Northern Monk to host first UK pours of rare US beers

By James Beeson contact

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Over here: rare US beers will be served as part of Northern Monk Brew Co’s upcoming Hop City Sessions event
Over here: rare US beers will be served as part of Northern Monk Brew Co’s upcoming Hop City Sessions event
Four of New York’s most sought-after breweries are to pour beers as part of Northern Monk Brew Co’s upcoming Hop City Sessions event, the Leeds-based brewery has revealed.

On Saturday 18 August, the brewery will be showcasing beers from Mikkeller NYC, KCBC, Threes Brewing and Other Half - at its Refectory tap room. The event is part of the wider Leeds Beer Week festival taking place in the city between 17-26 August.

The event will be the first time that Threes Brewing (Brooklyn) and Mikkeller NYC (based in the New York Mets Baseball stadium in Queens) have ever poured in the UK.

Hoppy showcase

The Hop City Sessions is a series of small-scale events being organised by Northern Monk to showcase the best hoppy beers in the UK and further afield. The concept is based on the brewery’s highly successful Hop City beer festival​, which takes place at the brewery taproom each Easter

Bringing the hype: The beers the US brewers will be pouring

Threes Brewing

Here Ya Go Pale Ale – 5.2%
Echo of Nothing Mexican Lager – 5%

Mikkeller NYC

Henry Hops IPA – 6.5%
Henry Hustle APA – 5%

Other Half

DDH Space Daydream Imperial Oat Cream IPA – 8.3%
Triple Mosaic Daydream Imperial Oat Cream IPA – 10.5%


Crypto Currency DDH IPA (Collaboration with Burial) – 7%
Hashe Cashe New England IPA w/ Hop Hash – 7.3%

Speaking about the Hop City Sessions event, Russell Bisset, founder of Northern Monk Brew Co, said: “Hop City has given us the opportunity to showcase some of the best hop forward beer in the world. Our goal is to serve these to you as fresh as possible, tasting as they would do in New York City.

“All of the beer is flown in temperature-controlled conditions. We’re grateful to our friends in the U.S. for letting us be custodians of their product and we’re excited to share some of our favourite beers from around the world with our community in Leeds.”

Beer Yoga event

As well as the Hop City Sessions event, Northern Monk is also hosting several other unique events as part of Leeds Beer Week, including Beer Yoga (a collaboration with Yoga Hero), a Beer & Brunch session, and a tour and tasting event with Northern Monk’s head of production, Colin Stronge.

The brewery has also brewed the official beer for this year’s festival, which is available in both keg and can across the city.

Earlier this year, Northern Monk successfully raised £1.5m via crowdfunding to triple brewing capacity and invest in new equipment, smashing its initial £500,000 target​ in just three hours. 

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