Tuesday, January 07, 2014

West Riding celebrates 20th birthday

The West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms is celebrating its 20th birthday in style.
The pub on Dewsbury Train Station, part of the TransPennine Real Ale Trail, is hosting a light supper with a 1994 vs 2014 beer line up tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6pm.
I'm intrigued by what we were all supping 20 years ago. I wasn't much of a beer drinker back then and just have hazy memories of sampling Olde English malt liquor and Sapporo as an exchange student in America. But I digress.
Back to Dewsbury 2014. The WRLRR facebook page today informs us: "Tomorrow is our 20th Birthday!!! We'll have a special birthday beer on that our staff members Jim and Adam helped brew at Great Heck, as well as two other beers brewed specially for our birthday by Fernandes and The Brew Company
"Also other beers on the bar from Magic Rock, Roosters, Batemans and Black Sheep. Who's coming to help us celebrate??"
Then on Friday there is live music from Eric The Viaduct & friends from 8pm.
I must confess, I haven't been to the West Riding for about a year but have happy memories of the place and the Ale Day Breakfast.
I think I first went in shortly before James May's & Oz Clarke's Drink to Britain TV programme brought the award-winning pub to national attention in 2009.
But I haven't done the ale trail since its well documented problems.
However, I won't let that cloud my judgement and I really must pay The West a visit to wish it a very Happy Birthday.

Our anniversary beers on sale from tomorrow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

20 years ago the West was pretty much a Bateman's house. I think there was an arrangement for Tetley to distribute round here in return for Bateman's delivering Tetley in Lincs. (You probably had Tetley in the West too). The West was a must visit for the beer, Bateman's was rarely seen locally. The Tetley/Batemans deal ended and the West had to find their beer elsewhere. Durham ales arrived, Mike Field brewed his own (Anglo-Dutch)and then the Yorkshire beer revolution started.