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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! On Monday, I took advantage of a day off to go spend some time in Scarborough. Much needed and, according to Google Maps, my first time outside of the Leeds metropolitan boundary in months. The Sealife Centre, a nice walk, some nice food, ice cream and 2p machines. A lovely bit of self care right there.
It was a nice day to be able to forget for the moment about the difficulties we are all facing. I was in two minds about sharing this with you, but I will. Leeds Beer Tours isn’t exempt from the cost-of-living crisis and as people quite rightly tightened their belts, my April turnover dropped 60% when compared to March and February. That is a significant drop off in business and a devastating blow when things should be picking up for Summer. That means I have had to think hard about the future, especially as all the experts forecast the climate to get much worse in the coming months.
From June, I have decided to stop my Wednesday and Thursday tours and adjust start times on a Saturday so I can run two tours per day. Midweek tours are nice to do, but often only attract one or two people. Saturdays are by far my busiest day and I need to exploit this more.
This all sounds a little serious and bleak, for my usually upbeat and light-hearted email. So, to end on a positive; I am very optimistic about the long term future of Leeds Beer Tours. There is more to come this year in terms of special events, such as The Tetley’s 200 Year Anniversary week. Plus, I am also in the early stages of a major event that I am hoping to deliver in 2023, but I am not going to go into any specifics on that for a while yet.
On a different note, Lou Stringer has written a wonderful blog all about my Explore the Archives sessions at The Tetley a few weeks ago. Please take a moment to read.
In this week’s issue of Leeds Beer Shorts, Bosun’s and Leeds get on the Jubilee train, Truth Hurts bring us a Sleeping Dragon, and the Amityfest brewery line-up is confirmed.
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Points of Brew Episode 35
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Welcome to new subscribers! This section is a news digest of happenings at Leeds-based breweries in the last 7 days. The newsletter is prepared on a Thursday, so any news that breweries release between the final draft and the email arriving in your inbox on a Friday, will be included in the next newsletter. If you want to find out more about a particular piece of news, click the word that is underlined and coloured blue. Finally, if you have seen some news online this week and it isn’t mentioned below, it means I have covered it in a previous issue, or there is not enough information for it to feature yet.
Recently, Amity announced the debut of their beer festival, called Amityfest. This week, they have revealed the brewery line-up. Joining Amity for the event will be Leeds’ own Tartarus, Nomadic, Kirkstall, Anthology and Horsforth, plus Vocation (Hebden Bridge), Brew York (York) and Round Corner (Melton Mowbray). The festival takes place 1st-3rd July.
It is Taproom weekend at Bini! The brewery taproom will be open 21st and 22nd May with 6 lines of Bini brews pouring.
With Queenie’s jubilee coming up, no doubt there will be plenty of beer specials around. Indeed, Bosun’s seem to have jumped on that bandwagon with Jubilee Golden a new 4.2% ABV blonde ale.
A rare treat here, in the form of beer news from Leeds Brewery! They are also hopping on the jubilee beer train and out soon will be a new 4.3% ABV cask IPA.
Not beer news, but a charming video I thought I would share from Meanwood, about what happens with their spent grain (You will like this, Mum).
North Brewing have teamed up with Brewgooder and released New Point Pale Ale. This one is a 4.6% ABV west coast pale ale, brewed with Chinook and Citra hops. Sales of the can will support the Brewgooder Foundation.
There’s a few new ones from Northern Monk this week. First is Patron’s Project 30.03 with Lanre Bakare, called Crate Digging in Greenpoint. This is a 6.4% ABV paloma cocktail-inspired IPA, made with Talus, Motueka and Ekuanot hops, plus lime and pink grapefruit. Then there is Patron’s Project 18.06, with Sandy Kerr. This is a collaboration with Chain House Brewing (Preston) and is a 5% ABV double-dry hopped session pale ale, made with Idaho 7, Motueka, Riwaka and Citra hops. Finally, Citra Lager is here! This is a Citra hopped rice/light lager, featuring special edition collectible cans.
As we’re into Spring and heading towards Summer, Piglove have confirmed their brewery taproom is now closed, but Piglove By the River has extended opening hours. It is now open Wednesday to Sunday.
And, finally. It is collab time over at Truth Hurts who have worked with Raven Hill (Driffield) to produce Sleeping Dragon, a 5% ABV dragon fruit kettle sour.
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