I spent the second half of Saturday afternoon using the 202 bus route from Huddersfield to Leeds to visit a couple of beer venues in the Heavy Woollen area of Kirklees.
My first stop was the CAMRA award winning Old Colonial Club in Mirfield where the Ale For Heroes Beer Festival was taking place. Eight cask beers were on sale on my visit:
Thwaites Highwayman 4.0% ABV
70th Dunkirk Spirit – Mystery Brewery 3.8% ABV
Hardy Hansons Vintage 1832 4.6% ABV
Cottage King Arthur Full Steam Ahead 4.3% ABV
Copper Dragon Best Bitter 3.8% ABV
Copper Dragon Freddie Trueman 4.0% ABV
White Rose Stairway To Heaven 4.3% ABV
Great Newsome Holderness Dark 4.3% ABV
I sampled most of the beers and found all to be of excellent quality. Of particular interest was the mystery brewery beer but I was not able to guess who the brewer was!
A while later I was back on the bus and having travelled through Dewsbury I arrived at the Fox and Hounds at Hanging Heaton located next to the legendary cricket club. This is a Punch pub run by enterprising licensee Rachel Martin. Four cask beers were on sale as follows:
Tetley Cask at 3.7%
Rudgate Ruby Mild 4.4%
York Guzzler 3.6% ABV
Acorn Darkness 4.2% (on special offer at a bargain £2 / pint)
Again all were in fine fettle and I can agree that the recent CAMRA Pub of the Season Award is well deserved.
As I left to take the bus back to Leeds I noticed the coming next list – Old Mill Blonde Bombshell, Idle Sod & Roosters IPA.
Altogether a great afternoon in appalling weather.