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, 9 November 2012
[PREACHY BIT - SKIP OVER IF EASILY BORED] We bought a cardboard shredder this year to move a bit closer to being a zero-waste producing business. So rather than the corn-starch poly chips that we have been using (which are fully compostable/biodegradable, by the way), we are moving over to using all-cardboard packaging, which is easier for you, dear drinker, to recycle at your end. [PREACHY BIT ENDS]
Anyway, to show that we are as good as our word, we are announcing a competition! Yes, because Christmas just isn't fun enough, we want to know what you've been doing with the packaging from the boxes that we've been sending you. Perhaps you've lined the gerbil cage with them, or created a Wizard Of Oz Scarecrow costume for Halloween. Maybe you are insulating your cold frame with them, or perhaps you've sprayed them gold and used them as an attractive centrepiece for a swanky dinner party.
To be honest, we had no idea that anyone would do anything other than recycle it, but looking at Mark's pants peeking out from under his hula skirt, we now realise that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Should you end up with a box that doesn't have any cardboard in - at this time of year, we literally can't shred cardboard fast enough - then have a bash at doing something creative with the green biodegradable polychips. Perhaps glue them to your face, mould them into reindeer, or create a nativity scene from a far off planet. The only limit is your imagination, and a slightly disturbed sense of humour.
Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put "Competition" in the subject. We will be running this until mid-December, and the winning entry (or, god help us, entries) will receive a little something from us in time for Christmas. Mark's entry is the benchmark for the competition - if nobody does any better, then Mark will win by default!
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
|Mikkeller and To Ol - Glædelig Jul!|
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
We get sent lots of samples, and although it's hard to believe, tasting them is hard work. Quite often, we're disappointed with what we've been sent, and politely say so. Sometimes, we like a couple of beers from a range, and hum and hah about listing just a part of a brewery's range. And sometimes, the quality is good enough that we list the whole range. That's what we thought about these beers from The Hop Studio.
The stand-out beer is the 3.5%abv Blonde, all pithy hops and a boldly bitter finish. The 4%abv Pilsner does what it says on the tin, and while "clean and crisp" is a hopelessly overused phrase, this is just that. The Gold at 4.5%abv is a medium-bodied pale golden ale, with sweet pale malt and floral and citrus hops in balance, making an easy-drinking, uncomplicated beer.XS at 5.5%abv is the big boy of the bunch, providing a full-bodied pale malt base for a good dollop of hop character to bounce against.
You can buy these at our shop in Headingley, Leeds, or by mail order here.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Happily, we've managed to lay in a bit of stock of Mikkeller's finest. Ready to go, right here, right now, we have the benchmark imperial coffee stout Beer Geek Breakfast (7.5%abv), brown ale Jackie Brown (5.9%abv), Koppi IPA (6.9%, and made with a very light roast coffee), Sort Gul (7.3%abv black IPA), and American Dream (4.6%abv hoppy pilsner). You can revel in their incandescent beauty here.
And as if this wasn't enough, one of Mikkel's compadres Tore Gynther, brewing as To Øl, has kindly sent us some of his wares - Mocchaccino Messiah, a 7%abv brown porter with coffee, chocolate and lactose, Reperationsbajer, a 5.8%abv American pale ale, and Sans Frontiere, a 7% Belgian-style wild ale. Check them out here, afore it be too late.
Friday, 3 August 2012
Starting at the bone-dry end of the spectrum, Jever Pilsener is a pale and pungently hoppy pils that demonstrates what can be achieved with hops and little hop extract. Dry and bitter, this is a great aperitif. Moving into a slightly more balanced area, German and Czech beers such as Krombacher Pils, Augustiner Helles and Budweiser Budvar showcase a perfect balance of pale malt and noble hop character.
From there, you can go in one of two directions - more hops (Mikkeller P1 is a brilliant dry-hopped lager), or more malt, giving a fuller body and more alcohol. Alhambra Reserva is the only one of the Alhambra range that we stock - we delisted the others for being not being distinctive enough - but the Reserva at 6.4%abv is a full-bodied, malty delight.
And then we have Brew Star Anarchy Lager. At 7%abv, this is a smooth and luscious interpretation of a German bock beer, with sweet malt firmly in the foreground, but with a light dusting of hops keeping everything in its place in the finish. It's a bold beer to launch on to the market at a time when everyone seems to be obsessed with hops, but like everything we stock, we tried it, we liked it, and we think you will too, not just as a point of difference, but as a great beer in its own right.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
The judges awarded two gold medals for Jarl and Hurricane Jack. Highlander achieved a silver medal, while Vital Spark and Maverick were both awarded
Commenting on the this year’s success Fyne Ales Managing Director Jamie Delap said, “This is the third year that we have won two gold medals at the International Beer Challenge, and it is great to see that our beers repeatedly winning in competition with some of the best craft beers from around the world. Every beer we entered this year won a medal, which is a great testament to the quality of our beers across our range"
Earlier in the summer Fyne Ales also received six awards at the Society of Independent Brewers Scottish regional competition with the brewery claiming five gold medals and one bronze. They also won CAMRA Scotland’s Champion Best Bitter of Scotland for the second year running.
