IndyMan – Travel Arrangements

As there are going to be quite a few of us getting the train from Leeds on Saturday 10th, why not get the same train and share a taxi at the other end?

Me and Leanne will be getting the 10.20am train from Leeds, getting in to Picadilly at 11.13am.

One thing to note, on Saturday 10th it is the Rugby League Grand Final at Old Trafford on this day. Leeds Rhinos will be playing. Kick off isnt till 6pm, so the trains back to Leeds might be busy from 9pm.

Anyone who wants to join us, we shall see you on the platform #trainbeers #traingrowlers

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St Helier & St Malo

For our summer holiday this year me and Leanne went to visit my sister, and her soon to be husband, over in Jersey including a short trip to St Malo for a few days.

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We went over to Jersey a few years ago and you would be right in thinking that there isn’t much choice beer wise. There is a wide variety of pubs and bars to go to but looking a little closer you will see that over 50% of them are owned by the Liberation Group. There’s nothing wrong with their beers, just that they are, in our opinion, your run-of-the-mill cask ales. Back in February this year my sister had told us about a new craft bar opening in the centre of town. We were straight on Google and did some research.

The place in question is Apples and Pears, run by the Chairman of Jersey CAMRA. John is not your stereotypical CAMRA Chairman – he has a passion for both craft beer and real ale. When we arrived at Apples and Pears we were greeted by the likes of Dead Pony Club, Smog Rocket and Kozel. You would expect these to be quite pricey considering how difficult it must be to get beers across to the island but you would be wrong. We were pleasantly surprised; £4.40 a pint for DPC and only £4.90 for Smog Rocket. The cask selection wasn’t too bad either, a mixture of ales from the South of England and Yorkshire, although no sparkler which is essential for a nice Yorkshire pint!. In total there were 6 keg beers, 8 casks and 3 local ciders, along with a good selection of bottled beers. After a few beers we went for a curry at Tamarind, the food here was spectacular and the service was top notch. After a few bottles of of King Cobra and a few shorts, it was time to leave as we had an early start the next day.

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St Malo

We are sticklers for research so we tried our hardest to try to find out what the beer scene was like in St Malo. We found lots of bars, but not much information on them. Luckily, my sister and her other half have visited many times before so we relaxed a little and let them guide us around.

We did manage to find out that there was a little micro-brewery so we were eager to go there. At Les Brassins de St Malo you can actually see the fermenting vessels in the very tiny bar/brewery. I believe they brew three beers in total but they only had two on when we visited. La Saint Malo is a strong fruity 7% blond ale and La Port Malo is also a blonde ale at 5%. The La Port Malo has a slight sour taste to it leading to a fruity citrus finish. An unusual taste but quite refreshing.

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We visited Les Brassins de St Malo twice. It was a great place to go for bar food – we had sardine pate with toast and a selection of delicious meats and cheeses – a great accompaniment to the beer. On the first visit there was an intimate gig taking place, with a solo guitarist and singer sat up on the brewery kit. We’re not sure how he fit up there but he did and the sound was great.

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The bars in St Malo are mainly bottled based with each bar only having 2-4 pumps on at a time and around 10 bottles to choose from. What was great to see was that most of the beers were actually French, rather than imports, so we got to try a number of beers we hadn’t tried before. Most of them were average, but there were two for us that really stood out.

Le Chat Malo by Brasserie de Bretagne. This is a take on an American Red Ale. Its not going to change the world but it was a really enjoyable drink. You have the malty notes that you would expect from the style but also a freshness you would usually get from a Belgian Blonde.

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Duchess Anne Triple Hop from Brasserie Lancelot, a brewery in Le Roc-Saint-André. I had a bottle of the standard Triple the night before which was a good nod to the Belgian style. The Triple Hop version is more of a take on an IPA. It pours light, bright and yellow with a fruity and bitter taste. Plenty of hops! It reminded me of Duvel 2014 tripel hop and was by far the best beer of the trip.

