Making noise in the blogosphere with beer.
It was one of those moments that makes you realise how quickly & with little notice 10 years can fly past. I was sitting in Milos, a tiny perfectly formed bar in Leeds looking out at a new bar called Bad Apples remembering the day it was Tribe records & I used to work behind the counter. On the positive side for every wine bar that used to populate the streets of Leeds there is now a selection of notable ale bars & what seems to be a real craft beer scene.
Between the mix of your longer standing bars like North Bar which paved the way for the growing interest in beer in the city, stand some notable new additions such as Dock Street Market & at least 3 new Leeds Brewery bars - Pin, The White Swan & The Brewery Tap. Leeds Pale Ale, 3.8per cent, from the name checked brewery, provided a thirst quenchingly good start to the night at another quality boozer called The Adelphi just over the bridge heading out towards the old Carlsberg brewery site. Dock Street & Pin sit just round the corner in an ever evolving part of Leeds & provide a relaxed alternative to the madness of Call Lane on the opposite side of the River Aire.
I could never have imagined asking for a rhubarb beer but fair play the Yorkshire grown vegetable added a nice sourness to the flavour of Ilkey Brewery's beer collaboration with beer writer Melissa Cole named 'Siberia, Rhubarb Saison', 5.9 per cent. If you're a fan of lambic tasting beers you'll love this & Dock Street could be said to be a beer Bermuda triangle as much as Yorkshire is the rhubarb triangle.
Crossing back over the bridge into the city centre, a reassured pint can always be found up a ginnel off Briggate in The Angel, a Samuel Smith's pub. This Tadcaster brewery & brother of John Smith in my eyes provides legendary beer. Samuel Smith inherited the brewery in 1886 & they still use the traditional Yorkshire Square brewing method along with only 2 others - Theakston & the Black Sheep Breweries. Samuel Smith's range of organic fruit beers are some of the best out there & the 'Organic Apricot Ale' at 5.1 per cent perfectly hit the spot with its tart sharpness taking the edge off its sweet summery hazy nature. Realising I forgot to take any pictures on the night, I drew this picture inspired by the night & found a picture of the beer of the night.....enjoi.....