After being in business for over 30 years this is no doubt the hardest period financially we've ever had to sustain. Time, effort and stress come with a business but when you lose your trade things get really tough. There's a point where you have to cease thinking about business and money but shift focus on whats really important - community, friends and family. You can see that shift in the nation as a whole.
During this period we may lose things we have worked hard for but we will come back stronger and more determined. If Trembling Madness goes bankrupt don't worry like a phoenix we will rise again.
There's a few of us left working in isolation getting drinks to your home daily, we're supporting the independent craft beer and drinks industry in every way we can.
Lets enjoy great drinks, family, friends and the thought that the low carbon emissions on the planet are making a difference.
Love & light, Ian x
We have now put our keg and cask lists live, check out what beers are on at any time.
Just follow this link www.tremblingmadness.uk
Here at Trembling Madness we are dramatically changing and reviewing our processes to reduce our carbon footprint. From cardboard straws to local sourcing.
Our sea fish is all sustainable and line caught and our salmon is carefully selected from Scottish farms. We are continuing to increase our vegetarian and vegan options, especially at out Lendal site where we have a kitchen. The majority of our food is grown and reared locally and brought in fresh daily.
All our waste is sorted and recycled and our general waste going to Allerton Waste Recovery Park.
In our stores we charge 10p for plastic carrier bags, 100% of the money goes to Plastic Oceans. Plastic Oceans UK have been experts on the issue for a decade, and are solving the crisis through our science, education and sustainability programmes. We are designing a range of low cost re-usable Jute Bags in time for your Christmas beer purchases.
We will keep you informed here of all our upcoming changes and if you have any comments please do email us here.
Love and light x
Getting excited to have Dann & Martha come down 10th October to try some of their wonderful beer and talk nerdily about Koelships and how spunding works.
Their beer is fresh and their approach truly artisanal, marrying traditional brewing methods with modern knowledge to produce outstanding beer.
Beer list for the event:
Koel Tinnie, hazy pale NE IPA with Idaho 7 and Simcoe 5.4%
Crumbling Splendour, mixed fermentation Foeder beer
(Collaboration with Zapato brewery and Indyman Beer Con) 6.2%
Gouden Stamp, Belgian style pale (Flemish bitter), 4.7%
Donbacher Landbier Hell, pale lager in Franconian style, spunded and brewed using Sauergut, 5.4%
Jack D'or, Koelship Hopped Saison 6.4%
St Mars Triple, Belgian Abbey style triple, 8.6%
This is an event you do not want to miss, come down and join Martha, Dann and us from some amazing beers and a chin wag!
If you want a taste of just how delectable their beers really are, we have some of their cans and bottles available in both shops so come and grab yourself some to take home.
The beers will be on tap from 1pm and brewers from 6pm at our Lendal site.
You may have heard many rumours over the last few years that have erroneously circulated, stating that the madness would be coming to an untimely end. And no doubt, your hearts sunk unduly when you saw that we have been closed for the last week and a half, however, don’t panic, we are now officially back open, it was just a well overdue refurbishment of our Stonegate premises!
We are back, at long last!
Don’t feel bad if you’re so excited at this news that a little bit of wee comes out. We are excited to show you what we’ve been up to behind our closed doors for all this time!
So, what could we possibly be doing to justify this level of craft beer deprivation?
Firstly, our shop has had the full works! We’ve put in a false wall in the back of the shop to allow room for a new “cellar”, so our beers can be tended to even more luxuriously, with brand new lines (more on that later!), and space for more kegs and casks of all the latest, best, and a few firm favourite beers to grace our bar upstairs.
We have replaced all the furniture in the shop with brand new shelving, given the walls a fresh lick of paint, done some essential bits of rewiring, fitted a brand-spanking new sound system, put in new flooring, and somehow made room for even more craft beers!
Oh, and look out for our futuristic cigarette counter! It’s a bit fancy!
Worried we've changed our unique bar beyond recognition?
Don’t panic, we’ve not changed it too much! We’ve re-done the floors, dusted from beam to bench, and revamped the bar area. Some of you may notice that the bar is slightly larger, allowing room for some extra lines, extending our range up to 4 casks, including a cider line, and 8 kegs.
We have replaced the bar tops and decked out our mini miracle kitchenette with more fancy equipment so we can improve on our ability to deliver our great local fodder all day every day!
As for the rest of the bar, we’ve cleaned her up, and given all the animal heads a dust, a spritz, a little kiss, and they’re as good as new back on the wall. The rest of the room has remained pretty much unchanged. The rule is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, even if the rule for a little while was actually more like “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… oh, wait, it is broke..really?.. with gaffa tape?”
