Monday, August 22, 2016

The Rose & Crown, Cleckheaton

As a beer enthusiast, I have been drinking in most parts of Kirklees and Calderdale, but yesterday I broke my duck in visiting a pub I had never previously visited, in a town which I have rarely visited. It all resulted from a chat in a pub a while ago (like all good things do!).

The Rose and Crown is in Cleckheaton, (centrally sited in Westgate) and my reason for visiting was that it is a brew pub - and one that had managed to slip under my radar.

Externally it boasts that it is 17th century pub, and internally it does little to dispel that with flagged floors and lowish ceilings. I assume it has gone through periods of renovation though. There seems to be an emphasis on food, especially on a Sunday, but the bar boasted around half a dozen draught beers, and much to my delight, two (I think,I will explain) from the in house brewery.

The Whitechapel brewery is situated at the rear of the pub across a small yard, and a list on the brewery wall is a testament to the brewery output. I believe, although I cannot confirm, that this now the site of the Haworth Steam Brewery as well. There was one of each brewery's beer on the bar. The latter slightly darker and more traditional but both very drinkable. And at £2.60 a pint - a bargain.

The pub is open 12 noon daily (I am unsure about Monday and Tuesday though) and it promises that its own brewery beers will always be available there. It is just as well because I have never seen the Whitechapel beers anywhere else. The food menu looks excellent and there are plenty of bus links to Cleckheaton, with a bus stop just outside the pub.

There is also a beer festival promised towards the end of October. I will certainly be there.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beer Of The Day Durham 'Magus'

Durham 'Magus' is one of the regular beers on the bar at The Grove, and one that I enjoy and consistently overlook. But yesterday I thought it was time to revisit it.

The brewery have been in operation since 1994, and are one of the more established breweries about and can turn their hands to any style of beer and I am a fan of many, but Magus was the one on offer yesterday.

It is light, hoppy beer, with an abv of 3.8%, crisp, fruity and refreshing. A perfect summer beer. There is little else I can say about it !

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beer Of The Day - Hydes ' Lebelski'

One of the more traditional of the breweries from ovr th' hill in Manchester is Hydes. They have been producing beer since 1863 and when I first encountered them they were very traditional. However they have become more experimental in the recent past and now produce a fascinating selection of beers.

They have a side brewery called Beer Studio which provides a selection of their seasonal beers but I am more interested in the range they brew under the Provenance umbrella. These are suually single hopped beers using ingredients from a specific country. Some have been available locally in Wetherspoons.

The most recent addition to the range was lurking in a pub in Manchester yesterday so I had to sample it. 'Lebelski' is 4.4% and brewed with the Polish Lubiner hop. This is matched with Flagon malt to produce a very interesting beer. It is difficult to pin down a definitive flavour but there are hints of citrus, subtle bitterness, and soft malts all blending together to create a very drinkable offering.

It may be that it may not make it across the Pennines but if it does it is well worth a try.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beer of The Day - Abbeydale 'Hop Smash'

I had been told of Abbeydale brewery's 'Hop Smash' but only expected to see it on cask, particularly with an abv of 7.4%, but I was impressed to see it on the bar in the Kings Head yesterday.

It is something special - and slightly unusual for the brewery. Firstly it is a collaboration, with Kuhnhenn Brewery of Michigan, and secondly it is a beer with additions. Let me explain.

It is an American style IPA and is packed with hops, but if that is not enough the brewers have given it a twist with fresh grapefruit juice and zest added at the end of fermentation. This give it a citrus twist to the hoppy notes, and leads to a dry, fruity finish.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beer Of The Day - Mallinsons Mosaic

One my favourite hops from one of my favourite breweries, what more could I ask for ?

Mosaic is a single hopped beer brewed by the Huddersfield brewery, Mallinsons. It has been brewed before, but has been missing for a little while, leaving us addicts to rely on our bottle supply.

This was rectified this weekend when I found the beer on cask in the Star. It is still just as good this time. It has an aroma full of fresh fruit, and follows this with a taste of citrus and a long bitter finish. It is 4.0% and light coloured. And well worth seeking out (but not at the Star because we ran that barrel off !!)

Back on the Road Again

After our absence for the last couple of weeks we are now up and raring to go.

Steve Johnson's funeral was massively attended, a tribute to the affection in which he was held in every sphere that he touched.

We have heard that the 'Corner' -the new Mallinsons brewery tap is well on track for an Autumn opening, we will keep you posted.

And we have still been out scouring the pubs for our beers of the day and we will resurrect our 'Pub of the Week' but I feel that it may be better served as a 'Pub of the Month' - watch this space for our next contribution.

There are plenty of local beer festivals due in the none too distant future and we hope to cover as many as possible.

Thank you.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Steve Johnson - RIP

Today I heard the sad news that Steve Johnson, one of the faces behind local bars, had passed away. There is little else I can say,except he was one of the nicest blokes I have ever met. And from my side 'A Swift One' is going into a spell of mourning. Even though we met through beer, there is more than beer ...and I cannot find the right words...Steve J a legend ...