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Like all great places, we just happened to stumble across our favourite bar in St Malo. We were bar hopping and the rain started to come down quite heavy so we dived in the nearest place; L’excalibur.

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L’excalibur is only a small place with only two taps but a good bottle selection. Quite like a small old English pub, complete with the local cat strolling in and out of the rain for shelter, this place was so welcoming and cosy. Like all pubs should have, there were plenty of games to keep you entertained. We grabbed a pack of cards and taught my sister’s partner a family favourite while enjoying the beer and waiting for the rain to pass.

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It wasn’t just all about beer – we had some cracking food whilst we were there. We made a small trip across the bay to a little market town called Dinard. There was a great local market with all the food you could possibly imagine; fresh fish, french cheese, delicious meats and wines. We did a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ and split up to gather some delights for a picnic by the beach. This was the end result:

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The ice creams weren’t half bad either…

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Although at first thought, maybe not the most exciting places to visit for great beer, St Helier and St Malo turned out to be quite surprising. We had some great beers, some amazing food and most importantly, great company. We had such fun catching up with family, for the first time in a while, we didn’t even really care what we were drinking……it was just a bonus that the local offerings turned out to be quite delicious!

Simon’s beer of the trip – Brasserie Lancelot – Duchess Anne Triple Hop, 7.5%

Leanne’s beer of the trip – Brasserie Lancelot – Duchess Anne Triple Hop, 7.5%

1 Day, 5 Breweries: Manchester Brewery Expo.

On Saturday 23rd May me and Leanne made our way across the Pennines to Manchester Brewery Expo.

The premise was quite simple; over the 23rd and 24th May, eight breweries in the centre of Manchester would all open up for the public allowing them to come in, look around, go on tours and taste their beers. On the Saturday we went it was the five breweries nearest to Piccadilly Station; Track, Cloudwater, Alphabet, Privateer and Squawk.

We arrived at Cloudwater’s Barrel Store at 12pm to check in. Included in our £10 ticket price was a special MCR Brewery Expo pint glass, a leaflet with a map and most importantly, the drinks tokens for each brewery. We had planned ahead and first on our itinerary, just a few doors down the railway arches from the Barrel Store, was Track Brewing Co.

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We were surprised walking into Track as it was bigger than expected – a full railway arch with a bar down the side, brewing kit at the front and seating a plenty. At the bar we cashed in our first token of the day (we were really surprised to receive a full PINT! – great value for the original ticket price). I chose Zaka (keg), this was a 4.8% European pale ale, almost like a lager. It was super clean, lemony and piney. Leanne opted for Ozark (cask) a more traditional pale at 4.4% very session-able but with a really great flavour – orange notes with a slight bitterness. These two beers were great and at this point we knew the day was going to be a good one….

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On the Thursday before the Expo we had booked ourselves on a couple of the talks & tours via Eventbrite. Track was our first talk of the day with head brewer/owner; Sam. Plenty of people had turned up but with it being early in the day, anyone could join and we didn’t really need to book ahead. Sam talked us through how he came to set up the brewery inspired by his travels across South America by bike where he found amazing little micro breweries and pubs in almost every town. After coming back to the UK and working in various breweries he wanted to set one up in the centre of Manchester. We’re glad he did.

Cloudwater

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Cloudwater are doing something that no other brewery are doing. They don’t have a core range, but instead brew their beers in relation to the season and what fresh ingredients are available. Having tried a couple of their bottles before (Bergamot Hopfen Weisse & Spring 2015 IPA) we were excited to see what they had to offer and again had pre-booked on the talk & tank tasting.

The brewery itself was much bigger than Track and was the only one of the day not located under a railway arch. Instead, Cloudwater was hidden away in an industrial estate and could have easily been mistaken for a very dull office building. It was far from dull on the inside. The place seemed really big and it was obvious that they were set-up to do this kind of thing on a regular basis (and they do – check out their website).