Click here to browse the full range - also available at our store in Headingley, Leeds.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
They are unable to guarantee next day deliveries, although they do not anticipate more than 24 hours disruption in most instances. Affected postcodes are close to sports venues being used by the Olympics and Paralympics.
Some postcodes may only be affected for a few days, others will suffer a delay for the during of the entire 2012 Olympics.
Postcodes that are affected are as follows: DA2-4, DT1-5, E1-18, E1W, EC1-4 (plus all suffixes), EN7-10, GU4-5, GU22-23, HA9, IG1, IG4, IG7, IG8, IG11, KT1-2, KT4-6, KT10-14, KT18, KT20, KT22, KT24, N1-8, N15-22, NW1, NW8, NW10, RH4-5, RM9, RM13, RM15, SE1-18, SL1-6, SW1-19 (plus all suffixes), TW1, TW10-11, TW19, UB3-7, UB10, W1-14 (plus all suffixes), WC1-2 (plus all suffixes)
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption. Not only is it out of our control, it's also out of our couriers' control too. Console yourself with glorious victories in the cycling - that's got to be worth a bit of cheer, hasn't it. Raise a glass to Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome. Makes you proud, doesn't it? Wiggins is the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France - GET IN, WIGGO!
Image from Pure Evil.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Italian craft beer has had a bit of a chequered reputation in this country. The standard fare - Peroni, Moretti, Poretti, Woteveretti - are decent enough beers, but despite having one of the most vibrant craft brewing scenes in Europe, Italian craft beer has never really taken off here. There might be a lot of reasons for this - American beer generally delivers more on flavour, with more hoppy bangs for your buck, and the insistence of some italian brewers having their own bottles specially made has certainly added a price premium to the sector.
We think that the wait is over with this range of BrewFist beers. Don't think of them as Italian craft beers - think of them as American craft beers brewed in Italy! 24K (4.6%abv) is a golden ale, full-bodied with a snappy hop finish. Caterpillar (5.8%abv) is a collaboration with hip Danish micro Beer Here, full of aromatic New Zealand hops. Burocracy (6%abv) is an IPA firmly in the American craft style, as is Spaceman (7%abv), a double IPA full of juicy tropical fruit aromas and a pithy orange finish. Fear (5.2%abv) is a milk chocolate stout, creamy and luscious.
And of course, with beers like this, freshness is a key issue. These haven't spent 2 months in transit from the other end of America, these have been brewed in Northern Italy, and delivered to us in a matter of weeks. They taste ALIVE!
Big, bold, brilliant beers. Buongiorno BREWFIST!
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
We strive to deliver a top-notch service, and on the odd occasion when things go wrong, we make sure that we put things right in a way that leaves people satisfied. Happily, things don't go wrong too often, and we've worked hard to ensure our online service is one of the best out there. It seems that our work is finally paying off, as the comments made earlier on Twitter show.
If you're lucky enough to live near Leeds, then you should also check out our bricks-and-mortar shop in Far Headingley (click here for a link to the Google maps place page). They have a slightly more awesome range of beers than we offer online, and have a slightly more awesome set of good-looking, smiley and knowledgeable beer geeks and booze nerds on hand to advise you. Online or in person, thanks for the support. Cheers!
(PS - @hackneyhaz and @davisonram, if you read this, drop us an email via the Contact Us form next time you order, and we'll pop a little something in by way of thanks...)
Thursday, 29 March 2012
We're delighted to have such a great brewer on our doorstep, and doubly delighted to be their online partners, both for their regular range, and also for Record Store Day. Buy their beers here.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Under the current stewardship of Justin and Maryann Hawke, Moor produce classic English ales with a twist. As they say on their website, their beers fuse "the wonders of real ale with the aggressively flavoured beers of [Justin's] native California".
With a nod to the double IPAs of the West Coast, their most celebrated and decorated beer is JJJ IPA. However, as a protest against the introduction of Higher Strength Beer Duty in October 2011, Moor Beer Co. have withdrawn this beer from sale in the UK. You can read about their frustration with the tax here, and sign the e-petition to have HSBD reviewed here. So if you agree to lobby the legislators, we'll gently lobby Moor for a limited release of this stunning beer. Until that day, you'll have to console yourself with some of their other excellent offerings.
Thursday, 5 January 2012
It's not often that we get ourselves in a lather about a mixed pack, but we're really pleased with this one. Not only does it feature some of the cream of the contemporary British brewing scene, but also a couple of bottles from Danish brewer Mikkeller - if you've never experience what Mikkel Borg Bjergso can do with hops, then you're in for a treat!
The picture only tells part of the story - there are 12 different beers in the pack, and if you want to see what the rest of it is, then mosey over to our web shop and have a look. You won't regret it.