Want to wish all our readers a malty Christmas and a hoppy New Year, with plenty of new and interesting beer to drink. Also want to thank all the local brewers who have provided such variety over the last 12 months and wish them continued success in 2009 and another big thank you to all those licensees who have provided us with the raw material to make this blog, and keep serving up excellent beer.
If anyone is at a loose end over the weekend the beer festival at the Cock of the North at Hipperholme, home of the Halifax Steam Brewery starts on Boxing Day. Have tried it before and it is worth the trip, and promises 20 new beers brewed on the premises.
A little closer to home, have heard that the first commercial brew from Summer Wine Brewery can be found in the Head Of Steam, called Vagabond and allegedly a traditional style bitter. If dark beer is to your taste, then the Rat and Ratchet has some great porter from Castle Rock called Blackbird (honest Will, it is good !!), weighing in at a sensible 4.4%.
Hop fans are catered for by the Star with a 3.4% from Thornbridge called Ember, (described as smokey on the clip but not sure) and another Goose Eye, On The Piste. The Grove weighs in with the 6% What The Dickens from Empire.
If something more traditional is what you seek, the Cherry Tree can provide Stuff It, from Titanic - a cranberry and chestnut concoction (a bit odd to say the least).
Again, a big thank you to all our readers, looking forward to more blogging next year.