For the third year running Elland Brewery is producing two special cask beers exclusively for the wonderful Shepley Spring Festival – a four day musical event held at the Cricket Club and the village itself, beginning on Thursday 14 May. The festival attracts thousands of visitors from all over the UK and beyond.
The first beer is SHEPLEY SPRING FESTIVAL ALE (3.8%), a light & refreshing session bitter, well hopped, giving a crisp and clean citrus fruity finish. This has been a real favourite at the previous festivals and sure to be drunk in copious quantities again this time.
The second specially brewed beer is SHEPLEY CRICKET CLUB BITTER (4.0%), a pale, golden bitter with a well-balanced initial sweet malt flavour and a subtle bitterness from the English Bramling Cross hops. Delicious!
Both beers will only be available in the Festival Club (Beer Tent!) on the main site, where they will be joined by two of Elland Brewery’s favourites, NETTLETHRASHER (4.4%) and the beautiful, fruity, dark ruby mild BORN TO BE MILD (3.7%). Incidentally, Shepley Cricket Club serves Elland Brewery beers throughout the year and is currently offering BARGEE in its Clubhouse.
For those wanting entertainment with their beer, the fun starts on the Thursday evening with a free night featuring three local acts led by Emily Druce’s Why & Wherefores.
Thereafter it is just £4.00 to enter the site (children U12 free) to enjoy top quality musicians from all over the world, as well as a host of other entertainment, craft stalls, children’s events and a food village. For the real music enthusiasts, it is possible to upgrade to watch the headline performers in the two five-hundred seater marquees.
The Festival is open from 5.00 pm on Friday 15 May, and from 10.00 am on the Saturday and Sunday and full details can be found on the website. (directions)
With thanks to Ian Watkinson of Shepley CC for supplying the above.