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. Property 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…….
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.