Roosters Brewery is a name I’ve known for years. I remember drinking Yankee around Leeds, and being excited when I first tried Baby Face Assassin (I’ve still not managed to try the Double Assasin version yet). So when Tom got in touch to commission me to capture some imagery for them it was great to get the chance to really dig in behind the scenes at the Brewery.
They were celebrating 25 years since the Brewery started. So along with a refreshed website, the images were used as part of a booklet telling the story of Roosters. So the brief was nice and simple, document the brewday and activity as well and capturing a range of portraits for team profiles. Starting the shoot on a cold and dark winters morning meant a mix of styles to the portraits that I carried throughout the day. Capturing each team member with studio lighting, natural light indoors and a more uniform range of head shots outside.
They are starting year 26 off with a bang, and moving from the old space in Knaresborough to a bigger, brighter location. The new warehouse space is located just outside of Harrogate and will also feature a taproom. I look forward to getting back and having a pint in the new spot.
I’m still not sure when I first heard of Mad Hatter Brewery. It might have been seeing Penny Lane a few years back, or maybe Nightmare on Bold Street. The names reminding me of trips to Liverpool when I was younger. The labels jumped out at me, simple, yet fun, all featuring the Mad Hatter Rabbit up to different escapades. Between the pales and stouts there was the signature experiments, from the (slightly less common at the time) Imperious IPA (11.7% double IPA), to the Rhubarb and Custard (featuring Yorkshire triangle’s forced Rhubarb). The drinks might not have been to everyone’s taste, I remember the reaction of shock and confusion to a Tzatziki Sour from a group in the Wakefield Beer Exchange one weekend.
Growing from a smaller space in the trendy Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, to a newer warehouse on the North Dock’s area things seemed to be going well. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, last year time was called on the Brewery. Gaz, moved onto Gibberish ( https://twitter.com/gibberishpub ), Angus is now Head Brewer over at Glen Affric Brewery down the road in the Wirral (https://glenaffricbrewery.com ).
The imagery featured here, was captured for Vol 8 of Hop & Barley. With Liverpool as the focus location it was only right that Mad Hatter featured as the Brewery story. At the time they were putting the finishing touches to the new facility, there was talk of possible starting to can. (Which they did a little while later). The space was massive and could have hosting such a variety of events, however it wasn’t to be.
To see the full feature on Mad Hatter Brewery, and the Liverpool city tour buy a copy of Hop & Barley volume 8 here. Thank you to Hop & Barley for a little paragraph from the article here written by Sam Turner.
The Mad Hatter story is one in which everything seems to have aligned nicely for the company; limitations were turned into strengths, a restless passion for brewing translated into a journey of bold new tastes, and characters coming into the fold who faithfully represented the brewery’s philosophy. From the name and the distinctive aesthetic, through to the vibrant tastes and direction of the constantly rotating roll call of beers. “I think [the hand-drawn bottle designs and logo] goes really well with the beer and the way the brewery has been set up,” says Sue of artist Stealthy Rabbit’s designs. The crudely-drawn rabbit starring in the eye-catching illustrations perfectly encapsulates the lo-fi ethos of the brewery which, early on, translated into unknowable brewing results. Gaz takes up the narrative: “It was never the same each time, Penny Lane was 6.5% to start off with and it was like that for a while and then it slowly came down. So if we did make the same beer twice, it was probably completely different.”
Sam Turner, Hop & Barley Vol 8
Its coming up to Leeds Beer week 2018 so I have put together a blog of some of 2017’s events. I pulled together a team of photographers for the week and between us we covered over 50 events in Leeds and the surrounding areas, aiming to create some nice imagery focussed on capturing the atmosphere and people having a great time and enjoying what the Leeds beer scene has on offer at this great annual event.
A few of my shots are below and highlight some of the best breweries in the UK at the moment, to name a few, Wild Beer Co, Thornbridge, Deya, Kirkstall Brewery, Redchurch, Affinity Brew Co and Wild Childe.
Can’t wait for this weeks events to start, if you see us out and about shooting pop and say hi.
Thornbridge is a brewery who when I see the beers on the bar I pretty much always have to go for. Jaipur on cask was one of the earlier drinks that got me interested in the Beer industry without even realising it. I remember seeing it pop up not just around Leeds, but also when I went back to Derby and Nottingham to see friends and family. So when Hop and Barley asked me to document a visit to Thornbridge to celebrate the brewery’s 10th birthday I was looking forward to it.
I headed down to the brewery with Nick (Hop & Barley) and Scott (from Little Less Known, who made a video to accompany the visit which is available here). We were welcomed into the main site, and given a full tour of the brewery, popping into the lab, as well as the impressive barrel store. After exploring the main site to really tell the story of where everything started we jumped in the car to visit Thornbridge Hall. Less than 10 minutes drive we pulled up at the original home of Thornbridge the 10bbl kit housed just behind the Hall. As expected it’s a cosy space but has a lovely contrast to the newer and sleeker production facility.
To read the feature in Hop & Barley Vol 5 grab a copy from their site here
I was commissioned by Studio Parr to capture a selection of imagery of the new branding they had designed for High Weald Brewery. With the identity relaunch I created a range of imagery around the brewery, taking in a selection of portraits, detail as well as general brewery photos.
The new logo and branding style was designed to play on the local feel using some beautiful illustrations for a clear and strong look when displaying in pubs/shops. Taking the feel of the logo we visited a local blacksmith to produce some images that had an industrial and hands-on feel.Read More
As part of Leeds Beer Week, North Bar & The Brunswick will be hosting my photography exhibition celebrating the Yorkshire Beer Scene, the exhibitions will be up from Monday the 29th of August So pop on over and help us to celebrate what we have around Leeds while enjoying some cracking beers.
I have been working with a wide range of people and businesses involved in the industry, the project focuses on the people that make the local beer scene so interesting such as writers, designers, bloggers, maltsters, & farmers amongst others. I have also been documenting what a wide range of locations and kits are used to create artisan products, and the locations in which these are being produced. The exhibition is just the first stage, I’ll be continuing to shoot and document the Yorkshire beer scene so if you want get involved get in touch for a chat.