Craft brewery of the month: Magic Rock
Sean Clarke, head honcho at the Moor Market’s Beer Central, showcases his craft brewery of the month and recommends some of their finest tipples.
It’s great to see Sheffield full of student life again; the city really is buzzing after the long, lazy days of summer. Our fourth featured brewery in our new Exposed beer column isn’t based in Sheffield, but as you’ll see, there’s a strong Steel City connection and with Hudddersfield just a quick train journey away across the hills, Magic Rock can definitely be claimed as a near(ish) neighbour!
Started by the Burhouse family back in 2011, the brewery is now fully headed by Richard and it’s his Head Brewer Stuart Ross, which provides the local connection. Stuart is a Sheffield lad and spent his early years brewing around the city’s beer scene. Since joining forces with Magic Rock it has been a meteoric rise that shows no signs of stopping. In 2012 the independent beer ratings website, Ratebeer, had Magic Rock as the ‘2nd best new brewery in the world’, all based on drinker reviews and ratings.
2015 saw them move to a new site a short walk from Huddersfield town centre and they now knock out over 2.5 million pints per year! Their onsite brewery tap is a sight to behold and if you haven’t visited already, you really do need to get it on your ‘must visit’ list.
The simple focus of everything they do is quality: providing the best ingredients, the best techniques and modern, exciting ideas all packaged together to make it a brewery everyone can love.