Ham's Tales

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    Ale’s Tales – New Week, New Beers

    There’s a bit of a stereotype that Monday mornings are the bane of everyone’s life. Not at Fram Towers. Mondays mean new beer. Our office is filled with excitement, tears of joy – once I even saw a party popper go off – as we bring you the best possible beer, turning our joy into Continue…

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    Ham’s Tales in Barcelona!

    In March of this year our very own Ham’s Tales booklet was featured in the Fedrigoni Top Awards, held at the The Museu del Disseny in Barcelona. Ham’s Tales featured as part of the international exhibition which showcased some of the best work that used Fedrigoni paper. We produced Ham’s Tales in collaboration with the supremely talented design due, Continue…

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    Trip to Mons, Brindisa, Cannon & Cannon, Ham & Cheese Co…

    Team Ham trotting around markets and arches in… The Big Smoke. Words by George Brabin, Kitchen Manager.  The phrase we hear on the Ham Bar more often than not is how lucky we are to work with such amazing charcuterie and cheese. We couldn’t agree more, and what’s more it’s an absolute joy to work as Continue…

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    The Return of Leeds Indie Food

    We know we’ve not really got spring going yet, but the sun’s out this afternoon (trust us, it was), and we’re daring to let our thoughts drift into Summer. Summer in Leeds can mean only one thing; the return of Leeds Indie Food Festival (aka #LIF17), the city-wide celebration of independent food and drink culture. Continue…

  5. Ham & Friends – Opening Spring 2017

    Following the success of All the Trimmings (our pop-up wine & raclette bar and gift shop) this past December, our new venture, Ham & Friends, is on track for a Spring opening. Ham & Friends will bring a restaurant, wine bar, wine shop, food hall and deli to Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter. Spread across two floors Continue…

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    The Kernel x Magic Rock Beer Dinner & Tap Takeover

    January is almost over. For some of us it has been a dry January, or a try-anuary, or a gym-pass-that-might-not-see-the-light-of-day-after-a-month-or-two-at-the-most-anuary. However you spent the month, we think January should go out with a bang, so here at Friends of Ham we’re putting together the perfect event to ensure that happens. It’s time to celebrate a pre-valentines day love Continue…

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    To Øl Christmas…

    To add to the utterly mental year that is 2016, there has been a change to this year’s calendar; Christmas day has been moved to December 1st. Eat all 25 chocolates in your advent calendar, chuck the turkey in the freezer next to the tuna and tell Uncle Steve that he’ll have to talk to Continue…

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    Capra Nouveau Bows out in Style

    Working in a place like Friends of Ham makes you appreciate the incredible hard work that people put into creating delicious products. We hear stories of Italian bus drivers making the best Nduja known to man and French farmers trekking up mountains to bring the cows in for the winter to produce incredible Vacherin. It’s Continue…

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    Winter time…

    Winter is coming. The nights are drawing in. Warlocks will play and winds will shout. But it’s all grand because we have Beavertown taking over Friends of Ham for Hallowe’en weekend and bringing some extra special brews with them. Alongside classics like Gamma Ray, Neck Oil and soon-to-be classic Lupuloid, we will be showcasing some Continue…

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    NYE in Leeds

    Can’t believe we’re nearing that time of year already. Join us for our annual NYE extravaganza to bring in 2017! We welcome back the brilliant Backyard Burners to provide the evening’s entertainment, you’ll also get a fine selection of ham and cheese served up for you, and of course a glass of fizz for when Continue…

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    Raclette returns.. next week!

    As if Autumn couldn’t get any better, we are now bringing back Raclette sooner than planned due to the very high demand! (crazy,we know!) Our first batch lands THIS Monday, so make sure you don’t miss out. To book a table, go here: http://www.friendsofham.co.uk/book-a-table-at-leeds/ and quote ‘Rosita’ to receive the extra special Raclette gift of love 🙂

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    Raclette is making its comeback!

