Craft Beer Yorkshire: Modern Monks & Magic Brews

Craft Beer Yorkshire: Modern Monks & Magic Brews
April 15, 2016 Brody

There’s nothing worse than not being able to get your hands on a tasty craft brew due to your geographical locale (that’s where our craft beer delivery service comes in). It’s nearly as horrifying as when you walk into a London fish & chip shop only to realise that they don’t sell gravy. Is there nowt moist!? Luckily if you’re based in Yorkshire, you’re currently surrounded by a unique and exciting craft beer scene that HonestBrew want to shout about!

Despite possessing such rich and enthusiastic brewing scenes – not to mention some incredible locally brewed craft beers – it’s often difficult for regions beyond London to step out of the capital’s hefty shadow. However, Yorkshire is carving its own distinct path across the UK’s craft beer landscape and shaking off the misconceptions of old – think less flat caps and “real ale” and more really great beer.

From Sheffield to Hull, Huddersfield to Leeds, York to Scarborough, the dales, cities and moors are alive with sound of bubbling brewhouses and countless fine establishments filled with the enthusiastic chatter of newly converted craft beer lovers. Yorkshire is staking its claim to craft beer…and it’s doing it in style.

Huddersfield’s Magic Rock are one of the brightest new breweries out there. Established  by brothers, Richard and Jonny Burhouse, and aided by head brewer, Stuart Ross, a great passion for beer quickly materialised in the form of some very highly regarded beers. Currently boasting a rather lovely range of colourful cans filled with a diverse range of styles, Magic Rock are breathing new life into stouts and IPAs while introducing beer lovers to challenging brews such as a grapefruit packed twist on their High Wire Pale Ale, and their hot pink Gooseberry Goose, Salty Kiss.  

Take a sneaky peek at our lively selection of Magic Rock brews and Howlers

Since the 7th century AD monks across the whole of Europe have produced and sold beer, life-sustaining, thirst quenching beer. In 1086, the Domesday book records the brewing of almost 70,000 gallons of ale by monks, whilst Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire once brewed 60 barrels of strong ale every 10 days. Leeds’ Northern Monk are inviting beer lovers to join their craft brew brethren and praise beers that are rooted in tradition but enhanced by the brewery’s thirst for evolution. Developed with a sense of community, collaboration and creation their modern takes on traditional styles are showing that great beer craftsmanship is timeless.

Cast thy eyeballs across our range of Northern Monk’s brews

Yorkshire based breweries are proving that change is most definitely good, brewing an eclectic range of craft beers that draw upon classical influences while offering something distinctly modern to craft beer lovers. Wherever you hail from, these brews are too good to miss, and that’s why we want to see fridges around the UK stocked with Yorkshire brewed craft beer.

To sample delights from breweries like these and more, head over to to grab 50% off your first box. You’ll get a taster kit of 6 different beers for only £9 delivered.

All together now…Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire!


  1. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Initially impressed with the concept, yet no on inspection no sight of one yorkshire oldest micro brewery’s products GYB???

    Also i see stock listed by Metalmen; that’s an Irish brewery, a long way from Yorkshire????

    • Author
      Brody 3 years ago

      Hi there, thanks for giving the piece a read and commenting. Yorkshire’s craft beer scene is growing by the day, whilst also possessing a rich history of brewing. While it would be fantastic to take a more in-depth look at the region’s connections to beer, there would be far too much content for a single blog! Therefore, we decided to focus on two of the regions most exciting breweries with Magic Rock & Northern Monk. We stock beers from around the world, including brews from fantastic Irish breweries such as Metalman. The idea of this piece is to shine a spotlight specifically upon Yorkshire based breweries and highlight exactly why the area is a must visit craft beer destination that rivals regions such as London & the North West. Thanks!

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