Even though the summer is drawing to a close, the range of beer festivals in our area is showing no signs of slowing up with plenty to keep us going throughout September. We have selected just a few to whet your appetite.
This weekend sees the Reindeer Festival, at Overton near Wakefield, easily accessible from Huddersfield on the 232 bus. It opens at 5pm on Friday but is open all day Saturday and Sunday. Around 30 beers will be available, mostly local breweries, with some promised from the new Cap House Brewery and the fairly difficult to find Imperial Brewery from Mexborough. (map)
The following weekend promises several festivals. The Navigation at Mirfield, just round the corner from the railway station, starts their autumn festival on Thursday evening with full day opening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Around 30 beers will be on offer, all handpulled and cellar cooled. (map)
Friday evening and all day Saturday also sees a festival at the Saltaire brewery in Shipley. It starts at 4pm on Friday which is ticket only, but Saturday is pay on the door. The £5 entry fee gets you a glass, programme and your first pint. (map)
Should you wish to stay closer to home then there is a festival on that weekend, (Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th) in the courtyard of the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Queen Street in Huddersfield with 20 beers promised, along with studio tours, artist performances and Caribbean food. This is sponsored by The Sportsman, so expect to find some of their beers there. (map)
If cider is more your thing, The Hop in Leeds is having a cider and music festival between Friday 16th and Sunday 18th with around 25 ciders and perrys on offer. (map)
This is just small selection of what is available, so get out there and enjoy them. I am sure we will.