Swift One // A visit to Northern Monk
"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.
What little money we had some years ago at Uni in nearby York was usually squirrelled away for an NMBCO brew, and after a visit to Northern Monk's brewery, and taproom, The Refectory, we're finally able to put a face (or should we say a brew house) to the name.
This trip was obviously, an absolute pleasure - mainly of double dry-hopped delights. Having tasted a litany of their brews from this year including their bonkers white stout, their Bissell brothers collab and international IPA we had high hopes, which were duly met, and exceeded. Sampling the heralded ‘I Like To Moob It Moob It’ and their ‘Double Mango Lassi’ straight from the source was quite simply, a dream come true.
Though you might be able to pick up an Eternal from your nearby M&S, a core range is just that - something to build on and enable brilliant experimentation elsewhere. Throw in some delectable food from Patrons Project pop-up Bears Pantry (we opted for the Mac & Cheese and some unreal Chinese-style Pork Belly pieces) and we’re exceedingly jealous of anyone who can still call it a local - our only quibble perhaps being the lack of a extensive, dedicated bottle and can range in-house, something easily fixed.
It's perhaps fitting a visit features a brisk walk from the city centre, as the metropolitan nucleus turns into a rather industrial looking periphery. After all NMBCO still continue to pave there own way - not only are they local heroes, but they're also burgeoning UK (... and dare we say further afield) forerunners - and, nothing beats a trip to the centre of all that action, no matter the distance.
Visit Northern Monk at The Old Flax Store - Marshall Mills, Marshall St, Leeds.
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