The brewery was bought by Dutton’s in 1936. They fell into Whitbread’s hands in 1953, when they in turn purchased Dutton’s. It finally closed in 1983.
I didn’t initially drink their beers as they produced no cask. They did bring it back in their later years and very pleasant it was, too.
A new Kirkstall brewery was established a few years back. They own one of my favourite pub, The Cardigan Arms.
KKK has a quite interesting grist, with a reasonably high percentage of brown malt. I’ve seen brown malt in other K Ales in this period. For example, from Whitbread.
It’s a good bit weaker than a London KKK. Whitbread’s had an OG almost 20º higher.
All English hops from the 1883 and 1884 harvests. No indication of variety. The dry hops are a guess, as they weren’t recorded. While I’m at it, the FG is a guess, too.
|1885 Kirkstall KKK|
|mild malt||14.50 lb||90.63%|
|brown malt||1.50 lb||9.38%|
|Fuggles 150 mins||1.75 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||1.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.75 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||155º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||150 minutes|
|pitching temp||57º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale|