Yorkshire Brewery News: the August round-up

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North Yorkshire beer stalwarts Rudgate Brewery will be showcasing their award-winning brews to the drinkers of the Great British Beer Festival, 8-12 August. Olympia London. If you are down in London make sure you don’t miss out on their stand and you should be able to meet Craig on the 8th.

The brewery team have been hard at work on Rudgate’s monthly specials. This month’s limited-edition beers include One Tree Hill, a 3.9%South Pacific pale ale very fruity and easy to drink; Brew 35 – 2 Styrians and a Doctor, a 4.0% Hoppy pale ale refreshingly quaffable and very aromatic; and Atlantic Crossing: a 5.0% Collaboration brewery with Hogshead Brewery Denver. Chestnut coloured best bitter with toasted caramel malt and American hops.

We are looking for a full-time Brewery assistant, details below. Please call or email CV to sales@rudgatebrewery.co.uk


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Yorkshire Brewery brings home the Medals in the Inaugural National Beer in the Wood Competition.

Half Moon Brewery came first in the Mild and Ruby Red category with Moonbeam a 4.8% mild, brewed in collaboration with Sunbeam Ales, Leeds and then went onto swoop a Silver in the overall competition against some stiff competition.

 Over 40 breweries from across the UK were represented at the festival which was held at The Junction, Castleford and the rigorous judging process was conducted by some renowned experts in the industry, including Roger Protz Editor of the Campaign for Real Ale Good Beer Guide and Annabel Smith, Beer Sommelier and co-founder of Dea Latis.

Half Moon are taking our beers to The Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge for a meet the brewer night on the 10th August.

Looking forward, the launch of the new SIBA competition at York Barbican Centre on the 18th & 19th August,  for two days the Barbican will showcase the best real ale from a myriad of Yorkshire and the North East’s craft brewers alongside great local blues and folk artists and bands.

B-Fest kicks off straight after the SIBA North East region annual Beer Competition and the winning beers will be showcased alongside many others of varying styles and strengths.



The rain has gone, it's time to eat and drink at Leeds brewer North Brewing Co. Come to one of their August Eat North events. Held weekly at the North Brewing Co. tap, (August dates are the 5th, 11th, 19th (Veg North) and 26/27th), every Eat North market showcases the very best of the Yorkshire street food scene from Arepa to Oysters and everything in between!


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Our crowler is now in situ in our Brewery Tap, and will very soon be operational.  We’ll be getting plenty of practice using it over the next couple of weeks as we begin filling crowler cans to reward those who kindly invested in our crowdfunding project which got this off of the ground.  This will include a bespoke beer we’re producing dubbed Mysteron. We will also be releasing details of all of the benefits you can receive by joining our Crowler Club in due course.  

We recently launched a couple of brand new collaborative beers at the York City Of Ale festival, held at Brew York in July.  Both our Vociferous Agreement (10% triple IPA brewed in collaboration with Wilde Child Brewing) and Pineapple Pale (4.3% pale ale infused with fresh pineapple, brewed in collaboration with York pubs Duke of York and Eagle & Child) went down extremely well.  Also launched was our piano bar, which we’ve rigged to be able to dispense up to 6 keg products at a time.

Whilst on a musical theme, we’re hosting our first Open Mic Unplugged evening on Thursday 3rd August from 19:00.  Performers will earn themselves a free pint (18+ only), whilst spectators are in for an enjoyable evening, talent permitting!

By way of new beers we’ve taken inspiration from Phil’s Boston affiliation and have two products soon to be available brewed in the hazy New England style.  Look out for Quench (3.2% New England Session Pale) and Disruptor (7.4% New England IPA) being released in August.  The forecast is for hop & yeast haze! And we mean some major murk...

Finally we are delighted to have been informed that Bad Kitty was voted Beer of the festival at Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival in July.  Our Mancunian friends are clearly cat people, as this completes a Manchester double following it scooping the same award at the Manchester Beer & Cider festival in January.  Thank you Manchester.

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Malton brew team Bad Seed are another of our brewery friends taking part in Brew York’s York City of Ale festival from 6-8 July. Chris and James will be showcasing a number of tasty treats, including Chucklehead, a New England Coffee Pale; and the first pour of our latest special: Clover Club, a raspberry, rose petal & hibiscus wheat beer.

