Here at Pivo we pride ourselves on the quality of our cask beers.
We rotate them constantly, so when one runs out we rack another in its place.
As you will see we have no cold cellar, so the casks on view at the back of the bar are the ones from which you get your pint. This sometimes means that we may only have one or two available because the others are settling, however this ensures the beer is as fresh as can be.
During the summer months, we cool the beers using chiller probes in the top of the casks; please feel free to ask any of our staff how they work, or indeed any other questions relating to the beers and how we keep them. We will be only too happy to answer them to the best of our knowledge.
As a free house we can hand pick our beers, and generally do so based on certain things; either, we love the beer, suggestions from customers and other managers or landlords, or we know that the brewery has an excellent pedigree, and history of brewing great beer.
These are some of the breweries that you will find regularly represented at Pivo: Roosters & Outlaw, Black sheep, Brew Dog, Hambletons, Black Dog, Copper Dragon, Moorhouses, Osset, Timothy Taylor’s, and many others.
Please ask at the bar for details of what beers are currently available, what is coming soon, or see the blackboard at the bottom of the stairs.
Roddiny Pivovar Bernard
Located in the Moravian Highlands within the Czech Town of Humpolec, Bernard was formerly state owned until purchased by Stanislav Bernard following the Velvet Revolution in 1991. After years of growth and acclaim the brewery formed a strategic partnership with Belgium Brewer Duvel Moortgat during 2001.
Bernard Beers are 100% natural and non-pasteurised resulting in outstanding flavour, aroma and clarity.
No chemical intervention is allowed during the bottom fermented brewing process and only the finest Moravian malt, spring water and pure source saaz hops are infused to create a perfect pilsner conforming to the purity laws. The beers are rested within the underground Lagering tanks and matured for up to 12 weeks. A quality product will only be created from the perfect natural ingredients with the right process and time. It cannot be driven by cost or convenience. For this reason the brewery’s motto translates as ‘in our own way’. Bernard has won countless awards throughout the world including the coveted Pivex Gold Medal and most recently the 2006 IBC Award for the Worlds Best Premium Lager.
The Perfect Czech Pilsner. Micro-filtered for outstanding clarity, producing a crisp clean and refreshing taste with a hint of Saaz hop aroma. Winner of the coveted Pivex Gold Medal.
Original wort.. Alcohol 4.7% vol.
Dark Malt Lager, pronounced “chur-nee” comprising 12 varieties of malt, including the legendary Bernard Chocolate Moravian variety. Matured underground for 12 weeks at 2 Degrees Celsius providing a fully natural Cerne Pivo – “Best in Class”.
Original wort.. Alcohol 5.1% vol.
The rarest of pilsners – the only draught non-filtered pilsner available in the UK.
The Pivo is laid to rest within Bernard’s Lagering cellars for over seven weeks. Once the Master Brewer has approved the brew then it is pumped to Keg and delivered direct to our bar within seven days. The pilsner is fully natural and completely untreated giving a slight haze and rich full body. This is the beer lovers dream!
Original wort.. Alcohol 5.0% vol.
Please see the beer list or ask at the bar for the full Bernard range
Mahr's Bräu Ungespundet hefetrub has an alcohol content of around 4.1 Percent by weight, 5.2 by volume. It pours with a big, creamy,long-lasting, head; has a golden-bronze colour; a wonderfully fresh, perfumed; hop aroma; a remarkably smooth, almost oily, malty, palate; very fresh flavours; and a sprits finish. It is beautifully balanced, but leans to the dry side. The brewery date from 1670, and has been in the same family since 1880.
Apple bocq (seasonal)
Belgian Wheat beer with Apple. This is definitely the drink for the summer, not too sweet and highly quaffable at 3.1%.
It is a great thirst quencher on a hot day
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat: Maredsous 6
In 1963, the Benedictine abbey of Maredsous entrusted the production and sales of the famed Maredsous beers to Duvel Moortgat. The monks continue to exercise strict control over its recipes and quality standards right up to today.
Maredsous 6 unites various malt and hop components into a harmonious tasting experience. A touch of fruitiness enriches the mainly fresh and slightly bitter aftertaste. A superior thirst quencher providing a royal bouquet of caramel, complete with masterly infused fruity touches.
Weihenstephan Hefe-weissebier Dunkel
From reportedly the oldest working brewery in the world. 1040 ad the Benedictine Monastry at Freising was granted license to brew, after many generations the resulting Hefe-weissebier is one of the greatest , fruity Banana and Citrus flavours, with creamy yeast, spices, and a malty backbone.
Classic Belgian fruit beer, wonderful natural sweetness and flavours from the strawberries
Brasserie La Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe was founded in 1982 by the brothers-in-law Pierre Gobron and Chris Bauweraerts. It is located in the heart of the Ardennes; in Houffalize, Belgium. D’Achouffe is well-known for brewing the blonde Belgian ale "La Chouffe" which is a high-quality craft beer. A fine natural, unfiltered Golden Ale with a slight haze and spicy, lightly hopped finish without any additives.
Original gravity: 16 °Plato. Alcohol 8.0%
Pale Ale, brewed in Chico, California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Wonderfully full and hoppy flavour
We also have a regular Sierra Nevada guest beer which changes often. Ask staff which one is available or coming next
Newest beer from the world famous Duvel Moortgat brewery, a departure from its bottled counterpart. Still brewed using the Styrian and Saaz hop varieties, the Green is single fermented and filtered giving it a light body, and highly refreshing flavours. As one beer writer puts it ‘Duvel green is a stand up beer, whereas the bottles are a sit down beer. Now there is a Duvel for every occasion’!
Pivo is extremely proud to to sell Meantime beers. We are officially the most Northerly outlet for their draught beers in the UK 1º 4’ 51” W
We currently have 5 of the range, and are rotating them through a single tap, but we plan to increase to the whole range soon, including their fine cask beer. Watch this space!
The ones currently available :
Helles Bier Light, hoppy, refreshing beer, with low bitterness
India Pale Ale; (usually bottled, kegged especially for Pivo) True IPA wonderfully hoppy and dry
Wheat Beer; Spicy, and refreshing
High Saison; Belgian style Saison ale, reddish brown colour, sour flavour
Elderflower Maibock; Bock style lager, flavoured, as the name suggests, with fragrant Elderflower
Aspall Draught Cyder
Produced by the Chevallier family dating back eight generations to 1728 when Clement Chevallier fermented his first batch of Normandy style Suffolk cyder. The cyder apples are pressed using traditional artesan cider making techniques. Aspall Suffolk Cyder is created from a blend of different "base" cyders with fermentation taking 3 to 4 weeks and a maturation of up to 2 years.
Aspall cyder is blended and taste tested by the family panel prior to final packing, creating its own characteristic aroma and flavour. Aspall Suffolk Cyder is lightly sparkling providing the perfect aroma and flavour.
The varieties of Apples used in Aspall Suffolk Cyder include Kingston Black, Medaille d'or, Cox, Bramley, Yarlington Mill, Tremlett's Bitter, Blenheim Orange, Chiver's Delight, Tom Putt and Discovery.
Alcohol 5.5% abv.
Here at Pivni, we try and offer the most exciting range of beers and cider in Yorkshire.
We search far and wide to bring new beer to York, from America to Czech.