It was not really part of my planning for the weekend to call at 'The Drop Inn' Festival in Elland, but circumstances meant I managed a quick visit yesterday afternoon. The pub is one of the Ossett Brewery chain, and probably the one most overlooked due to its location. But this GBG entry is a nice little back street beerhouse, which is larger than it looks from the outside and boasts a pleasant outdoor drinking area.
As for the festival - well I found that a little disappointing. There were around 15 beers available from the list at any one time, all handpulled and served from the bar itself at £2.50 a pint. No entry fee and no festival glasses, but on my visit the range of beers was nothing out of the ordinary for a 'ticker'. It should cover everyone's taste though, from Elland's '1872 Porter' down to Woodforde's 'Wherry' with Kelham Island 'Pale Rider' and Roosters 'Elderflower' thrown in the mix.
I settled down with a Wensleydale 'White Heather', an unremarkable beer, and my companion with the 'Wherry', which I have tasted on better form. I followed this with Mauldens 'Dickens', an old beer that I rarely see, though a little too malty for my taste, followed by Amber Ales 'Summer Bock' which was just weird. Sadly, neither of the Citra-hopped beers from Oakham and Acorn were on the bar, nor the Saltaire 'Cheeky Kriek' which had the description 'pink' in the programme.