For the first time ever in its 33-year history, visitors to Grassington Festival will be able to drink a specially brewed Yorkshire beer.

Brewed at Hetton’s Dark Horse Brewery, FestivAle has been crafted specially for the festival to showcase the best qualities of a creamy Yorkshire Ale. The beer is four per cent ABV.

The brewery was launched in June 2008 on the site of the Wharfedale Brewery by husband and wife team Richard and Carole Eyton-Jones.

Housed in an old laithe (or hay barn), the brewery can produce up to 12,000 pints a week and its flagship beer, Hetton Pale Ale, won the coveted title of Yorkshire’s Perfect Pint in the TV series of the same name

Its FestivAle will be launched on Saturday, and will be available to try in pubs up and down the Dale, including those in Grassington, The Angel at Hetton, The Clarendon at Hebden and the Fountaine at Linton.

Participating pubs are generously donating proceeds to the festival, which runs from Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 29.

For full details of the festival, call the box office on (01756) 752691 or visit