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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, 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?!

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%)