I like The Brewery Tap, I really do. The latest addition to Leeds' Brewery's stable, I find it more welcoming than The Midnight Bell, more authentic than Pin. It sort of sits in the middle of those two, not really a bar, not really a pub.
I think it's more of a brewpub - although with only a small brewhouse upstairs, which produces lager. Yep, that's right - Lager.
Launched on St George's Day, Leodis is brewed on-site, and in a lot of ways represents Leeds's ability to tap into what's popular right now. Well, with me, anyway. I didn't really know quality lager existed in the UK (If it wasn't Pilsner Urquell then I wasn't interested) until my head-turning epiphany with Taddington's Moravka, so this came at the right time. And The Brewery Tap is a fine place to drink it in - if you indeed want to choose it over the Midnight Bell.
Anyway, I was here for the lager. Incredibly lively, with a big buttery nose, it certainly smelled interesting. After the big citrus kick, the flavour mellows out somewhat, leaving a flinty, dry finish that reminded me of Dortmunder Union or a much less hoppy Jever. However, I fear that this won't replace the lager-drinker's tipple of choice too soon. Why? This is a big beer. 4.6% abv, there's a lot of flavour packed in there, and it was incredibly fizzy. In short, not something I would deem too sessionable. But then again, like I said above; maybe I don't give 'Lager drinkers' enough credit.
However - that's just me. If people switch from Peroni or Beck's onto Leodis, then surely that is a result. Who knows, maybe they'll go from that to the Leeds Pale, and from then on it's onwards and upwards; and it's not all about 'converting people' either - Leeds are brewing something a little different, and serving it a lot colder than usual. Brewing something new is good.
The Brewery Tap. 18 New Station Street, Leeds. 0113 2434414