Cheers! Oldest pub in Leeds city centre hosts four-day beer festival

Barmaid of 33 years Kim Shires gets ready for the Whitelock's Beer Festival. Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Barmaid of 33 years Kim Shires gets ready for the Whitelock's Beer Festival. Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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PUNTERS in Leeds are invited to raise a glass as one of the city’s oldest pubs hosts its own beer festival.

Whitelock’s, which recently celebrated its 300th birthday, will host the four-day festival starting on Thursday. (July 28)

Manager Dave Herbert gets ready for the Whitelock's beer festival.

Manager Dave Herbert gets ready for the Whitelock's beer festival.

Visitors will get to sample rare beers from around the world at ‘The New Europeans’ event.

Manager Dave Herbert said: “The festival will showcase a selection of craft beers from mainland Europe, as well as special brews by UK brewers inspired by their European neighbours.

“It will provide customers with a moment to consider the strength, depth and influence of brewers in neighbouring European countries and their impact on our own beer culture.

Mr Herbert added: “The beer list features special brews from across Europe, for example four Hungarian breweries such as Budapest’s Csupor, as well as brilliant beer from Belgium like cutting-edge De Dolle brewery and the more traditional St Feuillien.

“Other examples include vanguard Italians Birrificio del Ducato, not to mention start-up Brew Age.

“UK breweries – especially those in Yorkshire – have been eager to get involved too, supplying a host of beers either drawing a heavy influence from European styles or using high quality European malts, hops and yeast strains.”

The pub off Briggate and its sister venture The Turk’s Head, located next door, will also showcase rare cask ales from Spain after securing sought-after barrels from Sant Joan de Mediona and Sant Miquel De Balenya.

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