If you don’t make it to the City of Ale Festival, don’t panic: the Whippet Inn (just off Micklegate) will be holding a Bad Seed Brewery tap takeover for the month of July. This is the ideal opportunity to try some of Bad Seed’s core range, including the incredibly popular Heads You Win, a Citra and Mosaic-hopped pale ale.

At the end of the month, the brewery duo has a collaboration brew planned with the guys at Heavy Industry, a fantastic microbrewery based in Henllan, North Wales. As Chris puts it: “We're planning an off-the-wall bonkers beer - watch out for it from the middle of August!”


Here they are: Walmgates favourite brewery. On Saturday 19th August, Brew York will be hosting, along with The York Craft Ale Exchange Homebrew Club, the Homebrew Club. Meet up at 7pm.

Brew York’s next brewery event will be their annual Summer Bash on Sat 26th August. It will feature the usual great blend of live music, stunning street food, hoptails (beer based cocktails) and new beer launches. This time round see’s the launch of ‘Blood Eagle’. Blood Orange and Grapefruit Pale made with this years competition winner and ‘Imperial Tonkoko’ a supercharged version of the festival winning milk stout featuring Coconut, Cacao, Vanilla and Tonka. The Summer Bash will also see the return of some favourites with 'The Hoptimist’, the original Brew York DIPA and ‘X-Parrot’ their tropical fruit infused IPA, both back on the taps. 




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Saturday 26th August between 12:00pm and 11:00pm sees the brand new one day street party, South Bank Social, celebrating independent businesses at Water Lane & Round Foundry. There will be craft beer, cocktails, food, drink, live music, DJs, activities and family fun. The area between the junction of Water Lane and Globe Road down to Butcher Street will be closed for the festivities. 

If you fancy a slightly different craft come to the Northern Craft Summer Fair running Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August. Friday is Pin Drop an enamel pin art ehibition. Saturday and Sunday is the fair with the highest quality crafts and the widest range of makers, street food, art exhibitons, & workshops.


Let’s face it: when it’s the height of summer, the sun’s beaming through your window and all you can think about is a nice cold pint, Fridays aren’t exactly the most productive day at the office. Celebrate the arrival of a sunny weekend with the Hop Studio: the brewery’s tap room in Elvington is open every Friday from 3.30pm. Beers, pies, and a full weekend ahead of you – what more could a person want?

One for the diary.- Music and Beer at The Hop Studio 11th November 2017 7.00pm. Featuring sallybarker.co.uk and vickigenfan.com 's Small Mountain' album promotion launch. Tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411005


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This month, you can catch up with Andy in his Tap Room at the brewery between 3-6pm every Friday, or every evening at the Ainsty Ales stand at the Great Yorkshire Fringe on Parliament Street, York.

New beer to be produced are‘Hop Honey’ 4.2% abv. Golden Ale made with local Acomb-Honey, available as a casked-ale. For something new the ‘Kolkata Karma’ 6.1% abv. IPA is now in KEG!


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Intrigued by the notion of wine grown and made in Yorkshire? Take a trip to the picturesque village of Nun Monkton, just outside York, and find out just how Yorkshire Heart do it. Tours of the vineyard and brewery run every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer – Tim and Gillian can accommodate up to 120 people (yes, really) on one tour, and the brand-new visitor centre ‘The Winehouse’ will be open for visitors to enjoy a coffee and cake or a light lunch beforehand.



July saw the Breworks at Pickering’s Black Swan Inn reviving Moorside Brewery’s finest pale ale, Kirkby Gold. Moorside founder Keith Sheard and Black Swan landlord Phil enjoyed a number of brew days together before Keith sadly passed away in 2015; after coming across the Kirkby Gold recipe a few weeks ago, Breworks owner Tristan decided to brew a batch in memory of Keith. It is on tap in the Black Swan alonf with the Half Wit (a wheat beer), Istanbul Pale Ale, Cole Porter and Great Scot. While you are there do stick your nose into Whistlers Gin Bar, gorgeous.