This week I seem to have stumbled on the Leeds Beer Week. Not a bad thing I may add, and after a quick nudge from a couple of like minded individuals I made a trip to the North Bar in the city. I was expecting a couple of keg beers from the Manchester Brewery but what I found was slightly different.
As I hinted last week, I am a bit of sucker for the 'weird' in respect of beer, and anything a little unusual often attracts me. However, on previous occasions when I have tried Manchester Brewing beers, (admittedly in their home city) their beers have always seemed a little on the safe side. Not so those in Leeds.
Firstly, I was surprised to find the two beers on cask, and secondly, the tasting notes just drew me in. The first one 'Kir Bier', was described as a 'tart, blackcurrant wheat' beer, at 4.8%. It certainly was tart, and tasted of blackcurrant but although there were hints of wheat in the background it was not what I would call a wheat beer, but it was still an excellent beer.
However, the second beer was even weirder, and even better. 'Getting Caught In The Rain' (again 4.8%) was an unfiltered, unfined pina colada pale. And it tasted of pina colada. I would have expected the tastes that came through to have come through in the keg version, but they were very apparent in the cask version. It was odd but it worked.
If you come across either beer, give them a go. You may be surprised what cask can do.