To all those people who were desperate to read what the second beer of the year was I apologise, (but it wasn't really my fault..blame windows ..) enough said !!!
However, because I feel that we ought not to short change you, you can have 2 for the price of 1 - in blog terms anyway - if you try it at a bar I am not sure it would be appreciated.
Cloudwater are one of our breweries from over in the dark side. They have been brewing since Feb 2015 in central Manchester and have been producing plenty of interesting cask beers. They went through a phase of brewing beers for all seasons (often with spring/summer, or autumn/winter) combined. And beers of all styles but I preferred their hoppy beers. Light and fresh, interesting but not overly hopped. The same cannot be said of some of their keg products.
They brew some seriously good key keg beers. Their DIPA range is exceptionally good, but sadly exceptionally strong. The range started at v1 and the latest in the range is DIPA v10 , a mere 9.0% and available at the moment at The Victoria,Halifax. As DIPA suggests it is not shy on the hop front with a massive hit of complex tastes. Admittedly not for all, but worth a third just for the experience.
However, sadly, the cask beer on the bar at Grove is a swansong. It is believed to be the last cask Cloudwater beer, and pretty good it is too. Winter Sessions 'Centennial/Chinook' is a 4.5% light bitter. Very pleasant, not too hoppy but with a fresh twist. A shame they have stopped brewing cask, in my humble opinion, but the brewers know best. It is excellent, and the best beer on the bar, if not one of the best beers in the town. A sad day, but we can always console ourselves with their keg beers.
In case it disappears quickly a new beer on the bar at the Star shortly should be Horbury 5 Hop. A combination of American and Australian hops I believe, and the word on the grapevine is that it is well worth a try, I will keep you posted.