About Me

Hi , and thanks for visiting The Good Stuff. The Good Stuff is Leeds’s longest-running Beer Blog, and exists solely to let you, the reader, know a little more about what is – and where to find – Good Beer. You can also get recipes for Good Food to eat with that great beer, and give the Good People who brew and sell fantastic beers independently a place to speak.

I’m Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and I’ve writing about beer and food since 2007. I’m also the author of Great Yorkshire Beer  – jump over to the Great Yorkshire Beer page to read more about that. I’ve also contributed to Culture Vulture, Food & Drink Digital, Food&, Beer Magazine and Leeds Guide.

Great Yorkshire Beer won Silver in the Adnams Award for Regional Media in the 2013 British Guild of Beer Writers Awards.

I also contributed to Future Publishing’s Craft Beer: 100 Best Breweries in the World. 

BNA-Shortlisted-2013The Good Stuff was  a shortlisted blog in the Food & Drink Category for the 2013 Blog North Awards. Great Yorkshire Beer took silver place in the Adnams Award for Best Writing in Regional Media in 2013..


*PR Companies/Guest Post Guidelines*

In line with the above, please be aware that I do not accept guest posts from third parties and will not in the future. Also note the subject of the blog – I’m not interested in Cereal, Tea Bags or Toasters!

If you are a PR representative working for an independent brewer who wants to alert me to events, new beers or news that my readership would find interesting, then by all means contact me. If you want to send me beer for review, please note that any beers featured on The Good Stuff will be reviewed fairly and honestly, and for this reason I cannot guarantee inclusion.

  1. Your blog is very informative! While, I’ve only read a few posts so far, It seems to be a true beer and food fanatics dream. Keep writing!

  2. I’m so happy that I came across your blog (thanks for visiting mine by the way!) – I love good food and good beer, and it looks like both can be found here! I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  3. I’ll have to tell my husband about your site. He loves beer! Well done Leigh.

  4. I was very inpressed, your comments regarding our beers were warming and very much welcome, you descriptions and tasting notes were outstanding and we could not have wished for anyone better than you to have purchased these ales, I wonder could we come back to you, for you to try our new ale Rascal, a play on the baked Yorkshire Fat Rascal only in an ale form using English hops and finished with cracking fruity American corker, we would love you to give it a go,

    once again thanks for your refreshing views on our ales

  5. The inaugural North Leeds Charity Beer Festival takes place – 27/28 April 2012 at St Aidan’s Community Hall Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 5QD. The aim of the festival is to provide interesting and unusual beers from Yorkshire’s micro and independent breweries for people to enjoy, to stimulate debate and to help raise money and awareness for two fantastic charities.

    The North Leeds Charity Beer Festival is a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Roundhay and the Lord Mayor of Leeds.

  6. Just seen your article in CAMRA’s Beer magazine. Somewhat disappointed with the article – not least because you seem to have ignored those football clubs where it isn’t the stadium operator which provides the beers. Next time you’re in London try Leyton Orient Supporters Club – 9 times CAMRA’s East London Club of the Year, national finalist 3 times and winner of National Club of the Year once, Club Mirror awards etc etc. Two festivals a year – special feature beer nights – countless compliments – and all achieved by volunteers. Next time you’re in London try a supporter-managed and run club rather than just following the corporate trail. Good blog though ……

    • Hi Tony – thanks for your comments.
      Firstly, thanks for dropping by and reading the article. Re: Orient – I actually approached the club via email on the 19th and 30th of august (when the article was being prepped) – using the chairman@orientsupporters.org email address provided on the website, and recieved no reply despite chasing. Unfortunately, when deadlines are looming, there comes a point at which you have to go with what you have.
      I did, however, mention the club/supporters club and the good work they have done on Page 13 of the article.
      Thanks – Leigh

  7. Leigh I’d love to do a beer / cheese matching thing with my farmhouse cheeses – any ideas who may be interested?

  8. Dave Serfming

    There’s a random, spurious “idiot’s comma” in that penultimate paragraph. FYI.

  9. Hi Leigh – Have suggested you be sent VIP invites and beer tokens to the reopening of The Old Tramshed (henceforth to be known as The Hop Saltaire) next Thursday 26th June. If you are free and interested please email me your address to: will@ossett-brewery.co.uk.
    Cheers. Will. (‘A Swift One’ – now working full time for Ossett Brewery).

  10. Lucy Stephens


    I am helping host an event for Birra Moretti in Manchester and would love to invite you along, is there another way of contacting you with more details? Kind Regards, Lucy

  11. George Jenkins

    Hi Leigh

    I am currently at the Northern Film School in leeds, and I am the currently working on a film about the craft beer revolution in the uk. We would love to somehow get your insight into the film if possible as we would love to interview as many beer enthusiast as possible!!

    Kind Regards
    George Jenkins

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