A few weeks ago I was in Beer-Ritz browsing for a wheat beer to wash down some Calamari I was frying up that night. It was only by chance that I happened upon a very indistinct bottle called Rodham's wheat. Well, the opportunities to pick up a Yorkshire-brewed Wheat don't come along often, so it was duly added to the already groaning basket and off we went.
I was seriously impressed by this beer - crystal -clear, it turned out to be superbly made and surprisingly well balanced white beer. All the classic coriander, orange peel and citrus flavours abounded and it turned out to be a perfect bedfellow for my golden Calamari.
Last week I picked up their IPA, and again my other half found me rabbiting on at her like a loon after only one sip - a wonderfully sweet, grassy IPA; not too hoppy despite having that puckering crispness you expect of a new-world IPA -and really, really well balanced.
Rodham's are based in Otley, and to the best of my knowledge don't have a website as such. However small they may be, Rodham's are brewing some wonderful beers right now and if you do see any of their wares - be sure to taste. They are presenting a number of beer's at this weekend's Otley Beer Festival, and that would be a great place to start.
Rodham's Brewery, Otley, Yorkshire, LS21 1BZ
Tel: 01943 464530