Ilkley Brewery’s Joshua Jane

I entered this Leeds Homebrew competition back in April of this year, the brief was to brew an American Brown Ale.  I was joint winner along with Matt Lovatt and we were invited along to brew their take on our recipes.

The brewday was on the 11th September and myself and Matt really enjoyed the experience.  We were certainly well looked after by Harriet Marks and Chris Ives.  Unconfirmed reports suggest that we pilfered the hop store before making an escape without cleaning the copper.  To this I say “no comment“.

The first incarnation of Joshua Jane, a 3.7% rich nut-brown Yorkshire Ale, hopped with Amarillo and Columbus, will be launched Tuesday 2nd October at Bar T’at in Ilkley and then the beer will be sold exclusively through Market Town Tavern pubs during that week.  Beyond this, I understand that Joshua Jane will then be part of Ilkley’s core range.

Please come along on 2nd October to support the launch and say kind things about the beer!

The following week, on Wednesday 10th October, the excellent Friends of Ham will be hosting an Ilkley Brewery Tap Takeover, which will include the most recent collaborative brews with Melissa Cole (Green Goddess, Belgian IPA), the Independent Manchester Beer Convention (Wit Marie, Belgian Wit) and Joshua Jane.  There will also be Melissa Cole’s Siberia Rhubarb Saison on keg.

Thanks once again to Chris and Ilkley Brewery for the interest shown in Leeds Homebrew.

You’ve Got a Friend in Meat

Saturday night was the much awaited opening of Friends of Ham, Leeds’ newest bar and charcuterie adding more meat to the healthy bones of a thriving beer scene.  I received an invite having spoken a little with the owners via social media and having briefly met Claire Kitching when she was out and about sourcing beer.  There were a few bloggers circling the premises on the night and they will give you the full rundown of what you can look forward to if you get to visit.  I left my bloggers hat at home, resting on my notebook and camera…. I was unarmed.  The photo above is the only one I took on the night and is testament to the fact that my attentions were solely on having a night out.   Claire and Anthony (or Kitch as you may know him) have worked tirelessly to transform their new home-from-home into a sleek, inviting and comfortable space.

Along with Head Barman Tyler, Claire and Kitch have put together a very respectable selection of beer and if Saturday is anything to go on, then you’ll never be wanting.  On tap I enjoyed Redchurch Gold, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and from the fridge Magic Rock High Wire.  I had already been at a brewery and visited a few pubs so had to leave it there.  This time around I missed out on tap-treats from The Kernel, Hawkshead, Huyghe, Magic Rock and Red Willow.

Neil over at Eating isn’t Cheating describes the food on offer much better than I could, but I did enjoy more than my fair share of Iberico Ham.  As I understand it, the food that was on offer was really just a taster and there will be much more in the way of breads and cheeses in the coming weeks.

Their clever strapline is A friend of ham is a friend of ours, and to that I say “A friend of beer is a friend of mine“.   Whether you are planning a trip to Leeds or just passing through, then their location on New Station Street is perfect.  I’ll be back there as often as I can make it, but don’t take my word for it, I recommend you go and see for yourself.

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