Spend a few hours tasting an array of great beers in the city’s finest bars and breweries.
Love beer? You need to try out one of the city’s beer tasting experiences. Some of the city’s finest bars and breweries will line up a selection of new and interesting beers for you to try. You’ll then get an insight into how the beers are made and what to look out for while you’re taking a sip. Who knows? You might just find your next favourite tipple.
BrewDog don’t just do beer tastings – they invite you to join their Beer School. Their tutored sessions are some of the best in Leeds, and take place at their stripped back Crown Street venue or their spacious North Street bar. You’ll start with an expert talk from one of their team. They’ll introduce you to BrewDog and their history, before you try five different beers and cheese combos with an insight into each one. It’s £20 per person and you can book it whenever you like.
BrewDog, White Cloth Hall, Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA & Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
North Brewing Co.
If you want to see what exciting things North Brewing Co. has been up to recently, you should pay them a visit on a Saturday afternoon for their hour-long guided brewery tour. You’ll be shown all around their industrial unit where you’ll learn what they do and how they do it, before you make your way to their brewery tap. Here, you’ll enjoy a beer tasting with a member of their team who’ll take you through a trio of their most popular brews, as well as some of their rarer creations. It’s £10 per person and takes place every Saturday.
North Brewing Co, Unit 6 Taverners Walk, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AH.
The Botanist offers four different beer tastings at their Leeds bar. The History of Ales will take you from primitive beer styles to cutting edge modern beers, while What is Craft? will introduce you to the most popular beers of the craft beer movement – both cost £30. Alternatively, you could do The Best of British for £20 and try everything from IPAs and porters, or book The Best of Europe for £25 and work you way through a selection of Belgian, German and Czech beers. Each session lasts 90 minutes and is available for a minimum of 6 people.
The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Little Leeds Beer House
Little Leeds Beer House do their beer tastings a little bit differently. They invite brewers from some of the best breweries from around the UK to showcase their beers and lead you through a tutored tasting. The price and amount of beers you get to try depends on each individual event – for instance, they’ve done a free tasting of four beers from Brew By Numbers while Burning Sky brought three of their latest saisons to try for £6. Just keep an eye out for their future special tasting events.
Little Leeds Beer House, Unit B3B, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Brewtown take you on a tour of three of the city’s best breweries and you’ll do a tasting in each one. You’ll be picked up in their minibus at The Queens, before heading to Quirky Ales in Garforth, Northern Monk Brew Co. in Holbeck and North Brewing Co. in Sheepscar. You’ll learn about what they do, from how they make their regular beers to one-offs they produce, before trying out a range of tipples. It’s £55 per person and they take place every Saturday.
Brewtown Tours take place every Saturday and start from The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ.
Yorkshire Wine School
Beer tasting from wine experts? It may sounds crazy, but trust us, Yorkshire Wine School know what they’re talking about. They host semi-regular events at Lucky Number 7, with a focus either on British or global beers. You can taste a wide selection of beers, with everything from real ales to Czech lagers and Belgian fruit beers, depending on the class you pick. You’ll learn about how it’s made before they talk through the tasting notes of each beer – they’ll even throw in some British sausages to soak it all up. Classes start from £32.50 although you can book a private class for a fee dependent on when and where you want it.
Yorkshire Wine School, Lucky Number 7, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.© Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Joseph Sheerin