Yorkshire Brewery News: the June round-up

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Andy and co. have certainly been busy this month, and in June we're set to enjoy the fruits of their labout with the launch of their new 'craft lager'. We can't wait to find out more!

We've also heard tell that Ainsty are in the early stages of organising a charity beer festival in aid of York's St. Leonard's Hospice. It's early days yet, but we can't help being excited already...


Bad Seed

May saw Bad Seed and Brass Castle hosting the Beertown Festival in Malton. Already a calendar staple, the fourth annual event was a resounding success: according to Chris

“It was an absolutely fantastic weekend and went very well. We had more people than every before and close to 1,000 visitors over the three days.

“Over the weekend we showcased 62 of the most exciting beers from 47 of the best breweries in the UK, plus eight international breweries, pouring a total of more than 3,000 pints."

There's no rest for Bad Seed, though, as just days later they were off down to London to launch their newest beer, a Citra and Mosaic Pale, at the Tate Modern.



Brass Castle

Look out for Brass Castle's new 'Rhubarb & Custard' light mild, newly launched in pubs across the county. We can't wait to try pairing it with a bowl of crumble.

Brass Castle's Crowler crowd funding campaign has been a huge success, with the campaign hitting its £7000 goal way ahead of time - result! The new crowler is being built and will be in the tap room soon, so visitors can take home a sealed can of any beer fresh from the tap.


Brew York

Love beer? Love trying new styles and investigating new flavours? Then come along to Brew York's Bottle Share Club on Friday 9th June at 7.30pm. The idea is for everyone to bring one or two 66cl or 75cl bottle(s) (or equivalent) of something commercially available that you would like to share with the group.

If you've gone one step further than drinking and started making your own, then Brew York's Homebrew Club is the place for you. Bring along some of your homemade tipple to the next meeting: Saturday 17th June at 7pm.

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The Hop Studio

June's a great month for the Hop Studio, as they launch the range of crisp, thirst-quenching summer beers we've all been waiting for. This year's summer range includes:

  • Solstice: an 3.8 India pale lager
  • Mosaic: a 4.3 single-hop pale ale
  • India: a 5.0 IPA

Gold and XS are now resting til the autumn, when we'll all be after something a little richer and darker again.

The Hop Studio tap room in Elvington is booming – come on down on a sunny Friday evening after work and chill.

Half Moon

Half Moon are very excited to be part of this year’s York Festival of Ideas and working with the University of York. Running from 6th to 18th June, it coincides with Beer Day Britain on the 15th June. Half Moon will be involved in a number of ways:

Tony and Jackie have brewed a beer especially for the festival – Magna Carta (4.0% a.b.v.), a classic English pale ale. The beer will be served at the ‘Creating The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' launch at the Ron Cooke Hub on the 8th June - admission is free, but booking is required.

On the 15th June, Beer Day Britain, Walmgate Ale House are hosting an event to celebrate the occasion: Make Mine a Beer, an inspiring evening of beer and food matching, led by sensory consultant Jo Menneer and brewery owner Jackie. Tickets are available from Walmgate Ale House, places are limited.

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North Brewing Co

North Bar will be putting Volta (blood orange and forced rhubarb sour) into cans in mid June. With an ingredients list like that, this is one we can't wait to try.

From Saturday 17 June, North Brewing Co brewers will host a rotating line-up of street food traders at their taproom.

If you're based in the north-west, you can also catch North Brewing at Liverpool Craft beer festival from 15-18th June.

Northern Monk

Northern Monk are celebrating their new-found worldwide fame, having been recognised by the Lonely Planet Guide in their Global Beer Tour book. The brewery has celebrated by brewing a collaborative beer with Lonely Planet themselves: Travel Notes is a 6.5% 'international IPA', available in the Northern Monk Refectory.



Rudgate's round-up of June specials certainly has our mouths watering:

Minstrel 4.0% - Straw coloured ale with a fresh berry finish

Beer Moth 4.3% - Orange in colour. Toffee and biscuit notes with an explosion of tangerine, orange and mandarin on the nose

Brew 33 Triple hop 3.6% - An extremely pale triple hopped ale for a full flavour using Calypso, Styrian Wolf and El Dorado

 New Bottle – Valkyrie APA 5.0% now ready

 The brewery itself is also looking particularly photogenic, having just had new livery added to its fermenters. Now that's some big branding!

Yorkshire Heart

Yorkshire Heart have big schemes afoot, with a plan to create a new visitor centre to offer tours and tastings now well and truly underway. We'll be giving updates on this in our future blogs, so watch this space for more information.

Yorkshire Heart are also celebrating a big win for little Yorkshire businesses, having won the Best Small Company (1 to 10 employees) category at the Harrogate Business Awards on April 27th.

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