Check out the refurbished Midnight Bell in Leeds with its smart new bar and surroundings, 7 cask ales to choose from.
A new build pub with carvery called Fly Line is due to open in Garforth at the beginning of October. Expect to see beers from the Marstons range.
North Bar in Leeds has been named "Best Bar/Pub" in the John Smith's Great British Pub Awards.
Some items of brewery news.
Ridgeside are looking to upgrade the canning equipment and open up the brewery tap room to hold monthly events. The first one is planned for 1st December.
Kirkstall have organised several brews with breweries around the UK to produce small batches of cloudy, non-fined ale.
Nomadic Brewery have now got a new premises in Sheepscar. They are in the process of getting the unit ready for the new equipment and hope to be in production by November.
The New Inn at Farsley has been transformed into a city-centre style bar called Number Thirty Three, 2 cask ales to choose from.
Pubs re-opening are the Owl in Rodley and the Moot Hall Arms (was Waiting Rooms) in the city centre.
The Grand Arcade in the city centre looks like it is getting 2 new bars, Hardy's at the top end and another one called Tailors. No further info on these yet.
Beer Thirty is a new specialist off licence in Morley with a large range of bottles and cans plus several beer taps for growler fills.
A few bits and bobs from in and around Leeds.
Frisky Bear Brewery have expanded production, so hopefully we will see them out and about a bit more. A good place to catch their beers is Oscars in Morley where 3-4 can be expected.
As one pub opens another closes - opening Beehive (Thorner), closing Bird in Hand (Garforth), opening hopefully soon a Wetherspoons (Austhorpe Road), closing The Waiting Room (city centre).
Ever fancied trying your hand at brewing? Well now's your chance with Wetherby Brew Co. who will help you be a brewer for the day.
Real Ale has made an appearance at Upstairs Downstairs, that's the new name for Sid's Little Egg.
The Rising Sun was a fine pub in it's day, after being derelict for several years it looks like it's going to come back to life, not as a pub but as a coffee shop. The new owners are well aware of the listed status of many of the fixtures and fittings and are going to be incorporating these features in their design.
... and finally one from the Keighley area. The long standing tenants of the Burlington Arms are going to be leaving the pub after nearly 39 years there. So pop along and have a drink before the end of the month as it may be your last chance to drink Timothy Taylors real ales served through electric pumps.
Snippets of brewery news.
Nomadic are looking to move to a new larger premises which is based in Sheepscar. More on this as it develops.
At Sunbeam there is now a range of 14 beers brewed on a rotational basis.
Kirkstall are now canning their beer Virtuous which is the largest selling brew. They have ceased canning Three Swords.
Some equipment from the defunct Trinity Brewing has been purchased by Morley Brewery.
There are now 2 Roxy Ball Room venues in Leeds, the latest to open is on Merrion Street.
Yates on Woodhouse Lane is to be converted into a Walkabout.
Pubs that have re-opened are the Prospect in Hunslet and New Inn at Barwick in Elmet.
Leeds Brewery is to produce a range of Tetley beers based on recipes from the company archives. The first is No.3 Pale Ale using the same unique strain of yeast. There are various clubs selling this beer, it can also be found at Rodley Barge and Everybody's in Guiseley.
Frisky Bear brew co have added 2 new fermenters which will triple their capacity.
St Oswalds brewery hope to be back brewing again soon, watch this space.
In Farsley, the Fleece has undergone a refurbishment and is rebranded as a Greene King pub.
In Yeadon, the Robin Hood will open again later this month after undergoing their refurbishment.
Wilde Child now have a licence allowing them to open up the brewery for beer sales. Takeaway beer is available Mon-Fri afternoons. The next Brewery Open Day will be Saturday 16th June.
Meanwood brewery have the keys to their new premises which they will name Terminus. Hope to open by July with a 2 floor bar attached to the brewery and beer garden
Kirkstall Brew co have added the excellent Sparrow Bier cafe based in Bradford to its group of pubs. The bar will re-open on 25th May with some new features.
