breweries in leeds
Started by a bunch of friends who got together through a love of beer and brewing, Amity Brew Co. was born in the middle of a pandemic but is already making a name for itself through a range of well-made and interesting beers, a fine selection of merch and a very cool taproom. Amity - which stands for community, friendship and good beer - is situated in the historic and groovy Sunny Bank Mills complex in Farsley.
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.
Part of Barmaster beer wholesalers, Morley-based Cooper Hill brewery was formed in 2018 and prides itself in creating “a large range” of cask beers at “the best prices”. The core range comprises traditional-style beers that are mainly light in colour and low in ABV, with occasional specials also brewed.
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.
Leeds Brewery started up in 2007 and in its 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.
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!
Located in Sheepscar, the North Brewing Co 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.
Small craft brewery that launched in 2020 producing keg and canned beer, inspired by the heritage of British craft brewing, in particular, Yorkshire, together with exotic ingredients and flavours from around the world influenced by the Venezuelan and Spanish co-founders. Currently cuckoo brewing with Legitimate Industries and Quirky Ales, plans are afoot to establish their own brewery – they have a tap room already! - and with it introduce cask conditioned ale.
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.
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.
Established in 2016 as Blue Square Brewery the brewery is now known as Truth Hurts Brew Co. The brewery produces innovative one off brews and occasional repeats from its 4 barrel plant in a split level building that is part of a mill complex in Morley. Adjacent to this is Beer Thirty which is a bottle /can shop with a couple of hand pulls and keg lines for drinking on the premises.
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.
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!
Burley Street Brewhouse
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. The beers are currently brewed 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%)'
concept brewing (malt brewhouse)
Concept began brewing in 2019 on a four - barrel brewing kit capable of producing 15 cask per week, situated in The Malt Brewhouse in Horsforth. The popularity and success of the beers has since grown and it now supplies six types of cask to each of their Concept Tavern venues, including Granvilles in Horsforth and the Parkside Tavern, Leeds.
Brewing began on a part-time basis on a one-barrel plant in 2017 in the owner's garage, now full-time in a proper brewery unit. In addition to the flagship beer, Horsforth Pale, an ever-changing range of specials is produced, and all beers are vegan-friendly. 2019 beer mat of the year winner.
Kirkstall Brewery Company started production early in 2011 not very far from the original Kirkstall Brewery. There were originally just 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. Much has happened since, including a small but perfectly formed pub stock and a brewery tap, plus a huge growth in beer range.
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.
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 vegan ales from easy-to-drink session ales to strong, hoppy IPAs and darker brews. Nomadic Beers Taproom opens every weekend.
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. Their Patrons Projects bring creative groups together to collaborate on limited edition beers.
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.
This micro brewery started with Ian Shutt and a few friends clubbing together to buy some brewing equipment. They went on to brew their beers with other breweries, but have now settled in his Otley garage. The brewery “started properly” in 2019, and its ethos? “The research can be tough, but we’d never give you a beer that we wouldn’t happily drink ourselves.”
Well-established and well-loved, Tapped Leeds is an “American style brewpub” in the centre of Leeds. It has huge windows that open out onto Boar Lane, and you can see the brew kit on the left and the long bar with a fabulous array of taps on the right. The mega-popular pizza oven is tucked away at the back. Part of the Pivovar group, Tapped Leeds creates both real ale and keg beer in a variety of styles which is served fresh on site.
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.
New breweries can start up at any time - we are doing our best to keep up! This page shows all the Leeds breweries that we are aware of - as soon as Leeds CAMRA is aware of a brewery, a Brewery Liaison Officer is appointed. That person is the main contact between CAMRA and the brewery. Most of the information shown on this page has been provided by those BLOs - thanks, guys!
Page updated Feb 2021
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