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Yorkshire Breweries News: November 2017 Roundup

Want to know what our Yorkshire brewers are up to this month? Read on for our November round-up of York and Leeds breweries news…

RUDGATE BREWERY Rudgate Brewery Logo

November specials:

Aurora 4% – Deep golden in colour with lime and citrus on the palette and nose.

Greedy Duck 3.9% – Light copper ale with pineapple and grapefruit aroma and a bittersweet finish.

Brew 38 Smoked Coffee Porter 4.4% – Traditional Porter brewed with beech smoked malt and Columbian coffee beans for a slightly smoked flavour and aroma.

We now have hoodies available to buy from the brewery


Half Moon Brewery LogoHALF MOON

We’ve finally commissioned our new fermenter ‘Bertha’- fittingly with a Stout! Fantastic to have the flexibility to play with more beer styles.

It’s a busy run into the festive season. Joe from The Falcon Tap recently spent a day brewing a special for their Winter Beer Festival running from the 30th Nov – 3rd Dec.  Details of the beer are under wraps until the festival so pop down and check it out.

Good beer needs good, well-run pubs in which to sell it. We’re incredibly proud that our beers are always available in the Camra award-winning pubs for our region. Find our beer in the George & Dragon, Hudswell, (National pub of the year) The Whalebone, Hull, (Hull Camra pub of the year) and Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield (Camra pub of the year and Yorkshire pub of the year.)

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This month we brewed our collaboration with De Molen – Imperial Stout – details of the launch event will follow.  We have our shiny new tanks at the brewery adding another three x 50HL fermentershave a new pilot kit so the brewery team are looking forward to some new exciting experimental beers. A big welcome to Pete our new delivery and warehouse person – we are looking forward to what will be a busy couple of months in the run-up to Christmas. Keep an eye on our social media for details of our Christmas Eat North event.


Brass Castle Brewery LogoBRASS CASTLE

This year’s barrel-ageing project has just come to fruition and we’ve bottled our newest beer: Betelgeuse (pronounced ‘Beetlejuice”) – a soured raspberry and beetroot brown ale. It’s a super complex beer, with great oak notes from the barrel-ageing.

General Manager Kev and Head Brewer Alan will be heading across to Massachusetts mid-November, to work on a brew with the fabulous Aeronaut Brewing and to attend the NERAX North cask ale festival. Keeping an eye on the newest trends in US brewing is very important to Brass Castle, alongside helping US fans to appreciate cask-conditioned beer.

We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s York Press Business Awards: Socially Responsible Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year. We’re very proud of the socially responsible approach that we have taken to running a brewery and are delighted to have been recognized for it. Whilst we have exported to Italy for some time, the Business Awards judges have shown great interest in the way that we have set about growing a market in the USA.

In some excellent news for our area: it was recently confirmed that the Maine Beer Box (a 40ft refrigerated container, full of Maine (US) brewery beers) will be coming to Leeds in 2018 – probably to the Leeds International Beer Festival. Our Director Phil has spent a bit of time in discussions with the Maine Brewers Guild, the State of Maine government and partners in the UK about the possibility of hosting the Beer Box and it’s great to see that those efforts have paid off. We now get to look forward to two incredible events: 1. Enjoying a range of never-before-seen-in-the-UK Maine beers in Leeds 2018 and 2. Re-filling the Maine Beer Box with Yorkshire beer and sending it back to a sister festival in Portland Maine some weeks later.

BAD SEED BREWERYBad Seed Brewery Logo

November sees the launch of two exciting new collaboration brews.  First up is our collaboration with Nomadic Brewery -a fantastic young brewery based in Leeds.  We had one of their beers on our bar at the Beertown Festival in May and they blew us away. Plus on top of that Katie and Ross who run the brewery are really lovely people. We brewed one of our favourite beer styles -a big hop hitting West Coast IPA. This beer is defined by it’s huge hope content, upfront bitterness with flavours of pine, grapefruit and citrus. This is the beer style that got us into brewing and we had a lot of fun with the guys from Nomadic on brew day. This beer will be launched in keg at The Falcon Tap on Wednesday 15th November.  Plus the guys from Nomadic will be having a Tap Takeover at the Falcon on the same night to showcase their beers.

