Harrogate brewery's top food event and support for Mind charity

Two of the beer industy's most knowledgeable and revered beer writers are coming to Harrogate to linking up with one of the town's leading independent breweries.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 2:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 2:24 pm
Mind Games, a 3.0% Pale Ale brewed by Roosters in Harrogate specifically to raise awareness surrounding mental health within the brewing industry and raise money for mental health charity,Mind.

To celebrate the launch of Rooster’s Brewing Co. Outlaw Project, the indie, family-owned craft beer company has lined-up a six course paired beer, food and music dinner next month at its Taproom on Hornbeam Park.

Harewood Food & Drink Project (HFDP), which was founded in 2016 to promote and celebrate the incredible heritage of food and drink production at the Harewood estate. is currently working on the perfect menu to pair the beers with.

The hosts for the event will be Pete Brown, one of the most recognised beer writers in the UK, and Melissa Cole, author of The Beer Kitchen: The Art and Science of Cooking and Pairing with Beer.

Rooster’s Brewing Co's commercial manager Tom Fozard said: "It's a great opportunity for you to sample the beers, check out our new brewery and enjoy what promises to be a truly unique evening."

The invitation-only event on Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm will see guests enjoy a six-course dinner plus six limited edition beers brewed at Rooster's new 10BBL pilot kit.

Since Rooster's moved to its new premises at Hornbeam Park in Harrogate last May, it's capacity and scope has grown exponentially.

It recently collaborated with two independent UK breweries to create Mind Games, a 3.0% Pale Ale brewed specifically to raise awareness surrounding mental health within the brewing industry and raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

The beer is the brain child of Rooster’s head brewer Oliver Fozard who teamed up with brewer friends from Salt Beer Factory and Exale Brewing.

Mr Fozard has experienced mental health issues himself in the craft beer industry, hence the link up with Colin Stronge, head brewer at SALT Beer Factory, and Daniel Vane, head brewer at Exale in London.

He said: "Last September, the pressures I was facing at work, and subsequently at home, were having a very negative impact on my state of mind.

"I thought about what had happened earlier in the year and decided that I wanted to work with Col and Dan to help promote mental health awareness within the brewing industry.

"I have a lot of respect for them as brewers and as human beings and was delighted that they wanted to be involved.

"We chose to brew a beer whereby a donation of 10p from every pint sold would be made by Rooster’s to the charity Mind.

"My intention is for this not to be a ‘one-off’ message, and I the aim to be more vocal about my own ongoing struggle with mental health in 2020."

Tom said the reaction to Mind Games locally had been fantastic, with the likes of The Disappearing Chin bar in Harrogate also getting involved in making a donation for each pint sold of Mind Games sold.