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Years ago, seems like a different time, when beer dinosaurs roamed the country, and the big breweries dominated, a small group of men, each with their own ideas how beer should taste, started to bring the taste of hops to the masses. One of these men was Sean Franklin.

He started brewing, initially as 'Frankins' brewery, (remember them) at the back of a pub near Harrogate, he and his wife Alison then moved to new premises and Roosters brewery was born in October 1993 on an 8 barrel plant. His knowledge and use of hops quickly made his beer sought after as something different to the normal fayre and the brewery went from strength to strength. Over time, Roosters, and their experimental brewing arms, Pioneer and Outlaw, introduced the discerning drinker to all sorts of tastes, and the wonderful world of American hops.

However in time,other breweries started to get the hop bug and Roosters, in my opinion, became just another brewery. Good but not exceptional, they did brew some beer I especially enjoyed, but mostly their beers failed to stand out from the crowd. In the recent past they seem to have regained their mojo, and are brewing beer as good as anyone. Maybe their use of hops is not as innovative as before, or may be we have other breweries now who have taken over their mantle in the hop stakes, but their core range of beers are as good as anything that anyone brews, and are wonderful session ales. Possibly better suited to a warm summer day, than a freezing day in winter, but nevertheless still very good.

Now brewed on an industrial unit, with Sean taking more a back seat in the brewing, Roosters goes from strength to strength .Most of their regulars fall into the 3.9% to 4.3% range, and are light and hoppy, Roosters traditional territory. Wild Mule mirrors the subtle taste of Sauvignon grapes, Yankee is softly bitter with a hint of lychees, YPA is made with Styrian Golding hops, with their fruit flavours, and Leghorn is made with 4 aroma hops to make an interesting collection of gentle tastes. There are other beers too, occasional specials, Cream for example, weighing in at 4.7%, and blending US Liberty hops with the softness of Yorkshire water being one.

So if you are one of those people who like their beer light and hoppy, but subtle and well crafted rather than 'in your face' then Roosters could be the brewery for you. Let's face it, any brewery that once brewed a beer called 'Tachy Tim's' can't be all bad !