A Cross Hills micro-brewery is toasting an addition to its range – a smoked beer.

The first batch of Kour – so named because the malted barley comes from the Czech Republic, and the Czech for smoke is ‘kour’ – is about to go out from Naylor’s Brewery to the trade.

Stephen Naylor, who runs the Station Road brewery with brother Robert, said: “We have taken a standard beer and introduced the smoked, dried hops into the conditioning tank.

“We wanted to see how we could do it in our own way, and have been helped by Roger Baxandall, of Craven Bacon Supplies who allowed us to put the hops in the smoker he uses to dry-cure bacon.”

The brothers launched their brewery in 2001. They are based in Midland Mills.