Each month we select new beers for our Monthly Beer Club and like to shine a light on 1 particular brewery. This month it's the turn of Kirkstall Brewery. We were really impressed with the quality of the beer and loved the vibrant label designs. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you fancy receiving 12 new beers each month or quarter, then please check out our Beer Subscription Page. If you would like to see the other beers we have included in April, then we've linked to it at the bottom of the page
Leeds based Kirkstall Brewery has a brewing heritage stretching back to the 12th century when Cistercian monks founded an abbey on the banks of the River Aire, just a few miles to the north west of the city. Brewing of Abbey beer started soon after. The original Kirkstall Brewery was closed by Whitbread in 1983 after 150 years of worldwide recognition.
The Kirkstall name was revived in 2011 and the brewery sited just along the canal from the original. The brewery moved to its new site on Kirkstall Road in 2017.
Kirkstall’s founder, Steve Holt, kickstarted the nascent British Craft scene when he introduced beers like Sierra Nevada to the UK from 2003. Since then, alongside the expansion of the brewery they have added iconic pubs to their portfolio winning many
awards for restoration and the beer quality along the way.
The brewery development reflects that history and craft tradition. With a range that celebrates the best in craft beer and innovates rather than following trends, Kirkstall look to follow a path of quality craft brewing and great places to drink.
Their brands include Virtuous, a gluten free and vegan session IPA that won Britain’s Best Gluten Free Beer in 2019 and Providence a best-selling New England IPA. Celebrated cask offerings include Dissolution, an American style IPA that recalls the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII and Three Swords, an extra pale ale whose design reflects the coat of arms of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds.