Cheers to 125 years of your YEP

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PIC: James Hardisty
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Leeds Brewery is raising a glass to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 125th birthday by creating a special beer.

The exact flavour combination planned for #YEP125 is being kept under wraps but brewery bosses today confirmed it will be a classic British pale ale.

And the really tasty news is that YEP readers will be able to claim a free pint of the beer as part of next month’s celebrations.

The brewery’s co-founder and owner, Sam Moss, said: “We want to make sure YEP125 appeals, like the newspaper, to as many people as possible.

“We take our role as the biggest brewery in the city seriously and we’re delighted to be playing a part in the paper’s celebrations.”

The new beer has been hailed as a mouthwatering prospect by Simon Jenkins, who pens the YEP’s long-running Taverner column.

He said: “I’m not sure what a YEP beer should taste like, but I think it needs to be a good balance of malt and hops, like the balance of opinions expressed in the paper.

“It should be easy-going and certainly not too heavy, its attractive head should be as arresting as a big banner headline and it 
should deliver consistent refreshment from the first sip, right through to the same zesty finish offered by the sports pages. I can’t wait to give it a try.”

The YEP’s first ever edition hit the streets on September 1, 1890, with a pledge to bring “news of all kinds” to readers.

Regular articles about the paper’s proud heritage are being published during the countdown to the anniversary of that historic day.

Further down the line, there will be an eye-catching link-up with Leeds Rhinos when they face New Zealand in October to mark the 125th birthday of another city institution, Headingley Stadium.

Jill Douglas, from Rodley, is today named as the winner of the YEP125 competition that has been running in the paper this month.

Readers were asked to sum up what the YEP means to them in no more than 100 words – and Jill produced a witty piece of poetry to earn top spot.

She will now be given a role in the all-important process of developing and brewing the celebratory beer.