs reopened after closure and in encouraging investment in existing pubs.