Copper Dragon Brewery visit
A mile or two outside Skipton town centre hidden in an industrial estate there is a typical warehouse looking building with the Copper Dragon logo printed on. Which at first didn’t look every inviting but when you have parked and walked into the building you find the gift shop and the restaurant.
As the others got comfortable at the table I found myself at the bar and a choice of six beers. The great staff served me a little taster of each, see my little beer festival. I had tried the Golden Pippin (3.9%) before in a pub in the Northallerton area, and the reason for our visit to Copper Dragon Brewery. I settled down on the Scots 1816 – “A full bodied flavoursome rounded ale with a distinctive hoppy palate and aroma. Only the choicest British malt and Continental hops are used to produce this ale.”.
I gotta talk about the food, you can’t say that this it is simple pub grub it is way better than that. My partner had ordered a cheese and onion pie with chips and mushy peas, I got a Steak and Ale Pie with chips and mushy peas and my partners mum had a Goat cheese open sandwich. All the dishes were massive, lets just say that the there wasn’t much room for the very tender steak pieces to swim around the yummy sauce, as they tend to do in pies I have had elsewhere. The cheese in the pie was nice and strong flavoured without being too much and the onions were spot on. The sandwich I didn’t get to taste as I was too full but report from that side of the table were simply just thumbs up.
The Scots 1816 with its creamy finish suited the Steak and Ale pie so great that I forgot that I had ordered mushy peas and that they never arrived to our table. We asked for more hot water for the ladies tea and a pint of the Spring Gold (3.8%) – An amber coloured ale brewed with traditional English hops. Aromatic, a delicious bitterness and smooth finish. Returned due to popular demand in 2012. Though we had finished our yummy meals and had said no to pudding, because we were just full, before we got our hot water arrived.
The wonderful staff gave us a fresh pot of tea to say sorry and I asked the staff to surprise me with a half pint. I was given the IPA (3.6%) – Deep gold in colour with an amber tinge, IPA is an incredibly thirst-quenching ale with a smooth hoppy finish. Packed with flavour & aroma, it’s the ultimate refreshing session ale – which finished off our dinner and time at the Copper Dragon Brewery.
It is clear that we will be back here to a meal out and where I can enjoy a good ale. I also have to join it up with a brewery tour one day and maybe even pick up some of the good designed labels.