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BrewDog Leeds signals the arrival of the craft beer revolution in West Yorkshire
BrewDog Leeds brings number of UK bars to 11.
BrewDog, Scotland’s largest independent brewery has officially opened BrewDog Leeds, its eleventh craft beer bar. Located at White Cloth Hall, Crown Street, the new bar will be the first opening of 2013, kicking off BrewDog’s aim to open 10 new UK and international bars this year. Last year saw BrewDog add five bars to its ever-growing roster.
- BrewDog Leeds is the 11th UK BrewDog bar to open.
- The bar will serve locally sourced food such as pork pies from The Little Yorkshire Pie Company and vegetarian scotch eggs from The Handmade Scotch Egg Co.
- The bar serves a variety of BrewDog beers alongside draught beers from breweries all over the world, including Mikkeller, Bierra Del Borgo, De Molen, Nogne O, and Ballast Point.
- It took almost a year of court dates and appeals to get the licence for the site approved.
- This year BrewDog opened a new brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire which increased its production capacity ten fold.
- BrewDog aims to open a further 9 bars across the UK in 2013, plus more oversees.
BrewDog co-founder James Watt commented:
“We’ve had our eye on Leeds for a long while now, but several forces conspired in an attempt to halt the craft beer revolution reaching this great city. It took us almost a year of court dates and appeals to finally get the licence for BrewDog Leeds, but now it’s here and it’s going to rock. The resulting bar is a testament to our passion and love for craft beer and it comes at a time when Leeds is boycotting yellow, insipid lagers that monopolise the area. Not anymore.”
James Watt continued:
“2012 was a great year for us with bar openings in several major UK cities, and we see the Leeds bar as the harbinger of a new, assertive chapter in the craft beer revolution. The long fight it took to get it open only served to bolster our determination to continue to challenge the current understanding of beer in the UK. A West Yorkshire bar is a strategically important asset in this on going fight. Our location in the 250-year-old White Cloth Hall puts us in touch with the history of the city and we hope BrewDog Leeds is the beginning of a significant contribution to the cultural make-up of Leeds.”
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