BeerRitz Welcome


Welcome to our "social media hub". From here you can reach all of the different bits of the BeerRitz empire.

For all mail order, you can use our online shop www.beerritz.co.uk. You can also follow the mail order service on Twitter here, and you can like the Facebook page so updates will appear in your timeline. You can email the mail order service using this form, or you can call us on 01423 359371 (9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday)

Our shop, BeerRitz, in Headingley, Leeds, is open from midday to 9pm, 7 days a week. You can follow the Leeds shop on Twitter here, and you can find the shop's Facebook page here. Their phone number is 0113 275 3464, or you can email them here.

The blog below is a general summary of what is arriving on a weekly basis. The things we mention below will appear online fairly quickly, then get to the Leeds shop the following week, usually on the Thursday.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Ilkley Brewery Tasting

Our latest Saturday tasting was a few weeks ago - we're a bit slow at getting this video up owing to various bits of lurgy and absence - but we were very pleased to welcome Ilkley Brewery to the shop for the afternoon, They brought two beers, Notorious F.I.G., which is a 7.5% fig dubbel designed to pair with cheese, and the brilliant Lotus IPA, which is a burst of pithy grapefruit freshness delivered in a very clean, crisp golden IPA.

Notorious F.I.G. is certainly the more complex beer, realistically needing a slab of cheese to play against, but the Lotus IPA was probably the star of the show, providing a big explosion of grapefruity hop character against a simple pale malt background. There's something incredibly satisfying about the burst of pithy citrus being delivered in a cheeky little cold can too - I sneaked a sip at the start of the video, and the clean, zesty coolness took me by surprise.

If you can't get to the BeerRitz shop in Leeds, you can buy their beers here.




Our next tasting is for the launch of Roosters Brewing Co's new session IPA, 24/7. It's a brilliantly fruity and pleasingly bitter 4.7% of golden loveliness, which should bring a lot of happiness to a lot of people over the summer. We'll also have the world premier of Highway 51 in cans, a 3.7% riot of Mosaic, Centennial and Rakau hops. Come along to BeerRitz, 14 Weetwood Lane, Headingley, LS16 5LX on Saturday 29th April, 1-4pm for free beer, badges, blather, banter and other things beginning with B.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ilkley Brewery Tasting - Saturday 25th March


It's that time again! Join us on Saturday 25th March from 1pm-4pm for our next in-store free tasting. This month, we've got the guys from Ilkley Brewery popping round showing off some of their newest and most exciting beers. We will have:

 -Notorious FIG bottles
-Alpha Beta cans
-Lotus cans

 

all available to try for the princely sum of...er, nothing! So pop on down to try out some brilliant beers from one of Yorkshire's best regarded breweries, and a chance to meet the guys behind the brews!
 

Free beer, free chat...what more could you want?!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

News of the Brews - March 2017

As promised in our February flyer, we have had a substantial delivery in from Verdant Brewing Co. However, it has flown out, leaving small amounts of the core range of Lightbulb Pale Ale (4.5%), Headband Pale Ale (5.5%), Bloom IPA (6.5%) and Pulp DIPA (8%) available. We are expecting another delivery mid-March.

Those of you who have tried the fantastic Kirkstall Dissolution IPA (6%) will be pleased to hear that they have finally got their Three Swords Extra Pale Ale (4.7%) into cans.  Three Swords is an extra pale ale, with a decent hoppy poke in the finish.

After a bit of an absence, we’ve listed some new specials from Siren Craft Brew. Bourbon Coffee Broken Dream (6.5%) is made with barrel-aged coffee beans, which adds a pleasing subtlety to the bourbon character. Pompelmocello (6% grapefruit sour IPA) returns, as does Calypso (4% dry-hopped Berliner weisse). A new beer from them goes heavy on the hops – Hop Candy (9.2% DIPA) is a riot.