Lucky Number 7 is the latest bar to open from Friends of Ham and is their take on a classic American beer bar with 20 beer taps, USA street food and cocktails. It is found on Merrion Street.
Brewery tap news: Garforth's Quirky brewery's Tap Room and Bottle Shop is now open, selling a range of their own ales on draught and in bottle, plus a few from further afield. There's a similar happy situation at the Wetherby Brew Co. Here the Bottle Shop is open all week and but the Tap Room is currently only open at weekends, and they have pie.
Offie news: Growlers in Headingley now has an on-licence, so you can drink on the premises. The prices are keen, too. Back in Wetherby, the Bottle and Bean is a bottle shop, a “craft keg”bar and a cafe that also has gallery space and a record player!
Sad news is that the lovely Tall Boys Beer Market has closed, as has Ham and Friends (Yorkshire Wine remains open).
Frisky Bear of Morley, who formerly only produced beer in keg and bottle, now put one of their ales into cask – Grizzly Bear, an IPA at 4.5%.
Wilde Child brewery, Armley Road, is having an Open Day on April 14th – celebrating their second birthday!
New to Horsforth is Granville's Beer and Gin House, and is reportedly well worth a visit.
Garforth is to gain a beer/cafe/pizza establishment – more news when it comes in.
Headingley's Original Oak has had a makeover, with extra handpumps being added to bring the total to four in the main bar and in the refurbished Plymouth Lounge.
Some bits of news about our local breweries.
The new owner of Ridgeside, Matt Lovatt, is opening the brewery up for tours to interested groups. He is actively seeking new hop strains and constantly uses a small stock of wooden casks.
Nomadic have settled on 3 core beers, a Pale Ale, Bitter and American Pale Ale, as well as monthly specials.
Wilde Child are now producing beer on the new 10 barrel kit in their new premises. Beyond Redemption and Patriot Games are the first brews.
Barry and Graeme Phillips who operate Meanwood, have plans in place to open a micropub, no news yet of an opening date.
Yeadon could be getting a micropub. Naylors brewery have applied for planning permission to convert a shop on the High Street.
2 new openings in Leeds city centre selling real ale are Cosy Club on Albion Street and Slocken on Call Lane. Slocken is owned by the same people behind Wapentake, there are 4 hand pulls dispensing beers from local breweries. Cosy Club is a large upstairs restaurant and bar, choice of 2 cask ales.
A planning application has been submitted to develop the site on which Stick or Twist is located. It's not clear yet whether there will still be a pub there in this development.
The well know and established off licence Ale Shop in Woodhouse is reportedly closed, no news of its future.
Meanwhile Gowlers Beer Shop in Headingley is seeking a full on licence.
Nomadic Beers are now vegan friendly, no finings used in their ales.
Beers from Wilde Child and Sunbeam, Northern Monk and Ridgeside picked up awards at the York CAMRA beer festival including Overall Winner going to Righteous Indignation from Wilde Child.
The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall was recently presented with the January Pub of the Month award. The photo shows Dan and Matt, co-managers, receiving the plaque.
The Station Inn at Yeadon re-opened at the end of December under new owners and having had the interior refreshed and an outside covered area built. It is a free house, different beers from Kirkstall and Saltaire breweries have been on the 4 handpulls.
The name of Anthology Brewing Co has just appeared on the Leeds brewing scene.
Liam has plans in place to brew on a 2.5BBL kit to be installed at a unit in Armley. He has worked at a few breweries, his last being Vocation brewery.
Wapentake is hosting a Nomadic Beers Tap Takeover from 6th December. This will feature the launch of Nomadic’s ‘bread beer" named Dough Puncher, made with bread provided by the pub and the Leeds Bread Co-op.
Leeds brewery are in the final stages of getting some aged beers in whisky barrels ready with some going for bottling. They put some of the Midnight Bell and also the New Moon IPA for the last 2 years in Islay whisky casks.
Frisky Bear have now got brewery equipment up and running in the new location Oscar's Bar, Morley. The plan is to double brewing capacity in 2018.
