From the Bottle Collection: Daleside’s Monkey Wrench Dark Ale


 Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice: tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s; OR, cover them with…

The Bottle Collection

 Have you had this? The bottle I have is pretty old and I haven’t seen this for a while. But I haven’t been looking. Listed as a Strong Dark Ale it gets a 3.5 on untappd, 85 on BA, 48 and 52 on RB (3.23 out of 5). Though claimed to be strong it is a mere 5.3 abv.
 The site asked if I was at least 18. Drinking age must be a8 in England; as it used to be here.
 While founded in 1980, their site claims the family has a 600 year history of brewing when the Wittys came to England from Belgium. The brewery headquarters is based out of Harrowgate, brewery has been moved to Starbeck, though information indicates some brewing still goes on in Harrowgate. Perhaps both locations?

Skimming the yeast at Daleside.

 Founded by Billy Witty, head brewer Craig Witty (son) also took over the company when his father died in 2007. They have won many awards and brewed a beer for Kind Charles II for his wife, Catherine.
 There’s obviously a huge gap between 1988 and that long ago that raises questions. The other gap: 1988 to the early 90’s when explaining that part of their history is that Bill started The Big End Brewery off Otley Road, Harrogate the started Darkside.
 Despite repeated attempts other information was hard yo find.

 From the Bottle collection is a column by Ken Carman: homebrewer since 1979, collector of bottles and such, Certified beer judge and columnist. Ken Lives in Nashville, Tennessee, Eagle Bay and Beaver River, NY.
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