From locally brewed pale ales to exotic international brews, you can pick up all kinds of great beers from these Leeds bottle shops.
If you’re a craft beer aficionado, the chances are you won’t find the brews to titillate your palate down the corner shop or in your local supermarket. So where do you go? To Leeds’ bottle shops, of course. These places are run by experts who know their IPAs from their APAs and are chock full of delicious beers made by the world’s best breweries. So go on, pay them a visit and stock up.
Little Leeds Beerhouse
Little Leeds Beerhouse is small, but they certainly don’t fall short when it comes to stocking great craft beers and real ales. They’re perfect if you’re looking for small-batch beers by a range of indie breweries, from Verdant Brewing Co. to Buxton Brewery, but they also stock a host of classic brews you can drink time and again. Prefer to take away a freshly poured beer? Check the blackboard to see what’s on draught and fill a growler to take home with you, or grab a seat in-store.
Little Leeds Beerhouse, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Beer Ritz was Leeds’ first craft beer megastore when it opened in 1998 and is still one of the best in the UK, never mind Leeds. They sell over 800 different tipples here and you can tell they know their stuff, stocking everything from real ales and craft beer to imported lagers, fruit beers and one-offs. You’ll find all the great UK breweries, from Verdant to Magic Rock, alongside a wide array of classic Belgian and German beers.
Beer Ritz, 14 Westwood Lane, Headingley, LS16 5LX.
The Hop Shack
The Hop Shack sells 130 craft beers from across the globe and is the best place for craft beer in Horsforth. You can get cans from across Europe, like Barcelona’s Garage Beer Co and Berlin’s Berliner Pilsner. Or go for a tipple from Leeds-based brewery Wilde Child Brewing Co. If you want to take some for the road, they can sort you out with a 64oz or 32oz growler which you can fill with one of six keg beers they have on tap, or just enjoy a pint in their bar.
The Hop Shack, 135 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4QD.
Growlers is known for its hefty old beer fridges, which are full to the brim with all the best cans from nearby and beyond. They stock the latest collaborations too, from favourites like Left Handed Giant Brewing, Northern Monk and Burning Sky Brewery. Want to sample a tipple fresh from the tap? Settle down in their bar area and cast your eyes over their rotating selection.
Growlers, 29 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.
With over 800 UK and international beers alongside rotating taps for growler re-fills, Raynville is now one of the biggest and best craft beer shops in the UK. It’s a the bar equivalent of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – you can play it safe with familiar favourites or introduce yourself to the great local breweries. But if you want to expand those horizons, Raynville is the place to do it, stocking everything from unique beers from across the globe to one-off collaborations between innovative breweries.
Raynville, 14-16 Raynville Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TF.
Latitude is a staple bottle shop when it comes to wine and spirits, but they also have a cracking beer selection. Everything is specially picked and with the owner’s 30 years of experience in the field, you can expect to find the best. Their shelves are lined with some of Yorkshire’s finest beer from bottles of Ilkley Brewery and Black Sheep Brewery to cans from Northern Monk and North Brewing Co.
Latitude, 5 Cherry Tree Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EB.
Caspar’s Bottle Shop
Caspar’s Bottle Shop is the go-to craft beer shop in Chapel Allerton. Although they take pride in providing beers from the best up and coming local breweries like The Meanwood Brewery and Eyes Brewing, they also sell a wide range of international favourites, from Norwegian brewery Lervig to The Netherland’s Uiltje Brewing Company. They have four keg taps on too for all your growler needs, and if you find a brew that you like you can enjoy it on one of their handful of stools.
Casper’s Bottle Shop, 65 Potternewton Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3LW.
The Curious Hop
For a well-stocked beer shop that also does growler refills, head to The Curious Hop in Otley. From Sweden’s Omnipollo to Kirkbymoorside’s Turning Point Brew Co, you can get a diverse range of worldwide tipples, but they have a real focus on great local breweries like Acorn, Atom and Brew York. They sell growlers, which you can fill with one of four fresh keg beers on offer. But it’s not just a shop – it’s also a cool bar, decked out with beer mats on the walls and a welcoming atmosphere, where you can enjoy a few pints.
The Curious Hop, 18 New Market, Otley, Leeds, LS2 1 3AE.
Fuggle and Golding
Fuggle and Golding is an intimate tap house and bottle shop in Ilkley. You’ll find loads of great Northern beers here, from Leeds’ North Brewing Co to Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co. They also scour the globe for the best international brews they can find, with over 300 beers available to take away. They have nine taps filled with fresh beer that you can take away in a growler or you can even take a seat and have a few beers while you’re there.
Fuggle and Golding, 30 Leeds Road, Ilkley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 8DS.© Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Corvin Pamp