Thursday, May 27, 2010
"Based in Thurstonland, Huddersfield we want to bring the brilliant Yorkshire ales from small independent breweries to a national audience. We are proud to stock Brass Monkey Bitter - exclusive in bottles to Potter's - and plan to expand our range in the coming months. Unlike some other online retailers, we wanted a less corporate and a more personal feel to the ale buying experience, so that it's less like filling a trolley at a hypermarket and more like popping in to a small Yorkshire Real Ale store."
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The 202 Leeds-Huddersfield bus stops outside. (map)
The Sun at Flockton is reportedly staging a mini beer festival at it's annual Flockstock bash this weekend, but no details are available on their website at the moment.
Russ Beverley of Empire Brewing in Slaithwaite and John Broadbent from Golcar Brewery will be the special guests and your £10 ticket will give you the opportunity to sample several beers, ask questions and enjoy a great plate of hot food afterwards.
A lot to live up to after Mallinsons but I'm sure it will be enjoyable never
the less. Sam.
Tickets priced at £5 are now on sale for The Grove's Meet the Brewer night next Tuesday (1st June) featuring Thornbridge Brewery.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I'm glad to say that the old place is very much as I remember it, with ornate ceiling and unbreachable stage intact - the latter being a necessary feature in those days - but though I've long since swapped my Fender Telecaster for some rudimentary beer knowledge (a step in the wrong direction?), the nerves were nevertheless jangling as I trod the boards once more.
CAMRA's Mike Roebuck introduces special guest Daisy Claeys (middle)
Being invited to take part in the judging at the first festival to be held here since the seventies was a great privilege (thank you Sarah & Ros) and as with all these events it's as much about the people as it is the ale. Our eclectic team, headed up by special guest Daisy Claeys (Belgium's answer to the late Michael Jackson), unanimously saw Fernandes' wonderful 'Rum For Cover' past the post first ahead of the exceptional 'Niamh's Nemesis' from Five Towns of Wakefield, a stunning IPA of Jaipur magnitude. In the bronze medal position was Leeds Midnight Bell, the brewery's most consistent, though increasingly rare, flagship ale.
Last minute preparations before the doors open for the trade session
I should point out that the available seventy beers had been whittled down overnight (a thankless task I'm sure!) to just eight for the purposes of our judging, so if any one's wondering why (for example Tim) the wondrous Mallinsons Simcoe hasn't featured - it ain't my fault! In fact a host of classy ales are undoubtedly still waiting to be uncovered here, and that, amongst many other good reasons, is why I'll be back again tomorrow!
Still shrouded in white sheeting (no jokes about ghost towns please!), Dewsbury Town Hall buildings have never been such a prominent landmark, and whilst I can only speculate as to what's happening to the exterior, inside it's all about Yorkshire ale!
Approximately 70 beers from around the county (full list on the festival website) will be available from this afternoon until Saturday night, accompanied by a wide variety of entertainment including local guitar heroes Ken Senior & Dave Clayton (in one or two of their various guises) and touring Australian singer-songwriter Emaline Delapaix.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday began with a quick beer fix in town down at the friendly Vulcan (always good for an interesting, keenly priced independent beer). Up at Golcar it was Lily Day where the whole village take part in a wonderful festival. Make a note for next year! At the brewery it was open day and it was all action with superb expert brewery tours, Stockport Morris dancing, barbecue, local and general book sale, and Radio Golcar! John Broadbent's beers were going down well and I seized the opportunity to have a couple of pints of mixed - lovely stuff. As I left I could not help thinking that it was going so well that it would be a great success and as I discovered later it was with all available beer fully supped!
I had a time out at the Halifax CAMRA Mayfest - a great couple of hours with many familiar faces from across Yorkshire. The only problem was the the return rail replacement bus gave us a satnav tour of Halifax several times before the driver realized that he ought to look at the road signs to escape!
Upon my return to Huddersfield, I decided to go up to the new pub at Kirkheaton, the "yeaton cask" (please note no Upper Case - my English teacher would have a fit!). The local ladies on the bus gave me a history lesson and said that the proper name is "Yetton". Previously the Junction, the pub now has a bright modern feel with several cask beers including a very nice, keenly priced mystery house beer - surely not John Smiths!
Sunday saw a visit to Holmfirth to the folk festival. The Nook had a couple of excellent new beers on - Cherry Stout 5.2%, Ginger 3.7% (lower gravity than before). Up (or is it down) at the cricket club beer festival there were just five beers left out of twenty. There had been a Saturday night blitz due to the folk festival but there was still enough choice and quality to delight the taste buds.
Back in town, I had an excellent pint of Holts Mild at the Head of Steam followed by a great pint and one of Sam's monster sausage sandwiches at the Sportsman - yum yum!
Altogether a great weekend yet again and my thanks go the owner of the Birkdale Guest house for the hospitality.
I'll be back!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The brewery commenced in 1858, moving five years later to its current premises. It is also the owner of 28 pubs which serve the Taylor's range. It is unusual to find all the beers brewed on the bar at once, but all the tied pubs have some of the core range available.
They are probably best known for their 'Landlord', a well hopped 4.3% bitter, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.This is also the base for their darker 'Ram Tam', which is almost black with more malty, and caramel undertones. The 'Best Bitter' is again not hard to find, and this is a 4% bitter, with a good hop and malt balance. The rest of their core range includes a light mild, 'Golden Best', at 3.5% which is a good quaffing ale, especially on a hot summer's day, and their 'Dark Mild' at the same strength which is a good example of the type.
Taylor's very rarely stretch outside these five beers. One occasionally finds their 'Porter' during the winter, and even more rarely a stronger beer called 'Havercake' at 4.7%.
No exactly a 'tickers' brewery but one that concentrates on what they do well and continues to produce excellent beers that are enjoyed far and wide.