    Feels like an eternity since we had the lovely aromas of Ogleshield fill our bar, and we’ve never been more excited about bringing it back to keep us warm in the winter months. Keep your eyes peeled as it should be making its comeback in the next few weeks…  

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    Svensk Öl

    Volvos. ABBA. Pickled herring. Sweden has produced some of the finer things in the world. And now they can add smashing brews to the list. Omnipollo, Brekeriet and Dugges will be appearing on our draught lines and in our fridges over the next week or so, so get excited. My picks…   Brekeriet Funkstarter Secondary Continue…

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    #SilverTonguedDave’s Beer Picks for the Week

    Leeds Beer Week and Leeds International Beer Festival have come and gone, leaving us – and the rest of Leeds – more excited about beer than ever. To celebrate another year of beer we’ve decided to do what we do best; provide you with amazing beer. Here are my picks for this coming week… Thornbridge Continue…

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    Brand New Beer

    On Monday morning we spent a few hours combing through long, delicious lists of beer from our various suppliers to bring you the very best beer we can. That means 20 new bottled (and canned) beers, and an amazing range of US and European beers to look forward to on our keg line-up over the Continue…

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    A Walk on the Wilde Side

    As we all know, Leeds is one of the best – if not the number one – city for great beer in the country. And now we can add Wilde Child to to the reasons as for why. With a range of seven very different and very exciting beers, Wilde Child have hit the ground Continue…

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    #tempusproject Brux & Clausseni

    Tonight we’re unleashing Beavertown’s Tempus Project all over your business. Brux and Claussenii are born from the Beavertown/Founders collaboration Molecular Mayhem, a monster IPA in its own right that we were all about just a couple of months ago. Beavertown have taken that beer and split it in two to create a pair of unique Continue…

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    We are now taking bookings!

    Great news to everyone who plans ahead (at least 24 hours ahead to be precise)- we are now taking bookings! Book a Table at Leeds

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    Fruit and Beer – a healthy combination

      Fruit is good for you. Beer is just good. Together, unbeatable. Check out these 5-a-day favourites we have for you at the moment.   Fierce Beer – Cranachan Killer   Fierce, of Aberdeen, have recently moved into a new brewery and have a lot more production space these days, hence their recent arrival in Continue…

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    George’s outdoor deli – Saturday 16th of July

    George returns for his annual summer deli this year with enough meats and cheese to last you a lifetime! We’ve chosen our favourite suppliers and will be providing you with a selection that can cater to anything from a picnic, house party or a relaxed night with the loved ones. If you pop in to Continue…

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    BIRTHDAY BEER LIST

    Keg 1. Pacer 2. Delirium Red 3. Weird Beard – Saison 28 (10.2% imperial saison) 4. The Kernel – Table Beer (3.2% session IPA) 5. Hawkshead – IPA (7% IPA) 6. The Kernel – Bramling Cross Dry Stout (4.7%) 7. Veltins – Pilsner 8. Founders – Devil Dancer (12% triple IPA) 9. Mad Hatter – Continue…

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    Sharing is Caring

    Beer is best as a team sport. Whether it’s a disparate selection of souls or a clutch of like-minded allies, beer has the power to unite. And we have the perfect beers for you. So, find some friends or round up some strangers and get your chops around some of this.   Redchurch Sauvage Blanc Continue…

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    Trip to Black Hand Food

    For info on Blackhand, visit here  Blackhand It was definitely the wrong side of 6 am, and I was as punctual as ever. But where were my friends? Late, obviously. Marc (our driver for the day) arrived, but turns out the others were still in bed. We proceeded to wake them up, picked them up Continue…

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    Our 4th Birthday Brewing …

    We are turning FOUR on Sunday, July 10th … and to celebrate we will be plying you with a very special beer brewed for the occasion.   Less than a month ahead of the big day (June 21st), 5 of our Framsters rocked up to Kirkstall Brewery at the ungodly hour of 7.30am to brew Continue…

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    From the kitchen guys…

    Have yourself the most amazing BBQ with the help of Ham Well it’s that time off the year again. The sun is, fingers crossed, shining and it’s officially BBQ season. Get hold of some good sausages and burgers and get your friends and family around for some unrivalled fun in the sun. The way to really Continue…

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    Summer Cans

    The sun is out in full force, which always leads to the great British tradition – drinking in the park. We’re a classy bunch though. Frosty Jacks won’t cut it anymore. These are our picks of awesome canned beer for you to take on your picnics, hikes and beach days. Brooklyn Lager Maybe not the Continue…

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    Magic Rock takeover

    Mark your diaries for Wednesday June 1st, when our taps will be spilling over with Magic Rock goodness. We will be showcasing 7 awesome brews from the Huddersfield beer geniuses, so pop in and work your way through the Magic. There will be a beer to suit every palate. Why not start with Rapture? A Continue…

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    The Swiss deliver

    The craft beer Gods, and I’m including our own Billy in that, have delivered again with two (count ‘em) kegs from Switzerland’s finest; Brasserie BFM. The Swiss might not be famous for great beer like their Belgian and French neighbours, but Jérôme Rebetez does not mess around when it comes to putting flavour in your Continue…