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Monday, 14 March 2011

Saying Goodbye

I do not exaggerate the title of this post. It will soon become common knowledge that Beer Ritz has ceased treading. I will be perfectly honest with you. I was told today by Zak, and after what was said the doors were shut, probably forever. I then resigned myself to a collapsed state in the middle of the shop and literally wept for a good solid hour. That's how much the place means to me. Word's not need be spoken by me and Zak at that time, he put an incredibly brave face on things. Please wish us the best for the future because we are lost. Long live the memory of Beer Ritz... The Best Fucking Beer Shop in the UK.
 We have lost a Legend That's all that need be said.

29 comments:

  1. This is really sad news and I'm very sorry to hear it. It's sad when an exciting beer venture ceases and in this case the human cost adds extra to it because of who you guys are and how passionate you are about it.

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  2. I'll echo what mark said! Real shame. Hope it all works out for everyone.

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  3. Gutted for ourselves and all the other customers, but mostly for you guys. Consider all our glasses for the foreseeable future raised to the The Best Fucking Beer Shop In The World.

    Weeping in LS27.

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  4. This is a joke right?

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  5. I'm really sad for you guys, every major town needs a place like Beer Ritz and it's tragic news for everyone involved.
    Good luck in the future.

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  6. what the fuck!!!!!! Was it not turning enough of a profit!? Such a great shop. where am i gona get my rarities in leeds now!?

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  7. Gutted for all you guys. If this really is the end then I hope you get fixed up with something else soon.

    A sad loss to the beer world!

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  8. Devastated for you guys

    "Long live the memory of Beer Ritz... The Best Fucking Beer Shop in the UK.
    We have lost a Legend That's all that need be said."

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  9. What sad news. Also for Brian's fish and chips over the road too as I only ever went there after buying beer.

    Can't the North Bar empire take this over?

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  10. Was not expecting that. Good luck to everyone affected.

    Any reason why this is happening? I thought craft beer drinking was on the up and drinking at home was on the up so you would think that a decent bottleshop would be thriving.

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  11. Whoa. wait, what? There must be something we can do? We can't let the best beer shop in the Country disappear. Can't we stump up some cash, buy shares, anything?

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  12. Went there for the first time on Sunday and the shop was amazing. Gutted I won't get to visit again. What is happening to the mail order side of things?

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  13. Absolutely gutted mate.

    Check out my tribute blog.

    Beer Ritz - A sad farewll
    http://hopzine.com/?p=2508

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  14. I share the sentiments. Terrible news.

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  15. Wish i had the chance to visit this place....

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  16. So sorry to read the news mate, all the best of luck to you and Zak.

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  17. Will!! Call me man! What the hell has happened!??????

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  18. This is terrible news! I've had to wait while I had enough money to start visiting the ritz again, and now it finally starts to look like I will and it shuts!!!

    This is a big loss for beer enthusiasts in Leeds and the surrounding area!

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  19. can't be serious... I was supposed to get by last Thursday, having knowned that, I would have rent a car to make some provisions,
    well, good luck to you guys, hope you get on your feet again and reopen soon

    By the way, what's the thing with closing places to buy alcool in Leeds? The odd-bin on albion is closing too on march 19.

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  20. http://goodpeopleeats.blogspot.com/2011/03/beeritz-thanks-lads.html - here's my comments, dudes. And i agree with Rob C - if there's anything we can do, let us know.

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  21. So sorry to hear the news. Never visited Beer Ritz, but dealt with Beer Paradise back in the day when I had my own beer shop.

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  22. Really sorry guys, it's a real shame. If nothing else at least it's pretty clear how much Beer Ritz has meant to people today.

    http://beerprole.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/beer-ritz-a-loss-for-beer-and-a-loss-for-leeds/

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  23. Thanks to you all for the kind sentiments. We wouldn't have ever been as great if it wasn't for people like you. That's all I can say really, I'm still pretty speechless. We will miss you all.

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  24. And Nando's eateries are opening left right and centre. Feck's sake.

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  25. what a tragic end to such a great shop. It's not only a great loss to everyone who worked there, but to everyone who shopped and spent time there. (especially the scrumpy jack cheap cider crowd)
    I guess we're all lucky to have been a part of it. I just wish i could get one last bottle(box) full.
    RIP BeerRitz, may you live on in our ever hazy memories.

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  26. This is a great loss to the the residents of north Leeds. One could not have wished for more knowledgeable and helpful staff, and a wider selection of beers. Let's hope that there will be a resurrection. It's happened before ...

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