The Barge & Barrel in Elland does a couple of fests each year and I've managed to miss them all since 2004 due to holidays or something, so it was good to get back in this thriving Calderdale boozarama. An extra bar and live music are easily accommodated here whilst regularly updated aleboards keep the fest-goers in the know.
Beer apart it was pianist Mad Andy Stones that I was really keen to see in action. Once a regular at the Black Bull in Liversedge, he only seems to pop up now and again at local beer fests, but is well worth tracking down if only for his version of Bohemian Rhapsody. A seriously funny man!
Another impressive selection of ales and the usual enthusiastic turn-out made me wonder how I'd managed to avoid so many of the Barge's festivals recently. This is truely great stuff and what every real ale pub should seek to emulate at least once a year!