Following on from it's successful winter warmer festival last Christmas, the Drop Inn at Elland will host it's first summer event this weekend. The big news is that the pub has managed an exceptional coup in being the first to get actor turned brewer Neil Morrissey's beer Blonde (3.8%) as a guest. Apparently Morrissey has been using the facilities at Cropton Brewery in the North Riding to brew for his new pub Ye Olde Punchbowl at Marton-cum-Grafton - the only hostelry until now to serve the beer. Whether or not the man himself will drop in (sorry!) to autograph your glass remains to be seen, but hopefully his beer will prove to be a big enough attraction in itself.
As well as a further twenty or so real ales, a selection of ciders will also be available - a very popular addition at many small festivals nowadays and rightly so. A barbecue on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons plus live music from local band IE completes the picture, though a bit of weather wouldn't go amiss!
Click here to find the Drop and here to read a little more about it.
Update: A very busy and highly enjoyable festival saw the two Saltaire Brewery ales, Sundowner & Olympia, stealing the show. Morrissey-Fox's Blonde was excellent and proved very popular, barely making it into the Saturday afternoon session. Being reminiscent of early Roosters with lots of aromatic hop and good bitterness, the future of this high profile brewery looks very promising indeed. The Phoenix was exceptional too and with delicious newbies from Mallinsons of Huddersfield and Fernandes of Wakefield, punters were really spoilt for choice.
Landlord Tom Evans, partner Katie Sylvester & Bob the Builder take time out to pose for the camera at the busy Drop Inn festival.
Marsh Liberal Club Beer Festival
Another fest that almost slipped through the net! Marsh Liberal Club in Huddersfield, a regular entry in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, celebrates it's 125th birthday with a mini beer festival this weekend. The list is as follows:
Pot Belly Beijing Black 4.4%
Oakham JHB 3.8%
Nobby's LL Welland Goo 4.7%
Newby Wyke Kingston Topaz 4.2%
Great Oakley Wagtail 3.9%
Frog Island Shoemaker 4.2%
Brown Cow Captain Oates Mild 4.5%
Brewsters Daffy's Elixer 4.2%
Further details can be found on the club's website.