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.
Leeds has a new brewery called Nomadic Beers and have produced their first beers, a bitter, a stout and an IPA which will be on sale at the Fox and Newt in Burley nr Leeds from Friday 10th Feb. The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall which is CAMRA Heritage pub with ACV listing is under threat of closure so a Community ownership scheme is being set up to help buy the pub. Check out the website https://www.cardiganarms.coop/ for further details.
A new Wetherspoon pub called The Briggate is due to open in Garforth next month.
News of Wharfe Beer brewery ( ex Wharfe Bank). They are brewing their beer at Hambleton brewery and the first ale available is Verbeia.
Sadly we hear that Collingham Ales have decided to close the brewery after 5 years in production.
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.
Licence applications have been submitted for 2 new city centre venues due to open in the next few months. The Dockyard on Merrion St and Cosy Club on Albion St will offer trendy craft beers and guest ales as well as food.
Ridgeside brewery have produced their first canned conditioned ale called Roosevelt, a 4.5% American pale ale.
The New Roscoe in Sheepscar is due to close at the end of December.
The Half Moon in Pool in Wharfedale has re-opened under new management with a selection of real ales
A couple of pub name changes in Leeds city centre.
The Hourglass is now called Bowers Tap, 6 hand pulls there.
The Phoenix has been refurbished and is now known as Editors Draught, 4 cask ales and 6 craft keg taps.
Three new breweries have opened up recently
In Morley we have the Frisky Bear Brewing Co which is 1BBL in capacity and produces American style beers in keg and bottle. Look out for a beer called Grizzly Bear, an IPA with Mango and Blueberry aromas.
Also in Morley the Blue Square Brewery has begun production of beers for sale in local pubs initially. They are a 4 BBL brewery with a range of 5 ales including a Porter and IPA.
Eyes Brewing is described as a wheat focused brewery who want to create a range of wheat beers inspired by German tradition. They are currently brewing at Ainsty Ales in York but will eventually be Leeds-based.
Some pub news to report:
The New Inn at Barwick in Elmet has reopened aftera period of closure, 3 real ales to choose from there.
The Black Horse in Otley has a change of management who are keen to supply a good choice of cask ales.
Boston Spa has a new bar called Tom Foolery, no hand pull ale but a choice of bottles.
Plans have been submitted to transform the closed Crown Inn at Pudsey into flats.This is a Grade 2 Listed heritage building.
The Eagle Tavern in Leeds has re-opened after a refurbishment. This Samuel Smiths pub has no real ale but offers a range of their good quality bottled beers.
Foleys Tap House in Leeds has been named "Best Cider Pub" in the Morning Advertiser Great British Pub Awards 2016. The pub offers a large and varied selection of real ciders and perries.
There is a handpull dispensing real ale in the bar called Old Red Bus Station, open evenings only.
In Horsforth, the Hop Shack is now open and is a bottle shop with a bar selling craft keg ales.
Quirky Ales, the micro brewery based in Garforth, now have a bottle shop and brewery tap room which is open every weekend.
A new bottle shop is due to open in Horsforth called the Hop Shack.
We await news of Wharfe Bank brewery as we hear that production has ceased at the site in Pool in Wharfedale with a potential move to a new base.
The Atlas pub on King Street is to become the Atlas Brauhaus in September – with an emphasis on sausages and German beer. It will be sad indeed if all those local ales disappear...
All Brewdog pubs are now selling what they call ‘Live’ beer (read the full and long-winded definition here!) – essentially real ale served from a keycask, but not quite. It’s Dead Pony Club, and is clearly marked LIVE at the bar.
The Brown Cow at Whitkirk has a Monday Club, where real ale is £2.49 a pint – or only £2.29 if you are a CAMRA member!
The Black Swan, Call Lane, is to begin brewing very soon. The kit is in – so watch this space!
To add to their small but perfectly formed chain in Leeds, Boston Spa and Oakwood, the Stew and Oyster are planning a new outlet in Otley, in the Old Grammar School.