Cloudwater seem to be ready to ramp up packaging of their new 44cl cans, so in stock currently we have Mittelfruh Helles (5.2%), IPL Vic Secret Comet (6.2%), with a Pale Ale (3.5%) arriving shortly (available Thursday 9th March)

Wylam and Northern Monk have collaborated on a Viking-inspired beer. Brodirblod (6% rye and juniper ale) is an earthy, gently spiced beer, just the thing to herald the arrival of spring (and let’s hope spring hurries itself up a bit, eh?)

Vocation Brewery have expanded their range, with the addition of Yakima Pilsner (5.5% dry-hopped pilsner) alongside their DIPA Smash & Grab (8.5%). Dirty Pilsner (6.5% unfiltered dry-hopped lager), Cloak & Dagger (5.9% oatmeal stout) and Oak & Dagger (7.5% oak-aged oatmeal stout) complete the current range.

Fierce Beer (rated best new Scottish brewery at the 2017 Ratebeer awards, folks!) have added a few new lines to their range of off-centred beers. Moose Mousse (4.5% chocolate milk stout), Citrus Tart (4.5% citrus kettle sour) and Tropical Tart (4.5% tropical fruit kettle sour).

Beers from Elusive Brewing are like buses – you wait ages, then 4 come along at once. Ultrahops (4.9% pale ale with Vienna malt, and Ultra and TnT hops), Level Up: Level 5 (US red ale with Summer & Simcoe hops), 2-UP (8.5% barley wine collab with Siren Craft Brew) and Sphere of Destiny (4.4% session ale “intensely hopped with Mosaic hops”, it says here)

AND FINALLY Tempest Brewing have unleashed a new beer on the unsuspecting world. Nelson Sauvvy is a 5.4% India Pale Lager with Nelson Sauvin hops. Alongside the hop-heavy core range currently, we also have Double Shuck (11% imperial oyster stout) and Mexicake (11% imperial stout with cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and chilli, which I think makes it the first Aztec-style imperial stout)

Friday, 10 February 2017

Free Tasting at Beer-Ritz Leeds - Saturday 25th February - Thornbridge Brewery

Hot on the heels of our very successful Wylam tasting, this month, we've got another treat for you, featuring the exceptionally talented guys from Thornbridge Brewery!

Pop down on Saturday 25th February, between 1pm and 4pm, to sample some fresh and delicious Bear State IPA, as well as some of their world-beating sours. In fact, it's a beer they describe as "their rarest sour" - The Hearts Desire, a gooseberry sour aged in white Burgundy barrels


George from Thornbridge will be pouring their West Coast IPA Bear State, as well as samples of their world-conquering sour beers (and no, that's not hyperbole - gold and silver at the 2016 World Beer Cup, in the wood and barrel-aged sour beer category, does actually demonstrate mastery of a style). Lots of people came and had a great time at the Wylam tasting in January, so we're really excited about having Thornbridge over this month, and we think you're going to enjoy it too. No need to book, no need to pay, just turn up and sample some amazing beer! You can keep an eye on Beer-Ritz's Twitter feed here. See you on Saturday 25th, 1-4pm...

 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Free Tasting at Beer-Ritz Leeds - 28th January - Wylam Brewery vs Yeastie Boys

If you're lucky enough to live in Leeds, then get yourself down to Beer-Ritz, 14 Weetwood Lane, Headingley, LS16 5LX on Saturday 28th January for our first free tasting event of the year.

We're delighted to welcome Dave and Ben from Wylam Brewery, and very much looking forward to the first taste of their collab with New Zealand's Yeastie Boys. WxY(2) XPIPA is a juicy fruit bomb of an extra pale IPA, stuffed full of Antipodean hops. It's an annual brew, so isn't around for very long - grab it while you can!

Just come along, try the beer, buy some if you like it, and allow yourself to be tempted with a whole array of other great beers from Wylam and Yeastie Boys (and a host of others too).