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Before the tank tasting we made sure we got ourselves a drink. Leanne picked the Camden Versus Cloudwater Marzen 6.6%, a collaboration beer between the two breweries. It was copper in colour and had a slight caramel taste. Leanne liked this but it wasn’t to my taste. I wanted something light and refreshing so picked the Farmhouse Radler at 4.1% – a nice light lemony beer.

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After our drinks we checked in for the tour. The pre-booked tickets were needed here and there were no walk in spaces available. Co-founder Paul talked us through the kit and the way the brewery runs before inviting us to join a tank tasting. Here we got to try 10 different unfinished beers from the tank (including a glass of wort – yak). Paul explained that the guys run through the process every single day so they can asses the progress of each beer. We were sampling some of the Summer 2015 range and in our opinion the Farmhouse IPA is the one to watch. When a beer isn’t fully ready but tastes that good  – you know it’s going to turn out great. We also tried a Rhubarb beer which was headed for some extra time in large wooden barrels. Paul and the team didn’t think it tasted as rhubarb as it should – its nice to see how they changed the plan when it didn’t meet expectations. You don’t often appreciate the work behind a beer when you’re drinking in the pub.

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The tank tasting was soon over and everyone slowly moved on, however me, Leanne and Mark ending up staying behind to talk Paul for quite some time. Having spoken to him briefly at a meet the brewer event at Tallboys, it is clear to see that he has a great passion for brewing great beer, and doing it in a unique way.

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Next stop…….

Alphabet

Just round the corner from Cloudwater, underneath a railway arch is Alphabet. Like most start up breweries they only have a small kit but what is clear to see here is that they have a great space they can grow into.

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They had some great beers on tap here, I went for the Space Invader. This was a crazy 6% pink grapefruit farmhouse saison with tarragon –  it was fruity and light as you can imagine! Leanne went for their oatmeal American pale ale; A to the K (5.6%) –  a hazy beer that went down a treat. Alphabet were one of the few breweries that served food. They had a Malay food stall serving authentic Malay street dishes – the smell was mouthwatering.

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The atmosphere was great – plenty of people but not too busy. A DJ was set up at the back and most people sat outside thanks to the unusually sunny Manchester weather. We wish could have spent more time here, but keeping to our itinerary, it was time to move on.

Privateer

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The smallest brewery of the day was Privateer, a cask beer focussed operation. Leanne accidentally left her Expo glass at Alphabet so had to move on to the plastic ones. The day was open to non-ticket holders too so luckily there were plenty of spare glasses for anyone wanting to purchase a drink. I had the Dainty Blond which was a solid 4.2% blond beer. It was a good quality cask ale but unfortunately didn’t leave a lasting impression. Leanne had the Red Duke 4.8% – it was bitter and red so a winner in her eyes.

Mark Privateer A 

Squawk

Squawk was our final destination of the day, right under Ardwick train station. We were booked on a 5.30pm talk, so had time for a quick beer beforehand. We used the last of our beer tokens on a fruity IPA at 6.7% and a low abv quaffable American Pale, Small Pale at 2.8%. After a day of drinking, hunger soon struck and it was time for some grub. Thankfully Squawk had also catered for hungry beer lovers and was serving up chicken or lamb tagine with cous cous for a bargain £4. We had the chicken and it was absolutely delicious.

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Time for the talk with Oli. What we really got from this talk was the size of the operation and what a small scale he was working on. Going into beer shops and seeing all of these bottles of beer you assume that there is a big team and high tech machinery behind it all. For most of the breweries we visited it was just a few people or one brewer. At Squawk it’s just Oli – brewing the beer, filling casks, bottling and capping (“one hand for filling one hand for bottling!”). This made it all the more impressive.

