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Craft Asylum #2, Leeds Central, Leeds

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26 East Parade
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ROB Camra left this review about Craft Asylum #2

An excellent bar owned by Ossett. Specialises in their Salt brewery beers along with guests. High ceilings and industrial décor all in bright colours. Ms CAMRA loved this one. My pint of Salt Jute was in excellent condition and despite being on a crawl I ended up having a second one. Great place, we'll be back again soon.

On 13th September 2019 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Craft Asylum #2

A good sized corner bar, which was smart and trendy with some good inhouse music. Beer wise we went for the Bad Seed Cascade IPA and the Salt Brewery Jute, both were in excellent condition. This was a great double header with the Assembly Underground, just up the road.

On 4th May 2019 - rating: 8
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aleand hearty left this review about Craft Asylum #2

Any venue that greets potential drinkers with the maxim ‘The purpose of beer is to create pleasure’, in two foot high red neon lettering, on the back wall, is off to a good start, in my book. Fortunately, the rest of the set up is strong enough for it not to be all downhill from there. Opening in November 2018, Craft Asylum II, along with sibling Craft Asylum I ( a rebadged Candlebar) was designed to showcase beers from the Salt Beer Factory, yet another subsidiary in the Ossett Brewery family.

On entering, the room is noticeably high ceilinged, with exposed concrete beams, bare brick walls and wooden floors. The bar is to the right, looking vaguely industrial with its blue wood and wrought iron style framework. The bar back and the flooring in front of the bar are made from black hexagonal tiling, which appears to be a motif for the brewery. That’s continued with the hexagonal lighting framework suspended from the ceiling, along with the almost obligatory cable trays. Seating wise, there’s a central row of high tables, some lower tables in the front window and a couple of booths in the side window opposite the bar.

At the business end of things, there are 15 keg taps and 6 hand pumps . The ales on offer during my visit were Wilde Child ‘Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz’, Nomadic ‘Hoarder’, Salt ‘Mockado’, Ossett Blonde, Salt ‘Jute’, and Rat ‘White Rat’. Trying a half each of the Hugo Stiglitz and the Hoarder, they were both in excellent nick and nicely poured by the friendly young barmaid. Coming in at £3.65, I thought that was very reasonable, for central Leeds. Fairly quiet on my late Thursday afternoon visit, with only half a dozen other punters in the place, but the old-school soul soundtrack was rather soothing and made for a nice chilled atmosphere. I’m not sure I’d like to visit when the place is really busy ( a raised DJ pit, next to the entrance, is rather ominous). However, as somewhere to cherry pick a couple of beers, when it’s quiet, Craft Asylum will do very nicely, particularly as its proximity to Foley’s makes for a natural double header.

On 1st April 2019 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by aleand hearty
Leeds, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Burley Park, 1.88 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Headingley, 2.68 miles, 51 min walk (show)
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13th Sep 2019, 15:08
Review submitted by ROB Camra
4th May 2019, 17:19
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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