After a long day one, visiting four breweries in Kaunas, the next day took me to a further three breweries. This time, though, Tomas and I headed to Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius. Our first stop was Sakiškių Alus on the outskirts of the city, in a beautiful location.
Whilst the craft beer boom has matured in some major Northern towns and cities, it has been a little slower on the up take in others. On a recent trip to Blackpool, I visited West Coast Rock Brewery. Here, they are developing their craft, and bringing Blackpool drinkers along with them on the journey.
As day one drew to a close on my Lithuanian beer adventure, Tomas, Big M and I visited our fourth and final brewery. Having been to Apynys, Avilys and Genys, our last stop of the day was one of Lithuania’s oldest running breweries – Kauno Alus.
Another day, another new brewery in Leeds! Anthology Brewing Company becomes the latest new brewery on the scene, as Leeds continues to demonstrate it’s a hot bed for craft brewers and craft drinkers. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the new brewery and catch up with Owner and Head Brewer, Liam Kane.
Earlier this year, I began a series of articles about my trip to Lithuania and, specifically, a tour of some of its wonderful and varied breweries. Day one of my trip saw me start out in Kaunas, first at Apynys, and then Avilys. My third stop of the day would take me to a fascinating brewery that would not look out of place if it were part of the UK craft brewing scene – Genys Brewing Co.
In late June 2018, Festival of Brewers made its debut in Leeds. This was the first festival I’d ever led the organisation of. Having had some time to reflect on the experience, I thought I’d share with you what it’s like to be a beer event organiser!
Based in Keighley, Wishbone Brewery will be travelling the furthest to bring beer to Festival of Brewers. Brewing since 2011, head brewer Adrian Chapman has proven himself to be a quality beer producer, and he isn’t afraid to offer an opinion or two on the beer industry.
Found in Garforth, one of Leeds’ suburbs, Quirky Ales perfectly fits the bill of our small and independent approach to Festival of Brewers. The Quirky Ales brewery and tap room are proving themselves to be a great addition to the local community, under the guidance of Head Brewer and co-owner, Mike Quirk.
Joining the breweries taking part in the Festival of Brewers is Wilde Child Brewing Co. Pushing boundaries from day one, Wilde Child have recently outgrown their garage brewery and now have a microbrewery in Armley, Leeds. Here, owner Keir McAllister-Wilde is looking to expand on his already strong brand and reputation.
Here’s the first of a series of articles that will focus on some of our participating breweries at Festival of Brewers 2018 – Leeds. Creating beer on historic brew kit that has seen award winning brewers hone their craft, Nomadic Beers have big shoes to fill. But, even after just 18 months of trading, they seem to be doing a pretty good job of it!