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Northern Monk brewery and Yorkshire metal band create ‘darkest black IPA ever’

Leeds band Blood Youth worked alongside local brewers to create the darkest black IPA Northern Monk has ever released

Leeds brewery Northern Monk has collaborated with Leeds metal band Blood Youth on its darkest black IPA ever ahead of an exclusive gig that takes place this week.

The contemporary metal four-piece will appear at the brewery on November 25 for an intimate homecoming show to coincide with the launch of their new album, Visions of Another Hell.

As part of the build-up to the show, they have worked alongside local brewers to create the darkest black IPA Northern Monk has ever released, which has been aptly named Visions of Another Ale.

Blood Youth has just released their new album, Visions of Another Hell. / Image: Blood Youth

Promising an IPA that manages to “find a little bit of lightness in the dark”, the new beer combines de-husked Carafa Special III malt, Idaho 7 and Sabro hops, bringing tropical flavours of pineapple, young coconut and lime into the mix.

Additional pineapple, meanwhile, serves to amp up the hops; tropical notes – adding an extra hint of fruitiness to the new beer.

A Northern Monk representative said: “Northern Monk and Blood Youth were born at a similar time in a similar place.

“We made beer, Blood Youth made music… In 2021 our journeys have been given the opportunity to unite again.

“Building on a history of celebrating the best of the North’s rock and metal scene, we’re delighted to welcome them to the Patrons Projects series, taking the gold edition of our Northern sounds project.

Blood Youth will appear at the brewery for an intimate show on November 25 / Image: Stephen Craven via Geograph

“The resulting beer is a heavily hopped, tropical, Imperial Black IPA. A fitting tribute. Not just celebrating with a beer, we’re stoked to welcome the band to play at our home and original brewery on the 25th of November.”

Blood Youth will play a small show to launch their new album at the Brewery on November 25, joined by DJs from Slam Dunk Festival who will also play a set on the night.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for £8. Entry to the gig is free for anyone who’s pre-ordered a physical copy of Blood Youth’s new album.

Feature image – Blood Youth

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