We love the Falcon Tap on Micklegate in York -it is easily one of the best pubs in the city (no mean feat given how fantastic the pub scene is in York). We’ll be collaborating with the guys from Falcon Tap for an extra special beer that will be launching at their Winter Beer Festival at the end of the month.  The beer festival kicks off on Thursday 30th November. We’re not the only brewery doing a collaboration with the Falcon -they’ve got a huge number of breweries all doing a special beer.  All these beers will be launching at the beer festival – so definitely not one to miss!

We have got some pretty big news that we’ll be announcing in November -keep you’re eyes peeled on our social media accounts -both Twitter and Facebook.  We’re really excited and can’t wait to share our news with you.

York Brewery LogoYORK BREWERY

We have 3 seasonal ales out and about for November

Wunderbrau – 5% (Out Now) is brewed in the Märzen style, where a combination of Vienna and Munich malts gives a rich amber coloured ale with a malt backbone to dream of. Rich, malty, biscuit notes work in conjunction with sweeter caramel flavours to produce an incredibly moreish malt palate. Northern Brewer and Saaz hops add a light bitterness alongside herbal/earthy tones that work to add balance to the beer.

Storm in a Teacup Porter – 4.4% (Coming Soon) is a rich dark 4.4% porter flavoured with Lapsang Souchong tea and Tumeric. Lapsang Souchong is one of the worlds’ oldest black teas and has a unique and very distinctive smoked flavour whilst the Tumeric adds a subtle earthy nature. These flavours are complimented by the addition of British grown Phoenix hops which bringing notes of pine, chocolate and molasses.

Snowflake – 3.7% (Coming Soon) The perfect brew for the festive season – pale, fruity and very easy drinking! US grown Willamette and Cascade, give a citrus punch with a light fruity aftertaste. Just enough to cut through all that rich festive food!


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Brew York is presenting a Northern Brewery Keg Beer Festival, For Keg-Fest North from Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th November. Alongside Brew York, who will be representing North Yorkshire, will be Anarchy Brew Co from Northumberland, Blackjack Beers representing Lancashire, Hawkshead Brewery from Cumbria and finally North Brewing Co representing West Yorkshire. It’s sure to be a party to remember! There will also be fabulous DJ’s, live music and excellent street food that you’ve come to expect. The Cider bar from Orchard’s of Husthwaite and our Hoptails (beer cocktails) bar will also be back. You can book online and there will also be tickets on the door.

November 25th sees the next meeting of the Homebrew Club. Come down and meet Gazz and the gang, The Brew Challenge for this meeting will be Fruit and Dark Beers, a pretty open challenge this time, any style goes as long as fruit features in one beer and dark malts in the other.



Northern Monk LogoNORTHERN MONK

Our big event is on 3rd-5th November which will be our Dark City beer event. It will feature over 20 breweries who will be bringing along their favourite Stouts, Porters, Black IPAs etc. Tickets can be bought from Eventbrite

Mr Foley’s annual beer festival from the 8th – 12th November, we’re sending some exclusive casks.

We’re doing some collaborations off the back of the Dark City festival, some of which will be part of this year’s trilogy Hops, Malt and Yeast. Will also have a collaboration with Siren which will be part of the Patron’s Project // Ben Mather // Northern Heroes series.



THE HOP STUDIOThe Hop Studio logo

Come and visit The Hop Studio 11th November 2017 7.00pm. It is Music and Beer night. The voice finalist Sally Barker and Guitar Superstar Vicki Genfan launch their new album ‘In The Shadow of a Small Mountain’ .Tickets from

The Autumn Range has made an appearance

Barolo  ABV 3.8% American Red AleTropical fruit, ripe oranges and grapefruit aroma. Initial flavours of citrus fruit and mango precede a clean malty finish. Gold  ABV 4.5% Pale Ale, a full-flavoured easy-drinking contemporary fine ale, with soft rounded bitterness and citrus and tropical fruit flavours as a counterpoint. XS  ABV 5.5% Extra Special Ale. Strong and complex, this ale is driven by its slight spicy dark fruit base. Malted bitterness with hints of floral and citrus aromatics adds a great depth to this ale. Beerjolais  ABV 3.8% Green Hop Ale. A green hop ale with a delicate fresh fragrance. Brewed with fresh hops from the first of the years hop harvest. Best drunk when it’s fresh.