House of The Trembling Madness is just the same as she’s always been. Fun, friendly, full of craft beer, and the staff, well, what can we say?
If you’ve visited, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
If you haven’t already visited, hurry up! You’ve only got til 2033 to find us, come upstairs, pull up a pew, have a pint of the best foaming craft beer, grab some cans to take home, and appreciate us for the uniquely wonderful bizarre bar & beer bazaar that we really are!
Make sure you follow our social media @TremblingMad for all the latest updates!
Don’t be shy, there’s always time to enjoy life #themadnessway!
A Lorra Lorra Love,
After many years of whispers, rumours, and much deliberation, we can at long last confirm that House of The Trembling Madness, Stonegate, will actually be staying open!
We have just signed a new 15-year lease, allowing the Madness, debauchery, all-round inebriation, and lashings of gravy-laden Yorkshire fodder to carry on, well.. carrying on #themadnessway!
All of #teammadness would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers far and wide for their continued support, and we look forward to welcoming many more people through our doors, up the deathtrap staircase, and into the world of Trembling Madness!
To answer a few questions:
Yes, we are keeping both premises, Stonegate and Lendal.
Yes, you heard right, 15 more years.
Yes, the bottle shop AND the bar.
Yes, just yes. A thousand times YES!
So, what are you waiting for? If you've never been or always wanted to come, or thought you'd missed out, come on down! You've got 15 years, but don't put it off til then!
If you've visited us before, you know exactly what you're in for, we're not going to apologise, because we know you all love it just the way it is!
To celebrate staying open, we will be running a competition in the next few weeks, to win the very first of our brand-new Trembling Madness Gift Cards, so keep your eyes on our social media @TremblingMad for details!
As ever, we love to see that you're all enjoying life #themadnessway so use our hashtag and tag us in your photos, so we can share the love and spread the madness!
All that's left is to raise a glass of delicious craft beer, and heartily toast
"LONG LIVE THE REIGN OF TREMBLING MADNESS!"
The new Lendal Madness project will be opening end of May and we are starting to look for people interested in working within this amazing property.
You don't need experience for working in the service sector but it helps if you have a passion for craft beer and quality food. We will give you all the knowledge we have and train you in all aspects of our business. Trembling Madness has a relaxed and unique atmosphere, but it can be very challenging behind the scenes but also very rewarding.
If you are interested in taking a role within the business please do send us a covering letter and CV with the position you are interested in via email to email@example.com or via the post Trembling Madness, 48 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
Our first recruitment open day is Friday 27th April - more info here if you can't make this one we're having another the following Friday.
The positions available are as follows -
Bar Duty Managers Full-time
Bar Staff Full-time & Part-time
Line Chef Full-time & Part-time
Kitchen Porter Full-time & Part-time
Retail Store Staff Full-time & Part-time
Cleaning Staff Full-time & Part-time
Admin Office Assistant Full-time & Part-time (July)
Computer Assistant Full-time
We have approximately 40 positions currently available - some of these are within the current Trembling Madness.
We're really excited about this new project and believe it to be the only business in the UK of this kind bringing together tapas late night food counter, two bars of craft beers, crowler fill station, full bar food menus, underground late night craft ale store, two conference rooms all within a famous 5 storey Georgian mansion house.
Here's a bit about us from our award last year
Best regards, Ian - Director
Above: The new Ground Floor Lendal Bar Below: The new First Floor Lendal Bar
Trembling Madness is due to close in October 2018 on Stonegate. After looking for a relocation property for over 2 years we've found one that would suit our business that also has character on 14 Lendal.
We don't want to close. York's lost many of its iconic independent businesses - Cox, Scott's, Stubs, Bulmer’s, Robson Cooper, Mulberry Hall, Dave Dee's, Jones the Bootmakers, Burgens Perfumery to name a few. I feel independent businesses should be on the rise in York in 2018 and people are disillusioned with chains, already in 2018 we have lost Strada and possibly Byron Burgers. This year will be a tough year for many on the high street. With many more stores to close and the maybe the end of Debenhams, Gap, Toys r Us, Mothercare and HMV.
