A bumper ale to toast Yorks Cricket’s 150th

cricket mad brewer Malcolm Bastow who has brewed Bodyline beer to commemorate Yorkshire CC's 150th anniversary.

cricket mad brewer Malcolm Bastow who has brewed Bodyline beer to commemorate Yorkshire CC's 150th anniversary.

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When you are 150 years old then you need something special to toast with.

But when you are an award-winning brewer and one of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s most ardent fans you would be expected to come up with a jaffa of a delivery.

Cricket-mad Malcolm Bastow, of Outwood’s Five Towns Brewery, has given his Bodyline beer a special tweak to commemorate his beloved county birthday.

It is named after England’s infamous tactics on their 1932 tour of Australia when they peppered the hosts with short-pitched bowling.

Dad-of-four, Mr Bastow, of Leeds Road, has answered a call on the beer grapevine for brews to help celebrate the county’s landmark.

The nurse, who mashes in his spare time in his custom-built back garden brewery said: “I’ve been going to Headingley since I was probably 19, I’m 53 now.

“I’ve bottled two casks of the Bodyline, which has interested cricket enthusiasts.

“It ties in with the Ashes series this year and the very strong Yorkshire contingent in the England test team at the moment.

“I like Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan for their Yorkshire grit. And Joe Root for his ability to play like Geoff Boycott or Kevin Pietersen, depending on the situation.”

The Bodyline beer has flown out of the wickets (beer pumps) at Bier Huis’s pop-up bar at Ossett Town Hall last weekend and at Harry’s Bar.

The 5.4 per cent pale beer is described as having a “very nice tropical fruit flavour”. It is made with eldorado hops for the bitterness and with mosaic for the hoppy aroma.

Malcolm is planning to re-create all of his existing cricket-themed beers, like Yorker and the Ashes but with different hops to celebrate Yorkshire’s 150th.

Mr Bastow even hopes to have them on all at once at the North Riding Hotel, Scarborough to coincide with the week-long festival of cricket over the August Bank Holiday. And some will also be going to the Nook’s beer festival in Holmfirth in August, which will mark Yorkshire CC’s birthday.