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

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

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North Yorkshire beer stalwarts Rudgate Brewery won Gold in the Mild category with Ruby Mild at the Great British Beer Festival, 8-12 August. Olympia London. New pump clips are on the way to celebrate this.

The brewery team have been hard at work on Rudgate’s monthly specials. This month’s limited-edition beers include Equinox ABV 4.0%,  a Biscuity light straw coloured beer with tropical finish; Raspberry Pale ABV 4.8%,  a fruity pale Ale with fresh English raspberries; and Brew 36 – Florence ABV 4.1%,  a Traditional brown ale with a smooth body and a Tiramisu finish.


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After a wet August, we at Half Moon are looking forward to sunny September, you’ll find us at a few festivals:- 

Barwick in Elmet on the 16th September and the inaugural Wheldrake Beer Festival, also on the 16th September.  

Beer in the wood is becoming a regular theme for us and our stout – Robustus Lunam has been requested in a wood cask for the Calderdale CAMRA Beer and Cider festival taking place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from the 28th – 20th September.

Two of the guests from a brewery tour earlier this year will be joining us to brew their wedding day beer, more details about that one in October.



The rain has gone, it's time to eat and drink at Leeds brewer North Brewing Co. Come to one of their September Eat North events. Held weekly at the North Brewing Co. tap, (September dates are the 2nd with more to be confirmed), every Eat North market showcases the very best of the Yorkshire street food scene from Arepa to Oysters and everything in between!

Lonely Planet called Eat North 'the North's best food festival'.

On Sunday 3rd September Magic Cycle 2017 starts at North Brewing Co this year. The ride will start at 1pm and will take in a route to be decided, finishing at Magic Rock, Huddersfield.

The following Sunday 10th, North Brewing Co X Paria Cycling Apparel proudly present....The PaperboyA chairty fundraiser cycle ride from North Brewing Co brewery to North Bar Harrogate and back via North Bar Otley.


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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. We will also be releasing details of all of the benefits you can receive by joining our Crowler Club in due course.  

Whilst on a musical theme, we’re hosting our first Open Mic Unplugged evening on Thursday 7th September 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 look out for Tykeish Delight & Misfit being released in September. 

Finally new stuff! 1/3 pint tasting flights now available at the Brass Castle Taphouse.

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September is going to be a busy month for us with lots of fun things packed into the calendar. The big event we're looking forward to is York Beer and Cider Festival that is taking place at the Knavesmire. We'll have our own bar there again this year and we've brewed a special festival beer with the Festival Organiser Melissa Reed -it's a lemon balm Belgian wit called "Melissa's Wit" (Melissa is the latin name for lemon balm). This beer will be launching at the York Beer Festival in cask and keg so make sure to head over to our bar to be among the first to try it.

We are also taking our bar to the Manchester Vegan Beer Festival that is taking place in the Islington Mill in Salford on Septemeber 16th. One of the added benefits of our beers being unfined and unfiltered is that most of them are vegan friendly. The other advantage of beers being unfined is that they taste awesome -you can read more about the benefits of unfined beer here: badseedbrewery.com/unfined This is the second Vegan Beer Festival we'll be taking part in and they always have a really friendly atmosphere.

On Thursday 28th September we've got a tap takeover and Meet the Brewer at the Head of Steam in Hull - we're really looking forward to this event, there will be live music and they are launching a brand new burger on their menu. Fun times!

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 then will be on our bar at York Beer Festival -definitely one to check out.


We won the following awards for the SIBA North East competition:

Overall Champion Cask - Gold (Keras, 4.1% American Pale Ale)

Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales - Gold (Keras, 4.1% American Pale Ale)

Champion Small Pack Beers - Silver (Tonkoko, 4.3% Milk Stout)

Small Pack Speciality Mid to Dark Beers - Gold (Tonkoko, 4.3% Milk Stout)

We will be making our return to York Beer and Cider Festival from 20th-23rd Sept and we are thrilled to be making our debut appearance at Leeds International Beer Festival from 7th-10th Sept. Ready for these festival appearances we have some new special coming out which include an Imperial version of our much loved Milk Stout, Tonkoko, a Pecan Pie Porter, and a Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake Pale.

