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White Lady - abv 4.7%; £2/50cl
The North Yorkshire Brewing Company was founded in 1989 in Middlesbrough. Ten years later it relocated to old dairy buildings at Pinchinthorpe Hall, a moated house in the North York Moors National Park near Guisborough.
A wide range of cask and bottle-conditioned beers is produced, all made from organically grown ingredients and water from the house’s own spring.
This week’s offering is named after the ghost of a 17th century milkmaid who allegedly puts in the odd appearance at the brewery.
The colour is pale yellow with a yeasty haze, and a deep head that subsides fairly quickly to a thin collar. There is a slightly sweet, buttery aroma, with hints of digestive biscuits and mint, a lemony citrus edge and some light floral notes. Light, dry malt and gentle fruit dominate the palate with a little butterscotch creeping in, and a very soft, foamy carbonation.
A little note of honey and a light, dry, delicate hoppiness round off the finish.
Not quite the clean crispness that you might expect from a true lager, but a very pale, very subtle, and really rather delicious beer nevertheless.
Recommended by Jim Helsby of the York Beer And Wine Shop, Sandringham Street, York