Leeds 2

– Ed Shaw (Untappd: edshaw1977)

For my visit to Leeds in February I decided to take in a few destinations not covered in our Leeds post from 2017. The variety and quality of the craft beer haunts in these parts made for another enjoyable day out, with even more still left to visit next time.

I started out at The Brunswick, situated on the corner of North St and Melbourne St in the north of the city centre. An attractive building both inside and out, the choice of beers mirrored the great first impression. My first beer of the day was from local micro-brewery Wilde Child, which started life in April 2016. It was a lovely IPA called Opaque Reality and proved to be one of my favourites for this tour. There was so much good beer on offer I would have been happy to spend the whole afternoon here were it not for the other interesting places on the itinerary!

Next to the bustling Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen for another beer and some lunch. We were lucky enough to visit on a day that saw numerous street food vendors take over the premises, so there was plenty of choice. To accompany the Korean dish I opted for, I had a nice pint of Buxton SPA, an American Pale. The bar was really busy so it was hard to see too much of what was on offer here, so I will return sometime either for another meal or for one of the gigs they regularly hold here.

After a quick visit to an American event being held in North Bar and a Sonoma by Track Brewing it was on to The Turk’s Head off Briggate. This lovely little bar can be found by walking down an alley past the 18th Century Whitelock’s Ale House. In fact, they are both the same business, with more traditional pub fare to be found in Whitelock’s and some great craft offerings in The Turk’s Head. It was very busy but as we had managed to get a table we stayed here for a few beers, most notably the Star Wars themed Rey Of Light, an episode VIII% from Bristol’s Moor Beer Company.

After a quick pint of a decent blonde ale called Contraption from Abbeydale Brewery (the most interesting thing about our brief visit to Foleys Tap House on The Headrow), it was Wapentake on Kirkgate that would be our next port of call. A quaint little place with some good beers available, I went for a fairly traditional IPA from the Brass Castle micro-brewery in Malton (North Yorkshire) called Sunshine.

Despite sunshine being the last thing on the Leeds weather agenda we braved the downpour and ventured next door to the Doghouse Bar & Record Store, a nice little place with beers on offer from Horsforth Brewery, another very small local brewer. I had a bottle of their Aubretia Black IPA.

From here we had a quick one in the busy Outlaws Yacht Club (a Wylam, Hickey The Rake) then on to our final call, Caravanserai on Crown St. There was no beer to be had here but I had one of the best kebabs I have ever tasted, a Chicken Shawarma. This proved to be the perfect end to the evening.

Bonus visits:

Earlier in the day I was treated to visits to two excellent beer shops – Raynville Superstore (14-16 Raynville Rd, Leeds, LS12 2TF) and Beer Ritz (14 Weetwood Ln, Leeds, LS16 5LX) – which are both highly recommended with great selections of International, UK and local bottles and cans available.

Magic Rock Tap Room – a brewery that I’m sure needs no introduction to most has a large tap room at its brewery in Huddersfield, about 20 minutes drive from Leeds city centre. An inviting, well decorated space, with a bar offering about 10 Magic Rock beers on tap and some of their cans and merchandise, as well as street food (weekends only, I think).

If you visit any of the places featured in this blog, please let them know that Beer Tours sent you.

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