LITTLE Foodie Favourites: Best beer in Leeds

Here at LITTLE, we have to admit that we get a bit giddy at the thought of our Friday post-work beers. Suffice to say that we are blessed with the totally ace selection of watering holes in Leeds these days. With Yorkshire having such a proud brewing heritage and having a phenomenal number of breweries per capita, it’s safe to say that the Northern Beer scene is positively booming. Leeds very much surfs the forefront of this wave, and with the rise in specialist beer bars and a plethora of top-notch tap rooms, we’re often spoilt for choice. Here we try our hardest to select a few favourites, here is our rundown of the best beer in Leeds…

The Brunswick

New kid on the block The Brunswick offers a small but perfectly formed beer selection alongside hearty, home-cooked food. With well-kept cask from both local producers like Kirkstall and Great Heck, to further afield treats from London’s Five Points and Siren. WIth a cutting edge art gallery showcasing local artists upstairs, and regular DJs spinning an eclectic mix of jazz, soul and electronica, this really is one of the city’s little gems. Plus, they’ve just celebrated their first birthday, with a celebratory brew from local duo Zapato. Get it before it’s all gone!
LITTLE’S favourite: Zapatobrew – Beaucoup Weisse – Raspberry Berlinerweisse – 4%

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North Bar

It’s a long-standing powerhouse on the beer scene in Leeds, turning the grand old age of 20 next year (which in bar years, puts you solidly into the long-life category). With 19 draught beer lines which range from house beers brewed by North Brewing Co, to exclusive rarities from around the world, you’re never stuck for a tasty beer to try. With knowledgeable staff and even table service, there’s really no need to move anywhere once you’ve settled in for the evening. Unless of course it’s to go and try some North brew straight from the source, as the brewery is just a five minute stroll up the road…
LITTLE’S favourite: North Brew Co – Transmission – West Coast IPA – 6.9%

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Wapentake

This trusty little Yorkshire-themed deli is a firm favourite amongst the LITTLE team for a cosy, chilled out pint or two. The bar supports local breweries as much as possible, with cask and keg lines frequently dedicated to breweries from across the county, including Bad Co, Magic Rock, Ilkley and Northern Monk. Also purveyors of fine food, they serve some of the best cake in town – which makes the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon beer if you ask us…
LITTLE’s favourite: Magic Rock – Grapefruit Hire Wire – IPA – 5.5% (drink with cake)

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Northern Monk Refectory

Nestled in the industrial heart of Holbeck, Northern Monk’s revival of Marshall Mill’s Old Flax Store is a key symbol of Leeds’ thriving regeneration. It seems befitting that the breathtaking site is home to one of Leeds’ leading breweries, ready to slake the local workers’ thirst. With twenty lines of draught available in the Refectory (that’s the dining room in a monastery, by the way), there is an utterly sterling choice of brews – over half of which are freshly brewed just downstairs. Visit on a brewday and bask in the biscuity, malty atmosphere created by the mash – it’s just heavenly.
LITTLE’S favourite: Northern Monk – Dark Arches – Black IPA – 6.7%

So there you go, that’s your beer tips sorted, now are you feeling peckish? We’ve also been debating the best pizza bars too – take a peek!

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