New Ilkey Rye ‘n’ Dry beer inspired by American cocktail

Rye ‘n’ Dry is Ilkley Brewery’s newest release, a nod to the classic American cocktail created by new recruit, brewster Christa Sandquist.

With influences from the whiskey and dry ginger tipple, famed as a barside favourite in America, Rye ‘n’ Dry has been brewed with a combination of rye, barley grains and three Stateside hops: Centennial, Liberty and Chinook. Ginger and orange have also been added to give a dry and spicy finish. The end result is a 5% ABV red ale which is a Yorkshire take on the classic beer style, Roggenbier — a high-rye beer traditionally found in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Christa said:

“One of the areas I’m working on, as part of my new role at Ilkley, is creating new, often experimental beers that will broaden and enhance the brewery’s existing ranges. Rye ‘n’ Dry is a perfect example of this. I created the beer in small quantities using our new experimental brew kit and, once the recipe was right, we moved it into full-scale production.

“With it’s spicy, warming finish, it’s a great autumnal beer which pairs brilliantly with hearty Stateside classics like cow pie and beans, and fried chicken and slaw.”

Ilkley Brewster, Christa Sandquist