We just had time for a final drink with Tom who we had seen at a few of the breweries earlier in the day. You can check out some of his pictures here. We were recommended to try the Bean Brothers Espresso Stout. This wasn’t available when we ordered but later on one of the bar guys brought us a glass to try – on the house. This pretty much summed up the hospitality from all the breweries throughout the day. Generous, welcoming and friendly. The beer was great too.

We thought the day was a complete success. It was great to go visit some new breweries that we hadn’t heard of and that were just starting up. What was really enjoyable was the relaxed vibe and great atmosphere. We drank great beer, learnt many things and talked to beer lovers and brewers alike. It was also clear to see that none of these breweries are working in competition they are just wanting to put Manchester breweries on the map. After the long days of brewing and evenings organising the Expo they have become closer and are interested in sharing their own practices and experiences. We can’t wait for the next event to head back over the Pennines for another great day.

Simon’s beer of the day – Track  – Zaka 4.8%

Leanne’s beer of the day – Track – Ozark 4.4%

Breweries

Leeds Twissup Itinerary – November 29th

I have set timings for each place so people will know where we are at different points in the day.

Itinerary for the day then:

12.30pm – Northern Monk Refectory 
Only opened on 24th October. Over 15 taps to choose from. If you are feeling peckish food on site from Grub and Grog Shop. This is a small walk out of town from the station. I thought it would be good for people who don’t live in Leeds to see this great new place. Leave here around 1.45pm.

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We will have a space reserved for us in here.

2pm – Bundobust
A great selection of keg beers and bottles. Also, the Indian Snack food is bloody good.

Marko has informed me that the guys here are ready for us!

3.15pm – Tapped
Probably the bar with the largest keg / cask / bottle selection in Leeds. Beers from all over the UK and the rest of the world. Pizza anyone?

I have informed Richard of our arrival

4.15pm – Friends of Ham
The refurb has made space for over 50 bums on seat and a much bigger bar giving a wider choice of beers. Lots of beers in the fridge too.

Friends of Ham are unable to reserve us a space, so we may struggle to get in. If this is the case, we will go next door to Brewery Tap or we can just stay in Tapped. We shall see what the vibe is on the day.

5.30pm – Whitelocks
If the weather is OK I thought it would be good to take a trip to Leeds oldest pub. I say weather depending as we will most likely end up standing outside. It’s a bit cramped inside for a large group of people. Cask only, but you may get a bottle of blue moon if you are lucky.

6.15pm – Belgrave Music Hall
Thought we would go here to re-charge and re-fuel before we go to North Bar. Resident pizza guys, Dough Boys, will give you a slice to keep you going that bit longer or there will be a guest street food vendor on site. e.g Patty Smiths

7.30pm – North Bar
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North Bar are unable to reserve us a space, but I knew this already, they are going to have something very special on keg for us all, this has been waiting in the cellar for us!

Please feel free to invite any friends and/or partners!

Let me know if you are planning on coming, just so I have an idea of numbers.

Brewers Market Leeds

Back in early August I noticed someone re-tweet a new account on Twitter; Brewers Market, which immediately grabbed my attention. On further investigation, Brewers Market was going to be a three day market in an old mill, filled with a vast array of keg beers and street food stalls. Keg only. I was excited.

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The location of the Brewers Market was Canal Mills, an old 18th century textile mill on the Armley side of Leeds. The mill was only refurbished two years ago and the space is currently used for a variety of different events ranging from night markets to club nights. The Brewers Market was the first of its kind for Canal Mills; a beer festival of sorts offering over 50 different beers.

After taking the ‘scenic’ route along the Leeds – Liverpool canal you enter the mill and immediately feel like you have been transported to somewhere in London. The high ceilings are dripping with fairy lights, the exposed brick work gives a trendy urban feel and the floor space is filled with picnic benches.

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The £7 ticket cost covered your entrance fee, a pint sized souvenir glass and a programme. We were a bit disappointed with the programme – it was a list of the beers which had been previously published on the Brewers Market Twitter account. There were no additional tasting notes available which would have been a nice touch – even a mention of the beer style would have helped.

