Despite losing a couple of barrels in action i.e. 144 pints of ale all over the floor!!!, there is still plenty to go round All beers racked, settling and chilling ready for Thursday.
As many of you know our theme bar this year is to honour the fantastic Dewsbury Rugby League team that won the 1973 Championship.
However we are also taking this opportunity to honour one of our town’s famous players who was Arthur Keegan, who began his career with Dewsbury Celtic.
Arthur signed for Hull FC in 1958 and went on to star for the team for 23 years. In that time he played for England and Great Britain, including touring Australia and New Zealand.
He later transferred to Bramley where he enjoyed further success as “Player-Coach” and led the club to the BBC Floodlit Trophy. He eventually finished his career at Batley where he was forced to retite through injury.
The Sportsman Brewing Company , Huddersfield, have produced this big IPA, coming in at 6.8% abv, packed with cascade and pacific gem hops in honour of Arthur , who was the uncle of the brewer Julian Hodgson.
This beer is a fitting powerful tribute to a man who was respected as one of the game’s outstanding Full-backs.
This cider is produced at this iconic CAMRA pub by Landlord, Charlie Newman, is very rarely available outside the pub as they can sell easily all they can make however thanks to the efforts of John Philips, our Cider Bar Manager, we have managed to acquire 20 litres for our bar. However we do recommend that you get here early as this cider will quickly sell out!!
Also available on this bar will be Ciders and Perries from Glamorgan, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and of course Yorkshire.
To see the full list visit the ales page.
A good day by a fantastic team
The Timepiece in Dewsbury and The Union Rooms, Batley are two of Wetherspoons pubs that always have a selection of Real Ales and Ciders for the discerning drinker. They have an excellent guide to what real ale is on one of their websites.
They are a multi-award winning craft brewery in the Yorkshire spa-town Of Ilkley. Founded in 2009 they are uncompromising in their mission to brew innovative beers packed with flavour and character. They pride ourselves on hand brewing in a traditional way, but fused with magical hops sourced from all over the world. Now housed in a new brewery in the centre of Ilkley they can build on our growing reputation as brewers of excellence. See the website for more information.
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Nestled in the Holme Valley lies The Pure North Cider Press. Producing the finest natural cider from a blend of traditional cider apples. Fermented naturally and full of anti-oxidants, their ciders are lovingly nurtured, pressed by hand and delivered with care.
The apples are picked and processed on site. They use a carefully chosen blend of cider apples which gives the cider a better flavour. The cider can be cloudy – that is because it is naturally produced and full of goodness. The apple orchard at Pure North has been prepared and newly planted to produce the very best cider apples.
For more information please visit their website
The New Inn in Robettown is a true village pub with a real local community spirit. Crowned Heavy Woollen CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013, the New Inn is a free house with a selection of excellently kept real ales, lagers and everything else you’d expect from a traditional village pub.
However, there’s a hidden gem in the form of their microbrewery which creates its own delicious range of beers to suite all real ale palates. Regular beers also include Abbeydale Moonshine, Leeds Best and Mallinsons Bobtown blond – brewed specially for the pub and named by one of its regulars.
As part of the Campaign for Real Ale the Dewsbury and Heavy Woollen branch decided to organise a tasting event to thank the people who joined at our last beer festival and also to show our appreciation to our female members for their support in what is a growing sector of the Beer Drinking Market.
We had nearly 40 people, the vast majority of them ladies, joined us at Dewsbury Town Hall for a Beer Tasting afternoon with Annabel Smith from Cask Marque. Annabel is renowned in the Brewing and Pubs Industry for her expertise and recently became one of the first women to qualify as a Beer Sommelier by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Annabel gave a presentation on the history of brewing and beer in this country and then gave the guests a brief talk on how beer is brewed and kept in pubs.
After the discussion Annabel then paired three different styles of beer(A traditional Yorkshire Bitter, a pale hoppy beer and a Stout) with three different cheeses and three different chocolates to demonstrate how these food types changed the way the beers tasted. The guests were then asked to vote for their favourites and interestingly all 3 beers had their supporters.
The event lasted approximately two hours and was deemed by the audience to be an enjoyable afternoon. As a branch we are keen to encourage new members and events like these are an integral part in growing the Real Ale Industry , supporting our local pubs and making sure we have sufficient staff to support our annual Beer Festival at the Town Hall. This year it is from the 16th to the 18th May and we would love to our numbers continue as over the last 3 year we have had nearly 200 new members join at our event.