The latest brewery to begin producing beer is St Oswalds based in the Red Lion at Guiseley. The first brew was called Cathy's Pale, a 4.2% ale only on sale in the pub. The landlord Austin is using an 11 gal kit so the beers will sell out quickly.
Meanwood brewery was formed earlier this year and have been producing a limited bottle range of ales over the last few months. They are doing a tap take-over at Alfred in Meanwood over the first weekend in January where they'll have their first cask and keg beers on sale.
Wetherby Brew Co are now in production and their range offers 6 different ales including a Porter and an IPA.
In more Nomadic-related news, Greene King pubs The Templar, Lord Darcy and The Regent in Chapel Allerton are now able to stock Nomadic beers.
Leeds brewery Bobage is believed to have stopped brewing.
The Wetherby Brew Co. is a new venture, currently under construction on York Road, that hopes to bring us a microbrewery, tap room and bottle shop. Due to open in December.
The Old Red Bus Station has sadly stopped selling real ale.
Guiseley Morrisons supermarket is a surprising, but very welcome, newcomer to real ale – there is a handpump installed at the cafe, dispensing Saltaire Blonde.
Wilde Child brewery have announced it's expansion details. It has relocated to a new larger premises which will enable production to increase from 3 barrels per week to 15 barrels. The first beer from the new facility should be available from Feb 2018.
Updates on 2 pubs located close to Leeds rail station.
The Brewery Tap has a new look to it after some internal work and redecoration. The microbrewery upstairs has gone, replaced by a small bar with 2 Leeds Brewery beers on.
The pub that was Baht'ap is now called Waiting Rooms, choice of 5 real ales there.
The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall re-opens, after it's restoration , on Saturday 7th October under Kirkstall Brewery ownership.
It's reported that Woodies Craft Ale House in Headingley have increased the selection of ciders.
Samuel Smith's brewery have been given permission to build a pub/bar on land which is along Coal Rd in the Seacroft/Whinmoor area. There are no plans available as yet.
A new off licence/ craft beer shop called Growlers in Headingley has recently opened. They have a large range of bottled beers and will be holding meet the brewer evenings.
A new bar called DOC has opened on Wellington St in Leeds, one hand pull dispensing ale from Stod Fold brewery.
The Red Lion in Guiseley should have soon have a small brewing concern based in the cellar with the beer on sale in the pub initially. St Oswalds brewery named after the church opposite should be in production by October.
Little Leeds beer house is planning to open a tasting room based in the Grand Arcade in Leeds and will call it Brownhill & Co.
After several months closure, the Bay Horse in Otley has re-opened under new management, 2 cask ales on the bar.
Oscar’s Bar in Morley have been taken over by Frisky Bear Brewery. Their brewkit is now in the basement. The bar will have an extended bottle range to create a bottle shop/bar vibe.
Mark Costello’s garage kit has seen some action recently, and his Horsforth Brewery has created it’s first two beers in creative style, with a raspberry saison and a wheat beer.
Nomadic Beers have been busy, having two collaborations on the go – one with Eyes Brewery to create a gose, and one with the Brunswick for Leeds Beer Week.
Northern Guitars, The Calls, Leeds, have opened a bar in their basement – it sells 2 local real ales.
Kirkstall Brewery has a lot going on. Not only are they planning on moving their original ‘small’ brewkit into their new venture, the Cardigan Arms(a tower brewery?!), they are also experimenting with brewing a genuine Framboise (Raspberry beer) on their premises. Their current Framboise is contract brewed in Belgium for them.
There are several new bars opening up around Leeds currently, some serving real ale.
Howl, a punk/rock bar opened on Vicar Lane, Leeds, no real ale but Robinsons Trooper on the bar.
Hemingways, a Cuban bar opened in Horsforth, 2 real ales from Saltaire brewery.
Doghouse, a bar & record store opens in Kirkgate, Leeds, no details yet.
Soul bar & kitchen, a cocktail bar opened in Oakwood, no real ale.
