An end to Nomadism
So, it’s been a hectic six months here at Northern Monk with lots going on behind the scenes. After making the decision to cease our Nomadic brewing and find a suitable place to house ourselves, this became an all consuming task and after looking round at least 12 properties across Yorkshire and having plans drawn up for more than one of these, we have found (the) one.
When we set out to find a property we wanted to find somewhere that was relatively accessible by public transport, with adequate space (including somewhere for a small tap room) and the kind of character that would fit with everything we’re about. Turns out there ain’t that many around and we considered buildings in all kinds of states of disrepair, with holes in the roof, buildings with discarded boats left in them, buildings with even more holes in the roof and some in particularly colourful areas. However in October last year we found a former flax mill just outside the centre of Leeds, opposite Marshalls Mill in Holbeck Urban Village a short walk from the Train Station, City Centre and just around the corner from one of our favourite watering holes; The Cross Keys. The building had been used as offices most recently and all the original features were hidden behind stud walls. We could see the potential from the first time we viewed and knew that this was the place for us. We’ve now stripped the building back to reveal the Yorkshire stone flags and iron columns that run throughout.
Our brew kit has been fabricated down at Malrex in Burton, suppliers to a number of the breweries that have inspired us, including Magic Rock, Kernel and Siren amongst others and our first brew is planned for the end of April. In the meantime we have a series of collaborations with the likes of Saltaire, Hopcraft and Atom, keep an eye on our Twitter feed, Facebook page and site for details of these over the coming weeks. We’ll also be making a few changes and having a spring clean as well as holding a number of pop-up events in the run up to our re-launch, so watch this space.
On the subject of moving, we’ve had to admit defeat on having .co as our domain name, which we thought was pretty cool and worked with the company name. However after having many emails head to the recipients junk folder and hours of explaining “No, it’s just .co, not .co.uk or .com. Just .co”. In the course of the next 48 hours we’ll be making the ‘e’ move to www.northernmonkbrewco.com. You will now be able to contact the team on:
Russell – russell [at] northernmonkbrewco.com
Brian – brian [at] northernmonkbrewco.com
Maggie – maggie [at] northernmonkbrewco.com
Our new physical address is:
The Old Flax Store,