They wrote some utterly lovely things about us in their write up, and sent us an excellent pocket sized trophy (if you zoom in on Seb you can just about see it!)
“Despite being a cult favourite for Yorkshire-based beer lovers and aficionados across the UK & Ireland, it’s still fair to say that North Brewing Co. fly under the radar of many craft beer drinkers when it comes to widespread notoriety. This year’s Best Brewery title is awarded with not only an accomplished year in mind, but with the hope that many more individuals will discover what we believe to be an incredibly exciting independent brewery responsible for some of Britain’s most unmissable beers right now.
Boasting a core range that seemingly got better with each batch, an array of seasonal releases and collaborations that more than delivered on the hype, it’s difficult to pick out a brewery whose releases were so strong across so many styles over 2018. From Kölsch to Triple Fruited Gose, Coconut and Coffee Porter to Brut IPA, the brewery offered up a kaleidoscopic series of beers that provided both fridge staples and sought-after specials. Furthermore, the collaborations that closed out the year – most notably a wonderfully juicy DIPA brewed alongside Brooklyn’s Finback – gifted many with a beer that would top their year end lists.
Much like last year’s Brewery of the Year winners Northern Monk, North’s efforts to reinforce and foster a sense of community that begins within the brewery but extends far beyond its doors, is not only admirable, but one which ensures Yorkshire and Leeds’ brewing heritage continues to be expanded upon. Whether pulling pints in North Bar, striving to collaborate or fundraising for a local hospice, North’s endeavours have highlighted the impact of independent businesses on not just local communities but the wider craft beer community around the world.
Not content with having some of the year’s most acclaimed releases under their belt, North even managed to squeeze in a new taproom over Christmas, further reinforcing Leeds’ status as one of the UK’s hottest beer destinations while offering a space to enjoy great beer and delicious food from local producers.
To many this result will be a foregone conclusion given the 2018 that North Brewing Co had, for others it may be something of a surprise, either way, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the UK & Ireland’s leading breweries and their accomplishments both canned and otherwise. Time to book that train to Leeds.”
Thank you so much to Honest Brew for this award. A lot of people have worked very hard here at North over the past year and it was great to see the team recognised in this way.
Congratulations to the other winners: