Bobage brewery is based in a double garage in Leeds, which is currently under refurbishment, so brewing is on hold for the moment. When back in operation, their beers under the Crew Brew and Wilsons Vintage names will be back on sale in bottled form, as usual, but small amounts in cask will likely be possible if requested – watch this space!
Burley Street Brewhouse is a small brewery based in the Fox and Newt pub, so obviously this is where you can most readily find the beers, but don’t forget it’s sister pub The Packhorse by the University. The range starts with a dark Mild (Monza 3.5%) and goes through several bitters including the popular blonde beer Laguna Seca (4.0%) plus a few specials every now and then. Check out their website www.burleystreetbrewhouse.co.uk
Collingham Ales started brewing in 2012 with two core beers, Journeyman and Artisans Choice which were followed by a handful of seasonal beers. The ales have made appearances at local festivals, particularly in the ‘village hall’ festivals in and around Wetherby, and can be found on the bars of some of Leeds traditional alehouses. The portfolio may be small, but quality and consistency rule. Visit the website for more details:www.collinghamales.co.uk
Hungry Bear Brewery is situated above the restaurant of the same name in Meanwood. This is a modern restaurant, serving modern British cuisine, and to compliment the food the upstairs nano brewery produces up to 90 litres of bottle conditioned beer. There are usually up to 8 different bottled beers available together with a recently added facility for one beer “on tap." An off licence has also recently been granted to enable you to take home your favourite beer. Find their current beers here: www.thehungrybear.co.uk
Kirkstall Brewery Company started production early in 2011 not very far from the original Kirkstall Brewery. There are three regular pale beers, all quite hoppy, and a rich dark porter. It did not take the brewery long to win awards, in fact their first batch was a gold medal winner. This is just the beginning as there are plans for a range of seasonal and one off beers are planned. Keep up to date by visiting www.kirkstallbrewerycompany.com
Leeds Brewery started up in 2007 and in its short existence has built up a loyal following of drinkers young and old. Building up a small pub estate has meant that their beers have regular outlets as well as being frequent guest beers across the city, and although most of the pubs have now been acquired by Camerons, no changes are anticipated. Their beer range is a pleasing mix of regular beers, seasonal beers and one-off specials. Their website www.leedsbrewery.co.uk should keep you up to date with any news.
Northern Monk - the nomadic brewers finally settled on a home in Leeds in Spring 2014 . After months of wandering the country, brewing collaborations here, there and everywhere, Marshall Mills, Holbeck, is the permanent home of the Brethren, who have also wisely incorporated a Refectory into their premises. Find their ales here and in the accompanying Bottle Shop. For more information on this experimental and forward-thinking brewery, see their website: www.northernmonkbrewco.com
Founded in 2015 and based in Garforth, Quirky Ales brew a wide variety of beer styles, including Blonde, Ruby and Porter. The brewery offers a core range of six cask and bottle conditioned ales, plus an expanding selection of seasonal beers. The Quirky Ales tap room and bottle shop is open every weekend and is a short walk from Garforth train station. Brewing experience days are also available. www.quirkyales.com
Ridgeside began brewing in June 2010 and has already started winning awards. They brew an ever expanding range of regular beers, mostly hoppy bitters (Challenge 3.9%) but also dark beers (Black Night 5.0%) and strong ones (Southern Cross 5.7%) too. In addition they are brewing a special; every two months, check out their facebook page for further details. To find Ridgeside try East of Arcadia in Meanwood or The Grove in Holbeck.
Sunbeam Ales bills itself as “the smallest brewery in Leeds”, which is, frankly, a big claim. From a tiny kitchen in a back-to-back in Beeston come some fine bottle conditioned beers, ranging from the pale and delicate Honey & Lavender to the darkly drinkable Eclipse Stout. It’s a full and interesting portfolio, and Nigel the brewer is not afraid to do something a bit different. See the range at www.sunbeamales.co.uk, or visit Beer Ritz in Headingley and taste them for yourself.
WharfeBank brewery is based just outside Otley. WharfeBank’s range of three regular beers are supplemented by a diverse range of monthly specials. They have a pub in Otley, The Fleece, but there are several other regular stockists in and around the Leeds area.
Zapato is a cuckoo brewery based in and working out of breweries in Leeds. Founded by Matt Gorecki, formerly of North bar and currently an independent beer industry consultant. Small batches, experimentation, old and new recipes in keg, cask and bottle conditioned - whatever format most suits the beer. Oats in everything, FORTA BIERO. Find out more here: www.zapatobrewery.co.uk
NEW Breweries can start up at any time. As soon as Leeds CAMRA is aware of them a Brewery Liaison Officer will be appointed - that person will be the main contact between CAMRA and the brewery. The following breweries all have Brewery Liaison Officers who are trying to find out more information, and when they do we'll publish it here.
Briscoe’s is a one man operation which started brewing in 1998 on a tiny brew kit in the owner’s cellar and has been there ever since, barring a brief stint away in a local pub.
Briscoe’s are not afraid to experiment and have brewed in many styles from light hoppy bitters through stouts to strong ales. The best place to catch Briscoe’s is the Old Cock in Otley and of course at Otley beer festival, usually held in November.
Joshua Tetley and Son Limited closed in June 2011 and brought to an end nearly 200 years of brewing on the Hunslet site just south of Leeds city centre. Tetley’s was synonymous with Leeds and it will be sadly missed by dedicated Tetley Bittermen. How a traditional Yorkshire bitter can be brewed in Wolverhampton is beyond most folk, so they’ve stopped drinking it.