The Barge & Barrel in Elland will be offering cask ales from its own microbrewery from August 14. The Punch Taverns pub has undergone a large-scale refurbishment and the attached microbrewery, which has always been one of the pub’s unique selling points, has been incorporated back into the pub.
Since re-opening the pub in November 2011, lessees Greg and Eddie have built a loyal cask ale following in the pub and are now taking the business further by introducing the long-awaited micro brewery ales.
Eddie, who has previously won awards for his cask creations, said: "We were looking for a site with real ale potential, where we could brew to our own award-winning recipes. Having spent a year assessing customers’ tastes and completely renewing all the brewing kit required for this style of operation, the ales will be launched on August 14."
The pub will now offer three cask-conditioned ales, which are brewed according to the tried and tested recipes and will be sold exclusively at the Barge & Barrel. Real ale aficionado and licensee, Andrew Firth, said "Our drinks offer at the Barge & Barrel is second to none in the area, and I get a lot of great feedback regarding the quirky choice of beers I select for our discerning customers. The addition of our own brews is the icing on the cake."
The food operation, which complements the offer at this cosy canal-side pub, is run by a well-known local operator, with a great following. The traditional home-made pub food is very popular, especially Shirley’s Roast Beef Sunday Roast. Buffets can be ordered for all occasions in the function room.
Punch Taverns’ senior partnership development manager, Heike Funke, said: "This is an excellent example of a traditional pub going from strength to strength. With its cosy open fires, great ales and quality food as well as facilities such as the function room, this is a pub of the future. We wish the owners and their team at the Barge & Barrel all the best."