With the beer festival season now in full swing, the weekend saw another of the regular annual events take place at the Rose & Crown, Thurstonland hosting its fifth Thurstyfest. Licensee Richard Billington and his team were just adding the finishing touches to the bars on Friday morning and by opening time all was ready for action.
Around 35 beers were ready and waiting to be served by handpump with an equal number waiting in the wings to replace them. The well chosen list not only featured selections from great Yorkshire breweries such as Fernandes and Rat but also many from throughout the country. Beers had arrived from Cornwall to the North East, East Anglia to the North West and all points between plus some top choices from London, Scotland and Wales.
With the sun beating down, festival goers began to arrive to take cover in the shaded spots with their first selections in hand. Meals allayed hunger and fuelled the rumbling tummies including my own. All was set fair.
Due to other commitments I had to leave in mid-afternoon – if only I could have stayed longer. My favourite beer had to be Purple Moose Glaslyn – light and hoppy – just right for the baking hot weather.
Burton Bridge “Thomas Sykes Ale” was the bargain of the festival. A multi-award winning straw coloured dangerously drinkable fruity Old Ale weighing in at 10% ABV for only £3 a pint!!!
The festival continued until Sunday with something for everyone including a wide range of live music, a barbeque, a hog roast and a raffle in aid of the purchase of a special new bike for the disabled for the “Streetbikes” charity.