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

News of the Brews - January 2017

Happy New Year! Cast your mind back to the end of 2014, and you’ll remember that we gave a listing to a (then) new brewery Vibrant Forest. We thought that the beers were good and showed potential for being great, but sadly sales didn’t reflect that. Two years make a lot of difference, and the beers are now top notch and, crucially, sitting in our warehouse: Kickstart (5.7% oatmeal & coffee breakfast stout), Black Forest (4.9% porter), Netherworld (8.3% imperial red IPA), Chinook Pale Ale (5%), Metropolis (6% black IPA), Black October (9% imperial stout), Summerlands (3.5% session IPA), and Bourbon Oktober (9% bourbon BA version of Black Oktober).

Also making a re-appearance mid-December due to popular demand, we have relisted Tempest Brewing and their hop-heavy brood: Armadillo (3.8% pale session ale), Brave New World (7.4% IPA), Drop Kick Me Jesus (5.2% dry-hopped sour), Marmalade On Rye (9% double IPA), and Bomber IPA (6.8%, in 66cl bottles, also known as “bombers”)


Sales of Alphabet Brewing Co beers have been very strong, and we have a few new beers from them. Making a return as limited edition guests, we have Crate Digger (bottled, 8.3% imperial stout) and This Means Nothing To Me (bottled, 5.8% Vienna cranberry rye IPA), and in cans we have Konami Code (canned, 3.9% session black IPA) and a collaboration with Spain’s La Quince (pronounced keen-thay, if that sort of thing bothers you) Lunes Verde (canned, 7.9% double NZ pale ale). These are joined by a restock of core beers Hoi Polloi (4.8% dry-hopped lager), Flat White (7.8% imperial white coffee stout) and A To The K (5.6% oatmeal pale ale)

Local boys (well, local to us) Roosters Brewing Co have done a very small canning run of their imperial stout Howl (6.8%). This has spent three months conditioning on oak from a Glen Garioch whisky barrel, figs, prunes and blackcurrants, and predictably is something a bit special.

A flurry of new releases from Ilkley Brewery has seen their Dinner Ale (3.3%) return in 33cl bottles, along with a new beer Notorious F.I.G (7.5% fig dubbel). Also arriving shortly in cans (by mid-January), we see the return of Lotus IPA (5.9%) and new rye session IPA, Alpha Beta (4.5%).

Endlessly creative Liverpudlian brew-boffins Mad Hatter have outdone themselves this time. As well as their new Miracle Refresher (4%), RedXRum (7.2% dry-hopped red IPA made with a new red malt variety) and Double Penny Lane (7.4% pale ale), we have Mad House, a 5.5% chocolate and banana milkshake.

We have more Elusive Brewing beers on the way, but just a couple of cases left of their first bottling run – Level Up: Level 3 is an American Red Ale, heavy with Ahtanum and Mosaic hops.

Thornbridge have fully transitioned into 33cl bottles now, some new highlights of the range are Huck (7.4% DIPA), Crackendale (5.2% hoppy golden ale), Lukas (4.2% helles lager) and Valravn (8.8% black double IPA)


A trio of new beers from Lost Industry: Black Liquorice Gose (3.9%), Fell On Black Days (6.6% dark ale) and Mojito Sour (5.3%).


And finally, you may have missed them flashing through the warehouse mid-December, but we’ve also given a permanent listing to Verdant Brewery, hot stuff shipping out of Cornwall. There’s a massive buzz around them and their hazy, hop-forward beers. Arriving shortly (hopefully Tuesday 9th Jan) we have Roy I Want A Hilux (5.5% pale ale), Headband Pale Ale (5.5%), Bloom IPA (6.5%), Pulp DIPA (8%) and Lightbulb Pale Ale (4.5%)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

News of the Brews - October 2016

Hot excitement in the warehouse today, as a shipment from the USA has touched down. Fresh off the boat (and they've been shipped under refrigeration) we have a trio of cans from the much-lauded Modern Times brewery - Black House (5.8% coffee stout), Blazing World (6.8% hoppy amber ale), Fortunate Islands (7.6% American wheat ale) and Oneida (5.8% American pale ale).

