Saturday, May 07, 2016

East vs West Fest starts in Wakefield this Thursday


As Timbo pointed out in a recent post - mid May is awash with festivals.
On Thursday evening the four-day East vs West Fest gets underway in Wakefield.
On Friday it is the turn of the Three Pigeons in Halifax 
The following week The Navigation, Mirfield is hosting a festival from Thursday, May 19 as is The Rat and Ratchet in Huddersfield.
Then following day The Sportsman and The Star are joining the festival circuit until Sunday.
Returning to the first out of the blocks, the East vs West Festival at The Red Shed will feature 19 handpulled beers from Yorkshire and Lancashire.
The White Rose collection are collaborations featuring organiser Malcolm Bastow, of Five Towns Brewery.
The Lancashire representatives are brewers who are based underneath arches in Manchester.
The beer list is being teased out on Twitter by @FBrewery bit by bit, but this is what we know so far.
Lancashire: @firstchopale 'Pod' a 4.2% Vanilla Stout; @AlphabetBrewCo 'Hey Buddy' a 5% Ginger & Mango pale ale; @sixoclockbeer 'Archer Six O'clock'; @Blackjackbeers'May the 4th be Wit you' 6% manc brew dog collab; @RunawayBrewery "Summer Saison' 4.2%; @trackbrewco 'Mazama IPA' 5.5%; @BeerNouveau 'Peterloo' 4% Porter; @SQUAWKBrewingCo El Dorado IPA 6% IPA; @TicketyBrew Dampf bier 4.1% like a wheat beer but barley.
The Yorkshire list, to date: Five Towns/Brown Cow Mammatus 4.5% orange wheat beer; Five Towns/@CapHouseBrewery Kol 4.3% fruit mild; @northridingbrew / Five Towns collab Rum & Raisin mild 4.2%; @RatBrewery / Five Towns collab Rat Out 5.8% Rye IPA. There are few more to come too.
It all starts at 6pm on Thursday, May 12. On Friday and Saturday it is open from noon to 11pm. On Sunday it runs from 1pm to 6pm to tie in with the final day of the Premier League football.
Tickets cost £5 and include a souvenir glass and a half-pint token. The festival is raising money for Candlelighters and Newton Hill Cricket Club.
The festival venue, The Red Shed is downhill from Wakefield Cathedral and is about ten minutes from Westgate Station and a bit less from Kirkgate Station.

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