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New Launch of Riverhead Dining Rooms on Friday 21st November 2014

FRESH | SEASONAL | LOCAL | A LA CARTE DINING The team at Ossett Brewery and Manager, Lorri Wood welcome you to come and see the fresh looking Riverhead dinning rooms, with new chef, Adam Wright. Bookings are now being taken, please call 01484 844324 to reserve your place. Food Service Times: Tue – Thur 12noon – 2pm | 5pm – 9pm Fri 12noon – 3pm | 5pm – 9pm Sat 12noon – 9pm | Sun 12noon – 8pm THE RIVERHEAD BREWERY TAP & DINING ROOMS 2 PEEL STREET | MARSDEN | HUDDERSFIELD | HD7 6BR WWW.THERIVERHEADMARSDEN.CO.UK

Mini Casks are back for Christmas!

Do you fancy draught Beer At Home For Christmas? Our 5 litre mini-casks are always popular for Christmas and New Year parties. We will be selling at from the Ossett Brewery shop from mid December until they run out! The ‘shop’ is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. These casks contain proper cask ale and therefore will need time to settle and the container should not be moved until it is empty. Once opened the beer is best consumed in three days.  Yorkshire Blonde 3.9%   -£17.57 Silver King 4.3%                .. Read more

The 2nd O to K Beer Festival at the Old Vic

The Old Vic on Manor Road, Ossett is once again having a weekend featuring beers from all of the Breweries in the Wakefield District. From teatime on Thursday 20th November to Sunday 23rd November all 10 local breweries will be represented. Many of the Brewers will be present on the Thursday evening from 7pm if you fancy having a chat. For further details see the poster below or call the pub direct on 01924 273516 

Wakefield CAMRA Beer Festival 2014

Once again the Ossett Brewery team ventured to the annual Wakefield CAMRA beer festival. This year the festival featured ‘Celtic Fringe’ beers along with local brewers and real ciders. All the beer was on top form and included beer from all four of our microbreweries.  Our stand out beer of the festival was Fernandes Black Voodoo. June Bradbury from Wakefield CAMRA joined Steve at Fernandes to brew our favourite chocolate orange stout, and to make it even more unique the voodoo heading for the festival was racked into a wooden cask. The beer went down a treat and we are very happy.. Read more

Sheffield CAMRA 40th Steel Beer Festival

Our micro-breweries picked up a couple of awards at the Steel City beer festival at Kelham Island:   GOLD award in BITTER category: Fernandes Brewery – Half Nelson GOLD award in BEST BITTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratweiller   Half Nelson also won SILVER and Ratweiller bronze in the OVERALL BEER of the FESTIVAL competition. Our congratulations to all the brewers involved.  

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Triumphs

We’re really chuffed our beers picked up a number of awards at the Hudderfield Camra Oktoberfest. The awards were voted for by the public out of 100+ beers: GOLD award in BITTER category: Riverhead Brewery – American IPA GOLD award in STOUT/PORTER category: Rat Brewery – Ratsputin (Russian Imperial Stout) GOLD award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Riverhead Brewery – Marzden (Bavarian Smoked Wheat Beer) BRONZE award in SPECIALITY BEER category: Fernandes – Czech Mate (German style Pilsner) The Rat Brewery 'Ratsputin' was matured in and served from a.. Read more

Cask Matters launch New Website

Cask Matters is a great new website, hosted by Cask-Marque, providing all sorts of information on cask beer. The site provide news, resources and insight for licensees, brewers and cask ale drinkers. We particularly recommend the sections on daily and weekly checklists for your cask cellar and tips on holding a beer festival. You can search throughout the site by subject or source, so whether it’s the latest Beer Report from SIBA or the full range of beer training courses available for bar staff, you’ll find it on Cask Matters!  Find a link to the Cask Matters on ou.. Read more

Great British Pub Awards

Having won the regional heat of the Great British Pub Awards our pub the Rat & Ratchet went through to the National Final in the Best Cask Beer Pub category. Rat & Ratchet Manager Richard Prest had entered the pub into the competition and went to London to attend the finals at The Park Lane Hilton. Richard and partner Lisa Dunbar were ecstatic to collect the overall award for Best Cask Beer Pub in the UK. A well deserved award for the Rat, for Richard and his team and also for Huddersfield - a contender for best cask beer town in Britain?

SIBA Success

The annual Society of Independent Brewers awards for the North East region were held at the York Beer Festival in September. Over 300 beers were judged by 70+ judges in a number of categories. We were chuffed to walk away with 3 awards from the 5 beers we entered: Silver King won Bronze in the Best Bitter category. King Rat won Bronze in the Strong Bitter category. Yorkshire Blonde Premium won Silver in the Golden Bottled Beer category. ​

Rat in a Bottle

We have bowed to customer demand and bottled a small batch of our flagship IPA in 330ml bottles. Rat Against The Machine is an intensely hopped American style IPA that is bottled conditioned. A powerful 7% pale and bitter beer with massive citrus hop aroma derived from US Chinook & Citra hops. We’re really happy with the powerful and complex taste and we’d love to know what you think. The bottles are available from the Brewery Shop, the Rat & Ratchet pub in Huddersfield and many specialist beer retailers.

Ossett Brewery Open Day 30th August 2014

The annual Open Day on Saturday 30th August raised a grand total of £8,515.19 for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. Thanks to all the volunteers, companies and customers that made the day such a success. Special thanks to all the people and companies that have supported the Open Day: A Plant Hire (Healey, Ossett), Bar Hire Solutions, Kerry Foods, Blacker Hall Farm Shop, Yorkshire Pies, Leach Catering, All the bands, New Inn (Walton), Wood Richardson Print (York), Wakefield Express, Ossett Pubco Managers for selling raffle tickets and all the brewery staff & volunteers. The Gr.. Read more

Riverhead Restaurant Opening Times

Please see our new food service times:

Shepherds Boy Green Hop Beer Festival

Thurs 25th-Sun 28th September. Featuring a unique range of 12 beers made with fresh green hops from this years harvest + a range of real ciders. On Thursday evening Matt Hall of Yorkshire Hops will speak about hops in general and particularly growing hops in Yorkshire.

