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, 6 December 2013

Christmas Beers 2013

So, here it is. Merry Christmas! Everybody having fun? Good, pleased to hear it.

Just a quick heads-up on our Christmas selection, which has moved through with surprising speed this year - in fact, we've already run out of a couple of Belgian favourites, so please take this as a message to grab some beer while it lasts!

Also moving quickly is Anchor Christmas beer - this is the last of the UK stock that we have access to, so if you have a taste for dark, spiced ales, then this might be your last chance to grab some.

As well as the pick-and-mix range of Christmas beers currently available (British, Belgian and American), we also have a mixed pack of British beers, which this year has some old favourite as well as some new treats. The contents of the pack are as follows:

Bristol Beer Factory Bristletoe (4.3%, 50cl)
Ilkley Brewery Mary Christmas (4.7%, 50cl)
Ridgeway Bad Elf (4.5%, 50cl)
Ridgeway Very Bad Elf (7.5%, 50 cl)
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf (11.2%, 33cl)
Ridgeway Santa's Butt (6%, 50cl)
The Hop Studio There's NoeL In Christmas (4.5%, 50cl)
Revolutions Brewing Co Fairytale of Yorkshire (4.5%,50cl)
Red Willow Cheerless (5.4%, 50cl)
Naylors Scrooge's Christmas Barrel (5.9%, 50cl)
Naylors Christmas Lights (3.8%, 50cl)
Naylors Santa's Dark Side (4.4%, 50cl)

We will be despatching beer right up to the 23rd December, so if you really want to leave it till the last minute, and you fancy waiting in for the courier on Christmas Eve, you can, but we wouldn't recommend it. And beside, all the Christmas beers will be sold out by then.....

Good luck with the beer hunting, and Happy Christmas!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Ilkley Brewery ~ Deceptively Different


Ilkley Brewery are on a bit of a roll at the moment. Not only are they expanding their brewery - not just plumbing in new tanks, but actually breaking ground and pouring concrete - but the quality and diversity of their range seems to be increasing on an almost weekly basis.

We started stocking them in February 2010, and sales of their beers have grown and grown over the last few years, showing around a fivefold increase in this time. This isn't just us bragging about how much beer we sell, it's also a comment on the quality of Ilkley's beers - people are buying them, drinking them, and coming back for more!

While their classic session ale Mary Jane is a bestseller, it's also their "Origins" range that has seen great growth, launched with Siberia, a rhubarb and vanilla saison brewed in collaboration with beer writer Melissa Cole, and carried on with The Chief, and American-style IPA, The Mayan, a spicy chocolate and chipotle chili stout.

There have also been some interesting diversions along the way. Ilkley Brewery bottled a Speyside whisky under their own branding - labelled as Olicana, the Roman name for Ilkley - and never ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, recycled the cask by filling it with their Siberia saison. And lo, Speyside Siberia was born, a delicate, windswept cask-aged beer tasty of boozy raspberry crumble and custard was created.

From classic golden session ales to slightly more eccentric creations, Ilkley are on a roll. But don't take our word for it - they also scooped medals at the SIBA North East beer competition recently, with Dinner Ale, The Chief, and Holy Cow (their cranberry milk stout - coming soon) all winning medals. Ilkley Brewery are wearing their tagline - Deceptively Different - with pride.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Buying Beer Online - Site Upgrades

Without wishing to be too po-faced about it, we take this whole online beer thing seriously.

We've been doing it since 1998, which means that we're the longest-established online beer retailer in the UK. The market has changed radically in the last 15 years, with more breweries than ever before, peoples' tastes changing, and more people getting into the online retailing game.

In that time, the site has gone though 3 major redesigns. If you are so inclined, you can have a look at them via The Wayback Machine, which is essentially an archive of the internet. You can see the first version of our webshop here, and the second version here (minus images, sadly).

Nothing stands still for long, and when we relaunched the site a couple of years ago, we invested substantially to make sure that the shopping experience we delivered was as good as we could possibly make it. We have a live link to our in-house database, which means that barring human error booking stock in or out (yes, it's not all robots back here, you know), what shows on the site relates to actual stock.

