Saturday, February 08, 2014

Forthcoming beer festivals (Feb & March)

White Cross 2014 beer festival list
The Bloke from Hull has been in touch to tell us about some forthcoming beer festivals.
The lists he sent were impressive, ranging from local to far flung and from now until August.
I'll just pick a few out that caught my eye.
White Cross Inn beer festival, Bradley Road, Bradley Huddersfield. February 13 to 15. Thursday and Friday sessions 6pm to 11pm, Saturday noon to 11pm.
The BFH also got in touch yesterday with the White Cross beer list, which I think will please people who like their beers a darker side of pale. (Please see Tim's post at the top of the blog roll re Lower Quarry Brewery's Bradley Dark)
There are a few pales like Scarbourough Brewery's Snowy Bay, a 4.1% winter pale brewed with citra and centennial, and Cross Bay's Zenith IPA 5%. This Morecambe based brewery proved quite a regular sight on the Huddersfield beer festival circuit last summer.
But what grabbed my eye were the range of ales from golden to dark. From McMullen's Brewery's amber AK 3.7% (a long established Hertfordshire brewery and pub company) to Bragdy Mantle Brewery's Dark Heart 5.2% porter (from Cardigan in Wales).
The following week is The National Winter Ales Festival, which has now moved from Manchester to Derby. It's at The Roundhouse, Pride Park, near Derby Railway Station, from February 19-22. Wednesday's session is from 4pm to 11pm. It's 11am to 11am for the rest of the event but please note some days are split into two sessions.    
The event overlaps Bradford Beer Festival (February 20-22) at Victoria Road, Saltaire, and a charity beer festival at Ossett Town Hall (Friday and Saturday evenings, 7pm to 12am) which is run buy Denby Dale District Lions Club (February 21-22).
Into March we have SIBA Beer X (March 12-15) at Ice Sheffield, which coincides with Leeds CAMRA Beer Festival at Pudsey Civic Hall (March 13-15).
Also on that weekend is another event run by the busy Denby Dale Lions. This time they are back on home soil at The Pie Hall on Wakefield Road (March 14-15).
I'll round this off with one of my favourites: The Star Inn's Spring Beer Festival.  This five-day pub festival runs from 5pm Wednesday, March 19 to closing time on Sunday, March 23 at Folly Hall, Huddersfield.
If that's whetted your beer appetite then wait until you see the April list!

Here are some links if you are looking for more information, like ticket availability:
National Winter Ales Festival
SIBA Beer X Shefffield: 
Leeds CAMRA Beer Festival: 
Denby Dale District Lions events

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