Beer of the Week: Copper Dragon Best

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They call this one their Best Bitter, but this is really the entry level beer for the whole Copper Dragon roster.

The brewery was established in Skipton by Steve Taylor and Ruth Bennett in 2002, and under the expert eye of head brewer Gordon Wilkinson it continues to turn out a fine range of great ales, without aiming for the wild and wacky ales favoured by some of the newer craft brewers on the scene.

Perhaps the best known is the lovely refreshing and fruity Golden Pippin (4.2% ABV), which was initially released as a summer seasonal ale, but caused such a sensation that it is now on sale all year round.

Their firm and malty Scott’s 1816 (4.4%) and dark, smoky Black Mild (3.7%) are others worth trying, whether on cask or in the bottle. The eye catching logo of a fiersome dragon guarding a copper brewing vessel make these beers easy to spot, whether on a bar or on the supermarket shelves.

Darker than the Golden Pippin, amber-coloured Best offers that traditional Yorkshire balance of hop and malt. It’s a refreshing beer of genuine taste and substance, with a rich sweet aroma and some genuine bitter bite in the finish but brewed to a moderate 4% ABV.