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The Brewery

Our Beers

Kirkstall Pale Ale

This is our classic ale and one that was born out of our quest for uncompromising quality. A wonderfully golden session ale with fresh malt and hop aroma, leading to a satisfying bitter finish. We only use the best malt that we can get our hands on, so Maris Otter dominates the malt bill, backed by heaps of Cascade and Centennial hops. Easy to drink and perfect for every occasion.



Three swords

The name is derived from the coat of arms used by the Cistercian monks of Kirkstall Abbey. Three American hop varieties are used in abundance to deliver a crisp, aromatic pale ale with clean and refreshing citrus-fruit flavours. The three C’s come together to give this pale it’s signature flavour: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook.



Dissolution IPA

Brewed in memory of the dissolution of Kirkstall Abbey by Henry Vlll, in 1539 AD, and the disbanding of the Abbey’s Cistercian order. This is a classic India Pale Ale, with a resolute hoppy kick and lasting citrus finish. With an American amber malt profile that adds smooth caramel notes, balancing against the use of Chinook, Columbus, Centennial and Eureka! hops.



Black Band

In celebration of Kirkstall Forge, the oldest forge in England, and named after the giant press that was at the heart of the operation. A full bodied yet beautifully smooth dark porter. Perfectly balanced flavours of chocolate and coffee enhanced by the mild herbal hop character. Deliciously dark.




Light, zesty and floral, lagered for 65 days on Bavarian yeast. The addition of Loral hop gives it the signature aromas of lemon zest and flowers. The perfect after work pint.




Our session IPA has a clean citrus aroma that gives way to a fruit hop flavour. Flavours of tropical and citrus fruits, with hints of pine and blueberry are perfectly balanced by its complex malt base, giving it a flavoursome yet refreshing profile. Gluten free and vegan too.





A hazy, New England style pale with a punch of fruit flavours; peach, apricots, mango and lychee create a juicy taste from the use of Citra and Amarillo hops. A light pale with a slight bitter finish.



Dexter Milk Stout – Gingerbread

This winter seasonal was a fun one to create – all the ginger, with a little All Spice for balance, and only a few gingerbread men were harmed in the making of this beer.




January 2019

Virtuoso takes its roots from our session IPA, Virtuous, but this time it’s large and in charge. With even more hops to elevate the clean citrus aroma, full of Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic from the 2018 US hop harvest. The flavours of pine, tropical and citrus fruits have been refined, with a hint of blueberry, balanced against the malt bill with a smooth clean finish. Vegan and gluten free




March 2018

Originally brewed for Hop City 2018. Packed full of Ekuanot and Mosaic hops, and a little Citra in the dry-hop, this Imperial IPA has aromas of blueberry, pine and tropical fruits that has a smooth finish from the malt base.



Brudenell IPA

October 2017

An Amarillo heavy IPA, complimented by Citra, Mosaic and Azzacca hops. With a dry finish and low colour malt body it really lets the best of the hop flavours of citrus, pine and tropical fruits shine through.



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Brewer’s Notes

February’s Fruits Of Labour

Things have gotten a little fruity at Kirkstall Brewery this month, with not one, but two new beers being brewed. Do you remember picking blackberries and raspberries in the countryside? Keeping an eye out for dock leaves as you try to avoid the stinging nettles? These are the memories that […]

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Imported beers

Formally Vertical Drinks, Kirkstall Brewery Company started as the UK’s first importers of beer from around the world, and their portfolio includes some of the best names from the UK and Europe.

As it is the standard practice in America, Kirkstall Brewery was one of the first UK wholesalers to keep all beers in cold storage, to ensure that the beer arrives as fresh as it left the brewery. Whilst our freshness policy of ordering from breweries ‘little and often’ drives us towards regular deliveries so that the beer arrives in your customer’s glass in peak condition. Distributing to many customers throughout the North of England, Kirkstall Brewery are proud to represent breweries from the UK and beyond.

We don’t currently sell direct to the public but if you’re a trade customer, please click here to drop us a note and we’ll get back to you asap with details of our current offerings.

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Kirkstall Brewery Company
100 Kirkstall Road

Telephone: 0113 8980280
Email: info@kirkstallbrewery.com


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