But we know there's always room for improvement, so when writers Boak and Bailey wrote a blog about the frustrations of online beer, we thought it was a good opportunity to look again at what we do. Accordingly, we've made a few changes.

We've made a flag for any out of stock items, so that you don't have to click on them to discover if they are in stock or not. If something is on the site with an out of stock flag, this means that it will usually be back in stock within 7-10, barring supplier issues.

If you order more beer than we have in stock, we will automatically put the highest number of bottles possible in your basket.

We think our search facility works well, and we know that when you put something in your basket, clicking "Continue Shopping" will take you right back to where you were.

And in response to one of the commenters (Steve) we've added a button so that you can add beers to your basket.

We've also added the facility to add reviews to the site - we don't know how well this will work, but we're going to give it a go. That's going to be driven by you, the drinkers!

The nature of technology is that it moves fast, and we do try to keep up. There are some facilities that we would like to add, but we're currently held back by technology - for example, we'd like to be able to add a beer to the basket without being taken to the basket page, but this isn't possible on the platform that we currently use.

Anyway, stand by for an epic newsletter in the next couple of weeks, and in the mean time, keep shopping!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Roosters & Odells "The Accomplice"

The guys at Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado, visited Rooster's last year as part of a whistle stop tour. Fast forward a few months and Doug Odell, founding brewer of Odell Brewing Co., sent an email asking if they’d like to brew a beer with him - a question that took a nanosecond to respond to… yes!

Several months and various emails later, Doug joined them at the Brewery for a couple of days to finalise the recipe and brew the beer. The Accomplice is a pale ale as prepared for India that’s been brewed using six different varieties of hops, crammed into almost every possible part of the brewing process, to create intense floral and fruit aromas, backed up by a balanced level of bitterness.

When Rooster's suggested the name to Doug, his response was, “It sounds kinda sinister… I like it!”. So, there you have it. The Accomplice - a Rooster's classic with a sprinkling of Odell magic.

A limited run of 120 cases

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Otley Brewing Company - OOOOO!

Like it says in the picture - OOOOO!

Otley Brewing Company of Pontypridd aren't a new brewery by any stretch of the imagination, with brewing starting in earnest in 2005. 2006 saw them sweep the board at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, and they posted a not-too-shabby brace of first places at the 2008 Great British Beer Festival. The quality has never slipped, and the sleek, clean look of the bottles accurately reflects the contents.

Otley Brewin Co is family owned, and when we visited them a few years ago, head brewer Charlie Otley was sporting a fine Mexican moustache that he'd grown as part of a fancy dress costume for the weekend. needless to say, whenever we bump into Charlie, we are a bit thrown by the fact that he doesn't look like a Mexican any more.

We’ve been meaning to get around to listing  for about a year now, but things just kept getting in the way of it happening. Happily, whatever those things were are now in the past, and so here they are. Currently in stock we have: Otley O1 (pale golden ale, 4%), Otley O9 (filtered witbier,  4.8%), Otley Oxymoron (black IPA, 5.5%), Otley O6 (porter, 6.6%) and Otley Motley Brew (IPA, 7.5%). You can buy them at our walk-in shop in Leeds, or online here.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Salopian Brewery - Ticking All the Boxes


It's hard being a beer retailer. No really, it is. While it's really fun to seek out the latest amazing beers, it's important to remember that the range that we sell needs to have balance across it. Which is why we were delighted when Salopian produced a couple of the most kick-ass British IPAs that we'd tried in a long time. It meant that finally, they were ticking all the boxes.

Automaton IPA (7%, 20x33cl) and Vertigo Black IPA (7.2%, 20x33cl) are as good an example of their respective styles as we've tried in a long time. And they perfectly compliment the rest of Salopian's range. Shropshire Gold (3.8%, 12x50cl) is a decent pale copper-gold session beer, nice enough, with a good whack of late hops. Oracle (4%, 12x50cl) is a pale straw colour, with the malt dialled back a bit and the hops shining all the brighter because of it. And Darwin's Origin (4.3%, 12x50cl) is a fully copper-coloured bitter, but don't be fooled by the appearance - this is a best bitter with the hops turned up to 11, with a lovely sweetness at it's core, then turning bitter and perfumed in the finish.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Observer Food Monthly Awards

You can vote for your favourite independent businesses in the Observer Food monthly Awards by clicking here. You have to submit your details in the form, then click "Submit" which takes you through to a form where you enter your nominations. You don't have to vote in every category.

