Last Friday a group of hardy individuals met up in Wetherspoons in Huddersfield for a trip into the unknown - well may be not quite the unknown but the third Lytham Beer Festival. Fortified by breakfast we set off by minibus for the Lancashire coast, arriving there to see a long queue snaked outside the Lowther Pavilion, the venue for the next few hours sampling. It's a large single roomed venue, with most beers on stillage around the walls plus a few handpumps and tables set up in the middle of a room that seems to double as a concert hall.
Armed with tokens and beer lists we set about our task. We all had different agendas, some starting with the new breweries, some with old favourites etc, with me being one of the former and kicking off with 'Ironman' from Liverpool Organic. A very pleasant hoppy beer that soon took the edge off our 90 minute bus trip. Settling in and reading the beer list in more detail revealed another new brewery, Brew House from Lancashire, though their 'Bitter', another 3.8%, was not as hoppy or memorable as the first.
The group were all sampling different beers but as the day progressed we all agreed that the Meantime 'London Pale' was a winner, a very complex beer for a 4.3%. Some remained on this for a while, but in an attempt to sample as many beers as possible I tried offerings from Fuzzy Duck, Hidden, Art Brew and Roosters, along with others. All were acceptable but none reached the heights of the wonderful Meantime.
All too soon it was time to go, and we left a packed hall to their sampling and made our way back to Huddersfield via the Church Inn at Uppermill (which will be subject of a pub profile in the near future) and disembarked at the Star. On the bar were 11 pints of light hoppy beer to greet us, (that's the advantage of mobile phones!!) and those of us that stayed for a while were treated to a new beer from Mallinsons, their 'Indian Pale Ale' - and very good it was too.
A good day out, plenty of interesting beers, and good company. All that needs to be said now is thanks to Chris and Jane for organising it and Mick, the driver for his patience. Looking forward to next year.