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

Issue 60

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It is just a few weeks until Heritage Weekend at The Tetley. This week I published a blog post with more information about what to expect from the event. Take a look here and, as always, ticket links are below.

Other than that, there is not much to report from me. However, when I am quiet, the breweries usually aren’t, so off we go!

In this week’s issue of Leeds Beer Short, a debut beer from Field Recordings, Tartarus reveal their first can and Northern Monk release a chocolate box.

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This weekend Bini Brew are opening their taproom doors once again. They will be open 12pm-1pm Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April.

If you fancy doing a double pop-up taproom run this weekend, then a reminder that Bosun’s are doing the same as Bini. Visit their brewery taproom which is open Midday until 11pm on Saturday 9th April.

As mentioned in a previous issue, Field Recordings is the latest new brewery addition to Leeds. Sort of, it has been set up by North Brewing in their original brewery. On Wednesday 13th April, A Hymn for the Fields will be the debut beer from the brewery, described as a dry hopped saison fermented with Sauvignon Blanc wine yeast. There are lots of places in Leeds you can grab this on launch day, including North Bar and North Taproom Sovereign Street

Grand Rando is the latest beer to come from Kirkstall Brewery. This is a 9% ABV Belgian-style Tripel that was collaborated on with Vocation Brewery (Hebden Bridge). This one was fermented with Westmalle yeast and hopped with Bramling Cross and experimental HBC 630. A launch event will happen across the North of England on Thursday 14th April, with Friends of Ham hosting the Leeds part of festivities.

Meanwood Brewery have been recipe tweaking and this week released a “new and improved” version of Herald. This is a 3.9% ABV dry-hopped session pale, featuring Cascade and Jester hops. The brewery go on to say that this is “smashable to the max (and) designed to be drunk several at a sitting”. Which I, of course, assume to mean “enjoy responsibly”.

I was disappointed to see that Nomadic Beers opted not to use any of my suggested wrestling-themed beer names for their collaboration with Top Rope Brewing (Liverpool). Instead, they opted for Big Time Becks which is a 5.7% ABV red IPA and will be out next week.

Meanwhile, in Holbeck, Northern Monk continue the relentless production of new beers. First up is Patrons Project 29.02. This is a 6.5% ABV single-hop Mosaic (yum yum!) pale ale with a whole range of mixed berries, fruit and vanilla thrown in to create what they describe as a berry-vanilla fruited IPA. For those of you who may indulge in a chocolate or too over Easter, then the Heaven Chocolate Box may be for you. The box comes with four beers whose style take inspiration from chocolate box favourites. Strawberry Vanilla Fondant Imperial Stout (9.7% ABV), Candied Orange Crunch Imperial Porter (7% ABV)
Bourbon Hazelnut Caramel - Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (12% ABV) and
Rum Coconut Éclair Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (12% ABV). Easter should come with a hangover warning.

And, finally. Exciting news from Tartarus Beers as they have revealed their first ever canned beer. Rearea is a 6.3% ABV strawberry, lime and coconut sour. This one is launching nationwide on Friday 15th April.

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