A summer Saturday in early August saw real ale lovers from across the county say their farewells to head brewer at Kirkstall Brewery, Dave Sanders, who has now moved on to pastures new at Saltaire brewery. Members of SPBW (Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood) West Riding Branch gathered with CAMRA members from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Keighley, Huddersfield, Hull and Halifax & Calderdale and raised several glasses to the master craftsman of real ales, who has headed the emergence of the new Kirkstall Brewery not far from the Leeds Liverpool canal in the shadow of the original brewery.
Perhaps Dave’s most notable creation has been the multi-award winning Elland 1872 Porter and in 2011 Dave was recruited by owner Steve Holt to revive the long tradition of brewing in Kirkstall and developed a superb range of award winning beers including Kirstall Pale Ale, Best Yorkshire Bitter, Three Swords, Dissolution IPA, Black Band Porter, Generous George and the powerful Drop Hammer.
In recognition of Dave’s fantastic achievements at the brewery Steve presented him with a couple of superb historical items: a tin from Leeds Co-operative Society (with whom Dave began his working life) and a fabulous impossibly rare beer bottle from the original Kirkstall Brewery.
We wish him well.