Archive for March, 2017

Open Day ’17

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Following the success of both our 2015 and 2016 open day’s we’re happy to confirm that this year’s event will take place on Saturday July 29th.
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 beers from cask, keg and can. (Please ensure you have a valid proof of age ID with you, as you may be asked to present it when buying alcohol).

 

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 Mac Daddies, Andy Annat’s Crackerjack BBQ and Karkli, giving you three outrageously delicious options for food to pair with your beer as you relax in the sunshine* in the company of some silky beats from DJ Tony Safari.

 

This year, we’ll now be in a position to accept card payments, as well as cash.

 

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.

 

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.

 

By Train

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).

 

By Car

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!

 

By Bus

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.

 

*Fingers crossed.

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International awards success

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The 2017 International Brewing Awards – a competition that takes place every two years and is dubbed ‘the Oscars of the brewing industry’ – recently took place, with the announcement of the winners having been declared on Friday March 10th at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent.

 

Having scooped a bronze medal for Baby-Faced Assassin (B-FA) in cask at the 2015 awards, we are delighted to have won a gold, silver and bronze medal this time around.

 

B-FA (keg) bagged a bronze medal, whilst our flagship IPA also came away with gold in the small pack category, ahead of entries from breweries in Australia and Canada. With the awards won this year, B-FA has now won a medal in cask, keg and can across consecutive International Brewing Awards competitions, which is a feat we’re very proud of, especially given the competition faced.

 

The silver medal we picked up went to the keg version of Yankee. Again, this is something we’re incredibly proud of, as up until a little over two year ago, Yankee had only ever been a beer available in cask. As with our cans, all of our keg beers are brewed and packaged in-house, so these awards recognise not just the quality of the beer we brew, but also the practices we have in place to package them to a high standard as well.

 

The beers entered are judged by a panel made up exclusively of experienced brewers from around the world, with representatives from the likes of Sierra Nevada, Deschutes and Bell’s joining judges from as far afield as Japan, China, Australia and South Africa and closer to home from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Germany (amongst others). Judging for the awards is by consensus, not by scoring, with the panel members being divided into teams which change for every session of judging. Within each panel, each judge is asked to argue the case for the beer they, as a team, should put forward to the next round. This continues until the winners in each category have been decided upon. More details on the judging process can be found here.

 

Our congratulations go to all the other winners, but in particular our friends at Camden Town, Thornbridge, Saltaire, Ilkley & Purity who also came away with medals, in and amongst breweries from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, the USA, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

 

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