All posts by Mike Hampshire

My Lithuania Beer Adventure Part IV – Kauno Alus

As day one drew to a close on my Lithuanian beer adventure, Tomas, Big M and I visited our fourth and final brewery. Having been to Apynys, Avilys and Genys, our last stop of the day was one of Lithuania’s oldest running breweries – Kauno Alus.

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Anthology Brewing Company

Another day, another new brewery in Leeds! Anthology Brewing Company becomes the latest new brewery on the scene, as Leeds continues to demonstrate it’s a hot bed for craft brewers and craft drinkers. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the new brewery and catch up with Owner and Head Brewer, Liam Kane.

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My Lithuania Beer Adventure Part III – Genys

Earlier this year, I began a series of articles about my trip to Lithuania and, specifically, a tour of some of its wonderful and varied breweries. Day one of my trip saw me start out in Kaunas, first at Apynysand then Avilys. My third stop of the day would take me to a fascinating brewery that would not look out of place if it were part of the UK craft brewing scene – Genys Brewing Co. 

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Festival of Brewers – The Life of an Organiser

In late June 2018, Festival of Brewers made its debut in Leeds. This was the first festival I’d ever led the organisation of. Having had some time to reflect on the experience, I thought I’d share with you what it’s like to be a beer event organiser!

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Festival of Brewers Focus – Wishbone Brewery

Based in Keighley, Wishbone Brewery will be travelling the furthest to bring beer to Festival of Brewers. Brewing since 2011, head brewer Adrian Chapman has proven himself to be a quality beer producer, and he isn’t afraid to offer an opinion or two on the beer industry.

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Festival of Brewers Focus – Quirky Ales

Found in Garforth, one of Leeds’ suburbs, Quirky Ales perfectly fits the bill of our small and independent approach to Festival of Brewers. The Quirky Ales brewery and tap room are proving themselves to be a great addition to the local community, under the guidance of Head Brewer and co-owner, Mike Quirk.

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Festival of Brewers Focus – Wilde Child Brewing Co.

Joining the breweries taking part in the Festival of Brewers is Wilde Child Brewing Co. Pushing boundaries from day one, Wilde Child have recently outgrown their garage brewery and now have a microbrewery in Armley, Leeds. Here, owner Keir McAllister-Wilde is looking to expand on his already strong brand and reputation.

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Festival of Brewers Focus – Nomadic Beers

Here’s the first of a series of articles that will focus on some of our participating breweries at Festival of Brewers 2018 – Leeds. Creating beer on historic brew kit that has seen award winning brewers hone their craft, Nomadic Beers have big shoes to fill. But, even after just 18 months of trading, they seem to be doing a pretty good job of it!

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Tetley’s Brewing Returns to Leeds

Mention Tetley’s Brewery  to people in Leeds, and for some it’s quite an emotional topic to raise. I’ve seen a look of sadness and betrayal on some faces, anger and defiance on others. All this still felt, 7 years after the brewery closed it’s Leeds operation. But, something new and exciting is happening, which may help to put away those ghosts of the past.

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My Lithuania Beer Adventure Part II – Avilys

After an incredible start to my visit to Lithuania at Apynys Brewery (click HERE to read my blog about Apynys), Tomas and Modestas accompanied me to the second brewery of the tour. Next up Avilys, which is Kaunas’ only brew pub, and a real attraction for people visiting Kaunas’ Old Town.

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