Garforth Lions Beer Festival

The hugely successful annual Garforth Lions Beer Festival takes place on Saturday 16th August. With a selection of 15 cask ales including a good number from the Ossett family of Brewery's.

The Gaslight Restaurant

Friday 15th August see's the re-opening of the historic restaurant at the Kings Arms, Heath, Wakefield. Refurbished and re-named after the rare gas lighting that gives the restaurant in unique atmosphere. The A la Carte menu will focus on fresh, seasonal & local produce. ​

International Beer Challenge Recognise Yorkshire Blonde

For 18 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers. The whole rainbow of beer complexity enters the IBC, with entries received from no fewer than 30 countries. We are delighted that our bottled Yorkshire Blonde has won a bronze medal in the Golden Ales 4.1-5% category. Look out for the IBC Medal Logo appearing on bottles of Yorkshire Blonde in future.

Wakefield Golf Club Sponsorship

Our on going relationship with Wakefield Golf Club has been strengthened with our two year sponsorship of their Scratch Team. The picture below shows the team just before they got stuck into the Yorkshire Blonde in the 19th.

Rat Infestation At The Crown Posada, Newcastle

RAT INFESTATION AT THE CROWN POSADA, NEWCASTLE - FRI-SUN 1ST-3RD AUG Head Brewer Paul Spencer & Rat Brewer, Robin Moss, will bring a bit of Yorkshire to Tyneside on Yorkshire Day as they host a meet the brewer on Friday Night. The weekend will feature 10 Rat brews including a specially brewed American IPA 'Coffin Rat'.

Yorkshire Day August 2014

We're all stocked up with cask and bottled Yorkshire Blonde to meet the additional demand for Yorkshire Day. No finer way can we think of to celebrate Yorkshire Day than to 'slowly sample several millilitres'* of our easy drinking ale. * Due to recent government legislation we can no longer promote the drinking of gallons of Yorkshire Blonde in one session.  

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival on Thursday-Sunday 7-10th August. Well worth making the effort to sample a huge range of local & world-wide foods whilst sampling locally brewed beers & ciders. The Rat & Ratchet have sponsored the 'Real Ale & Cider Trail supported by Ossett Brewery. www.foodanddrinkfestival.org.uk/fringe.html

Fernandes CAMRA Presentation

Leeds Camra will be presenting brewer Steve Hutchinson with the award for overall beer of the festival for his Chocolate Orange inspired 'Black Voodoo'. It was one of the first beers to sell out at the festival out of a total of 177 beers. At the same time Wakefield Branch members will present Steve with the belated bronze award for best mild at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Sounds like a good excuse for a few beers at the Fernandes Brewery Tap from midday.

Ossett Brewery Open Day August 2014

The date has now been set for our annual fund raiser in aid of Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. This year we aim toraise over £5000for the charity whilst entertaining the local community. Six bands have waived their fees to perform on our stage. Two bars will serve our cask ales from just £2.50 a pint in addition to soft drinks, real cider and even lager & wine! Whilst kids entertainment, BBQ, Grand Raffle, Brewery Tours & locally made pies should keep all the family happy. Please note ALL proceeds from the Open Day go to the charity and Ossett Brewery do not make ANY money out .. Read more

Tramlines Festival at Sheffield Hop

July 2014 Seasonal Beers

This month sees the seventh of our 'World Cup of Hops' series. Each beer utilizes the same 4% abv pale malt base with a similar quantity of a single hop variety and the beer being names after that hop variety. The Armais hop originates from France and produces a moderate bitterness with floral & grassy characteristics. In addition to Aramis we have the long awaited return of Real Ale Revolution IPA (4.5% American style IPA), a single brew of Yorkshire Blonde Premium (4.5%) and American Pale (3.5% intensely aromatic  ale with a refreshing citrus character).

The Hop Saltaire Grand Opening

The Hop Saltaire grand opening - Friday 27th June from 4pm. ​

Leeds Hop Beer Festival

Leeds Hop will host a festival of Yorkshire Beers & Ciders as part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival. The free entry festival includes live music and runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June.

Duck and Drake Leeds

Members of our 'Ossett Beer Excellence' Club and good friends, The Duck & Drake, are rightly proud to have been voted Leeds Camra's Pub of the Season for Summer 2014. Congratulations to Andy and all the team.

June 2014 Seasonal Beers

Due to major work to increase capacity at the brewery we lose a few brewdays in June. This means we have a limited range of seasonal beers for the month: RIO DE JA BEER-O! - 4% dry and lager coloured ale.  Generous quantities of English and American hops produces a bitter and refreshing beer with further dry hopping during conditioning giving an intense citrus aroma. Rio de ja Beer-O! is also available to Enterprise Houses via Junes 'On the dray' feature. TOUR DE YORKSHIRE 3.8% - A classic pale golden Yorkshire style bitter.  Full bodied and very dry with a subtle spicyness.. Read more

Fernandes Beer Festival

This years beer festival is completemented by a tutored tasting on Thursday 12th June (tickets £10 a head from Fernandes) and an open brew day with brewer Steve Hutchinson from midday on Saturday 14th June. See poster below for full details:

Wakefield Festival Of Beer

Drinkers at the 2nd Wakefield Festival of Beer voted a couple of our beers in the top three. For the second year running Fernandes Black Voodoo came out top. In joint second place was Ilkley Mayan and Ossett Silver King.

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