Friday, June 17th, 2016
At the end of April we hooked up with our friends at The Bronx Brewery in New York to spend a day brewing with them, as part of a trans-Atlantic collaboration that came about following a visit there this time last year. We were so impressed by their beers and saw a lot of parallels in their approach to brewing to that of Rooster’s that we arranged to go back and brew a one-off beer.
The beer in question is an IPA that’s been brewed with the addition of Darjeeling tea from India, courtesy of the good folk at Taylor’s of Harrogate, before being aged on Amburna wood, which is native to South America and often used to age Brazilian Cachaca. To top things off, we also took a bottle of Harrogate Spring water, which was added to the mash to make sure there was a little bit of Yorkshire in their too. The grist was made up of malts from both the US and the UK, whilst the hops were varieties from New Zealand.
The resulting beer is called Ida Rivera’s Mulitcultural IPA and reflects the various parts of the world and the five different continents from which the ingredients were sourced. In case you’re wondering who Ida Rivera is, her name is scrawled on a canvas painting (of what looks like Frida Kahlo) that was found when the guys at Bronx were clearing out their warehouse, ready to move in. Saved from being thrown in the trash (we may have picked up a bit of the lingo whilst over there), the painting now sits proudly above their brew plant, keeping a watchful eye on things. We felt it would have been remiss of us if we didn’t acknowledge her presence in the creation of this beer.
Twenty-four kegs are currently on the ocean, making their way to Rooster’s and will be available for our free trade customers, all being well, in early July – so keep your eyes peeled for your chance to try what is a very rare beer. We’ll be saving a keg or two for our Brewery Open Day on July 16th, so you’ll have chance to sample some then, alongside a few other beauties, if you’re planning on joining us.
If you’re not familiar with Bronx beers, a selection are already being imported and are available in the UK, predominantly in London at the moment, so make sure you grab some when you see it, as they’re pretty damn tasty.
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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Following a successful launch event last year, we’re excited to be hosting our second annual Brewery Open Day on Saturday July 16th.
From 12-5pm our doors will be open and you’ll have the opportunity to come along and see how we do things, as well as being able to buy a beer or two and soak up the atmosphere with some funky tunes and a selection of street food. Free tours of the brewery will operate throughout the afternoon, for which you can sign up on arrival. There’ll also be an opportunity to buy some Rooster’s merchandise, whilst the bar will be serving a mixture of cask and keg beers, as well as a selection in can and bottle. In addition to the main bar, the guys from Major Tom’s Social will be manning their outside events vehicle, serving Major Tom’s Pale Ale.
The front of the brewery will be transformed into a beer garden for the day, which is where you’ll be able to find our friends from Fat Annie’s Hot Dogs, Scream For Pizza and Karkli, giving you three delicious options for food to pair with your beer as you relax in the sunshine* in the company of some silky beats from Tony Safari.
The bars, merch stand and food stalls are cash only, as we’re unable to accept cheque or card payments. The nearest cash point to the brewery is a 10-minute walk (each way) at the ESSO garage on the corner of Manse Lane and Wetherby Road, should you forget or run out.
Details for how to get to and from the brewery are listed below, but if you’re planning on driving, please be aware that there’ll be no access beyond the front gate of the road that we’re situated on (Grimbald Park). This is due to the road being in use by our neighbours at all times. If you’re planning on joining us and there will be children in your party, please keep this in mind, as there will likely be various large vehicles using the road throughout the afternoon. Please ensure children are supervised by an adult at all times whilst on the premises – both inside and out.
Please ensure you have a valid proof of age ID with you, as you may be asked to present it when buying alcohol. Car parking will be available at CLAD Safety, which is situated at the entrance to the road, immediately before the security gate. Dogs are welcome, but are not permitted inside the brewery building for hygiene reasons.
How To Find Us
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There are regular train services to and from Knaresborough from both Leeds and York, running roughly every half an hour. The brewery is approximately a half an hour walk from the station. Alternatively, there is a bus service from the town centre (see below).
If arriving by car, sat nav to HG5 8LJ, but be aware that technology has a habit of directing visitors to either of the roads parallel to the one we’re on (Grimbald Park). Keep an eye out for Clad Safety, which is positioned at the entrance to Grimbald Park, just before or after the traffic light-controlled bridge, depending from which direction you’re arriving. Clad have kindly let us use their car park for the event, so park up & walk down the road, past the M.O.T. garage & look for the over-sized Anderson shelter!
The X1 bus runs to and from Harrogate, via Knaresborough town centre and stops on Wetherby Road, at the end of Grimbald Park, outside Clad Safety. The service operates every 15 minutes until around about 6pm. Bus services also operate between Wetherby & Knaresborough, using the same stop on Wetherby Road.
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