Yorkshire-based craft brewery, Brew York has partnered with boutique gin and whisky distillery, Cooper King Distillery to create a botanical pale ale in celebration of its second year in business.

Launching at Brew York’s second birthday event at its tap room on 13th and 14th April 2018, the new gin-inspired pale ale, Sweet Gin Music has been produced using juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel and orris root. Hops and yeast have also been specially selected to bring a herbal pepperiness to the beer.

Located inside York’s city walls with beer sold throughout the UK, Brew York was founded by Lee Grabham and Wayne Smith in 2016.

The idea for the partnership came about not long after Lee was introduced to Cooper King Distillery by a family member. Lee went on to join the Cooper King Founders’ Club, and from then on, the two businesses have kept in regular contact. It was decided that a gin-inspired beer was a fantastic way to strengthen the relationship between the two ventures, and to push both drinks categories into new territory.

Established by co-founders Chris Jaume and Dr Abbie Neilson, Cooper King Distillery is England’s smallest distillery, based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire, on the site of a former horse’s stable.

The partnership will see Cooper King Distillery attend Brew York’s birthday bash, alongside other local brewers including Electric Bear Brewing Co and Magic Rock Brewing.

Entertainment at Brew York’s birthday event will include live music from Matt Oxberry, Taz Barnes, Holly Bilton, Mikkelson Music, and The Entertainment Company, prize give-aways and food from local street vendors including Street Cleaver, The Ball Box and Once Across the Garden.

Commenting on the collaboration, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery, Chris Jaume said:

“We are incredibly excited to work alongside one of Yorkshire’s most loved craft brewers. It’s a very exciting time for craft brewing in Britain and we’re delighted to be able partner with fellow brewing enthusiasts with a passion for the Yorkshire region. We hope both fans of Cooper King Distillery and Brew York will enjoy this new creation.”

Co-founder and head brewer at Brew York, Lee Grabham said:

“I love what Abbie and Chris are doing with Cooper King and can’t wait to sample their gin and whisky which will both be stocked in the Brew York Tap Room once released. When the idea of a Botanical Pale Ale, who better work alongside than your local expert distillers and I really like that this beer pushes the boundaries of what both beer and gin can be!”

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About Cooper King Distillery

Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a self-built, family-owned gin and whisky distillery built on the site of a stable.

Formed in 2016, by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is independent, self-built and powered by 100% green energy.

With a desire to leave the rat race, co-founders Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst visiting Australia the pair became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.

With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft distillery back home in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.

Taught by Bill Lark, the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, and armed with a wealth of knowledge gathered from across Tasmania’s now internationally acclaimed New World whisky distilleries and beyond, Cooper King Distillery produces authentic premium spirits, using the highest quality ingredients that England has to offer.

The distillery’s inaugural product, Cooper King Dry Gin was released in May 2018.

Hand distilled using honey from the distillery’s beehives, lemongrass and a touch of locally-grown lavender, the gin has incredible savoury lemongrass flavours, a silky mouthfeel and delicate floral notes.

Produced in micro-batches, Cooper King is the first distillery in Yorkshire to combine innovative cold vacuum distillation with traditional hot copper-pot distillation, in a process that’s tailored to suit each individual botanical, ensuring they extract the freshest, fullest flavours.

The initial reviews of Cooper King Dry Gin are extremely positive, with The Gin Fayre describing it as a ‘game changer’.

The company is the first distillery in Europe to join international environment initiative, 1% for the Planet, which sees 1% of sales of Cooper King Dry Gin contributed towards environmental non-profits. Cooper King Distillery will plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle sold through a partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Its initial batch of premium single malt whisky, made using Yorkshire barley, is scheduled to go into production in summer 2018, with a projected release date of 2023.

Inspired by Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, the name Cooper King has rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire. Born in 1843, Charles, who was Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, traced the Cooper King family history back to 1030, where he identified the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral.

The Cooper King Distillery Founders’ Club is offering craft spirit lovers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cooper King family and help make English distilling history. Membership tiers start from £30, which is ideal for a gift, through to more established memberships which include a name engraving on the Founders’ Plaque in the distillery. Memberships also offer first access to rare and collectable whisky in the form of new, special, and small-batch releases, individually-numbered single cask releases from their early casks, plus the chance to own Cooper King Distillery’s Inaugural Release bottle #1.

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