This month’s blog post is all about events. Events within this industry are extremely important; in fact, they are half of my job title! As a brewery, the word ‘event’ can encompass many things: beer festivals, meet the brewers, tap takeovers, ticketed tastings, beer and food pairings; all sorts! And even within those types of events, the specific event will always be unique based on its timing, location, and the people who are involved or who attend.
Below is a brief summary of each event that we have been involved in in the past couple of months so that you can get a good idea of the variety of wonderful occasions alongside fantastic businesses that we find ourselves being part of regularly:
We ended 2019 and began 2020 with two meet the brewer / tap takeover events in two of the best local bars close to our new brewery site in Knaresborough. Both Blind Jack’s and Six Poor Folk are excellent bars that are walkable from our brewery and we are enjoying developing such a positive relationship with them as a fellow small business in the local area.
In January, we were grateful to be pouring in the massive Manchester Central Convention Centre as part of Manchester Beer Festival. Aron and I travelled across the Pennines for the trade session on the Wednesday, which was a fantastic opportunity to have a catch up with some of our closest beery friends and to make some new ones too.
The back end of January was absolutely filled with events! I spent evenings in Sheffield and Liverpool in the wonderful and relatively new venues of The Millowner’s Arms and The Bridewell respectively: one being part of the Kelham Island Museum building, and the other being a former 19th century police station! The sheer quantity of fantastic people from those cities’ respective beer scenes that came down for each event made me very proud to be part of such a welcoming and inclusive industry.
Sometimes, we just do not have the power to be in as many places as we would love to be and sometimes that means that we cannot be there in person when we have tap takeover events or festivals. The Pourhouse in Hessle, and the inaugural Arundel Brewfest were January examples of such issues. We wish we could split ourselves in two so that we could attend everything that includes our beer!
January also included the first of our monthly events at our York city centre taproom: Fossgate Tap. The last Friday of each month, this wonderful venue in the heart of a city in which the majority of our staff have lived in at one point or another runs a blanket 10% discount on all Turning Point Brew Co beer. On top of this, these monthly events will always attempt to coincide with a new beer release (this first one was the launch of Mile Zero, our 15% Stroopwafel Stout), and we try to make it down to them ourselves if our hectic schedules allow for it!
There was no abating our diary in February – within the first week we had a healthy competition of beer (and beer pong!) with our good friends and neighbours Brew York at the brilliant House of Trembling Madness Lendal, and a humongous full takeover of the tiny but perfectly formed Town Mouse Ale House in central Newcastle too.
The next week saw me travel to Doncaster for the evening to the oasis that is Doncaster Brewery & Tap. The best beer venue for miles around has a huge selection of cask, keg, and cider; and a rare bottle selection that rivals anything in the country. It was great to see how busy this event was, and that some people had travelled across from Scunthorpe and Grimsby solely for our visit.
Finally, the week just gone (in which I wrote this little round up) included a ticketed tasting event at Ratebeer’s ‘best pub in the UK’ – and one of my favourite pubs too – The Grove, in Huddersfield. A good dozen or so lovely beer enthusiasts sat with me as we talked through seven different beers one by one and I answered any and all questions they had about the specific products, or about the brewery. The week then culminated with a meet the brewer event at Brewdog North Street in Leeds, a tap takeover at Plau in Preston, and a day trip for two of us down to the trade session at Brew LDN in the Old Truman’s Brewery in Spitalfields. Phew! If you want to keep track of our busy schedule in the future and potentially attend any of our future events, you are in luck! As well as occasionally advertising events on our social media.
feeds (and attempting to create facebook events for each one too), we will soon have a ‘calendar’ section within our website that will be constantly updated with anything that we will be attending.