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 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.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Wensleydale Mixed Case

We're delighted to announce a new feature on our mail-order website. Zak Avery, manager of our shop in Headingley, Leeds, and author of the recently released "500 Beers", has agreed to start selecting mixed cases of beers for us to offer on our website.

His first selection is a range of ales from the little-known Wensleydale brewery, based at Leyburn in North Yorkshire. Wensleydale do a range of great pale session beers, as well as some darker and stronger ales - a perfect combination for the mixed weather we seem to be having at the moment.

Please do check out his video of the selection on our mail-order website - you can either buy these beers for yourself, or send them as a gift to anyone in the UK*.

Over the coming months, Zak will be putting together selections of beers that he thinks are interesting, seasonal, and simply good to drink. Some will be from well-known breweries, others will be from smaller microbreweries, either in the UK or abroad. As well as picking out the beers, he'll be talking a little bit about why he likes them.

*PLEASE NOTE the UK excludes the Republic of Ireland, and there is a surcharge for Northern Ireland and some parts of the Scottish Highlands

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Zing into Spring!

There's no denying that the UK has just had a long hard winter, but it's finally starting to soften into something approaching spring. The tail-end of the cold weather always suggests mild to us - although CAMRA insist that May is mild month, there's something about the soft, sustaining quality of a good mild that seems fitting for this time of year. Maybe it's a gentle transition from hearty winter beers towards lighter coloured fare.

Of course, you don't have to gradually wean yourself from one style to another. Sometimes it's good to just take a deep breath and throw yourself in at the deep end. There's something very spring-like about the zippy, zingy lambic beers of Belgium that suggests a wake up after a long sleep. In fact, if you're talking about the more traditional unsweetened versions, that's pretty much what they do to the palate - a big, tart blast of fruity acidity shakes the palate awake. That's what you get with the tarter, more grown up beers from the likes of Boon and Cantillon, Hanssens and Oude Beersel. We even have a limited stock of 3 Fonteinen and Girardin held at our shop in Leeds - we can arrange mail order for these if required, although it may take up to a week to arrange for despatch.

Of course, not all lambic beers are tart and zippy. While some of the traditionalists frown on them, a sweetened fruit beer is a great refresher. The fact that they tend to be lower in alcohol is all the better - weighing in as low as 2.5%abv, Lindemans beers are great quaffers for a weekend afternoon. And if you need any more encouragement to try something new, with Easter just around the corner, the combination of (dark for preference) and Mort Subite Kriek has to be experienced to be believed - even seasoned non-beer drinkers have been converted by this combination!

For a quick run-through of what lambic beer is, and a fairly graphic illustration of the differences in flavour between sweetened and unsweetened versions, please do check out the video below by Zak Avery, a.k.a The Beer Boy - his reaction to the unsweetened version makes us think that he should have tried the Cantillon version first, then the sweetened one!