Friday, June 05, 2009

West Riding Summer Fest

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to get the new season off to a flier than by enjoying a little alfresco supping at one of our favourite local festivals.

Last year's Beer-jing event at the West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms in Dewsbury's railway station was a premature sell-out and the combination of an interesting and varied beer menu, quality live entertainment and excellent food looks set to be repeated again this weekend.

Full details including the beer list on the pub's website.

In the interests of blogging, most of the editiorial team met up on Friday afternoon to sample the festival and sink the odd pint or three. The festival was held outside the pub as on previous occasions with the 20 beers mostly served on gravity dispense with a small number on handpull from a makeshift bar.

The problem with the outside venue is that you can soon fall victim to the weather, and was I glad that I took Will's advice,(he is not only good at spotting birds, tasting beer but he can spot the arrival of rain and time it to the minute!!!), and found a seat under the shelter.

The beers came from far and wide and drew enthusiasts from a distance too. It was a good festival for 'tickers' and during the day I spotted Pete Collins from Rotherham,(the vicar!!), Hayden from Chesterfield, Gary from Lytham, and Hutch from Manchester to name but a few. As the beer, it was a mixture of new and old favourites.

Harviestoun 'Bitter & Twisted' rubbed shoulders with Empire 'Eccles', Mauldens 'Micawber Mild' with Phoenix 'Earthquake', Leeds 'Samba' with Durham 'Sunstroke' (unlikely in view of the weather !!).

Between us we sampled many of the offerings, my personal favourite was Mallinsons 'Requenched', a 3.8% beer packed with hop flavour from American Cascade hops. However, all the beers we tried were good and I only found one disappointment.

If you have nothing better to do this wet weekend then why not hop on the train and have a look at a well run, and well patronised beer festival.

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