Tastefully done - world-wide expert raises a glass to on-board beers
An international beer expert has praised Grand Central for serving up some of the best beverages on the tracks.
Roger Protz is one of the world’s leading beer writers and tasters, with 17 books to his name and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Independent and ‘What’s Brewing’. He has also been the editor of the annual CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the past 20 years.
There isn’t much he doesn’t know about the subject and Roger travels widely in search of good beer. Travelling on Thursday 21 July, he didn’t have too far to go find two excellent beers on the 16.48hrs Grand Central service from London Kings Cross to Yorkshire.
Members of the onboard crew invited Mr Protz to sample a glass of Withens Pale Ale and a glass of Ginger Pale Ale. Both beers are stocked on board all Grand Central trains. They are bottled ‘conditioned’ beers meaning they are not filtered. Both are brewed in Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire, by the Little Valley Brewery, which has been in operation for the last six years.
Withens Pale Ale was introduced to the high speed train services a year ago, to coincide with the launch of train services linking West Yorkshire with London. Ginger Pale Ale was added more recently.
Stephen Sands, Catering Manager at Grand Central said:
“From the outset we wanted to offer our passengers some really great tastes of Yorkshire. To get an endorsement from a world expert in beers that we are stocking some of the very best is testament indeed for all our efforts. Being a northern-based railway operator, we like to source from local suppliers wherever we can. We could have chosen one of the major beer brands and worked with national wholesalers but instead chose to team up directly with a local, independent brewery to reference our connection with Halifax.”
Mr Protz is on his way to visit the Little Valley Brewery in order to launch a new beer and a new look for the Calderdale brewer.