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24th July 2018


The annual Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head Beer Festival is back for its fourth year!

After three hugely successful beer festivals in Turks Head Yard, both Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head are bringing all manner of rare, interesting and delicious beers to Leeds City Centre from Thursday 26 July to Sunday 29 July.

This year’s festival will celebrate ‘The New Wave’ of UK brewers, by showcasing the firm favourites who are producing modern, progressive beers. During the weekend, Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head will have up to 68 festival beers on draught across both venues, with a rotation of 28 different beers (cask and keg) on tap at one time. Over 30 innovative breweries which span from Cornwall to Newcastle (and everywhere in between) feature on the festival beer list. They include: CLOUDWATERDEYAEYESLITTLE EARTH PROJECTMAGIC ROCKODYSSEYVERDANTVIBRANT FORESTZAPATOTWISTED BARREL ALEWYLAMTRACKTWO BY TWOTURNING POINTRIDGESIDEWILDE CHILDANTHOLOGY, NORTHERN MONK and more. Festival-goers can buy a commemorative beer glass and a festival programme for just £5, which also includes a complimentary half pint.

The festival beer list offers some big treats on cask, including incredibly rare brews, such as CLOUDWATER’S ‘Small Chinook & El Dorado Pale’, DEYA’s ‘What Time Do You Call This?’ (a 4.5% Pale Ale packed with Simcoe hops) and NORTHERN MONK’s 12% Coffee Imperial Stout ‘Coffee Death’ which is part of a limited release.

The keg list includes more rarities like MAGIC ROCK’s ‘Bearded Lady Dessert Edition (Praline)’ which is an 11.5% Bourbon BA Imperial Stout and one of only 20 kegs made. WYLAM’s limited release of ‘All Format’s’ (a 5.2% DDH Pale Ale made with four different formats of Citra hop) will also be on offer, alongside collaboration beers from LOST AND GROUNDED’s Summer Brewhouse Session range.

Alongside the beer offering, there will be a special list of festival gins to sample, as well as DJs playing in Turks Head Yard on Friday and Saturday night. Italian American street food heroes Capish? are also returning for a second year, all the way from their residency at Mason & Company in London. They will be serving up a special menu for the occasion over the weekend at the top of the yard.


Photographs: Lucy Forrester


Further Information: 

The full list of breweries and beers will be available on the event Facebook page. Join in –



Thursday 26th July – 5pm – 11pm

Friday 27th July – All Day

Saturday 28th July – All Day

Sunday 29th July – Until 11pm







Whitelock’s Ale House and The Turk’s Head

Turks Head Yard







Notes to editors:

Established in 1715, Whitelock’s Ale House is the oldest public house in Leeds and one of the strongest purveyors of British cask ale in the UK, with 11 handpulls and an ever-changing selection of real ales. They also serve a menu of fresh, home-cooked and locally sourced food available seven days a week.

In January 2016, Whitelock’s launched their sister bar, The Turk’s Head, just next door. The Turks Head offers 12 keg, two cask lines, over 40 bottles and cans and award-winning spirits, cocktails and wine.

Both venues share a large outdoor beer ‘garden’ famously known as Turk’s Head Yard.



Louise Jackson Rogers – I Like Press –

Louise Jackson Rogers PR Executive 07716 090391