Want to know what our Yorkshire brewers are up to this month?

Read on for our October round-up of York and Leeds breweries news...

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Happy Birthday 25th birthday to Rudgate. Yes it is 25 years since their first brew. Rudgate Brewery have been hard at work on their monthly specials. This month’s limited edition beers include Hop for Heroes (Pale in Colour, Brewed using hops from France, America and England) Green Hop Monster (Blonde ale infused with fresh green East Kent Goldings) and Brew 37 an amber rye beer brewed with Canadian maple syrup and English floral hops. Also keep an eye open for their 'Going for Gold' which they have done for York's Britpop heros Shed 7 as they launch their Shed-cember tour.


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We will be holding our first beer festival and teaming up with York Society for the Preservation of  Beer from the Wood on Friday 13th & saturday 14th October from 3pm-11pm. There will be 4 of the best of Yorkshire's best microbrewerd beers in wooden barrels paired with logfired pizzas. Included in the line up will be CAMRA's winner of the best beer of Britain 2015, the Elland 1872 Porter, and on both nights you will get the chance to meet the brewer. We will be cooking some of Bistro Guys fanatastic sour dough pizzas from their wonderful log fire stone baked oven in their beautiful city walled garden. It will be a great night out for all!

Our Olde Skool an 8.2% a.b.v. old ale, matured in whisky casks won Silver in the Locale Awards at York Beer Festival in the  Darks >5% Category

You will also be able to find us at Ulleskelf Beer Festival 7th October


This month we're going to London to brew a Christmas beer with Fourpure!

We were nominated for Best Branding and Design in the Beer and Cider Marketing Awards. We came away with 'Highly Commended', pipped to the post by Camden Town Brewery. 

Sadly Autumn is here and the 'Eat North' festival closes until next year, but there may be a Christmas surprise!

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During October, we'll be cooking-up this year's Christmas Kitty with the incomparable Stu from North Riding Brewery and releasing the 2017 Wallop from its wooden barrels and into bottles.  Then the Brass Castle brewers will be heading to Somerville (MA) in early November, to collaborate with the fabulous GABF-decorated Aeronaut Brewing on what is likely to be a soured brown ale, whilst also attending the New England Real Ale Exhibition in Salem.

The October brewing schedule will see the welcome return of our Ginger Marmalade, Snow Eater and Black Forest beers.  By extremely popular demand, there will be additional brews of our Disruptor New England-style IPA and possibly a run of the very secretive Mysteron.

We've taken the decision to now brew all our beers to a gluten-free recipe - having realised that if you do a couple of gluten-free beers, then people start to think that your whole range is GF anyway!  Happily, we've not noticed any flavour penalty as a result of making the change and our gluten-free beers have always won awards when placed alongside regular beers.  So all Brass Castle beers will continue to be vegan/vegetarian-friendly, and brewed to gluten-free recipes.


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We had a great time at the York Beer and Cider Festival on the Knavesmire this September, and the pace shows no sign of slowing as we head into October.

The start of the month sees us launching a brand new beer - a coffee and almond porter.  At 5.0% it is dark, rich and decadent- dessert in liquid form. The first casks will be leaving the brewery in the first week of October, so watch out for it in a bar near you over the month.

We've got a Tap Takeover at the Talbot Taphouse in Ripley in Derbyshire - this legendary pub will have 9 of our beers on, plus we'll be on hand to talk through our range and why "All adventures begin with a Bad Seed of an idea".

We've also got a collaboration brew with Nomadic Brewery -a fantastic new brewery based in Leeds.  We were blown away by their Raucher smoked beer that we had on cask at our BEERTOWN festival in May and we're very excited to be working with them.  Watch this space for an ultra hoppy West Coast IPA!!

Finally, at the end of the month we'll be heading of the Head of Steam bar in Hull.  We'll be taking over their taps all week and then taking part in a Meet the Brewer event on Thursday 26th October.  This will see a new beer launch and a new burger launch on their menu -plus a 4 piece funk band to make the night go with a swing.

