The House has been short listed for the Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2013, and we will be the only York pub in the competition. We will step up our game and try to win the prize for York. We'll be offering new food menus on a more regular basis, refitting and maintaining the pub continually and searching the country for some fantastic new taxidermy. We entered the competition and were short listed in 2011 and unfortunately came up against some gastro/bistro pubs that really weren't pubs as we know them - mainly table service restaurants that also served drinks. After speaking to yorkshire.com about this they have decided to introduce a category for them and keep the pub category for real traditional pubs so we may stick a chance of winning the coveted prize.
Ian Loftus owner of Trembling Madness said "After ripping the bottom out of my pants at the last awards ceremony and leaving embarrassed I will reinforce my trousers and try to stay sober until the very end, although this year it is being held on my birthday and the drinks are free".
Winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony on November 11 at New Dock Hall near the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Winners of each category will not only scoop one of these prestigious accolades, but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.The other finalists can be found here.
We are no longer taking bookings on our Goathland cottage as the property has now been sold. Thanks to all those people that have stayed and had a great holiday there. We will miss the little place - unfortunately the property will not be used for holidays in the future so please don't contact us for the new owners! We have new luxury apartments in York so check them out.
BREWERS and beer sellers in York have reacted angrily to a new report from a group of doctors which calls for draconian new measures in a bid to end alcohol abuse.
The Alcohol Health Alliance, a group representing GPs, surgeons and A&E doctors, is urging ministers to considers a raft of measures including hard-hitting health warnings on cans and bottles, similar to those on cigarette packets.
The group also called for a ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship, restricting the times of alcohol sales in shops and increasing the price of certain high-strength products.
The Press asked us for a quick response - here's a few points that we made.
Trembling Madness believe we do have an alcohol consumption problem in the UK and it does need to be addressed (We do also have a drugs problem!).
We One quick fire method of cutting down minimum price alcohol would be to stop supermarkets from selling it, as they have huge buying power and 2-4% profit margins. All other retailers tend to operate at about 15-21% profit margin in order to survive, that would have helped over 800 off-licenses that went bankrupt last year and cut down alcohol consumption. We all go to the supermarket far more often than any other shop - its far too convenient.
A media campaign on drink problems would be far more effective than printing on bottles. Britain is famous for producing some of the finest drinks in the world and we need to continue to advertise and do sponsorship deals in order to export these products, the current price of sterling makes this market one of Britains strongest.
To view the full article please visit here.
Another related press article here.
The same subject was spoken about by Off-license news and again we quoted for them here.
The business owners father Martin sadly passed away before christmas. To all that knew him there's some pictures and information here. Trembling Madness wishes to thank him for all his support since the start of the business and he will be greatly missed.
Hope you made it to the beer festival and found something you liked, we stock the majority of the ales on show plus many many more. The event was held at York racecourse - visit the website here
The festival was very well organised and a big thank you to all the CAMRA people involved, and also thanks for inviting Trembling Madness on to the tasting panel (although our favourite ales didn't win - dark ones again).
Locale Overall Festival Winners 2012
Okay we didn't write the article so don't complain. We did however manage to recommend some great beers for people to try and we always will. They did however miss Arbor Ales Yakima Valley IPA off the list that we recommended due to me not taking a picture of it, so please also try that one. If anyone out there needs some beer recommendations then please ask - we can recommend for weddings, divorce, depression and just old give me some new beer cause I hate John Smiths.
A great night was had by all on Thursday 5th April. Over 150 glasses of York Chocolate Stout from Rudgate Brewery was given away by our two Oompa Loompa's in an hour. A big thanks to Craig from Rudgate for providing the beer on our evening of the celebration of chocolate. For more information on the new Rudgate beer have a look at www.oneandother.com or the weekend article in The Press .
We will once again be having it on tap this weekend so if you missed out last week then come down and enjoy this marvellous new beer.
