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Depending on when you read this email, I am either just about to appear on BBC Radio Leeds, or I have already been on. Richard Stead of Breakfast Show fame met me at The Tetley earlier this week to record a segment ahead of my event this weekend. I will include a link in next week’s newsletter (you lucky person).
It’s just one day to go until I set up camp at The Tetley for the weekend. Suffice to say, I am really looking forward to it. Some of the artefacts on display and included in demonstrations will be around a century old and have remained out of use for decades. If you are still thinking about getting a ticket, as a final attempt to draw you in, I can reveal that every ticket holder will get a small keepsake too. You will have already received an email earlier this week with info, but in case you missed it, final details are below.
I am also please to be able to reveal the results of Leeds Beer Name of the Month March 2022… Congratulations go to Quirky Ales, whose ‘Smoke Signals’ took 56% of the vote. In joint second, both with 13% were Frisky Bear’s Maldivian Singing Mullet and Nomadic Beers’ Ryed Piper. Voting for April’s competition will begin next week.
In this week’s issue of Leeds Beer Shorts, King Ernie takes a trip to Denmark and meets a Defiant Strawb.
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📍 The Tetley, Hunslet Lane
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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.
A few weeks ago I shared that Bini had brewed a collaboration beer with Hops and Dots (Bishop Auckland). Full details are now out; Izzy is a 7% ABV India pale ale brewed with Citra, Cryo Pop, Sabro, and Strata hops. This week, they also brewed with Horsforth Brewery, details to come in a later issue.
Concept Taverns, who own Concept Brewing are in the process of converting the old Roxy Lanes site on Bond Street, central Leeds, into a beer and gin hall. The new venue will have over 20 draught beer lines, presumably some of which will feature Concept beers. I have not been able to verify this, but I believe it may be the first time Concept beers will be regularly showcased in the city centre if so. One for the gin fans, the venue will also showcase over 100 gins. This news came via an industry newsletter.
This week is Horsforth Brewery’s beer festival and they will be launching three new beers. First is Promote It On a 5.5% ABV fruited sour, made with mango, strawberry and raspberry. Next is King Ernie an amped up version of By the Hair of Ernie. This one is a 6.6% ABV double dry hopped India pale ale, fermented with Kveik yeast. Completing the trio is Toot Your Horn the 3.9% ABV pale ale that was brewed in collaboration with Melissa Cole. This was brewed using Horsforth Honey. No link on this last one as it came from the brewery’s trade email.
Defiant Strawb is the latest from Kirkstall Brewery. This is a 4.5% ABV fruited sour. This one features strawberry, basil and black pepper.
North Brewing have announced a new festival at their Springwell brewery taproom. Springwell Sessions features a veritable who’s who of the UK’s leading hype craft brewers. The festival will run 23-25 September 2022.
And, finally. Continuing the beer festival theme, Northern Monk have confirmed the final line-up for this year’s Hop City which will take place 2-4 June 2022. In beer news, this months Old Flax Store series takes us to Denmark. OFS070 is 9% ABV Rødgrød Imperial Sour, OFS071 is 10% ABV Northern Porter and OFS072 is 7% ABV West Coast India Pale Ale. Worth mentioning that OFS070 and OFS072 were brewed with, amongst other things, Mosaic (yum yum!) hops. Rounding this off is Fresh #013 a 9.7% ABV double India pale ale brewed with Mosaic (yum yum!), Topaz, Citra, Talus and Nelson hops.
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