On the same shipment, 5 beers from Green Flash: Soul Style IPA (6.5%) and Tangerine Soul Style IPA (6.5%), plus in bombers we have Cosmic Ristretto (8.2% Baltic porter with espresso). And in cans we have Sea to Sea Zwickel (4%) and Passion Fruit Kicker (5.5%)

But that's not all! from Green Flash's sister company Alpine, we have another 3 beers: Duet (7% IPA), Willy Vanilly (4.9% wheat beers flavoured with vanilla), and Hoppy Birthday (5.25% session IPA)

We get asked about gluten-free beers lots, so we were delighted to find out that the beers from Manchester’s First Chop are not only gluten-free, but also damn tasty and attractively packaged. Their tagline of “modern British ale handcrafted in Manchester” sums up what they’re about, and the range of beers is extensive: RED (4.6% red ale), AVA (3.5% hoppy golden ale), SUP (3.9% session IPA), JAM (4% mango pale ale), POD (4.2% vanilla stout), SYL (6.2% black IPA), POP (5.4% citrus IPA), MCR (4.4% pale and dry bitter), and HOP (4.1% ultra-pale session IPA).

Magic Rock have snuck out a couple of new core beers, both of which previously appeared as specials. Inhaler is a 4.5% “juicy pale ale” (it was described as a “hybrid IPA” for a while, as Magic Rock MD Richard Burhouse can’t bear the term “session IPA”) and Common Grounds, a 6% triple coffee porter (it has three different coffees added at three separate stages).

The three-way brewery argy-bargy between Wild Beer Co, Fork Brewing and Burning Sky better known as Shnoodlepip makes its annual return! This year, the 6.5% passion fruit, hibiscus and pink peppercorn red-wine barrel-aged bretted saison (honestly, that’s what it says on the bottle) is packaged in 75cl, wax-dipped bottles.

Ghost Brewing join the happy fold of great Yorkshire breweries making absurdly drinkable pale ‘n’ hoppy beers, in three different strengths. Wraith (3.8% oatmeal pale), Reaper (4.4% session IPA) and Phantom (5.3% IPA).

Also flying the flag for South Yorkshire, we have added another beer from the ever-popular Kelham Island Brewery Riders on the Storm is a 4.5% amber ale made with lots of English and American hops.
 
Almasty Brewing Co have unleashed a brace of their magical elixirs onto the unsuspecting public. Almasty Pale Ale (5.1% pale ale, canned) literally does what it says on the tin, while Sour Mash (5%) is a spectacularly good sour beer that has been greatly enhanced by 9 months in Bourbon barrels.

We’ve had a re-up from Fierce Beer, including the much-requested Ginja Ninja (5.2% pale ale with ginger, lemongrass and habanero) and a slice of the ultra-limited Barrel-Aged CafĂ© Racer (9% imperial barrel-aged porter with coffee and vanilla – one case per order, sorry, there were only 70 cases made, of which we have just 10)

Lost Industry are one of Sheffield’s best-kept secrets. Brewing on a tiny plant allows them to chop and change beers as the fancy takes them, and also means that there beers are a bit hard to come by. We’re delighted to be working with them, and our current stocks are: Cascadia Germania (4.7% pan-Atlantic pale ale with German Cascade hops), Zeste de Sariette (6% lemon and bay saison), Biscosity (6.5% biscotti Baltic porter) and Foraged Berry Sour (4.7%).

Arriving shortly, we have a trio of canned beers from Manchester’s Alphabet Brewing Co, and very handsome they look too. A to the K (5.4% oatmeal pale ale – the oatmeal gives the beer more body in the mouth), Hoi Polloi (4.8% pilsner) and Flat White (7.8% white breakfast stout).