Personally, when we are drinking keg beers we like to drink them from a half glass and in third measures. In our opinion, any beer over 7% should be offered in thirds. For example, there was BrewDog Russian Doll Barley Wine which is 10%. I would have liked to have tried this one but there was no way I could have drunk a half and continued long into the night.

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Once we picked up our glasses we went to the token stand. As with most beer festivals the bars were cashless and operated a token system. Here you exchanged your sterling for raffle tickets –  these were your tokens. Each raffle ticket represented £1 (which wasn’t advertised or explained when we were making our purchase). Many of the beers were £2.50 which required tearing the paper in half. This seemed a bit of an after thought and didn’t work as well as the token system should. A card with £1/50p values to mark off would have been just as easy and would have worked a little better.

When me and Leanne are at festivals we both like to try beers we haven’t tried before (where we can). I started with a Liverpool Craft Love Lane Pale as it was a modest 4.5% – a good starting beer to enjoy whilst browsing the programme. Leanne started with a Weird Beard Little Things That Kill (3.8%). We assumed this was Batch 9 but this wasn’t listed in the programme. After having Batch 8 at Leeds International Beer Festival and loving it, this seemed a good place to start. It was slightly more sour than Batch 8 but still nice and juicy.

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My next choice was the Northern Monk / Weird Beard collaboration; Blue Habit, a blueberry saison at 6%. It was great that this was served at a good temperature so that the big fruity flavours of the blueberries came through (some of the beers served were ice cold and the flavours were lost). Northern Monk are fast becoming one of my favourite breweries. From first trying their New World IPA (a big punchy boozy IPA) early last year to more recently sampling their take on a black IPA; Dark Arches. Look out for their Refectory opening later this month….

Leanne loves Burning Sky Devils Rest so really wanted to give the 4.4% Arise a go. This is a session IPA with peach and pine flavours followed by a bitter after taste. Enjoyable but it did lack a bit in the flavour department. An easy drink however. 

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Most of the beers I wanted to try were quite high in abv (especially when they were being served in halves!) so I wanted a low percentage beer next. I’ve had a few bottled beers from Red Church before and as I hadn’t seen them on keg anywhere I chose the Broadway Black Ale (2.9%). Although this looked dark and heavy, it smelt like your typical IPA and was refreshing in the mouth with a light coffee after taste. Leanne opted for a Magic Rock Pith Head (4.5%) which was a radler style beer. This has big hits of lemon and lime making for an ultra refreshing beer, almost like a juice. It was a bit tangy but in that thirst quenching, refreshing kind of way.

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Three drinks in and it was time for some food. On offer there was Pizza from Pizza Fella, street food and stews from Grub and Grog and what we chose, Fish and Chips from Fish&. We picked a Sharing Box for two which consisted of three types of battered fish pieces with chips. The batters were your regular fish shop batter, a salt and pepper and a sweet chilli batter. We both agreed that the salt and pepper one was the best.

Time for another drink. I had Summer Wine Brewery Diablo (6%) in a bottle for the first time a few weeks ago and after going on about how good it was I convinced Leanne to try it on keg. The problem was that this was served far too cold so none of the big tropical flavours could come through. I’d built it up and it just didn’t deliver on this occasion. I’ll get her to try it again at Indy Man Beer Con this weekend.

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For those who were not big beer fans the mill also had wines from Guest Wines or gin based drinks from Portobello Road Gin Bar. The gin drinks seemed really popular. The bar looked pretty cool too.

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Down to our final few tokens, I wanted another try of the Five Points IPA (7.1%) as when I had it last at Leeds International Beer Festival it wasn’t tasting its best. At the Five Points bar I was informed that this was Batch 2. (I had Batch 1 previously). Batch 2 was much better but still lacked a little something. I’d be more than happy to sample Batch 3. Leanne went for one of her favourite beers; Five Points Hook Island Red at 6%. This is a red rye ale that is big on the pine flavours with a dry after taste. She loves this so much because it tastes incredible on both keg and cask. She’s spied bottles of this at Belgrave Music Hall and hopes to complete the cask/keg/bottle trio. Hopefully it will taste just as good. 

