New barrel-aged beer from Wold Top and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

The teams at Wold Top Brewery and sister company Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery have launched Barrel Wave, a limited edition beer that has been matured for eight months in casks that latterly held Filey Bay whisky from Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery.

Of the collaboration, Wold Top’s Brewery Manager, Alex Balchin said: “Rather than brewing an original beer (as we did with our first barrel aged beer, Swell), for this bottling we’ve taken one of our most popular and well-known beers, Scarborough Fair IPA, and aged it in Spirit of Yorkshire whisky casks for eight months.

“Over that time, the beer has matured and developed and has taken on the flavours of the casks. The result is a beautifully rounded, smooth, full-bodied beer where hints of soft citrus fruits and hoppy bitter notes marry with the light, creamy, vanilla flavours of the Filey Bay whisky.

“At 9.1% abv, it’s not a beer for every day. Much like a good dram of whisky, it’s one to savour and sip!”

Barrel Wave is gluten free and suitable for vegans. Stocks are limited to 6,000 330ml bottles that are available online at, from the shop at Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery and independent retailers including Sewell on the Go convenience stores whilst stocks last. Limited stocks of Swell (12% abv) are also available.