Dads are awesome, but they’re also notoriously difficult to buy for. So how’s this for a Father’s Day idea: a tour of some of Yorkshire’s craft breweries with Brewtown Brewery Tours? As you might know, we like to try out the things we recommend to you, so with that in mind we sent Mr Viking and one of his beer-admiring compadres off on the Brewtown minibus to enjoy a whistle-stop tour of some of Leeds’ finest breweries. Here’s how they got on.
How it works There are Leeds, Malton and a couple of York tours to choose from, each on a different day of the week. Each takes in a few breweries. You may have heard of some of the breweries but the tour will also introduce you to some hidden gems. During the five or so hours of the tour, Mark, the friendly and knowledgeable guide, and designated driver, transports the small groups in the snazzy Brewtown minibus and is happy to field questions about all things beer and more besides. He is an experienced host and creates a fun, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere amongst the group. At each brewery, there’s plenty of time to sample the beers along with an insight into how the beer is made, what goes into creating the flavours and the story behind it.
What we did We did the Leeds tour. Mark picks up either from home if it’s on the way, York centre or Leeds station. Quirky Ales, Northern Monk Brew Co. and North Brewing Co. were all on the agenda. First stop, Quirky Ales for a lesson in the history of brewing to set the scene for the afternoon by retired policeman and owner Mike Quirk. It is a fantastic micro-brewery with tap room attached. As well as sampling Mike’s beers, it was a nice touch that we were given a bottle to take away so that we could finish off the fermentation at home. Next was Northern Monk, a much bigger operation with a buzzing atmosphere and a great selection of beers, including a sour beer that Mark was keen we try (all I will say is keep an open mind!). Finally, onto North Brewing Co. It has a great vibe in the summer months with the Eat North food fair and what better way to finish off a great afternoon than enjoying some summer evening sun and tucking into some delicious food to soak up the alcohol.
Top tip Get a pass out for the evening/next morning. Mark will drop off at Leeds station or bring you back to York. Alternatively, he will drop you at Brew York or suggest somewhere else if you want to make a night of it.
To find out more about Brewtown Tours, and to book, visit the Brewtown Tours website
Thank you to Brewtown for inviting us to join the tour. As always, our opinions are entirely independent and we will only recommend something that we have genuinely enjoyed.