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Last but not least I went back to the Liverpool Craft bar to try their West Coast Pale (6.2%). This is their take on an IPA, a hazy amber coloured beer with slight hints of orange peel. I enjoyed this one and would most definitely have it again if I saw it in a pub. Leanne finished on a Wild Beer Bliss (6%). This is an apricot saison that we had in a bottle a few weeks back and both really enjoyed it. On keg the spicy, peppery, fruity flavour really came through. This is a fantastic beer. 

Overall we really enjoyed the Brewers Market. There was a great selection of beers which were all reasonably priced. The venue had a great atmosphere and was a nice change from the usual beer festival scenes. There was a good mix of music and a even a live art installation. We look forward to seeing if Canal Mills decide to have another Brewers Market next year…

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Simon’s beer of the day – Northern Monk / Weird Beard – Blue Habit 6%

Leanne’s beer of the day – Wild Beer – Bliss 6%

Leeds International Beer Festival

A work colleague asked me what I was doing on my day off. I said I was off to the International Beer Festival at the Town Hall. She then asked ‘what is a beer festival?’. I think you automatically assume that everyone knows what a beer festival is and it’s quite hard to put into words, but I gave it a go; ‘Imagine the biggest most amazing pub with hundreds of beers from all over the UK, Europe and America’. ‘Then imagine a selection of the most delicious street food you have ever tasted’. ‘Finally, add a really great atmosphere and a group of friendly beer lovers’.This year, the festival didn’t disappoint. 

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This was the third year of the festival and Leanne and me have been to each one. We’ve seen it grow in size and popularity each year. I remember the first year just being in the main room of the Town Hall with Friends of Ham taking the centre surrounded by bales of hay to use as seats. In the second year the bars had spread into other rooms and the outside area had come alive. This year there was definitely an emphasis on quality over quantity and we couldn’t wait to get started. 

For our first drink Leanne and I decided to start with a lower abv beer.We both chose the same beer from  Weird Beard – Little Things That Kill – Batch 8. Weird Beard Paul had described this beer perfectly in response to one of my tweets; ‘I call that baby SORACHI FACEPUNCH’. At 3.5% it was surprisingly high in flavour. With so many high percentage beers around its really nice to have a lower percentage option without compromising on flavour. 

Next on the hit list was Pressure Drop – one of my favourite London Breweries. Although they hadn’t brought any Wu Gang Chops (a foraged herb hefeweizen and a personal favourite), I was excited to try one of their beers that I haven’t had before. This was Strictly Roots (5.1%); a dandelion and burdock porter. This was great. As you would expect from the name it was a really good porter entwined with dandelion and burdock flavours. I thought it was a nice take on a porter as most breweries seem to go down the coffee/chocolate route. This was a welcome variation on the norm.

Pressure Drop - Strictly RootsThere was a good mix of breweries from all over the UK but noticeably a big presence from the London brewers. Camden are fast becoming a favourite of ours, mainly because their beers taste so good! In our opinion they do simple beers well. We both had Gentleman’s Wit, a witbier at 4.6%. This never fails to disappoint – flavours of banana, cloves and lemon. It’s actually too easy to drink this and on a warm day it goes down an absolute treat. Later in the day I went back for a beer from their Versus Range; Black IPL (5.8%). This is a black larger brewed in collaboration with Mohawk brewery who are based in Sweden. It’s slightly hoppy but has a nice bitterness and a roasted undertone associated with those darker malts. 

