Brought to you by Leeds Beer Tours founder Mike Hampshire. Well known for wearing shorts in all weather, but do not be fooled, this is no fashion update. Welcome to your regular Leeds Beer Shorts newsletter!

Issue 65

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Ey up <<First Name>>, how are you?

I am a little shell-shocked this week after hearing the news that one of Yorkshire’s popular breweries, Kelham Island (Sheffield), is to close. Kelham Island played a big part of my “initiation” into drinking ale. I will fondly remember times enjoying ‘Riders on the Storm’, ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘Pale Rider’. My favourite, however, was seasonal special ‘Bete Noire’.

Kelham Island cite trading difficulties from COVID and the current economic climate as the reason. They join Exe Valley (Devon), Fallen Brewing (Scotland) and Beatnikz Republic (Manchester) in announcing recent closures. This is not a good sign for the beer industry and as with all economic troubles, the first people and businesses to suffer are usually small independents. Please support your local, independent breweries. The best way you can do that is buying beers direct from the source, either in brewery taprooms on draught, or online shops.

In happier news, voting for Leeds Beer Name of the Month April 2022 is now open! The voting link is below.

In this week’s issue of Leeds Beer Shorts, Northern Monk’s Death and Glory return for 2022, Anthology’s house beer for Archive and Bini brew cask.

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Brewery Shorts

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.

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