Leeds brewery Piglove relaunches al fresco bar and taproom by River Aire

Piglove by the river has opened again in the Climate Innovation District (CID).

Leeds brewery Piglove has relaunched its al fresco bar and taproom by the River Aire.

After a turbulent year for the business following the tragic loss of its founder Jesus Moreno, a much-loved member of Leeds’ hospitality scene, the craft brewery’s pop-up beer garden Piglove by the River is open once again in Hunslet.

The team has introduced some new features and expanded the site to include ‘The Sty’, a new indoor drinking space that seats up to 50, and it is running a programme of music and events throughout the summer as well as showcasing local street food traders.

Image: Piglove Brewing Co
Niko’s Comfort Kitchen is just one local trader to appear at Piglove by the river. / Image: Piglove Brewing Co
Braford’s Gryz pizza has also made an appearance. / Image: Piglove Brewing Co

Known for creating ‘eccentric beers for near and far’, Piglove describes itself as a ‘rebellious’ brewery.

With a range of distinctive beers in its collections, its brewers combine the bold flavours of South America with bold ingredients to create what they have described as the ‘bravest beer possible’.

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Piglove’s riverside beer garden has welcomed more than 24,000 customers to date, with a huge 8,000 visitors flocking in since April.

Piglove’s co-founder Marcos Ramirez said: “We are thrilled that Piglove by The River is here to stay at the Climate Innovation District. We are grateful for the support of CITU and the thousands of visitors who have made Piglove a cherished destination along the riverbank.

“Piglove translates in Venezuelan to ‘when you really love something’ and it’s great to see people loving our venue.

“We look forward to creating more memorable experiences for our patrons and continuing to contribute to the incredible community spirit of the Climate Innovation District especially as we have now improved our facilities to keep up with demand and greet customers in the summer and winter months – rain or shine.”

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Phoebe Nicol, Development Manager at CITU’s Climate Innovation District, said: “Piglove is now the heart and soul of this community, and the company also aligns with our sustainable ethos and is working towards becoming a carbon-zero business.

“The pop-up bar is the first tenant here at the CID, and this is just the start of us opening more commercial spaces to help us realise our vision of creating a sustainable and connected neighbourhood which revitalises the riverside.”

Featured image – Piglove Brewing Co

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