Finally, watch out for our collaboration brew that we've done with Black Jack Brewery. Black Jack are one of the best breweries from Manchester and make fantastic beers. We've brewed a 6.5% Farmhouse IPA with Vic Secret, Zythos, El Dorado and Azacca. The tropical fruit flavours from these hops is then complemented by a whole heap of funk from a dry Belgian yeast. This beer is launching at the Smithfield in Manchester and will be on our bar at York Beer Festival -definitely one to check out.


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We have 2 seasonal ales out and about for October, info below

Enigma - 4% (Out Now)

First released on a commercial scale in Australia in 2015, Enigma is a distant descendant of the Swiss grown Tettnang hop. Living up to its name, the flavour profile of this hop is enigmatic in character with different aspects shining through depending on use. Formal tasting sessions have thrown up interesting terms like ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘raspberries’, and ‘redcurrant’, through to rock melon and light tropical fruit. Why not give it a try and see what you think?

Wunderbrau – 5% (Coming Soon)

Wunderbrau 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.



Brew York are presenting For Keg-Fest North from Thursday 16th -Saturday 18th November. a Beer Festival celebrating Northern Keg Beer. 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. 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.

Congratuations to Owen & the team at United By Design, we're over the moon that the awesome work they have been doing on our beers and our branding the last 2 years has been recognised nationally! They have just been shortlisted for the Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards.

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On the 14th October we have got Northern Craft.  Join us from 11am - 5pm with 35 of the best designers from the North and beyond. We'll have street food, workshops and plenty of craft beer. Free entry, dog friendly, child friendly- see you there!

20th-21st we have got Battle of the Burger. It is an opportunity for kitchens to flex those muscles and present something truly special whilst representing their menu overall. This year we’re showcasing burgers from near and far in an attempt to keep those local vendors on their toes.

24th will be our 3 year Refectory anniversary- although we haven't confirmed how we are going to celebrate this yet! 

Our big event is on 3rd-5th November which will be our Dark City beer event. Bonfire weekend will see Stouts, Porters, Black IPA's and Russian Imperial Stouts hitting Northern Monk.



The Autumn Range has made an appearance

Barolo  ABV 3.8% American Red Ale. Tropical fruit, ripe oranges and grapefruit aroma. Initial flavours of citrus fruit, and mango precede a clean malty finish.

Gold  ABV 4.5% Pale Ale, afull 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.

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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Yes Coptoberfest is back. It  is a Charity Beer Festival set in the picturesque village of Copmanthorpe, South-West of the City of York, UK. 13th-14th October.


Our new Head-Brewer ‘Andy Capel’ has feet well and truly under the table now and not a moment too soon as we welcome our new Apprentice-Brewer ‘Aidan Burton’ to Manor Farm Brewery in a couple of weeks!  Aidan is 20 years old and will be shadowing Andy with a view to working his way up to head-brewer when the time is right. He’s already spent a couple of days at the brewery and we’re looking forward to Aidan starting proper!  We’d like to thank Chris Bennigsen who Aidan is replacing, Chris is moving on as planned to set up his own brewery, ‘Eyes Brewing’ with a couple of friends in Leeds.



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 3pm until 6pm.


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We have a new beer out now called 'The North Remembers', it’s a 4% pale ale brewed with Liberty, Cascade and Chinook hops, and our 'Winter is Coming' 5.4% oatmeal stout is coming soon!!. We have also done a special beer for a new bar in York called Valhalla, the bar and the beer are both going very well.

The grape harvest in the vineyard has started, and the crop is coming in great, lots of sugars and just the right amount of acidity, so the 2018 wines are looking very promising already.



October there will be Pickering War Weekend so Tristan is busy filling the tanks and casks getting ready for the annual influx of visitors.



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Friday 6th october: Gin Friday

Saturday 7th: Music from Brilliant Readers, Mexican street food from Sabroso Street.

Saturday 21st: Caribbean Night, from from Amber's Kitchen.

November 5th: Fire, Fireworks & music matinee.