Last night at 7pm in The Star, Huddersfield's latest brewery launched its first beer, and a couple of editorial staff from 'A Swift One' were on hand, with plenty of others to give it a try.
Briggs Signature Ales is currently brewing at Mallinsons plant at Lockwood, quite fittingly really since Nick, the brewer, works there as one of the Mallinsons team. His first beer under his own brand was the 3.8% 'Northern Soul'.
It was not quite what I expected. But certainly none the worse for that and probably my fault for having a preconceived idea. It was a very well balanced beer, with plenty of body for its strength. Tending towards the mid brown rather than the light, it has a pleasant hop character, and the beer gives a rounded mouthfeel, without one taste dominating at the expense of others.
What happens next I am not too sure but we wish Nick all the best and will certainly be looking out for his beers in the future. Congratulations.