What’s happening in the city this August
We can’t believe it’s August already. Where has the summer gone?! We’ve put together our handy monthly to-do list with events happening at the pubs, in Leeds and York city centre. We hope you’ll find something to keep you occupied.
This year on Thursday 4th August, beer enthusiasts all over the country will be celebrating National IPA Day, ourselves included. Join us for a pint of our very own Monsoon IPA, a big, bold blend of American hops used to create a heavily hopped, fruity, aromatic India Pale Ale.
The initials stand for India pale ale. It was the answer to the problem of providing beer for the British Empire in the east. It was too hot to brew in India, so what was needed was a beer that could survive the gruelling six-month journey from Britain intact. In the 1780s, a London brewer called Hodgson answered the call by sending out a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale that would normally be aged like wine before drinking. The beer not only survived the journey, but was found to have improved immeasurably. This was the prototype IPA; the beer gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the Indian climate.
Monsoon is one of our kegged products and is now also available in export strength bottles at 5.8%, brewed especially for the export market but also available in the UK. Traditionally IPA’s are very hoppy and higher in ABV so they could withstand the transportation from the UK to India where it was popular with East India Company traders. We have kept the ABV low to make the beer more widely accessible and sessionable.
Monsoon is heavily hopped, without being cloying and has a light and vibrant taste with a citrus aroma. It is beautifully balanced and matches perfectly with anything from Fish and Chips to chicken dishes to, of course, a good old curry.
At Eagle & Child, they will have a selection of other IPA’s for you to taste from some of their local breweries; all you have to do is try them all and vote for your favourite as they go head to head in the IPA brew off.
This year sees 10 years of Leeds Pride, the annual LGBT Pride celebration taking place on Sunday 7th August in the city centre. The celebrations include guest speakers and entertainment from 12pm in Millennium Square, followed by the Pride Parade at 2pm with floats, music and dancers all marching through the centre heading to Lower Briggate, the heart of the LGBT community of Leeds, where there will be a street party into the evening.
Leeds Pride is the biggest annual one day festival in the city centre and is completely driven by the passionate community. It's a free event so if you’re in the city centre at the weekend then come and raise a pint with us to join in the celebrations of diversity and acceptance.
If you’re at a bit of loose end on this August bank holiday weekend there’s always something happening at the pub. We will have bank holiday summer specials available on our menus, so you can save yourself the trouble of cooking, as well as our Leeds Brewery beers and guest ales. Unfortunately the good weather is not guaranteed, but we are hoping the sun will come out so you can sit in the beer garden and catch some rays.
At the Midnight Bell there will be a BBQ in their courtyard on Friday evening from 4pm serving all your BBQ favourites supplied from the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company.
If you are at the other end of the city, pop into the Lamb & Flag for their regular Friday night post work BBQ. They will also have live music performances to entertain you while you munch away on your burger.
A hideaway from the hustle and bustle of King’s Square, the Duke of York will be hosting live music on bank holiday Sunday from 4pm. Spend your lazy Sunday afternoon with a home cooked roast and a pint of Pale while listening to some talented live artists.
Ok, not literally - but Caribbean week takes place on the 22nd-28th August and The Brewery Tap will be getting into the spirit and offering up delicious Caribbean flavours on the menu, seasonal beers on the bar and will have steel drums playing. They will have some exciting new summer guest beers on the bar that you can try, and of course all of our Leeds Brewery staple beers will be available.
Keep an eye out on The Brewery Tap twitter page for celebrations happening throughout the week and into the weekend, just in time for the August bank holiday.
On Wednesday 31st August, Crowd of Favours are hosting their monthly Comedy Cask. They showcase new comedians and established names to test out their fresh material in front of an audience. If you’ve got a good sense of humour come and join us for a laugh and a pint. It’s a free event, although feel free to ask our team about reserving your seats. For more information, follow Crowd of Favours on twitter.
Although you may know him as rough and ready Eddie Windass from Corrie, artist and actor Steve Huison began his career back in the 1970s at Leeds School of Art but did not complete the course and went on to pursue acting. While still having a passion for art, he has since spent the past year living in Robin Hood's Bay and produced a collection of work entitled ‘A Year In Bay’ including landscape and portrait studies of the local area and people.
The exhibition of his work is being displayed throughout August at York’s Pyramid Gallery on Stonegate, located just around the corner from our very own Eagle & Child. A perfect little afternoon spent looking at the artworks and then joining us for a bite to eat and a pint of Yorkshire ale.
This is just a small roundup of what’s happening in August; whatever you do with the last of the summer months, be sure to pop in for a beer.
Our pubs are well versed in running private events for all occasions
The Midnight Bell, the Lamb & Flag and the Eagle & Child each have unique, characterful and versatile spaces. Each pub has a dedicated, full-time events coordinator who will help to tailor your event and meet your personal requirements.