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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

News of the Brews - November 2017





We’ve got the majority of our Christmas beers available now, with a big British selection including Ilkley Mary Christmas, Rudgate Rudolph’s Ruin, Saltaire White Christmas, Sam Smiths Winter Welcome, Wiper & True Plum Pudding Porter, Weird Beard Black Christmas, Northern Monk Festive Star (arriving mid November), as well as the favourite Christmas Elves from Ridgeway Brewing



Giving a slightly more contemporary and irreverent edge to Christmas, our selection from To Ol includes Shameless Santa, Sweet Chai O’ Mine, Frost Bite, Santas Secret, and Snowball



We’re delighted to have an exclusive on the latest Brew York release – Imperial Tonkoko is a tonka bean & coconut stout, smoothed out with a little lactose, leaving the impression of a liquid Bounty bar. And their DIPA The Hoptimist is a proper beast of a beer too. And don’t forget Blood Eagle, a blood orange and pink grapefruit pale ale, and X-Parrot, tropical fruit IPA brewed with Newcastle’s Errant Brewing.



HANDSOME! Some great looking cans from Beatnikz Republic. The pick of the bunch is probably Farmhouse Hitchhiker, a saison with lime zest, lots of New Zealand hops, and aged on sauvignon blanc-soaked oak chips, but all bases are covered here – Tropic Fiesta session IPA, Beach Bum pale ale, Generation IPA, Riviera Dreamer grapefruit wheat ale, Beat Café coffee stout.



God bless you, Wylam Brewery, for your tireless pushing to raise quality and interest in beer today! Current cans are the excellent Remember 430 pale ale and Sweetleaf IPA, complimented beautifully in bottles Splatterberry Sour and Macchiato, a hazelnut praline coffee porter.



We’re loving Sour Smash, Vocation‘s collab with funkmeisters Chorlton Brewing Co - and we have their annual release Dark Matter too currently. And their collab with Atom, Blueprint, an NEIPA. And their DIPA Smash & Grab.

Friday, 13 October 2017

News of the Brews - October 2017


We’ve just taken in a metric boatload of To Øl beers. There are far too many to list here individually – there are 28 available at time of writing – but we have some great new beers and some tried and trusted seasonal beers too.

 
 
 As well as the To Øl, we’ve also had a HUUUUGE restock of Belgian beers. Along with the old favourites, there are interesting (and large format) beers from Tilquin, 3 Fonteinen, t’Verzet, De Ranke, Rodenbach, Boon and Lindemans.

We were particularly taken with Boundary Brewing’s beers when we first tried them, and we heard a few people at Indy Man Beer Con saying that their Screwball vanilla and raspberry IPA was the beer of the festival. While drunken hyperbole is no way to sell beer, we think it’s certainly pretty good, along with the rest of their range.

Northern Monk continue to smash it out of the park with a solid core range and a dazzling array of brilliant specials specials. Currently of note we have their sublime Mango Lassi Heathen, a lactose IPA with an unfeasible amount of mango, and Slam Dank, part of their Patron’s Project fancy-artwork peel-back label series.

In a similar vein, we’ve been impressed at the variety and quality coming from Electric Bear at the moment. The core beers are good, and last three specials from them have all been on the money – Berried Alive (summer berry pale ale), Inspector Remorse (chocolate biscuit porter – please note no HobNobs were harmed during the making of this beer) and Big Poppa (all-Simcoe IPA).

In a crazy Ghostbusters-style “don’t cross the streams” moment, Elusive Brewing recently picked up a CAMRA award that was presented to them at Indy Man Beer Con – truly a collision of two worlds. We’re delighted to have some new and returning beers back stock from them, particularly Sphere Of Destiny, a session IPA intensely hopped with Vic Secret.

We’re not entirely sure why it’s taken about seven years from first speaking to Summer Wine Brewery to actually stocking their beers, but that seems to be the case. Two new 44cl cans from them currently – Pico Diego, a 3.5% pale ale that punches well above its weight, and Surfing Monk, a Nelson Sauvin IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

And finally, thrilling us from the tip of our tongue to the ends of our toes, more fresh beers from Odyssey Brew Co. As well as pale ale Spottieottiehopsalicious, we also have Hop Zombie Blood (an India red ale) and Simcoe Fiend DIPA, a stunningly juicy take on the style, but with plenty of West coast bitterness to back it up.

Friday, 16 June 2017

News of the Brews - June 2017

A new listing this month – please welcome Electric Bear Brewing! We’ve had an eye on them for a while, and once there was a full range of freshly canned beers, we swooped. Werrrd! (4.2% American pale ale), Mochachocolata YaYa (5% coffee caramel milk stout), Verbena There, Done That, Got The T-Shirt (6% lemon Verbena tea IPA, collab with Wild Weather), Above The Clouds (6.2% IPA) and Surface Area (8.2% DIPA).

Alphabet Brewing Co continue in their admirable quest to bring reasonably-priced well-made beers to the people with the release of Charlie Don’t Surf (4% session IPA). For an explanation of the name: “Charlie Don't Surf” is a famous line from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, spoken by Lt. Col. Kilgore as justification for taking a beach at the Mekong Delta so the American soldiers could go surfing. American soldiers referred to the Viet Cong as "Victor Charlie".

Yet more cans – you’d think it was a trend – from Manchester’s Marble Brewery. Brewed in collaboration with New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys, Liquid Cuddle is a 6.5% maibock (strong lager) liberally dosed with fruity Kiwi hops. And Mango is a 4.5% Kolsch-style beer with just a hint of mango in it – wonderfully summery and crushable.