The 2 landlords of West End House in Kirkstall are leaving soon after 25 years service there, a good pub which is popular wih students and locals.
Quirky Ales brewery have installed a new 2.5BBL kit which will increase capacity. On Aug 27 they celebrate the first anniversary of their Tap Room.
The photo below is our recent presentation to Anton Stark of Harrogate Brewing Co with the award of Beer of the Leeds Camra Festival as voted by the customers. It was Plum Infused Imperial Stout and is a variant of Kursaal Imperial Stout which won a Silver award at last years Beer X. It was infused with Yorkshire grown plums to the standard recipe.
North Brewing Co's Transmission was named best IPA at the Imbibe Live trade show which gets the beer a listing in some Mitchell & Butler pubs.
Wapentake, a bar and cafe which is on Kirkgate in Leeds has won our June pub of the month award. They have 3 local real ales on the bar as well as a range of Yorkshire beers in bottles and a bakery as well. Katie is handing the award to Anton, owner of this bar.
Leeds brewery celebrate 10 years of brewing production this month and are launching a new beer 'Ten' to mark the occasion.
News of 2 pubs that have closed, the Black Swan in Leeds and also the Prospect in Hunslet.
Work is starting on converting the former HSBC bank in Guiseley into a gastro pub with garden theme to be known as the Potting Shed.
Latest news of the Cardigan Arms under new ownership is that it will close at the end of July for "light" refurbishment and re-open in September.
Northern Monk held a successful Hop City festival during Easter, a mix of strong hoppy ales in cask, canned and keg dispense from breweries based in Leeds and around the UK.
In Otley the Bay Horse is closed for refurbishment, no news yet of when it will re-open.
Wharfe Bank brewery who ceased operations back in September are now cuckoo brewing under the name Wharfe Beer at Hambleton Brewery.
The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall has been sold to Kirkstall Brewery who are committed to restoring and preserving the Grade II listed building.
Nomadic are working with Keighley & Worth Valley Railway this month, they are the first brewery to have a Tap Takeover in the Jubilee Car. 4 beers will be available on Saturday 29th April.
Another Tap Takeover will take place, this time by Sunbeam, at Jacobs Well in Bradford on Saturday 15th July with 6 beers available.
The Pour House has become the Waterloo Boat House. Other pubs making changes include refurbishments for A Nation of Shopkeepers and the Candle Bar (which will feature Japanese food instead of pizzas – but the pizza oven is moving to Archies!).
A new bar is under construction next to the Bowery in Headingley – it’s slow but steady progress as the owners are doing all the work themselves. They are reportedly 2-3 months away from completion.
The February Pub of the Month award was handed over to the landlord Barry at the Penda's Arms in Whinmoor. This pub has improved since he took over, a dining pub with beers that are local and national.
Kirkstall Brewery are now selling Three Swords in cans, also look out for Inception IPA a new 6.2% ale just launched.
News that North Brewing Co are planning to double the size of their brewing output.
The Company have won the "Best Brewing Pub Company" award at the Morning Advertiser-Publican Awards ceremony, congratulations to them.
Northern Monk Brew Co are in the process of installing a 30bbl Gravity Systems Brewhouse at another unit near their existing brewery.They're keeping the existing 10bbl system at the Old Flax Store and this site will focus on special releases. It will take overall capacity to approximately 150bbl per week across the two sites.
Pleased to report another new micro brewery has opened called Little Shed brewery and is based at the Pax Inn pub at Thorp Arch.
Tapped Leeds were named the UK's "best independent craft beer bar/pub" by SIBA, so congratulations to them.
Otley has a new pub to add to its existing 20. The Stew and Oyster opened towards the end of 2016 and offers 8 cask ales along with a good selection of bottled beers.
Two new outlets called Cats Pyjamas have opened in Leeds and Headingley. They sell craft beers as well as Indian street food.
Reports of a new manager at the newly refurbished Pendas Arms in Whinmoor who is putting the emphasis on a good choice of real ales.
Here you’ll find news from Leeds CAMRA and beyond from the last year.