Striding Edge by Northern Monk Brew Co
Small IPA, 2.8%
Inspired by the well known striding edge walking trail from Glenridding on the bank of Ullswater to Helvellyn. A session beer with a flavour, intensity and mouthfeel of a drink of much higher strength. Intense Pine, Grassy and Citrus character, backed up hints of Orange and Mango
The live tasting of this beer was on 7th April 2022 #BeerBods
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The Domesday book from 1086 records the brewing of 70,000 gallons of ale by monks at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and that Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire once brewed 60 barrels of strong ale every 10 days. It is in this rich brewing history that Northern Monk takes their inspiration from, explains Russell Bissett who founded the Leeds based outfit in 2013.
“We’re committed to creating the highest quality beers combining the best of traditional monastic brewing values with a progressive approach to ingredients and techniques” Russ tell us.
Their home then is a rather fitting Grade II listed former flax mill, based in Holbeck Village (“the spiritual heart of the industrial revolution” Russ says proudly), a short walk from Leeds city centre. The operation is spread over three levels with the brewery on the ground floor and a refectory, serving up some of the best grub and grog in Yorkshire, on the top floor looking over this great city.
With a name like Northern Monk, championing this part of the country; its heritage, creativity, people and landscape, is clearly a large part of the team’s raison d’etre and they do that largely through a brilliant project called the Patrons Project. Northern Monk patrons are an extension of the team at the brewery and they include illustrators, photographers, filmmakers, artists, musicians and athletes who are all championing the North.
For tonight’s beer, we have Striding Edge, a Light IPA inspired by the well known striding edge walking trail from Glenridding on the bank of Ullswater to Helvellyn. A session beer with a flavour, intensity and mouthfeel of a drink of much higher strength. Intense Pine, Grassy and Citrus character, backed up by hints of Orange and Mango.