Brew York are the latest brewery to brew some really exciting hop-heavy beers to go alongside their more accessible offerings. Eternal Hoptimist (10.5% triple IPA) is in fully craft craft-compliant 44cl cans, and X-Parrot (6.5%) is a tropical fruit IPA brewed in collab with Newcastle’s Errant Brewery. There are more of these specials coming too…

Whenever Wild Beer Co release a new beer, you know it’s going to be out of the ordinary. This month, and endorsed by an appearance on BBC Countryfile, we have Rooting Around (Spring), a 3% pale ale infused with shoots and buds of foraged birch and linden. And as if that wasn’t enough, in 75cl bottles we have Tepache, a 6% pineapple, cinnamon and clove sour (contains lactose).

In stock now (and selling fast), a canned special from BrewdogPump-Action Poet is 7.5% stone fruit (peach & apricot) IPA. Also back in stock from them, Vagabond gluten-free pale ale and alcohol-free Nanny State. There’s also a tiny bit of Abstrakt AB:20 available – a 14.5% tiramisu oatmeal milk barley wine (I’m not making this up, honest).



Many of you will have been made aware of the capacity issues facing Beavertown currently. Through a combination of careful planning and whispered threats, we’ve been able to maintain steady stocks of the whole core range thus far, although the next couple of weeks look quite tight, so apologies in advance for any issues arising. Spring seasonal Bloody Ell, packaged with 3 months date on it, has a month left, so we are offering the last few cases at the same price as Gamma Ray.

AND FINALLY, and breaking the cardinal rule of “it doesn’t exist if I haven’t seen it in the warehouse with my own eyes”, we have an inbound delivery from Odyssey Brew Co. Arriving early next week, Ego Wars 4 (6.5%) is a violently hoppy IPA featuring Equinox and Simcoe, and Left-Handed Zombie is a 5.4% red IPA brewed in collab with Left-Handed Giant.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

FREE TASTING - Alphabet Brew Co Saturday 27th May

We're really excited to confirm that our free tasting for the very merry month of May will feature Manchester's very own Alphabet Brewing Company! Drop down from 1-4pm on Saturday 27th to meet Alex from the brewery. We'll have their core range of beers available for purchase, and as long as there aren't any hitches with the canning process, you'll be able to free samples of their new Session IPA "Charlie Don't Surf"!

No need to book, just drop in to our Leeds shop (14 Weetwood Lane, Leeds, LS16 5LX) between 1 and 4pm and try some beer! It's literally as easy as ABC!



Can images taken from thehammo.com

Friday, 5 May 2017

News of the Brews - May 2017

We lead this month with a bit of an update about one of the most eagerly sought-after breweries of 2017, Cloudwater Brewing Co. We understand that there is never enough to go around, and the current system of half-case allocations is frustrating, but for the foreseeable future that is going to be the norm. Cloudwater are oversubscribed on everything they produce, and while we currently have some of their new NW DIPA in stock, this will be gone all too soon. What we can tell you is that we call at the brewery and collect whatever is available, so we will always have something from them, and it will always be brewery-fresh.

We’ve dipped our toe in the water with a new Scandinavian brewery, Dry & Bitter. Their Fat & Fruity IPA won beer of the festival at Hop City Leeds, no small achievement at a hop-led beer festival. So we have 5 variations on IPA from them: Simcoe Bale Ale (4.6% session IPA), Dank & Juicy IPA (6.2%), Disobedience IPA (6.2%), Fat & Fruity IPA (6.5%) and Hobo Chic (8% DIPA).

A new brewery to us, Gipsy Hill Brewing were a no-brainer to list, producing as they do fabulously clean, fresh hop-forward beers. We love the amount of flavour that they pack into their (mostly lower-strength) beers, and we think you will too. Currently in stock, Beatnik Pale Ale (3.8%), Hepcat (4.6% session IPA) Southpaw (4.2% hoppy amber ale) and Walloon (7% Belgian IPA)

Buxton Brewery have been a bit quiet this year, but we’re happy to have had a recent delivery from them, replenishing stocks of Axe Edge and Trolltunga (6.3% gooseberry sour IPA). Returning after a long absence we have their Imperial Black (7.5% black IPA), and a new beer – Myrcia (4% oatmeal hopburst session IPA)

Knock me down with a feather, you wait ages for a new Roosters beer, then two arrive at the same time. As well as their new core session IPA 24/7, we currently have a new special, Highway 51 (3.7% pale ale with oodles of Mosaic, Centennial and Rakau hops), which continues the Roosters tradition of fabulously clean, hop-stuffed pale beers with wonderful drinkability.

If you want to grab stock of Beavertown Bloody 'Ell, now is the time to do it. Tied to the blood orange season, Beavertown have just done the last packing run for this year’s release, so once we sell out, that’s it until 2018.

Wylam Brewery continue their seemingly unstoppable rise to greatness with yet another superb hoppy beer – The Upside Down, a 6.4% IPA brewed in collaboration with hop merchants Simply Hops. We’ve also managed to prise a few more cases of their collab with Northern Monk, Brodirblod (6% rye and juniper ale) from their reluctant, clawed hands.


After a short absence, we’ve had a substantial restock from gluten-free hop-heads First Chop. All of their current beers are certified gluten-free, and in stock now we have: SYL (6.2% black IPA), POD (4.2% vanilla stout), JAM (4% mango pale ale), SUP (3.9% session ale), HOP (4.1% ultra-pale session IPA), POP (5.4% citrus IPA) and AVA (3.5% hoppy blonde ale)

AND FINALLY, we have secured more stock of Marble Brewery’s red wine barrel-aged, forest fruit-infused imperial stout Lost Your Marbles. Just look at it!



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?!