Yorkshire Day at Wakefield Beer Exchange


LYCHEES and grapefruit are just two of the unusual flavours beer devotees have been sampling at one of Yorkshire’s most fashionable bars. This week, Dave Owens, is hoping to appeal to their artistic nature too as he hosts the launches a novel homage to the region’s top tipples.

Dave’s Wakefield Beer Exchange is the venue for the launch of Beer Yorkshire a coffee table style book that showcases some of Yorkshire’s best beers and ale associated venues and a two month exhibition of brewing linked images.

“Our regulars and even visitors from outside Wakefield are used to trying new beers,” said Dave. “I wanted to host this launch to see if we could appeal to their aesthetic natures too.

“We offer a vast range of beers traditional and unusual that include flavours reminiscent of grapefruit and lychee so photographs of Yorkshire beer and brewing should appeal to them.”

Compiled by leading Yorkshire photographer, Mark Newton, ‘Beer Yorkshire’ chronicles the lives, times and love of the people associated with the contemporary Yorkshire brewing landscape. Created in collaboration with Hop & Barley, an independent quarterly publication dedicated to all things beer it is being launched on Wednesday July 26 to coincide with Yorkshire Day on August 1 and The Beer Exchange will host it for two months.

“It’s well know that our passion is independent beer, but we’re also big supporters of the arts having been involved in the Wakefield Artwalk since we first opened as well as playing host to a number of great music and spoken word events, “ said Dave Owens, manager of the Beer Exchange.

“Combining the two in this way with a fantastic exhibition of photographs which takes a look behind the scenes of the thriving Yorkshire beer scene is a real treat for us and our customers

“Beer Yorkshire is a new photography project celebrating the region’s diverse brewing landscape,“ said Mark Newton. “I wanted to showcase both the people and their passion and launching the book around Yorkshire Day seemed the best way to do it,” he explained.

“Drinkers will be able to see parts of Yorkshire brewing not normally open to the public and I hope those who don’t normally indulge in either beer or craft ales will try something new to celebrate Yorkshire Day,” he added.

“The thriving craft beer market doesn’t look like letting up as drinkers across the UK are becoming increasingly more discerning in their quest for the perfect pint – or half if you’re on the strong stuff.”