Beer festivals are coming as thick and fast as today’s snowflakes. If you can get to them safely there are at least six ale showcases in the next week.
First up is The Nook’s Spring Beer festival in the centre of Holmfirth. There are 40 plus beers and a War of the Roses theme. It runs from today until Sunday.The Nook’s brewery, Milltown, Ossett, & Acorn etc are lining up against some of Lancashire finest like Leyden (Bury) and Allgates ( Wigan ). The trans-Pennine face off also extends to cider with Holmfirth’s Pure North (Deanhouse) going up against Dove Syke Cider from Clitheroe in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
If Holmfirth is too snow-clad for you then there is another Friday to Sunday alternative at Fernandes Brewery Tap in Kirkgate, Wakefield this weekend. The festival at the Avison Yard based ale house will feature 20 plus beers from its brewery downstairs.
Then on Thursday (March 28) Wakefield CAMRA’s reigning pub of the year, The Junction at Castleford, will host a three-day festival featuring “at least 20 beers from the wood”. Expect nine beers on opening day and more on Friday and Saturday. No beer list as yet but Ridgeside (Meanwood, Leeds) and Five Towns (Outwood, Wakefield ) are popular brews at the pub on Carlton Street , which is just a few minutes walk from Castleford railway station.
Another CAMRA pub king champ – The Old No7, Barnsley – will host a test-match of beer from Thursday to Easter Monday. The pub on Market Hill, which has won back-to-back Barnsley CAMRA POTY awards and was runner up in Yorkshire competition, will be serving over 30 cask ales and lagers, plus cider, perries and bottled beer.
There are also festivals at The Old Ship at Brighouse, a four-dayer from Thursday. And The Old Cock at Otley is spreading its festival over five days from Thursday, with beers from Newcastle and Sheffield .
So that’s beers from Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Newcastle all in the space of six days.