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 55

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As I am typing this, I am preparing to have a meeting at The Tetley to sort out plans for their Heritage Weekend, taking place at the end of April. That means I should have an update on those plans for you next week.

I was due to meet them a couple of weeks ago, however I was struck down with a lurgy (cold/man-flu, but not COVID, according to the 5 million tests I took). I even went several days wearing trousers instead of shorts.

February voting is now open for the Leeds Beer Name of the Month award; the link to vote is below. Other than that, I do not have a great deal to report, but the breweries do, so let’s crack on.

In this week’s issue of Leeds Beer Shorts, three brewery taprooms shortlisted for an award, Kirkstall brew a heritage beer and a bee pollen infused lager.

Brewery Shorts

Lots of good news from Amity Brew Co this week. First, they have now surpassed their stretch target crowdfunding amount of £30000. This will allow them to do everything they planned, with some extra cash for bonus bits. Also, this week they have been shortlisted for a Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Award in the category of ‘Best Pub or Brewery’. Good luck!

Equaliser is a new 4.4% ABV pale ale from Anthology. The beer is a collaboration with Leeds Hyde Park FC Women+ and is a special release for International Women’s Day. This one is hopped with Simcoe, Cascade and Mosaic (yum yum!). A tenner from each cask sold will be donated to the team and will be matched by the brewery.

The next date of Bini Brew’s open brewery taproom has been announced as 19th-20th March. In beer news, they have just released a brand-new collaboration beer with Friends of Ham Ilkley. Pig DIPA is an 8% ABV double IPA, brewed with Bru-1, Comet, and Nelson Sauvin hops.

Last week, I shared a photo showing some information about Briscoe’s Brewery and my comment underneath was along the lines of, I was not sure if they were still brewing or not. Well, now I know, thanks to my Leeds CAMRA connections. Dr Paul Briscoe has fired up the kit once again and is brewing small batches. The first beer back on the bar at The Old Cock (Otley) was Victorian Velvet, with more promised.

Another bit of news from my Leeds CAMRA connections is that Chevin Brew Co have just set up a new brew kit and the first brews will be due soon. The kit is being shared with fellow Otley brewery, Marlowe Beer Project.

Congratulations go to Horsforth Brewery who have also been nominated for an Oliver Award in the ‘Best Pub or Brewery’ category. Good luck!

And congratulations also go to Kirkstall Brewery who have had their brewery taproom nominated in the same Oliver Award category. Good luck! In beer news, Kirkstall have just released a dry-hopped sour. Cat’s Cradle is 4.5% ABV and hopped with Talus, Amarillo, and Mosaic (yum yum!). Arriving on bars soon is a new beer inspired by an old poster on the taproom wall advertising light dinner ale. It looks like this one is being brewed to the original recipe too and will be called Kirkstall 1885 Mild.

Shield Maiden is back, from Nomadic Beers. This version was brewed with female collaborators from across the industry to mark International Women’s Day. This is a 4.3% ABV oatmeal pale. New this week is a collaboration with Ossett Brewery brand, Rat Brewery. Ryed Piper is a 5.5% ABV dry-hopped Rye IPA.

New from Northern Monk is Patrons Project 22.05 Independent North. This is a second collaboration with Welcome skateboard store and is a 5% ABV pale ale, hopped with El Dorado, Amarillo and Zappa.

Described as an “almost lager”, Sabana is a new beer from Piglove. This is 4.7% ABV and has an infusion of pilsner malts, Hallertauer and Magnum hops, and… bee pollen! This is a collaboration with Drunk Planet.

Quirky Ales have a new beer out. This one is called Smoke Signals and is a 5.5% ABV smoked pale ale.

A reminder that Radiant Brewing are having a launch event this Friday at Horsforth Brewery’s taproom. You can read my exclusive interview with Stuart from Radiant, here.

And finally. I love the artwork on Tartarus Beers’ bottles, but I must admit, this latest one is certainly nightmare material. Slenderman is a cookies and cream imperial stout, coming in at 11% ABV.

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Leeds Beer Shorts. If you have any feedback on the newsletter, please get in touch via email (, or DM me on my social media accounts.

Cheers and stay safe!


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