Beer lovers, rejoice! Kirkstall Brewery’s taproom is now open and boy was it worth the wait.
Kirkstall Brewery is a Leeds institution and it just got better. They’ve flung open their doors, so you can now try their beers mere metres from where they’re made at their new taproom and kitchen. It’s a States-style brewery tap, with the feel of a proper British pub, so you’ll be right at home as you sup a pint of Three Swords or of Dissolution IPA.
Since they started brewing in 2012, Kirkstall Brewery has gone from strength to strength. In fact, they went from producing 650,000 pints to 1.5 million in just one year. After making the move to a larger, more versatile brewery on Kirkstall Road, the next step was to open a taproom. Fast forward through three years of careful planning and The Brewery Tap & Kitchen is now here.
“It’s a very different offering to other taprooms around the world,” Kirkstall Brewery’s Managing Director John Kelly told us. “Obviously there are a lot of industrial modern stripped-back taprooms and there are more traditional old school brewery taps, but this is different. It sits between both of them, and there’s nothing else like it, that’s for sure.”
Inside, the design takes inspiration from the warehouse-style taprooms of America’s West Coast with high ceilings and exposed brick walls. But the team have taken care to give it a homely British pub feel, with cosy touches like wood panelling, warm chandelier lighting and comfy leather booths. The walls are decked with owner Steve Holt’s vast collection of vintage beer memorabilia, including pieces from the original Kirkstall Brewery that date back to the 1800s.
Now for the important stuff. What beers do they have behind the bar? There will be all your favourite Kirkstall brews, like Virtuous and Pale, alongside one rotating special. Want to try something new? They’ve launched a brand new beer to celebrate the opening – Jasper is an all-too-drinkable session IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. As well as Kirkstall’s beers, you can choose from a handpicked selection of guest beers. The team are part of a closely-knit brewing community across the UK, so they’ll be showcasing beers from the likes of Verdant and Hawkshead that are harder to find in Leeds.
Hungry? You can get a great feed with your pint. They have an Italian-inspired menu of salads, focaccia sandwiches and freshly made pizzas, cooked in the taproom’s own pizza oven. “We’ve gone all out and made some spectacular pizzas,” Kelly explained. “We’re playing around with lots of different doughs to offer different styles of pizza like Romagna and Neapolitan, as well as our own cross between the two.” They have all the classics including Margherita, Pepperoni and Garlic Mushroom, or you can go for their ever-changing special, which is chosen by the brewery team.
Kirkstall Brewery already holds a special place in our hearts, but this latest addition will add a whole new dimension to it. They’ve opened the door into their world and given us a glimpse of their home – but more than that, they’ve created space where we can delve into the craft of beer making. Expect a packed calendar of beery events!
Kirkstall Brewery Tap & Kitchen, Kirkstall Brewery, 100 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1HJ. Open from 12.00pm to 9.00pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 12.00pm to 12.00am Thursday to Saturday.