Beer, beautiful Beer.
It is one of the oldest drinks in the world with first signs of it being supped are as far back as 9500 BC.
So while cool cocktail creations come and go, it is time to celebrate the precious pint with the second Leeds Beer Week which opened on Thursday. (August 24)
While there are more real ale and beer festivals than you can hit with a hangover, this one looks to develop beer businesses as well as giving punters chance to sample the amber nectar.
Hub venues are Northern Monk, North Bar, Arcadia, Headrow House, Turk’s Head and Bundobust, but there are fringe events at dozens of other real ale and craft beer bars across the city throughout the event which is actually ten days of beery banter.
For example, Friends of Ham will have a special four course beer dinner with Wiper and True, there will be a showcase of Kirkstall Brewery’s ales at the city’s oldest pub, Whitelocks and there will be a Manchester takeover of the Eat North bank Holiday Bash with brews and street food from across the Pennines.
It also provides a platform for the thriving scene of 17 independent Leeds brewers that are tapping into the heritage of beer with a renewed interest for a younger market.
Keen beer fans will recognise some such as Leeds Brewery and Eyes Brewing but there others like Ridgeside and one man band, Wilde Child who based in Kirkstall has gone from brewing just one barrel a week to three times as many, making it a full time job.
The festival directors said: “We wanted to create a festival about venues, about the people and about all of Leeds. We have all worked in the beer industry for a number of years and wanted to give Leeds something that highlights the history and constant progress of its beer business.”