New Leeds beer festival to showcase independent craft breweries

By James Beeson contact

- Last updated on GMT

Craft: The event is designed around the idea of showcasing smaller independent breweries
Craft: The event is designed around the idea of showcasing smaller independent breweries
The Festival of Brewers will take place on 29-30 June at New Craven Hall, just south of Leeds city centre.

The event is designed to showcase smaller, independent craft breweries that often get overlooked at other festivals in favour of more well-known producers.

All nine breweries involved in the event are Yorkshire based and will be hosting their own bars, selling cask and keg on draft. They will be also be bringing bottles and cans for drinking at the event, or to takeaway.

Tutored tastings

The brewers will be on hand to talk attendees through the beers, and there will be a tutored tasting session on both days of the festival.

The breweries in attendance will be: Nomadic Beers, Meanwood Brewery, EYES Brewing, Quirky Ales, Wilde Child Brewing Co, Wishbone Brewery, Sunbeam Ales, Crooked Brewing and Horsforth Brewery.

“As much as I love the well-known craft brewers and other beer festivals, I wanted to create an event to give an opportunity to those who don’t always get one,” festival organiser and beer writer Mike Hampshire said. “The festival concept is to host an event shining a spotlight on smaller, independent craft breweries that are often overlooked at other festivals. These small breweries are brewing on small kit, and producing great tasting, quality beers.”

GBBF introduces Ask For Angela

The festival is ticket only, with general admission starting at £6 (plus a £1 booking fee).

Meanwhile, earlier this month it was announced​ that The Great British Beer Festival is to introduce the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign this year to help ensure the safety and comfort of its visitors.

Visitors to the festival need to simply “Ask for Angela”, a phrase that acts as a code to identify security or staff that some form of discreet assistance is required.

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