Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Monkeyfest 2

The Monkey Club at Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield is holding it's second beer festival this weekend featuring an estimated forty ales (including one brewed by Empire especially for Terriers fans!) Last year's debut was one of the highlights of the summer and I've not met anyone who went that hasn't pledged their support again, such was it's popularity.

The club has picked up local CAMRA Club of the Year and a seasonal award since then and is the venue of choice for real ale fans wanting to watch SKY televised sporting events whilst enjoying a variety of quality beers. Hopefully the weather will be kind as this is very much an outdoor event with a traditional village fete atmosphere. Live music and a fabulous pig roast were crucial ingredients in last year's success and are repeated again this time, not to mention the great line up of wonderful ales of course - can't wait!! (website) (map)The full list of beers at this year's Monkeyfest - enough to make a grown man dribble! (click on the image to spare your eyesight!)


Update: Bigger and even better than last year despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil it. Too many great beers to single any one out though Empire, Leeds, South Hams & Moorhouses got extra credit from me. The photo is of the pig roast production line and if there's a better accompaniment to an afternoon's ale tasting, I've yet to find it!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Minor point - we picked up a CAMRA club of the Season and CAMRA club of the year

a swift one... said...

whoops - sorry, my research staff are still on holiday. Consider it corrected!

Festa the Monkey said...

Monkey Club Secretary just phoned me from a small brewery in northern France saying shall I bring back a cask of the dark at 7.4%ABV or the wheat beer at 5.3%. Advised him to bring back both! Let' hope he makes it. Cheers

festa the monkey said...

Beer List on website
http://www.freewebs.com/the-monkey-club/beernownext.htm

Cheers Festa

a swift one... said...

Thanks festa - that's one great looking list, and forty beers not thirty!!! Looks like both days will be needed this time. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

As expected, another great occasion, the staff at the club and the locals deserve lots of credit for making this a must visit event...organisation was great, the hog roast outstanding and Festers choice of beers excellent...my beer of choice would be the Leeds Samba but there were plenty of others up there to challenge it..just a shame they cannot control the weather !!! Tim

Lee said...

Absolutely fantastic time had at the MonkeyFest yesterday, managed to work our way through most of the list and we really enjoyed it. Inkie Pinkie, ginger nut, lindley loc-ale, and so many other top notch beers consumed! Well done monkeyfest - looking forward to the next one already! Hope you'll be able to come along to the Bower Beer Fest in 3 weeks time....

festa the monkey said...

Thanks for your kind comments everybody, The weather didn't appear to put too many people off and was busy through to the official closing time of 9pm Sunday. Festa won't be at the Bower Fest as he will be consuming ale on Holiday in Cornwall that weekend Cheers Festa

Anonymous said...

I thought the first Monkeyfest was excellent, but the second surpassed that. The staff were superb, the food, bands, quality and choice of beer were excellent. The atmosphere made it a fantastic event and the setting is such a picturesque place.

Roll on the 3rd Monkeyfest and hopefully more CAMRA awards, they deserve it. !!

PS - they also were raising money for cancer research and had no less than Huddersfield Town as sponsors.