The building on Lendal used to house Robson and Cooper, they were a local family business that survived for many many years. The property has been empty since 2014 and it will be a great privilege for me to breathe some life back into such an amazing building and people can finally view such a historic York property that has housed the likes of Sir John Goodricke the famous astronomer. Also Sir Richard Osbaldeston, and later the residence of Sir Thomas Widdrington, the Recorder of York in the time of King Charles I, and the Speaker of the House of Commons during 1664. Sir Thomas Rokeby, a judge known as Lawyer Rokeby who married and settled in York soon after the Restoration of Charles II. The old mansion was taken down by Alderman Henry Baynes, who was Lord Mayor in 1717 and 1732. He built two houses on the site, and occupied the one nearest the chapel until his death in 1735. Sir William Wentworth, Baronet of Bretton in the West Riding lived there, his wife Lady Wentworth, who was the daughter of Sir William Blackett, a Northumberland baronet, died in the house in 1742, and was buried in St Martin’s Church, Coney Street (responsible for the Wentworth Golf Club). I hope to research and document the history for people to see.
The business plans on staying open for the same hours as it does currently which is 10am until midnight Monday-Saturday and 11am until midnight Sunday with the option to open for breakfast in the future (from 8am) and open later Friday/Saturday nights for events/private hire.
Basement - Craft beer cellar store with a growler fill station
Ground Floor - Beer snacks, Craft Beer Bar, Cafe
First Floor - Chill Out Craft Beer Pub
Second Floor - Customer toilets and kitchens
Third Floor - Private hire rooms and beer tastings from top brewers
So this means more beer, more food and more space.
The distance to a toilet is one floor only, currently it is two floors, that's the best we can do.
Here's some pictures of our current works to date.
This year as part of York City of Ale Week we are bringing you 2 days of amazing beer.
5.00pm Friday 7th July until Midnight
12.00pm Saturday 8th July until Midnight
52 Stonegate behind Trembling Madness in the courtyard & Belfry Hall
Beer Tokens - £1 per token or buy 25 for £20 (Cash or Card).
25 tokens work out at 80p per token (£4.80 pint instead of £6 pint)
Beer Glasses - £2 per glass.
Beer are sold in 3rd's or Pints.
We will be cooking our own street food in the Madness style.
There will be vegetarian options as well as the pulled beer meats and BBQ.
We have a full live music line up throughout from some great local musicians.
Plus games in the hall.
Lets hope the sun shines x
Current Beer List
Its great for a local independent business in York to gain national recognition for the Best Craft Beer Retailer in the UK. We work hard sourcing new up and coming brands as well as stocking the greatest world beers. Our range contains over 1000 different craft ales that change seasonally. Hopefully we can continue to develop and grow through the knowledge we have gained and serve the people of York for many years to come. We are still in limbo over our lease not being extended with Betty's in 2018 but we are in the process of relocating to a new exciting premises that will be announced later in the year if licenses and planning are granted.
Thanks to all our beer drinking customers!
Full list of all the award winners here
If you like our little pub why not give us a quick vote here
The top 30 pubs get added to the Welcome to Yorkshire Ale Trail 2015 - we'd like everyone to sample some the superb new craft ales available today, our beer range is currently over 700 .
Soundproofing installed between apartments
Our listed apartments are over 650 years old and due to the nature of the medieval build are not soundproof between floors, we therefore painstaking installed soundproofing between the beams, replastering and decorating as if it had never happened. So I do hope you notice the difference if you stay. Well done to the contractors on a very tough job.
Check out the apartments here
Flying Dog, Woody Creek White – 4.8%, £2.10
Another seasonal release from Flying Dog, and another fantastic label from Ralph Steadman.
Unlike the Poperinges Hommelbier I reviewed previously, this is an American wit that adheres more closely to the traditions of the style. Not as assertively hopped, nor as alcoholic, as the Poperinges, this is a traditional 4.8 per cent witbier spiced with orange peel and coriander seed.
Pouring lemon sorbet with a rustic dustiness, a rough carbonation throws out a billowing meringue head.
The aroma is dominated by walnuts and creamy porridge, run through with baked bananas, and a subtle orange zestiness.
The flavour is lead by a zingy lemon sharpness that builds rapidly into a verdant meadow-scented bitterness, buffered by cream soda, a touch of vanilla sugar, and creamy oats.
This is brought into balance by an assertive carbonation and a slight acidic tang in the finish.
While characteristic almond and fruit flavours remain present, the banana found in the aroma remains absent, as too are the more traditional clove flavours of a Belgian ale.
The result is a less complex take on the style, however this renders Woody Creek incredibly refreshing; a wonderful bracing beer to be drunk with gusto on warm, muggy days.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
Fourpure Brewing (UK), Amber – 5.1 % £2.25 a can
FOURPURE brewery are a new one on me; a UK micro brewery that's gone right for the cans.
