A mystery test brew on Slaithwaite Moonraker Beer Festival's beer list has piqued my curiosity.
The Bloke from Hull sent me an email last week containing a flyer and tasting notes for the festival, which starts on Thursday.
I was a bit snowed under at the time and didn't really register his "Note No 29!" clue despite it being in bold red.
Well, I revisited the email today and it said: "29. Test Brew 1, Bridge, Holmfirth, 4.0%. A lightly hopped refreshing ale, First brew for this new brewery."
I've been unable to find anything out about Bridge Brewery, of Holmfirth, online. I can only speculate that it might somehow be connected to the The Bridge in nearby Holmbridge, which is due to open in late November, according to twitter.
That's the sister pub to Brambles in Holmfirth, run by Jonny Holmes. He has Slaithwaite connections, having run The Commercial and The Swan at Crimble. So what better place to debut a new beer?
Unfounded guesswork or Holmesian deduction? We will have to wait and see. I do like a good mystery...
Slaithwaite Moonraker Beer Festival, at the Conservative Club on Britannia Road, runs from Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16.
Session times are shown on the poster above, please click to enlarge.
Here's the beer list for Slawit:
1. American Pale Ale, Milltown, Huddersfield. 3.9%. Straw colour, American Hops, Citrus and grapefruit aroma. Crisp with a clean refreshing bitterness.
2. Amerillo Gold, *Thirstin Brewhouse, Honley 4.5%. Pale Hoppy American style.
3. Baby Blonde, Nook, Holmfirth, 3.8%. Pale and brilliantly refreshing ale with citrus notes, lighter than Nook Blond, still quenches your thirst.
4. Bosun's Whistle, *Bosun's, Horbury, 4.3%. Golden coloured, fruity well rounded ale, using New Zealand Hops.
5. Centennial, Mallinsons, Huddersfield 3.9%. Pale blonde with a citrus hop nose, bitter citrus hop taste and long dryish finish.
6. Commerciale, Empire, Slaithwaite, 3.8%. Pale golden ale, fruity, slightly spicy with orange citrus notes.
7. Cophill Best, Gooseye, Keighley 3.9%. Rose and Crown (Slaithwaite) special. A fine "session" ale.
8. Curious Pale Ale, Magic Rock, Huddersfield 3.9%. Original Pale Ale. The U.S. Hops give a floral, 'grassy' aroma with citrus flavours.
9. Farmers Blonde, Bradfield, Sheffield 4.0%. very pale, brilliant blonde beer has citrus/summer fruit aromas making it an extremely refreshing ale.
10. Farmers Brown Cow, Bradfield, Sheffield, 4.2%. Deep chestnut coloured ale,smooth creamy head, citrus taste gives way to a long dry finish.
11. Golden Arrow, Fernandes, Wakefield 4.2%. A well balanced golden beer with large amounts of target hops giving a full crisp flavour.
12. Guzzler, York, York, 3.6%. Golden beer with well balanced hops and malt against a background of fruitiness.
13. Holystone, Empire, Huddersfield, 4.3%. Pale & hoppy Ale
14. Howling Fox, Slightly Foxed, Sowerby Bridge, 3.5%. Pale with hoppy notes, clean dry flavour and full hop aromas, using blend of New Zealand hops.
15. Katy's Blonde, OMB, Sowerby Bridge, 3.6%. Blonde multi-hopped bitter, fruity flavours and aromas. Surprisingly full-bodied for its strength.
16. Maiden Voyage, *Bosun's, Horbury, 3.9%. Chestnut brown, traditional Northern English Ale. SIBA North East Bronze award for standard bitter.
17. Moonraker Mild, Empire, Slaithwaite, 3.8%. Award winner from the Oktoberfest 2013.
18. Pale Trevale, Golcar, Huddersfield, 4.2%. Light hoppy refreshing pale ale.
19. Porter, Golcar, Huddersfield, 5.0%. Robust working man's porter.
20. Pure Gold, Partners, Dewsbury. 3.5%. Easy drinking copper coloured session beer, combining four different malts.
21. Quick Brown Fox, Slightly Foxed, Sowerby Bridge, 4.5%. Brown as Autumn, deep malt flavours balanced with the earthiness of English hops.
22. Rapture, Magic Rock, Huddersfield, 4.6%. Full bodied Red 'hoppy' Ale brewed with 5 types of malt and 6 types of hops.
23. Rescue Red, Nook, Holmfirth, 3.8%. Slightly malty with a subtle hoppy after-taste and a flowery aroma.
24. S.P.A. (Session Pale Ale), Mallinsons, Huddersfield, 4.0%. Pale with a fresh hoppy aroma, medium bitterness and citrus notes, and good hoppy finish.
25. Saltaire Blonde, Saltaire, Bradford, 4.0%. A straw coloured light ale with soft malt flavours, delicately hopped with Czech/German hop varieties.
26 Sherbert Lemon, Riverhead, Marsden, 4.0%. Light and refreshing Lager colour clear wheat beer flavoured with lemon grass & Lime leaves.
27. Signal Light, *Settle, Settle, 3.4%. Delicate pale coloured, it boasts a subtle blend of fruit and spice flavours with zingy citrus overtones.
28. Stout 13, OMB, Sowerby Bridge, 4.1%. Stout brewed for rugby league world cup, full of complex flavours coming from the blend of five malts.
29. Test Brew 1, *Bridge, Holmfirth, 4.0%. A lightly hopped refreshing ale, First brew for this new brewery.
30. Thirstin4it, *Thirstin Brewhouse, Honley, 4.0%. Golden session bitter.
31. Up and Under, Ossett, Ossett, 3.8%. Ruby red ale made with British Fuggles. Spicy hop aromas & full bodied roast malt flavour.
32. White Rat, The Rat, Huddersfield, 4.0%. Pale 'hoppy' Ale, from Maris Otter malt-3 American hops produce an aromatic and resinous finish.
* Denotes new brewery for 2013.