Ainsty Ales LogoAINSTY ALES

All change at Ainsty Ales Brewery on the apprentice front … many thanks to Chris Bennigsen for his dedication over the past 12 months, it was always the plan for Chris to leave and establish his own brewery (Eyes Brewing) with two friends in Leeds. Welcome to new 20-year-old apprentice Aidan Burton from Acomb who started this week.  Aidan will shadow head-brewer Andy Capel with a view to jumping into his size 8’s sometime in the future.

Welcome to a (relatively) old favourite! … our 4.5% abv. Chocolate Porter ‘Crafty Chocolatier’ will be back not only as a cask-ale but also in bottles.  We’ll also be bottling the last batch of our 4.2% abv. Golden-Ale ‘Hop Honey’ which is brewed using local Ainsty Honey … these two will form a new festive gift-pack consisting of the ‘Crafty Chocolatier’, ‘Hop Honey’ and a commemorative glass.

It’s the annual ‘York Business Press Awards’ at the end of November and Ainsty Ales has made it through to the final in two categories, Best New Business and Best Small Business … good luck us!

Despite Autumn being upon us our Tap-Room continues to attract a steady crowd, open from 3 pm – 6 pm each Friday.



We launched a brand new ‘Oatmeal Stout’ at the York Beerfest last week, ‘Ainsty Assassin’ is 4.9% abv. and will be available as a permanent ale, we also launched a new Premium Best Bitter at 4.2% abv. ‘Bantum Best’ was launched a couple of weeks ago and is also a permanent core-ale.

Tap-Room – our ever-popular tap-room continues to grow and remains very popular with the locals from Acaster Malbis …we breached the 50 people mark last week which is great for the location we’re at … our tap-room opens each Friday from 3 pm until 6 pm.


We are about to start hosting brewery tap nights, some featuring live music. Check our Facebook page or website for dates and more details.

We have brewed and bottled a Christmas special exclusively for Keelham farm shops, not only going in-store but also their online hampers. We also have Winter Is Coming, a 5.4% oatmeal stout ready and available in casks and 500ml bottles, ideal for these cold winter nights, Also on its way is Santa’s Little Belch, our 5% golden Christmas beer spiced with ginger, cinnamon and star anise. Coming up very soon, we will be brewing Molly’s chocolate stout, brewed last year to celebrate getting Molly our chocolate Labrador, at 7% it certainly has a bite!!


After a mental October due to Pickering War Weekend, it’s time for Tristan to relax …. oh no it isn’t. He is getting ready for Christmas, busily brewing Great Scot, Cole Porter, Lager, Sumer Ale and Lager as well as some specials. While you are in the Black Swan Pickering you should also stick your nose into Whistler’s Gin Bar, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Laura, your hostess, also organises monthly gin tasting events for visitors.


QUIRKY ALESQuirky Ales Logo

IN COLLABORATION with homebrewing enthusiast Mike Massen at Iron-Rabbit Brewery we have developed a beer to remember and honour a British soldier who died in The Battle of the Somme over 100 years ago.

Prvt. 16613 F. Arthur Seanor of 18th Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), Mike’s Great-Uncle, died serving his King and Country within 20 minutes of ‘going over the top’ on the first day of one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. Mike Massen said: “I have been aware for a long time of the family history behind Great Uncle-Arthur, and the Centenary Remembrance events a couple of years ago prompted me to look further into Arthur’s life. He joined the Liverpool Pals in September 1914 and was killed on 1st July 1916. It was his 28th birthday. “The commemorative beer is just another way of showing respect for his memory and raising awareness of how those who gave their lives were individuals, each with their own story.

The beer, a smoked porter, has been named ‘The First and The Last’ as this was the nickname of the Pals’ battalions; being the first to be called up and the last to be stood down.” The First and The Last is not for commercial sale but there is a minimum £3 donation per bottle with all monies raised going to The Royal British Legion. With a limited run of 80 bottles, demand is sure to be high. For more information contact Mike via Facebook by searching for Iron-Rabbit Brewery.