Sure, Beavertown have started filling cans recently, and Brewdog made a big fuss when they started playing with the format, but Fourpure seem to have just gotten on with it.
Another London brewery new to our shelves, started by ex-homebrewers who wanted to add their own take on a variety of world beer styles for our enjoyment, this time unfined (read: vegan friendly), unfiltered, and canned with yeast in-situ.
Pouring mid-copper with tangerine highlights, and a thick, foamy, head, this was a lively effervescent beer with excellent head retention. The aroma is bursting with pecan nuts, ground ginger, marzipan and parma violets, while a caramel malt edge works its way throughout.
The flavour is surprisingly neutral: not flavourless, I hasten to add, but not dry, not sweet, everything here is clean and carefully balanced. Oatmeal and Hobnob biscuits provided sweetness, countered by the rustic crunch of All Bran. Amaretto sweetness is countered by a fruity liquorice and black coffee sourness.
A rich, sweet, malty biscuit finish is balanced with a sharp acidity from zesty, cascade hops.
It's not about to blow your mind, it's 'just' a well-crafted, refreshing beer; one I expect to enjoy several times over the remaining summer days.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, York
Mikkeller (DK), Beer Geek Breakfast – 7.5 %
Mikkeller brewery is probably the best-known 'gypsy brewery' – the one that has no brewery of its own, and is therefore either fun and experimental, or gimmicky and aimed solely at beer hipsters depending who you ask.
I'm probably classed as a beer hipster by some, so I guess that's why I enjoy Mikkeller's beer, except for the ones that aren't very good. Unsurprisingly, for a brewery releasing upwards of 40 experimental beers every year, some of them aren't actually nice – they may well be interesting, but you have to pick carefully, and so we only order in those we know will meet people's expectations.
Beer Geek Breakfast, their flagship coffee stout, is fantastic – it's reliably so too; placing in Ratebeer's top 50 beers in the world seven times in the eight years the brewery has existed. You can't really argue with that sort of success.
Pouring unctuous and black with a thin espresso cream head, the immediate rush of aroma is of toasted oak, robust, fruity coffee, redcurrants, and bitter cocoa.
Opening with buttery fudge and vanilla marzipan, creamy coffee leads to a caramelised hazelnut flourish, backed by a grassy bitterness. Mint and lemon tea accents punctuate an assertive hoppy finish, cleaning up the palate after an otherwise sweet affair.
This, and it's relatively light body, make Beer Geek Breakfast surprisingly easy drinking, and much more refreshing than its strength and style might suggest.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
Wild Beer Co, Somerset Wild – 5 per cent, £3.75
I've talked about the Wild Beer Co and their penchant for experimentation before; their blended, barrel-aged saison 'Solera' featured earlier, and their Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with a sourdough culture pretty much suggested that this beer was inevitable.
Yes, the Wild Beer Co have finally done as their name suggests and cultured some 'wild' yeast strains and bacteria, then used the naturally occurring yeasts on apple skins to kickstart the fermentation of this, their bravest experiment yet.
What we have here is a young, unblended, lambic by another name, and it most certainly is lambic season now the sun is out.
Pouring a dusty platinum blonde, topped with the briefest flash-in-the-pan white head, the aroma is typical of the style.
Peaches and lemon sherbet shoot up the nostrils, shocking with their pungent fruit sharpness, before damp earth and heady farmyard funk kick in.
Apples, nutmeg, and grape juice get a foot in, but only as accents here and there, this is really a yeasty beasty.
The body is moderate, surprising for the style, and perhaps because of the buttery influence of the pedio. yeast and the beer's youth, this accentuates the yoghurt sharpness of the first impression.
A sharp lactic tang opens up into blanched peanuts and dying embers, a touch of petrichor subdued by creamy bananas and sour cream.
Not for the faint of heart – go in to this one with your mind open and your senses prepared though, and you'll be glad you did.
Recommened by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
Orval – Belgium, 5.2 per cent
Brasserie d'Orval is unique among the Trappist breweries - you won't find the abbey producing a range of ales for export, rather just the one, monolithic beer: Orval.
Generously dry hopped with aromatic noble hops and conditioned in the bottle with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis (a yeast many brewers consider a contaminant), while the beer that leaves the abbey doors is all of the same ilk, this secondary yeast strain noticeably dries the beer and alters the flavour profile, sometimes dramatically, as the beer ages.
As such, Orval's flavour forever changes depending on how old the beer is, with aged Orval sought fervently by enthusiasts, even if the beer's fingerprint remains the same.
