Brewdog’s Leeds bar opens!

A new craft beer destination




Last night I ventured over to the new Brewdog bar behind the Corn Exchange in Leeds. On my way home from work I popped in for a beer and to check out the brand new addition to Brewdog’s expanding bar chain on the first night of its “soft opening” two days before its properly open to the beer drinking hordes of Leeds.

I’ve been aware of its location for a while situated in the White Cloth Hall at the opposite end to Pizza Express.

It’s a funny spot, its near lots of bars that the average beer drinker would run a mile from and rather small. Just next door used to be the great record shop called Vinyl Tap, the place I used to buy records by The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash as a teenage. It kind of feels right I can now buy a half of Punk IPA in the location near to where I was indulging my teenage Punk Rock obsession.

The bar is pretty small but perfectly formed. Since the early plans the layout downstairs has change a lot. The stairs have been replaced by a new spiral staircase and the bar is bigger and in a different place to it was originally planned to be. Upstairs is more of a sit down affair where people can sit around enjoy something to eat (cold food only as there is not kitchen) and make a serious dent in the impressive beer list. Downstairs is for quaffing hoppy IPAs, big potent stouts and chatting as the varied but cool playlist plays over the speakers.

The beer list isn’t huge but well judged. About 6-8 Brewdog beers on tap and then 3 guests (this time it was Magic Rock Cannonball and two from Mikkeller). The bottle/can list is pretty bloody good, you can buy a good amount of one-offs and seasonals from Brewdog along side a great list of guests from Alesmith, Ballast Point, Maui, Birra Del Borgo, De Molen, Mikkeller and Green flash to name a few and all at decent prices for a bar.

I quaffed halfs of 5am Saint, Jack Hammer IPA, and a damn tasty glass of Punk IPA, for me the current batch is really hitting the mark. I did delve into the bottles with a Green Flash Le Freak that to be honest was past its best and lackluster.

The new Brewdog bar is a great addition to the Leeds beer scene and whenever I head into Town for some beers it will certainly join North Bar and Friends of Ham on my little tour around the city centre. Yes its very similar and follows Brewdog’s house-style but to be honest I rather like them.

See you at the bar, get me a half of something pale and hoppy or a bottle of Speedway Stout…but I’m not sharing hands off!


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