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We wandered down to the European Bar which was almost empty. This came as no surprise – Friday afternoon seemed to be a quiet session and the weather was glorious. The majority of people were sat outside so we grabbed a quick beer and headed back out. Leanne chose Devil’s India Red Ale (6.5%) by Cervesa Marina, a Spanish brewery. She likened this to one of her favourites from Five Points Brewery – Hook Island Red. Deep red in colour with lovely rich flavours. As with the Hook Island she claims it smelt like cheese….in a good way apparently. I picked Geisterzug Gose Rhubarb (5.2%) from the German brewery Freigeist Bierkultur. This wasn’t as good as I had expected and the Rhubarb flavour didn’t really come through.

Back upstairs I wanted to try Oakhams Green Devil IPA (6.0%) – it’s not a beer I see that often. Oakhams brought both keg and cask. I opted for keg. This is a stronger version of their Citra beer, one of those go-to beers that you know will always be great. The Green Devil is an intensely hoppy beer, with flavours of pineapple and mango. The finish is crisp and dry. Leanne popped over to Marble for a Howgate & Kemp, a New Zealand style pale ale at (6.4%). This had a great big sweet and citrus aroma with a boozy punch to finish. We LOVE Marble Beers. Make sure to visit one of their pubs;  Marble Arch if you are in Manchester. 

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Finally a quick note on the food, because you can’t drink all afternoon without getting a bite to eat. One of the great things about this festival is the choice of food, with an array of street food vendors. The choice ranged from currywood fired pizzasBrazilian BBQ and fish and chips.We went for a hot dog from Piggie Smalls. Not the most dignified snack to eat (there were a few mustard spillages) but delicious all the same. 

We enjoyed this years festival the most out of the three so far, mainly due to the quality beer on offer. Previously, we had been to the Saturday afternoon sessions but this year we decided to go on the Friday. If you enjoy your festival a bit less chaotic and enjoy the chance to chat to the volunteers and brewers then this is definitely the time to go. 

IMG_20140905_150639The festival is fast becoming a staple in most peoples diaries, I suggest you add it in to yours. We are already looking forward to Leeds International Beer Festival 2015 and hope the idea of a WEEKEND PASS becomes a reality…!

Simon’s beer of the day: Weird Beard – Little things that Kill Batch 8 (3.5%)

Leanne’s beer of the day: Marble Brewery – Howgate & Kemp (6.4%)

A big thanks must go to the organisers and all the volunteers because without them this festival wouldn’t happen.

Leeds Twissup

So whilst down in ‘that London’ last weekend I bumped into Matt at Camden Brewery and got talking about a Leeds meet up. Leeds is a great place to drink at the moment with a growing number of places serving GREAT beer. It got me thinking….lets have a Twissup.

The date in question is 29th November, destination TBC, probably meet at eiter Tapped or NMBCo from 12.30pm.

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Probable Questions:

Why the 29th November, that’s ages away!

I have chosen a date that is around people’s pay dates and is far enough away for everyone to get the cheapest possible train/bus tickets.

12.30pm, that’s a bit early!

People who want to join later can! Making this an all day event makes it more flexible – come and go when you want to.

Location

I have chosen Tapped as it’s quite close to the station and big enough inside for a group. Like the other Tapped Pubs (Pivni, York Tap, Sheffield Tap, Euston Tap) it has a large cask & keg selection for the real ale lover/craft w*nker.

If NMBCo is open by then, we may start there.

We will obviously be making the pilgrimage up to North Bar.

If people have any suggestions as to where they would like to go, let me know. Here are a few potentials:

Friends of Ham should have finished their extension by then.

Bundobust is just round the corner too. Bit of a write up from Leigh on it. Cracking place and potential for easy/cheap eats.

Whitelocks is the oldest pub in Leeds, great for cask.

There are lots of places up by North Bar too. Reliance, The SocialSela Bar, Belgrave Music Hall.

Full itinerary TBC nearer the time

How do I get in contact for more details or if I have any questions?

Twitter – LeedsBeerWolf

Please feel free to invite other beer lovers to this meet up. I look forward to seeing you there!