View some of the evenings photo's below, courtesy of a great photographer Andy Gaines - check out his site - http://andygaines.com/
It's ventured around the Belgium and Czech breweries and goes to and from our Goathland cottage. It's a pimped out Wellhouse Leisure conversion Toyota Granvia with many extras. Webasto Heating System, Cramer hob and sink, Solar panels, Dual Leisure Batteries, Hot Water system and Shower, Fridge, Driver & Passenger Television, Rear drop down TV/Monitor, Kenwood DVD/Stereo system, Freeview international TV system, Panasonic Subwoofer, 32 litre water tank, Electric hookup, Reimo elevating roof, Black Leather seating, Airconditioning, Swivel Captains chair, Alloys. This van has it all and goes like the wind!! It has a Landcruiser engine that has never had any problems and will last almost forever . It's now sold - goodbye - we've had some great adventures together
We are proud to announce a new microbrewery from Elvington - The Hop Studio.
They have launched 4 new beers -
HOP STUDIO BLONDE 3.5% a remarkably light, crisp and hoppy alewith a hint of sauvignon. Maris Otter Pale Malt and Carapils provide a light malty base for intensely aromatic floral, citrus and gooseberry flavours of Chinook, Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops.
HOP STUDIO PILSNER 4.0% their antidote to mass produced lager! Brewed with Lager Malt, Perle and Saaz hops to give a clean crisp taste of creamy malt and strong herbal aromas with a dry, hoppy finish that's not too bitter.
HOP STUDIO GOLD 4.5% Maris Otter Pale Malt and Caramalt provide a rich malty base. Goldings hops contribute a soft rounded bitterness as a counterpoint to the citrus and tropical flavours of Motueka Hops.
HOP STUDIO XS 5.5% is an extremely special complex, strong ale. Maris Otter Pale and Crystal Malt provide the rich malty base.Challenger, Northdown, and Target hops contribute a complex rounded bitterness enhanced by floral, citrus aromas and flavours from Wakatu hops.
All beers are available in bottles from 10th May in our store and also try the draught in the bar this week.
Over the next two weeks we will be rotating Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager. Try all 4 US Craft Ales and decide which one you prefer - Usually we only keep Brooklyn as it's the only one kegged in the UK and has a fantastic taste.
As part of the promo we will be doing them all at £4 a pint!
Visit us on Facebook and decide which one you prefer
We are happy to announce the launch of York Chocolate Stout from Rudgate Brewery. This Thursday 5th April from 7pm you are all welcome to come and taste this great new local beer at Trembling Madness for free! We have another new hand pull installed for the occasion. Meet the brewer and enjoy the evening celebration of chocolate. From our local range of chocolate brownies to Brooklyn Chocolate Stout with an ice-cream float. For more information on the new Rudgate beer have a look at www.oneandother.com . Can't wait for Thursday, see you there!
We all remember those days when pubs closed early doors and if you were lucky enough you had that memorable lock in. Come down tonight and get locked in. We'll celebrate the new year and play some classic tunes. Avoid the chaos and crowds - the first 50 people in can stay! Happy New Year!!
Well the Xmas beers have left the shelves for another year, goodbye and farewell. Lets hope you were some of the lucky ones who got to try some. The house is still in christmas mode on the lead up to new year, so we are keeping on a few winter draughts including Delirium Xmas 10%, Nice Chouffe 10% and Gordon's Xmas 8.8%.
Our home-made mulled wine is still available throughout December, £3.50 a glass - fancy making it at home then download our recipe below.
A new year brings new plans and ideas. So to start we aim to bring you a new food menu within the next week. Also there will be a collection of new breweries appearing on the shop shelves, this week check out the Bristol Beer Factory and Fyne Ales, we'll keep you informed on all the new ales that hit our shelves. Please let us know what you would like to see in The Madness, we do have access to well over 10,000 product lines but obviously we can't stock them all! Our draught beers will continue to change reflecting on the current season, the Christmas selection was a fantastic range of Belgium winter brews, watch out for the White Stout 7.5% from Durham and a collection of excellent IPA's. The Madness Chamber will start to be developed and hopefully open for spring - What is the Madness Chamber? Well we are not quite sure yet - it will in some part be luxury medieval accommodation overlooking the minster, it will be available to rent alongside our Madness Cottage. The Cottage is being expanded to accommodate 4 people from Spring onwards, new bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and a real fire (It's getting pretty booked now so hurry!). In all a busy year and we hope to do our best to make things more fun and enjoyable for you all - Happy New Year!
Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider & perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and now is the time.
If you missed our cider festival at the start of October then don't worry, we will be having guest scrumpy ciders throughout the rest of the year.
