Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Star Beer Festival, Folly Hall, Huddersfield

The Star's pre-emptive smoking ban didn't seem to harm the turnout at the first of three beer festivals planned for the pub this year - in fact the "Real Ale - Real Air" ad-campaign was as well received as the incredible sixty-six ales on show. Judging by the comments in the guest-book, the usual splendid range was very much appreciated in this fresher environment.

click the pics to read the menu

I have to admit to spending a lot less time at the festival than usual due to other commitments but nevertheless found one or two tremendous brews to recommend. Once again I managed to miss out on the much vaunted Summer Wine Brewery's offering which apparently ran off first, but at least a bottled version was available to take away.For lovers of pale citrus flavoured beer it had to be the Geese A Look! from the Goose Eye brewery at 4.2%. This very moreish brew was another early casualty as were the exceptional Marynka from Pictish (4.5%) and Churchend's 4.5% Bats in the Basement.

Best of the bunch I sampled though was the superb Wolf from new brewers Allendale at 5.5%, described in the tasting notes as 'blood-red with biscuit & caramel notes' - which is the very least you could say about this rich, complex and thoroughly satisfying beer!

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