Ilkley has been famous for its pure water since Roman times, when the Olicana settlement was first established there on the banks of the river Wharfe. Parts of the old brewery buildings still stand today, and the shadows of the Olicana trademark can still be seen in some of the town"„¢s pubs. The brewer"„¢s tradition was brought back to the Yorkshire spa town after a 100 year hiatus in 2009, and like its predecessor the new Brewery built its reputation on the quality of the ingredients and skill of the brewing team.
The brewery is an important part of the community; providing jobs and working with local business and producers, as well as being an ambassador for Ilkley and Yorkshire having won national plaudits and awards. Since inception the brewery has grown at an astounding rate, and they now produce over 50,000 pints a week.
A light and well balanced, easy drinking Pale Ale with hoppy, citrus notes of orange and lemon. There is a soft and slightly sweet malty backbone to this beer, but the bucket-loads of orange and lemon peel were added to the brew give it a fresh and zesty kick.