Pouring a hazy copper toffee, with a billowing white head, the immediate impression is an aroma of warm muesli, gooseberries, and a smoky, phenolic edge of Brett. funk.
Somewhere under all this lies a grassy, nettle tea hop character and a sliver of lemon garnish.
The body is light, medium dry, and refreshing, as a golden syrup sweetness rises from a chorus of lemon cheesecake and grapefruit pith which lingers on the palate, enhancing the beer's dryness. A gentle dandelion bitterness is present in the finish, along with the characteristic sweat and warm hay of the Brettanomyces yeast. Even if you've had Orval before, there's never an excuse not to return to it once more – it really is one of the best beers in the world.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
The Celt Experience, Wales – Ogham Oak, 8.5 %
Our decision to stock The Celt Experience came about after we were offered a rogue cask of their Imperial Stout – Ogham Ash – by one of our suppliers.
Not ones to shy away from this sort of thing, we took it on, and sure enough it was fantastic stuff. So good, in fact, that we had to get it in bottles so we could continue to enjoy it, unable to guarantee a steady supply on tap for the staff.
Our Welsh section instantly doubled in size, as we took in their other Ogham series (read: strong, experimental beers); completed by Willow, and American-style India Pale Ale, and Oak, a spiced Tripel-style ale, inspired by the Belgian brewing tradition.
Brewed with cinnamon and orange peel, Ogham Oak pours the colour of golden syrup; brassy gold with copper edges, underneath an audibly fizzing white head that soon diminishes to a delicate white collar.
The aroma is pure nostalgia-fodder; pineapple cubes vie with orange pop, foam bananas, and sweet, bready yeast for your attention, underlined by a bitter, dusty note from the cinnamon.
Light bodied and dry, with a spritzy carbonation, a traditional Belgian tripel soon gives way to pineapple juice and banana sweetness. A cinnamon swell rises with the dry finish, its punchy earthiness further drying the palate as an even, but firm, hoppiness brings freshly cut grass and lemon zest to the fray. Complex, innovative, and ultimately fun, Ogham Oak is experimental done right.
Recommended by Michael Bates from Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
De Dolle Brouwers, BE – Dulle Teve, 10 per cent
BASED in Esen, De Dolle Brouwers are one of the more elusive and less well-known Belgian breweries whose products intermittently hit our shelves.
It doesn't help that supplies are limited, deliveries months apart, and often only include one type of beer, but it's always a pleasure to have them on hand.
De Dolle are something of an outlier; perhaps most famous for their Oerbier – a delightful sour brown ale. Ask someone to list some Belgian breweries, and there's a good chance they might not mention these guys.
However, every now and then we manage to get our grubby mitts on something from them that might suit a wider audience, rather than the rather niche funky sour ale, and Dulle Teve is one such beer.
Pouring a dusty amber, this 10 per cent tripel generates a billowing white head of loose, large bubbles that dissipates quickly. The aroma is typified by lemon sherbet and orange zest, with an edge of sharp raspberry purée and a dash of peppery esters.
Initial impressions are reminiscent of a banana split – sweet, chewy banana with a scattering of chopped cashews, held together by a rich toffee sauce.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York
Camden Town Brewery,Gentleman's Wit. 4.3 %, £2.25
CAMDEN Brewery are fairly well established, having set up shop in early 2010 – since then they've made a range of refreshing, contemporary ales, their eponymous Camden Pale perhaps best loved among them.
Then, after a time, they caused a few grumbles by announcing their decision to move away from cask conditioned beer entirely, opting instead to use kegs to deliver their beer, favouring keg's consistency over cask's more variable delivery quality.
We never really got their casks this far North anyway, so I've only ever known the keg products, but it seems to be working for them: they now have an expansion in the pipeline, with some of their ever-popular Helles lager brewed at a larger facility in Belgium by the Camden team. Expect to see them in ever-more outlets over the coming years.
Gentleman's Wit is a Belgian style wheat beer brewed with roasted lemons and bergamot, and by far and away my favourite of Camden's wares, pouring a delightful lemon-yellow with a white billowing head. The aroma is led by honeydew melons, lemon-thyme, bananas, and black pepper; a fruity, sweet nose brightened up by a zing of lemon zest.
Sweet, with a moderately viscous wit-bier body and a prickling carbonation, banana ice-cream and lemon rind cut through a creamy sweet wheat background, before a touch of bitter orange peel and oaky, dry bitterness cut through the finish.
Interesting enough to bear scrutiny, and delicious enough to slip down without thought.
Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, 48 Stonegate, York
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