A MICRO-BREWERY near York is launching a range of new canned craft ales - not in a pub or during a beer festival but at a nearby chippy.

And when customers have tasted Ainsty Ales Brewery’s four new beers they can tuck into a fish and chip supper, with the fish fried in... Ainsty Ales batter.

The brewery, based at Acaster Malbis, is partnering up with Scotts Fish and Chips of Bilbrough Top for its launch of Ainsty Assassin, Cool Citra, Flummoxed Farmer and Killa Kiwi.

The beer tasting event with fish and chips is being held at 6.30pm next Wednesday at Scotts, located just off the A64 half-way between York and Tadcaster.

The cost of attending the launch, which includes tasting the ales followed by a beer-battered fish and chip supper with mushy peas, bread and butter, and a pot of tea or coffee, is £10 per person.

Scotts owner Tony Webster said he was delighted Andy had chosen it for his latest product launch.

He said: “What could be better than tucking into a plate of traditional Yorkshire fish and chips washed down by a glass of Yorkshire beer from Ainsty Ales? For me, this is the perfect combination.”

Andy Herrington, founder of Ainsty Ales, said: “I’m very keen to forge partnerships with local companies and, as Scotts has a similar ethos to ours, I thought it would make the perfect venue to officially launch our new range of canned ales.

“We are very much looking forward to introducing the diners to our four new beers in a can, then sitting down and enjoying a plate of fish, chips and mushy peas.”

Andy added that whilst Ainsty mainly brewed traditional cask ale, he wanted something ‘more edgy and left field,’ and so had called on the services of local graffiti artist and friend, Tom Sledmore, to create the initial art work.

He said: “These were then taken by our York-based design company, United by Design, who transposed them on to each can.

“Both Tom and the United by Design team have done a fantastic job and I love the finished article. I’m also pretty confident they will go down a treat with real ale drinkers too.”

Ainsty Ales was launched in 2014 after 12 months of research. The brewery gains its inspiration from the old ‘York & Ainsty District Wapentake', a medieval once self-governing area, dating back to the 1200’s which is located to the west of York and bounded by the rivers Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse.

Scotts was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award earlier this year on the strength of its customer reviews, entering a ‘Hall of Fame’ because it had been awarded the ‘gong’ for five years. It also won national approval for its gluten-free version of fish and chips earlier this year, retaining GF accreditation from Coeliac UK.