The residents of Huddersfield must be the most spoiled people in the country as every weekend seems to throw up another beer festival to visit - and in the case of this weekend, two. I have already written about the Star fest, another great success, but running alongside was the first festival at the Rose and Crown, Thurstonland.
The pub itself has already featured on the blog, being revitalised under the umbrella of the Brass Monkey brewery but this was its first attempt at a festival, and a pretty decent job they made of it. The set up was much the same as the very successful Monkeyfest, (sorry Festa, never managed to make that this year !!) with 20 beers on handpull served in an outside bar, a hog roast and live music inside the pub where another 7 beers were provided on the bar.
It seemed the whole village had come to take part when we visited on Sunday. I was advised that some of the beers had already run off and been replaced on Saturday though twenty were still available outside when we arrived. The beers inside the pub included several Brass Monkeys, including the superb 'Son Of Silverback' but outside the selection came from far and wide with the majority being unusual to the area - many being sourced from the Gloucestershire area.
I came across breweries such as Battledown and Prescott which were both new to me. Beers from Coastal, Severn Vale and Nailsworth, from Malvern Hills and Penzance and even a foray into Wales with Rhymney and Felinfoel being showcased. Local stars Abbeydale and Ossett had also made their way into the list.
Of the few I tried all were in good form, and very acceptable but the star of the show in all our opinions, (seemed to be a good excuse for an editorial meeting !!) was the Salopian 'Prohibition' made with American hops and bursting with flavour.
Another good festival and a credit to those who organised it, just a shame they could not control the weather, as drinking outside under a gazebo which occasionally tipped water into the beer was not ideal !! Can just draw breath now before next weeks festival at Hall Bower.