To read more and see what cider festivals are happening near you please visit CAMRA's cider page.
“Envisions” by GaiaNova & United VJs
York Castle Museum (north building),
Eye of York
26th-29th October, 6.30pm-10pm
Envisions is an original and exciting artistic creation that will bring the north façade of the Castle Museum to life using Video Projection Mapping. The work will be inspired by the former life of the 18th century building as a women’s prison and York’s rich and diverse history. Whispers from our ancestors and echoes from the people of York combine with up to the minute projection technologies and a specially developed soundtrack to create a startling and colourful journey through the city’s past.
Video Projection Mapping is the projection of 3D motion graphics in real-time onto the surface of a building or structure. The result is visually stunning as the exterior of the building will appear to come alive with animated forms, transforming into a dynamic construction. Combining the visual style of several different artists, ”Envisions” will provide the audience with a journey through local history. There will be moments of suspense, explosions and thrilling falls, as the building appears to come to life in front of the viewer. To see an example of past video projection mapping projects by United VJs visit http://www.unitedvjs.com.br/videomapping
To realise this project, the international artists United VJs will collaborate with UK based video projection design specialists GaiaNova Productions, who have been responsible for delivering many large-scale outdoor video art installations across the globe, including the 2009 Illuminating York Festival.
Envisions has been produced with the kind support of QED Productions.
Check out the website http://illuminatingyork.org.uk/the-main-event/
As expected we didn't win the award for Best Pub in Yorkshire and unfortunately no York businesses won any of the 16 tourism awards. The award ceremony was very formal, very large and in Doncaster. The beers on the tables disappointed - Black Sheep Ale and Timothy Taylors landlord. Hopefully next time they will support some of the great new craft breweries producing spectacular Yorkshire beers. We did exceedingly well to make the short-list as we are just a room above an off-license with no kitchen! The staff here at the Madness will continue to work extremely hard to provide you with the best service, food and drinks available and hopefully we will raise our game to try to obtain the award for next year, so keep coming in and enjoying the atmosphere. We have sourced local venison, pheasant and rabbit for our forthcoming Winter menu, all will be sold at our affordable pub prices. Today we are sampling our game and christmas pies, so if you're in town come and try one. Thanks to all your support and we look forward to serving you soon.
From October Beers with an ABV above 7.5 per cent will face 25% extra tax as part of the government’s plans to tackle alcohol related misuse.
They are completely toothless in the face of the real roots of alcohol abuse. The new law is completely unfair: If beer duty is to rise, it should rise uniformly.
Instead our business is handicapped in the market place for trying to elevate the status of beer in the UK.
The ABV of a beer has nothing to do with whether it inspires irresponsible drinking and to think otherwise is short-sighted. There is a culture of quantity over quality in the UK beer market; consumers are able to buy mountains of mainstream, 5-6%ABV beer for very little money and this is the kernel of the problem in the UK. Higher alcohol beers, in the main, tend to be more exciting artisanal beers that elevate beer above its current station in Britain and increase awareness of great craft beer.
At present, beer is seen as something you chug down in pints with the sole intention of getting drunk rather than savouring it. To think people consume higher alcohol beers in the same way as a pint of fizzy yellow lager is nothing short of archaic. Penalising those trying to redefine beer, rather than those breweries marketing their beer to be sold in large volumes and at low cost, is just backward thinking. There is now a huge disincentive for a customer to buy a quality craft beer and consequently is much more likely to buy a much larger volume of discount beer instead. There has been a huge growth in UK craft microbreweries in the past year and you would have thought that the government would have wanted to keep that going. There's over 700 UK breweries of which 90% are craft breweries producing artisan beers.
Within our retail business we sell over 600 ales, nearly half are over 7.5% abv. and we don't have any binge drinking clientele? Unfortunately 25% on the price of all those beers will probably mean they will no longer sell very well and our business will no doubt suffer, whereas the supermarkets will benefit as they don't sell those craft beers. Very disappointed, all in all, not a good day to be a beer drinker (or producer).
House of the Trembling Madness makes the finals for Yorkshire Pub of the Year - we're up against posh gastro pubs with square white plates drizzled with balsamic reduction - let's hope the judges pick some proper real food and beer!
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