Bramley’s Black Lion has re-introduced real ale, and at £2 a pint at the time of writing it’s a bargain.
The Gaping Goose, Garforth, has increased its real cider range to two.
Hawthorne Farm, near the airport, is now selling Leeds Midnight Bell plus two other real ales from small breweries in a bid to promote local ales.
Look out for the Leeds Digital Ale Trail http://www.digitalaletrail.co.uk/
This commences in July and is a celebration of the historic and cultural pubs in the city.
Camerons Brewery have acquired 7 of the Leeds Brewery pubs, to include those in York and Leeds. The Garden Gate in Hunslet is being kept under the ownership of Leeds Brewery. The Leeds beers will still feature prominently in all the pubs. To read the full press release, click here.
Look out for beers from Legitimate Industries, their canned beers have been available at some venues in Leeds, no further details at present.
In Pudsey the Butchers Arms no longer has handpumps to dispense the Sam Smiths OBB, still on the bar via a keg tap.
The Whistlestop in Beeston is undergoing a refurb during June and is getting a new kitchen with a revamp of the interior.
In Wetherby, the Muse is the latest Market Town Tavern pub to get a new look. It has re-opened under the new name of the Mews.
In Yeadon, what was the Aviator has now been refurbished and is now called the Yard. There are 3 cask ales on the bar.
A new brewery has opened and is producing bottled beer. Wilde Child Brewing Co has set up in Kirkstall and one of the first beers soon to be available is a 9% Bourbon Imperial Stout named Instant Hobo.
The new Head of Steam in Headingley opened early April with many cask beers to choose from along with bottled beers and craft ales.
On Merrion Street in Leeds the Rum and Reason has Sharps Doom Bar on tap.
The Beech, New Wortley, currently has a regular Whippet beer on the taps. Find this popular and brilliantly refurbished pub on Tong Road – it’s well worth a visit!
Another National Inventory pub which has recently reopened is the Cardigan Arms, Burley – this one has 3 real ales available.
Farsley’s Old Hall is currently stocking a couple of real ales with a view to adding guest beers if there is demand.
Some news form the Manor Inn, Pudsey:
"Just thought we'd share our news that due to the popularity of our guest ales we've had a fourth wicket installed today which will allow us to rotate 33% more guest ales that we were previously able to. It's been hard work keeping up with demand when we only had three wickets especially as one of them is pretty much permanently Saltaire Blonde due to customer demand.
Our 10% discount to CAMRA members will continue to apply across every ale we stock.
The Black Lion in Bramley has had a recent refurbishment and now has 3 cask ales on the bar.
There will be a new bar opening soon on Merrion Street in Leeds called Beer and Ham, no further info at present.
Also on Merrion Street, the IT Bar is now called Rum and Reason, no real ale available.
In Pudsey there is a new bar and eatery called the 7 Steps offering a choice of 6 real ales.
Everybodys All Day Social has opened in Guiseley and is a bar and dining venue which offers 3 real ales with bottled beers as well.
North Bar in Harrogate opened recently, the 7th bar in the group.There are 3 cask ales and a selection of craft ales on tap.
The photo below is the Most Improved Pub award presentation to the manager Paul of the Head of Steam in Leeds. The pub has undergone a transformation since it was Spencers with now a bar full of 10 handpulls and a good selection of beers from Europe.
Bundobust in the city centre now has 1 cask ale line along with its craft keg choice.
On North Lane in Headingley there will be a Head of Steam bar opening early April with 8 real ales.
The Town St Tavern in Horsforth is renamed Town Street after the refurb and re-opens on 4th Feb.
In Leeds Cha Lounge on Dock St has a real ale and Shooters Sports Bar on the Headrow has 3 real ales to choose from.
There has been a change of management at the Garden Gate in Hunslet with altered opening hours.
By mid Feb the full extension of Leeds Brewery should be completed.
Here you’ll find news from Leeds CAMRA and beyond from the last year.