Yorkshire firms unite to create a new take on the classic two course roast dinner

Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery and Hull frozen food brand Aunt Bessie’s, have joined forces to brew the UK’s first, two-course, roast dinner beers.

The two ales include a Roast Dinner Brown Ale, brewed with Aunt Bessie’s much-loved Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes, and a Jam & Custard Pale Ale based on the brand’s iconic Jam Roly Poly.

The brewery is on a mission to create unique beer experiences and approached Aunt Bessie’s about replicating the flavours of a roast dinner and dessert using their best-selling frozen products. Since then the two brands have been working to turn the idea into reality. The launch of these beers, is not only the first collaboration between the brands, but also the first time that a roast dinner beer has ever been attempted.

The beers have been brewed at Northern Monk’s brewery in Holbeck, with the two brands working together on the recipe and ingredients. Sunday Dinner, a 5.7% Roast Dinner Brown Ale, is brewed with actual Aunt Bessie’s Crisp & Fluffy Roasties and Original Golden Yorkshires. Jam Roly Poly, a 5% Jam & Custard Pale Ale, is a recipe inspired by the Aunt Bessie’s product of the same name, and is brewed with plum, apricot and strawberry – the same fruits used in the Aunt Bessie’s product, along with custard to round out the flavours.

Speaking about the collaboration, Founder of Northern Monk, Russell Bisset, says: “It’s been an honour working with Aunt Bessie’s, a truly iconic Northern brand. There’s nothing quite like a Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, and on a weekend where we’d usually be getting together with our families for a traditional Sunday Dinner, we’ve teamed up to bring you something a little different. We’ve worked together to create something that’s never been done before, and we hope that it brings some well-needed positivity to the nation.”

Sam Dolan, Head of Marketing at Aunt Bessie’s, says: “There’s nothing like coming together with loved ones over a roast dinner and a cold beer, and so to join forces with a fellow Northern brand to create something which has never been done before is really special. We’re sure Aunt Bessie’s fans are going to love the combination of a two-course roast dinner beer and as we celebrate Aunt Bessie’s 25th birthday this year, what better way to mark the occasion?”

The Sunday Dinner and Jam Roly Poly beers have launched on Northern Monk’s online shop on today, with cans available either separately for £3.50 each on or as a “Two-Course Dinner Pack” for £6.