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. Paul Briscoe is not afraid to experiment and has 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.
Burley Street Brewhouse was originally a small brewery based in the Fox and Newt pub, which is where you can most readily find the beers, but don’t forget it’s sister pub The Packhorse by the University. The beers are currently brewerd by Nomadic Beers at their Sheepscar premises. 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
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.
Legitimate Industries - set-up by the owners of Red’s True Barbecue restaurant chain to supply these venues with beer rarely seen elsewhere. Following financial difficulties in 2019, the restaurants and brewery were purchased by club, bar and music venue operator Tokyo Industries. The brewery has continued to thrive, now with regular specials rather than just focusing on a core range for the restaurants. Resultantly, a 200-litre pilot plant was installed in 2019 along with a 50 hectolitre fermenting vessel that doubled capacity.
The Meanwood Brewery was formed by brothers Graeme and Baz Phillips at the start of 2017.They opened the Terminus, their brewery tap Meanwood in Nov 2018 witha 6BBL kit.They experiment with different styles of beer: English Ales, American Craft, as well as German and Belgian styles. Cask and keg beers came first, hotly followed by a bottle range – look for the funky coloured labels!
Nomadic Beers was established in January 2017 by Katie Marriott and Ross Nicholson. Followed by an expansion in late 2018, Nomadic Beers have emerged from the basement of Burley Street Brewhouse and found a new home in Sheepscar producing a range of ales from easy to drink session ales to strong, hoppy IPAs and darker brews. Nomadic Beers Taproom opens monthly on the third Saturday of the month.
North Brewing Co - located in Sheepscar, the brewery was started in 2015 by the founders of North Bar, John Gyngell and Christian Townsley, and following expansion is now a 15 barrel brew length operation. In 2019 a canning line was added. Brewery tours are usually available on Saturday afternoons while the on-site tap room is open every Friday and Saturday and has a 200-person capacity. Regular collaborations occur with breweries from around the world. Cask, keg and canned beer is available throughout the 7 bars in the chain.
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.
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 sunbeamales.co.uk, or visit Beer Ritz in Headingley or The Fleece, Pudsey, and taste them for yourself.
Established in 2017, Wetherby Brew Co brews cask and bottled ales on a single vessel kit. The brewery produces a range of six core beers and also regularly brews one-off and seasonal beers. The brewery taproom opens every weekend, selling 5 hand pulled cask ales plus a range of guest kegs, bottles and cans. In addition to a half day brewing experience the brewery also hosts regular street food and live music events.
Keir McAllister-Wilde took his operation from a 1-barrel outfit in a garage to a 10-barrel operation in a 2,000 square foot unit within 2 years. Wilde Child brewery produces boundary-pushing cask and keg ales specialising in hop-forward pale ales and flavoured dark beers. There are over 60 different ales in the portfolio, all are unfined.
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 - or will soon have - Brewery Liaison Officers who will try to find out more information, and when they do we'll publish it here.
Established in 2018, Liam Kane set up Anthology as a small batch brewery based in central Leeds. The ever evolving range of beers - which are often vegan -has a focus on bold flavours and encompasses not only traditional styles, like the excellent Mild, but also newer beer styles, like NEIPAs and pudding stouts. Not forgetting the cool merch!