Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Spoons Festival Again

Tomorrow sees Wetherspoons open its doors to its annual beer festival, and if its previous festivals are anything to go by it should be well worth dropping in. It is not like other festivals the blog has featured. This one promises 50 real ales which are available throughout the companys estate between the 7th and the 25th April. Not all the beers are available at any one time in any one pub so to sample all 50 means several visits to 'Spoons' or visits to several of their outlets, which is quite a cunning marketing policy.

They have produced a comprehensive programme so that all 50 beers are showcased with tasting notes and the variety of hop used in each beer, along with informative articles on brewing and brewers.

In the selection are 6 beers either from abroad or brewed in England by guest foreign brewers which are also available at the festival. This year we have selections from Chicago and Hawaii, from the Czech republic and South Africa and closer to home, Belgium and Holland.

From England there are plenty of festival specials along with rarely seen seasonal beers that cover every style of beer, from the light hoppy bitter to the dark and flavoursome porters. Beers have been sourced from all corners of the UK and you may find offerings from Cornwall on the bar with beer from Scotland or the South East. Looking on the map, the greatest concentration of beer has come from the North West, but Yorkshire is showcased by Roosters, Saltaire, Daleside and Theakstons.
Not the greatest selection of local breweries but decent enough.

So, if you have a bit of time to spare, call down at the Cherry Tree in Huddersfield, or the Richard Oastler in Brighouse, or the Barum Top in Halifax and take a look. All have about 10 pumps so there should be something to suit every palette, and at less than £2 a pint should not break the bank.

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