We have been here before. In fact around 8 years ago if my maths are correct. Beer Ink have launched their brand at the old Mallinsons brewery. 8 years ago we were waxing lyrical about the new kids on the block, Mallinsons. Today I am waxing equally lyrically about Beer Ink.
I had the chance today sample their beers at their pop up pub at the brewery, and excellent they were too. I could tell you lots about the brewery - but I never asked. It is on Plover Rd, at Lindley; the old Mallinsons brewery via Hand Drawn Monkey. It has been totally refurbished and sorted out by Ryan and his team and has launched its first beers on the public this weekend.
There are cask beers, a couple of keg beers and in time, there will be cans and bottles, but the brewery is aiming to get the core sorted before branching out into other things. Seasonal specials are promised and other interesting things but that is for the future; what about the beers today I hear you cry ?
They were very impressive. Three were cask, two were keg. I tried the cask; 'Avant Garde' a 4% traditional style bitter, 'Noire' a 5% stout, and 'Pin Up' another 4% light beer. Pin Up was a very good example of its style, but only got the bronze when compared to the other two who I think were a dead heat for gold. Noire was not a 'Guinness style' stout but looked rather like a strongish mild, but that was where the comparison ends. Lots of coffee, liquorice, burned malt flavours going on there, and, as Ryan promised, as it warmed up the better it got, and became very moreish. On a par was Avant Garde. This was a traditional style bitter. The colour tending towards the copper, but the taste was a twist on what I expected. Five different hops were there, E.K. Goldings and Admiral from England but algamated with Nugget (US) and a couple of antipodean ones, and they combine to produce a classic, not traditionally English but a blend of the Southern and Northern hemispheres.And very good too.
There was a single IPA 'Flagship' and a double IPA on keg on my visit, but there were rumours that the double IPA would hit the bar later.
The beers were all very reasonably priced, all less than £3, and the 'pub' was adequate. It is an outside addition to the brewery but comfortable enough, and with the beer garden at the rear, sun trap, it seems like a good place to while a few hours away. The trouble is that the pub licence is only spasmodic at present. It is open tomorrow (Monday 12-6) and then will reopen at the next Bank Holiday (Spring Bank). But if you get the chance get to Lindley and sample the beers they are excellent and I am sure we have just see the start of another Huddersfield brewing success story.
Apologies to Ryan and his team....have now corrected the brewery name. For some reason had written it down wrong.