It’s astonishing to think that it was only just over 6 years ago that Leeds’ brewing scene was still dominated by Tetley’s. After Carlsberg’s decision to close the site and move brewing elsewhere, it was a tough time for employees, beer consumer support groups and for the city of Leeds itself. Almost 200 years of brewing heritage gone in the blink of an eye.
Traditionally, I’ve found alcohol free beer to be quite thin and tasteless. However, things seem to be moving on and brewers are looking at ways to produce low alcohol beer which is designed to taste more like it’s alcohol bearing equivalent.
Whilst taking in some sunshine and fresh air during a lunch time walk a couple of weeks ago, I happened across a small market taking place at Wellington Place, just by the historic wagon lifting tower. One of the stalls featured a brewery I’d not heard of before – Little Black Dog Beer Company.
Having attended the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), held at Olympia, for the last few years now, I feel like I’ve become a bit of a veteran! Although my years of attendance is a drop in the ocean compared to the 40 years that this huge festival has been going for.
Leading the Leeds CAMRA branch AGM on Monday 9th May will be my final activity as Branch Chairman. After three years as Chairman and four years as a committee member, I have decided to step down. Those close to me know this has been a difficult decision as I view this as a real privilege. I am proud to have held the position and also of what we’ve achieved in that time. My hope is that I have served the branch membership and committee well in my time.