Tour inspires new beer for top brewery

Yorkshires Biggest Bike Race inspires Sheffield brewery with special celebration beer
Yorkshires Biggest Bike Race inspires Sheffield brewery with special celebration beer
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Bradford Brewery has unveiled a special beer in celebration of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, which will finish at Fox Valley in one month’s time.

The team at the north Sheffield brewery has come up with the bike-themed tipple, called “Farmers Push Iron,” in the build up to the big event on April 30 - which will see the eyes of the cycling world focused on the region and its notorious hill climbs.

The family-run brewery is based on a working farm in Bradfield, just a few minutes from the route of the Tour de Yorkshire’s final day, which will test the cyclists with four tough hill climbs - including the Cote de Wigtwizzle and Cote de Ewden Heights.

The race will finish at the Fox Valley shopping centre following a 194km ride from Bradford. It’s already been billed as one of the toughest stages on the professional circuit this year.

Thousands of amateur cyclists will also take part in in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride which will start and finish at Fox Valley on the final day of the three-day race.

John Gill, from Bradfield Brewery, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire coming to our corner of the county really is something special to celebrate and we’ll definitely be raising a glass of Farmers Push Iron to the cyclists as they take on our beautiful part of South Yorkshire and tackle some of Sheffield’s notorious seven hills.

“It was fantastic to have the Tour de France Grande Départ here in 2014 so to have this level of cycling event back in the area is great for the region.”

The team at Fox Valley are working with community group and the parish council to make the event a real celebration for everyone in the area.

Annabel Plumtree, centre manager , said: “Bradfield’s special Farmers Push Iron is a great way to celebrate Yorkshire’s biggest bike race.

“There are lots of fantastic events and artwork planned along the route and everyone is really getting excited now.”

Push Iron will also be available at pubs along the route of the Tour

Meanwhile, gin lovers can enjoy a feast inspired by the spirit at The York in Broomhill.

The five course menu served on Thursday April 20 will be paired with gins and diners will also learn about the history of Mother’s Ruin.

Tickets cost £45 per person and dishes will include star anise flavoured potted duck with a Masons gin fluid gel and braised beef shin infused with Sheffield dry gin.