From the start of September the opening hours of the Tap Room will be changing to the following to accommodate increased interest and to allow us to brew more frequently:


  • Wed 18:00-23:00
  • Thurs 18:00-23:00
  • Fri 16:00-23:00
  • Sat 12:00-23:00


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Leeds beer week on Sunday 3rd September at 2pm and 3pm sees Women on Tap: A Conversation on Women & Beer. The panel will discuss:

• the women working in the beer industry today, taking a look at some of those roles and achievements.
• the women who we feel have been trailblazing to date, and those who are the ones to watch. 
• today’s brewsters and the breweries under female influence. 
• what we believe are the very best ‘lady beers’ around. 
• some of the festivals, social groups, bloggers and other enthusiasts flying the flag for women and beer.
• what women beer drinkers really want from the industry today.
• membership organisations, discussing their relevance and how well they are listening.
• and – following on from the recent Manchester Beer Week debate - we’ll tackle the subject of industry sexism….

Panel includes:

Katie Marriot, Owner & Brewer at Nomadic Beers, Leeds plus Vice Chair for Leeds CAMRA.
Richard Park, Owner of The Little Ale House micropub in Harrogate.
Gulen Smith, Director and Co-founder at Steam Machine brewery. 
And more, to be announced. 

Northern Monk are excited to be presenting their first Monktoberfest during the weeknd of 15 to 17 September. There will be live music with the Yorkshire Oompah Band, drinking games, a few German beers and food stalls too! Plenty of fun for all the family.


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?

The Autumn Range will make an appearance towards the end of September. Gold XS and Barolo will be back to join Blonde, Pale Porter and Avenoir. We should also produce our annual Green Hop Ale ‘Beerjolais’.

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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Beers – We released a new 4.2% abv. Golden-Ale towards the end of August which is going really well.  ‘Hop Honey’ is a Golden single hopped ale with East Kent Goldings giving a spicy, honey nose, then packed with locally produced honey from Acomb giving a velvety smooth and sweet finish.

We also released a classic 5.5% abv. Saison Style Ale, which originated in Belgium, brewed in the winter and kept for the workers in summer.  The classic slightly hazy appearance is due to the use of a Belle Saison Yeast, complemented by a spicy, citrus aroma from the American Liberty hops resulting in a crisp and refreshing finish … this is called ‘Harvest Heist’

Lastly.  ‘Lavished Lenny’ was launched a couple of weeks ago on ‘Yorkshire Day’ and is based on the Harvest Heist with the addition of the Liberty Hop … this is a Charity Ale and 15p from every pint sold goes directly to St. Leonards Hospice in York. 

Finally. We launched our first ‘kegged’ ale last week also, ‘Kolkata Karma’ is a cool 6.1% IPA and tastes great in Keg and Cask …. a craft-larger at 4.9% will follow very shortly.

We welcomed Andy Capel to Ainsty Ales Brewery at the start of August who takes over as Head-Brewer from Alan who’s moved on to Brass Castle.  Andy lives very close to the brewery and is not only a very competent head-brewer, but also brings a wealth of experience in the form of sales, marketing and engineering. 

Our apprentice Chris will be moving on towards the end of October to concentrate on his own brewery, ‘Eyes Brewing’ who’ll be based in Leeds.  Chris has been our apprentice / joint delivery person since we opened last October but has also been building up his own brewery which he plans to open in early 2018 with a couple of friends from Leeds. 

We are now looking for somebody who’s willing to start as an apprentice and move their way up to be head brewer in a few years … this role will involve one days delivering also to start with.

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 (11th) which is great for the location we’re at … our tap-room opens each Friday from 3pm until 6pm.


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Our Autumn beer, Hearty Fall 4.5% dark ruby red ale, single hopped with Fuggles will be brewed and ready for the end of September. We are planning a Harvest barn dance at the vineyard, date to be confirmed but likely mid to late October. We have also been shortlisted for a White rose award (run by Welcome to Yorkshire) in the makers and producers category, awards ceremony on the 30th October, very excited about this one!!



September will see York CAMRA Beer and cider festival where you will be able to indulge your taste buds in Istanbul Pale Ale, Cole Porter.  They will also beon tap in the Black Swan along with the Half Wit (a wheat beer), Breworks lager and Great Scot. While you are there do stick your nose into Whistlers Gin Bar, gorgeous. In October there will be Pickering War Weekend so Tristan is busy filling the tanks and casks getting ready for the annual influx of visitors.