Kirkstall Craft

After years of living and working in London I was intrigued to find out that I had been offered a job up in Leeds. Now, as many of you can imagine moving cities is a major job from a cost point of you but also from learning your way around a new city and of course, having to make new friends in the a new town. All of this presents a serious challenge but after a few months of deliberations I decided to go for it.

Up until today, I am loving it. The city is clean and tidy, has everything you need and I have even noticed the people around here are really friendly. It is a big contrast to London. Also, work is around 10 mins from home – if you remove a 2 hour commute you are adding a big positive to your quality of life. ┬áProperty is cheaper which also helps. Overall, I am really happy with my decision.

Ok, enough about all the personal stuff, you are probably wondering where the beer comes into this story. Although I haven’t made any big effort to join up with a club or anything I did read up on a small craft brewery in Kirkstall and after a quick visit I was most impressed. The beers, although a little more expensive, were tasty and full of life. If you are every in the area then I highly recommend it.

This was supposed to be a small update so you know where I am and why this site has been so quiet of late – hopefully I will find a group of crafters and get brewing again soon, until then…….




A Slight Accident!

One of the side effects of consuming too much craft beer is the chance of having an accident! In this particular instance I can safely say that I was nowhere even close to a beer when I happened to break my ankle. As I think I mentioned in my opening post, I do enjoy playing a bit of golf, and I do try and work hard to improve my game. With a few different hobbies and a full time job is does become fairly difficult to keep up the standards and practice but with modern tech I can do that at home these days.

So, last weekend I am playing at Royal Birkdale and I hit my driver slightly left on the 14th hole and it ran down a small bank, from the tee I could not see a thing. I walk up to the area and as I start to peer down the bank I step in a small indent and lose my balance, resulting in rolling down the bank and a broken ankle. If I ignored the pain I think I was more angry for being stupid, as well as realizing I would be out of golfing action for quite some time. I think the must have a rule about breaking your ankle during a round!! I couldn’t find one though :-) Here is a video I found on youtube showing off a little bit of the golf course.

As I think I am going to need at least a few weeks I will sit at my desk and play some computer games to pass the time. I can’t really walk, drive or do anything so you can imagine the frustration! Thank goodness for modern PC gaming cards and internet access – without those I think I might just go completely mad! For now, I have been playing some Tiger Woods golf which I hope might keep my golfing brain slightly active if at all possible!

I will post some pics in my next update, I should have the scans and x-rays back so that will probably be something interesting to post and look at. If you have any shared experiences with a broken ankle then please let me know!




Welcome to my personal website, please take some time to look around. My name is Jamie and I live in the South of England. I am quite an active girl as I love sports, photography,fitness and believe or not – craft beer. I have always had a taste for fine and unique beers which eventually led to building a new hobby of brewing my own blends. It sounds pretty simple, just like baking a cake in the kitchen, but I assure you there is a lot that can make or break your batch if you lose concentration for even a minute.

As home brewing has grown in popularity across the UK and more and more people get involved it has become a community of fun characters and competition as you would find with any other hobby. I often spend my weekends at craft exhibitions or fairs either showing my creations or sample those from others. To give you an idea, if you are new or slightly interested, you can check out the video below this post which gives a really nice overview into the rise of home brewing.

The only downside to this particular hobby is the chance of weight gain tasting all those delicious blends which is why the other half of my outside of work life is focused on outdoor activities such as mountain biking and golf. I do get into the gym once a week and if I am really persuaded I might just go for a run (weather dependent of course!).

Golf is my mental activity as I have always believed it is more important to spend time on swing practice (more than even playing to be honest) if you want any hope of improvement or maintain a healthy game. I bought myself a nice golf simulator which allows me to mess about at home and also to keep my swing in the green over winter – if you know anything about the UK then you will know that the weather is a golfers biggest enemy! Sometimes winter can last close to 8 months out of the 12 making it super hard to play any golf. Having a simulator at home is a really nice feature as it gives the opportunity for practice and some quiet time to relax and unwind.

The aim of this blog is to chart my exploits as I talk about my brewing, the places I go and new and interesting ideas that come to me from time to time. I hope you will come back or for more information you can visit our Facebook page once it is up and running.