While we would like to think that we are a no-brainer (either our freshly refurbished shop Beer-Ritz at 14 Weetwood Lane, Leeds, LS16 5LX, 0113 2753464, or our online service at www.beerritz.co.uk), if you need any inspiration you can refer to this top-notch illustration above by Rebecca Brock, via Leed's Shiftless When Idle.


Friday, 1 March 2013

Roosters Brewing Co - Free-Range Yorkshire Beer Now In Bottles

Quite how we’ve managed to keep this a secret is beyond us, but we’re delighted to start this month by announcing that Rooster’s Brewing Co. have launched a range of three beers.

Since hatching in 1993, Rooster’s has developed a reputation for brewing a range of highly regarded cask beers. 

Tom Fozard, Rooster’s Commercial Manager, comments: “It’s a little bit overdue, but we’re really pleased to finally have our beers in bottles and believe that the three beers we’ve decided to enter the market with will appeal to beer drinkers across the scale, whilst also looking the business on the shop shelf and in the fridges of bars and restaurants.”

The beers being launched, all packaged as 8x50cl, are the brewery’s flagship beer Yankee (pale golden ale, 4.3%), Fort Smith (IPA, 5%) and Londinium (coffee porter, 5.5%), brewed in collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate, an independent coffee merchant local to Rooster’s, whose After Dark blend forms part of the recipe for the beer.

Head Brewer Oliver Fozard adds: “We’ve been working hard for the last six months to ensure that the beers are represented in the best possible way when poured from the bottle, as there are a lot of differences between that and beer dispensed from a hand pump. We’re really pleased with the final product.”

You can buy the beers here.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outlaw Brewing Co. Mad Hatter Jasmine Green Tea IPA


It's been a long time coming, but finally Outlaw Brewing Co are back in action!

Outlaw are the experimental arm of the celebrated Roosters Brewing Co of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Founded by brewing legend Sean Franklin, Roosters has recently passed into the stewardship of the Fozard dynasty. Director Ian, and his two sons Tom (brewery manager) and Oliver (head brewer) have breathed new life into the brewery while paying homage to the icon they have acquired.

But this isn't about Roosters - this is about Outlaw! Their first beer back had to be something that would make people sit up and take notice, and they've done that in so many ways. The beer itself fantastic, a golden, 6.2% Mad Hatter Jasmine Green Tea IPA that combines a powerful floral punch with a tropical fruit salad of hops, the jasmine adding a new dimension of flavour, supporting the hop character but not overpowering it.

Mad Hatter was born of a three-way collaboration with beer writer Melissa Cole (author of the much-praised "Let Me Tell You About Beer") and the world-famous tea and coffee merchants Taylors of Harrogate. Add to that the fact that all of the beers in their series will have one-off labels especially commissioned for the beer (this one is by Harrogate-based designer Tom Cutting of The Lift Agency), and you have a concept that not only cuts the mustard, it goes on to smear the mustard all over its body, roll in a box of feathers and shout "LOOK AT ME! I'M UNIQUE!" while running across Knaresborough market square, trying to grab a pint in Blind Jacks, and getting barred for being covered in mustard and feathers.

Outlaw Brewing Co Mad Hatter Jasmine Green Tea IPA (and breathe) is a unique beer, with unique imagery,  bottled just once, never to be repeated. The run of 110 cases has sold very strongly, with just less than half left at the time of writing. Please don't delay if you want to grab yourself a one-off piece of the Great British beer revolution - just click here!

Should you be blessed enough to live in Leeds, you can just walk into our bricks-and-mortar Beer-Ritz shop at 14 Weetwood Lane, Headingley and buy it off the shelf.