Another scorcher and another decent turn out for the second day of Dewsbury's festival of World Cup beer. Before I comment on the ale, it was interesting to note last night the names of three breweries that metaphorically 'dived in the box' by rebadging their entries. I understand that this happens quite frequently, especially at themed fests, but with the exception of my colleague I don't think too many present were screaming for a red card!
In such warm conditions my natural instinct is to avoid rich dark beer, and familiar ale from Cropton & Rudgate (TTIAO was Ruby Mild apparently) was overlooked in favour of easy-drinking specials from Mallinsons & Leeds (the latter being very similar to the excellent Midnight Bell).
Pale beers with attitude such as Ossett's Sup Up (6%) & Summer Wine's IPA (6.6% - not listed but on the main bar) were almost barley wine like in their heady, sweet complexity and better drinks at this 'pushing it' strength were the marvellous Moonshine cider & delicious Broadoak perry. I'm not normally a fan but these are great alternatives to beer when the sun's belting down!
I had high hopes for the Abbeydale & Nook offerings, expecting they might give White Rose & Phoenix some competition but was disappointed by both - the Abbeydale in particular as the brewery have been a firm favourite for many years. The Roosters was one of the rebadges (YPA I was told) and a perfect beer for the occasion but couldn't quite match the Salamander with it's interesting fresh outdoor flavours.
With changeable conditions set to spoil the remainder of the weekend it's unlikely I'll be back to finish off but this has been another resounding success and it's a big well done to Sarah & Lisa for their organisation and hard work.