Recent Happenings in the Monkhood

Recent Happenings in the Monkhood.

It’s been a busy but frustrating few weeks here at Northern Monk. Work towards our new home continues, despite many a hurdle and delay, and we’re beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

The most recent, much awaited development occured yesteday morning. We’ve been granted full planning permission from Leeds City Council for the Brewery, plus the Refectory bar and bottle shop. Setting up in a grade II listed mill was always going to be hard going, so to have cleared this major hurdle is a great relief (and called for a drink or 5). Our builders are in the process of installing our brewing area floor, including a central drain and bonded wall around the perimeter of the space, and as soon as that is complete we can get on with installing our kit.

More news on progress to come, but for now here’s a sneak peak of our almost finished equipment. We cannot wait for the day they get put to work in their new home!

In the meantime we’ve kept busy and caught up with brewing friends across the country to create some exciting collaborative brews! We had great fun at the Sparrow in Bradford launching the Smoked Porter we brewed at Saltaire Brewery, and following that, thanks to a generous invite from Gazza and Tom down at Hopcraft, the Crafty Monk was born – 5.7%, deeply red, and loaded with all of our favourite US hops. Two more collaborations have followed swiftly on their heels…

This way for ENLIGHTENMENT…

Last night, (Tuesday 20th May) we took over Friends of Ham with the guys from Atom Beers to launch “Enlightenment”. Back in April, Brother Brian made a pilgrimage over to Atom’s base in Hull with just the habit on his back, his trusty mash paddle and a sackful of Curaçao Oranges. Our brother conspired with these brothers of science, and the result became a 6.2% Rye Saison bursting with Orange zest and a bite of spiciness. It’s sat on fruit for numerous weeks and is now ready to enlighten people’s taste buds across the North. Another new beer which made an appearance on the night was “De Mönch”, a 4.1% Blonde hopped with numerous German hop varieties, including a large amount of Saphir for a fresh, citrusy aroma. This was brewed over in Manchester with Rob of Blackjack Beers, and is now out and about in cask.

This is far from the end of our May activities though! We’re delighted to be one of the main sponsors of Bradford’s Threadfest, and as part of that we’ll be taking over the taps at The Sparrow over the bank holiday weekend, with a little help with some friends – Bad Seed, Blackjack and Fourpure Brewing. This is also coincides with The Sparrow’s 3rd Birthday weekend so it’s bound to be great fun all round.

Introducing Fourpure Brewing…

Fourpure Brewing are a new brewery based in Bermondsey, London, who we’ve had the pleasure of working with, distributing their beers around the North. If you hadn’t heard on the craft beer hop-vine, they have just this week began canning their excellent beers and we’re delighted to have taken delivery of the first cans off the line ready to cater to all your summer drinking needs. These will also be getting their Northern unveiling at The Sparrow this weekend (23rd – 25th May). We’ve also taken on distribution of kegs for Bad Seed Brewery around the Leeds/Manchester area. Get in touch if you’re interested.

Further Monk Business

That very same weekend (The drinking never stops!) you can find us on a bar with Golden Owl Brewery at the LS6 Beer Festival held in Left Bank, Leeds, were we’ll be pouring Enlightenment and Smoked Porter, as well as at Baildon Farmers Market on the Saturday with a range of bottles from ourselves and others, including Bad Seed, Ilkley and Saltaire to drink there or take away.

Finally, but definitely not least, we’ll be over in Manchester for a RED IPA SMACKDOWN! Port Street Beer House will be pitching our Red IPA, for one day only renamed “Brett the Hitman Hop” (or possibly “Hop Hogan”), against their very own Indy Man Brew Co Hopcraft-collaborated Red IPA, “Ultimate Warrior”. A right royal rumble to the end (of the keg!), it all goes down on Thursday 29th May. Don’t panic, Brother Russell will not be allowed to wear his lycra wrestling costume (but we cannot promise anything as far as Hopcraft Gazza is concerned!)

We’ve plenty more in the pipeline for June and beyond so watch this space, and in particular our twitter and facebook feeds for the latest news from the Monkhood.