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Beer Ink hopes to make its mark on Huddersfield brewing scene

Brewery to launch its ales at Lindley taproom this Bank Holiday weekend

When it comes to beer, brewer Ryan Stoppard knows what he’s talking about.

He began working in real ale pubs at 18 and crossed the pond as a student to manage a craft beer bar in upstate New York.

He’s worked with Ossett Brewery, Manchester’s Blackjack Beers and the now defunct Hand Drawn Monkey — and now, at the age of 25, is launching his own brewery under the name Beer Ink.

Ryan took over Hand Drawn Monkey’s premises after the Lindley brewery went into liquidation last year, and has been grafting with mum Diane since November to get the Plover Road brewery and taphouse ready for its official opening on Friday.

Beer Ink brewery and tap, Plover Road, Lindley, Huddersfield.

“I’ve always wanted to start up a brewery,” he said. “I originally planned to do it in the US, but I jumped at the chance to do it here. I can still start up a sister brewery in the US!”

Ryan purchased Hand Drawn Monkey’s brewing equipment and transformed what had been used as a storage area into a cosy tap room, with additional outdoor seating at the front of the brewery and a beer garden at the back.

He hopes the taproom will be a new real ale haunt for people who don’t want to venture into the town centre.

It will also showcase Beer Ink’s five core ales — an IPA, a double IPA, a stout, a pale ale and a non-traditional bitter, with fruiter flavours from American and Australian hops.

Beer Ink will also produce seasonal ales including a craft lager and a summer beer flavoured with strawberries, lemon, basil and vanilla.

This weekend will be the first time Beer Ink’s brews are available, when the taproom opens for the first time at 6pm on Friday.

It will be open til 11pm on Friday night, noon-11pm Saturday and Sunday, and 1pm-6pm Bank Holiday Monday.

There will a marquee set up in front of the brewery and a food will be available.

Ryan Stoppard of Beer Ink brewery and tap, Plover Road, Lindley, Huddersfield.

Ryan hopes Beer Ink will soon be known across the country, with plans for distribution in Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester and London, as well as bars and pubs in Huddersfield.

Beer will be brewed for cask, keg and bottle and Ryan said he’d already received pre-orders for his ales, with plans to spread the word further at local beer festivals, Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival and Huddersfield CAMRA’s Octoberfest.

“This is the opening weekend, so hopefully by the end we’ll know how popular the beer is and how many orders will come in.”

Hopefully Beer Ink will be able to leave a mark on the Huddersfield brewing scene!



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