Held between 13th-15th April over Easter Weekend, the venue was Northern Monk’s Old Flax Store. The Old Flax Store is Northern Monk’s original brewery which also houses a taproom and an Events Space. Despite moving the bulk of their operations to a new brewing facility, which will increase their capacity significantly, it is nice to hear that craft beer will still be produced at The Old Flax Store with the facility specialising in small batch releases.
Hop City was split into five sessions, an evening session on the Thursday followed by afternoon and evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday. Crafty Beer Cans popped along to the afternoon session on the Friday, very excited at the prospect of trying a range of hop led beer styles.
As is usually the case at these events a token system was in operation, which I personally think works quite well – cuts down on waiting around as there is no hanging about for change. When we arrived at 10.45 am (doors opened at 11 am) there was already a sizeable queue (despite the chilly Yorkshire morning!) of craft beer fans eagerly waiting to get their lips round the hoppy stuff!
Once inside there was a stellar cast of UK and Worldwide breweries (see line up at the end of the article) serving a wide range of fantastic hoppy beers – IPA’s, Session IPA’s, Black IPA’s and Belgian IPA’s were all on show. Beers were served in 1/3 pint glasses which again, in my humble opinion, is the perfect size when wanting to sample a variety of beers – it is also fits nicely in the cupboard at home!