Recently the West Riding Branch of SPBW (Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood) held its monthly meeting at the Duck and Drake in Leeds. We were pleased to supply Red River IPA (4.6% ABV) and our multi-award winning 1872 Porter (6.5% ABV) in the Wood to the pub in its own special casks. There is no doubt that wood gives that little extra something to our beers notably the Porter.
The organization was founded in 1963 and is the oldest consumer-based group interested in stimulating the brewing of, increasing the awareness of, and encouraging the drinking of cask conditioned real ale. Once again, thanks to enterprising pubs like the Duck and Drake and of course, the Junction at Castleford the original wooden cask aims of the Society are returning. Indeed new branches such as that in the North East are really going for it in a big way.