For Further information contact the Festival Organiser Edward Lee
Festival [at] hxcalderdalecamra [dot] org
The brewers that we will be ordering from for the Festival – some brewing beers appearing for the first time or that have been specially produced for us. The images below show some of them along with links to their websites
Settle Brewing Company
Coming all the way from the Dales we thank Settle Brewing Company for providing Main Line Bitter for our Festival, Main Line Bitter as well as having an indisputable Railway themed name is a bitter that is a refreshing and delicately fruity beer, it carries with it a little bit of sweetness and the golden colour has just a hint of the promise of summer.
All the way from the West Country we are pleased to welcome this railway themed beer, It is a combination of citrus and cherry flavours with a bitter finish. The colour is a chestnut red and the beer is deceptively strong.
A Big thankyou to Prospect for supplying us with Nutty Slack a multi-award winning ebony dark mild with a smooth, smokey malty taste and bursting with the aromas of chocolate and roasted coffee. This beer was chosen for its name as it is named after a type of coal much prized for its slow-burning qualities.
Dancing Drake Brewery
We would like to thank Rachel Matthews of Dancing Duck Brewery, Derby for providing us with a cask of Dark Drake (4.5%), an award winning stout. The beer is described as follows -‘delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish’. A description to make you salivate. The festival staff can’t wait to try it.
We would like to thank James Salmon of Brunswick Brewing Company, Derby for delivering Dark Drake to the festival on behalf of Dancing Duck Brewery.
Microbrewery at Shiremoor brewing a range of flavours, including 'Workie Ticket', Champion Beer of Britain 1997.
This sturdy ale is consistently good from head to finish and while not overly rich offers a pleasant blend of caramel and chestnut flavours. With a hint of plum and raisin, a malty brew with a reddish orange colour. I found this quite an earthy ale with familiar toffee and caramel malt.
Workie ticket - nuisance or troublemaker (supposedly originated from men wanting to obtain their discharge from the Forces after the last war and who would thus misbehave or work their ticket in order to obtain a quicker de-mob. Hence, working your ticket, being awkward)
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery
A bit of a misnomer at a Railway themed beer festival - this beer is actually named after a cycling magazine ! However we are very pleased to obtain ths special ale described as a 4% deep golden in colour with Super citrusy floral aromas with a massive hop mouth feel. A Flowy Ale! Drink It, Read It. Brewed in conjunction with Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine
Humpty Dumpty Brewery
Thanks to our friends in Reedham, Norfolk for sending us one of their Railway Specials. Cheltenham Flyer A clean, crisp amber ale with a hint of malt at the start soon overtaken by a refreshing dry hop bitterness ABV: 4.6%. The name is also the name of a a Great Western Passenger service that for a few years claimed the world speed record for a Steam Train.
Not the right logo but all the way from Polling in West Sussex comes one of their regular beers Brighton Belle. Hammerpot Brewery is over 10 years old and has one many awards for their beers and now we are pleased to allow you to try this one. A Pale amber bitter with fresh floral hop notes along with spicy orange, crisp grapefruit and a hint of caramel. The beer is named after another famous named passenger train (or is it) ?
Not the right Logo but this is a Railway themed festival. We are delighted to welcome from Poling in West Sussex one of their beers - Brighton Belle. Another beer named after a named passenger train (or is it?) This beer is a Pale amber bitter with fresh floral hop notes a spicy orange, crisp grapefruit and a hint of caramel.
Great Orme Brewery
From Llandudno we are very pleased to get Red Dragon a light copper coloured ale which compliments the initial malt sweet taste with a balance of a trio of zesty hops finishing with a fruity bitter mouth-feel.
Hopefully named after the Red Dragon train that ran from Paddington to Carmarthen
Box Steam Brewery
Box Steam Brewery from Trowbridge in Wiltshire have agreed to supply a barrel of Piston Broke to tie in with our Railway Theme. A fine, full-bodied golden ale with a clean, refreshing bittersweet taste and a fruity, hoppy aroma. Piston Broke is mild in flavour but very good for a short session (a little strong for a long night), it has delicious malt characteristics and a smooth hoppy end.
Brentwood Brewing Company
We are pleased to announce that all the way from Essex Brentwood Brewing Company will be supplying Chocwork Orange - a deep chocolate, malty beer brewed with oranges to give it that extra pazazz and matured in old whisky barrels to create a classic ‘old ale’ style. Official Beer of the Book A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Revolutions Brewing Company
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival will be serving EP (3.9%) from The Revolutions Brewing Company at Whitwood, Castleford. The beer is a very pale, slightly sweet, session ale with spicy and lemon hop notes.
We would like to thank Matt Bell, Jonny Amoore and Simon Chandler at Slightly Foxed Brewery for supplying this as well as six other beers for the festival
Deeply Vale Brewery
Equilibrium (3.8%) will be available at Festival from the Deeply Vale Brewery in Bury, Lancashire. The beer is a finely balanced session ale which is pale in colour. It has a malty base topped with just the right amount of bitterness to complement its satisfying aroma.
The Ghost (3.7%) has been ordered for the festival and is brewed by Cryptic Ales in Stockport. This mild, which was launched at the Stockport Beer Festival, is described as ‘interesting and flavoursome’ and is superbly smooth with the added taste of hazelnuts.
The Captain Cook Brewery
The Captain Cook Brewery which is based at The White Swan in Stokesley, North Yorkshire will be providing an ale for the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The beer in question is Sunset (4%) which is a fairly pale and refreshing ale with an extremely smooth taste and citrusy back notes
The Ticketybrew Company
A speciality beer has been ordered from Tickety Brew in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. The beer, Jasmine Green Tea (3.8%), is a light ale with jasmine green tea phoenix pearls and lemon peel added to it. The combined taste creates a light and refreshing ale with a unique floral aroma and a special yeast provides a lovely sweetness while hop bitterness is complimented by fresh lemon rind.
Great Heck Brewing
Great Heck Brewing Company in Goole, North Yorkshire will be supplying the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with Mount Hood (4.5%), the latest edition to its single hop range. This golden ale is brewed with Mosaic hops and has a refined spicy aroma and a clean bitter taste.
We would like to thank Steph Mansfield at Great Heck for sourcing this and another five of the beers that will be served at the 2016 festival
Worsthorne Brewing Co Ltd
Rob Hockedy, Sales Manager at Worsthorne Brewery in Worsthorne, Burnley, has agreed to provide the festival with Collier’s Clog (5.5%), a strong pale ale which was christened in honour of Burnley's mining heritage. It is a lightly bittered beer which has a good balanced body and a citrus after-taste and has a character of its own. Collier's Clog drinkers are informed to ‘beware of the kick!’
Chin Chin Brewing Company
Chin Chin Brewing Company is a relatively new brewery in South Elmsall near Pontefract. The Head Brewer, David Currie, has agreed to provide the festival with one of his brand new beers. At the time of ordering, on the 26th August, the beer hadn’t even been given a name, but since that time has been named Campfire Session Pale (3.7%). The beer is a light, refreshing pale ale brewed with three US hops (chinook/cascade/ahtantum) giving a pleasing citrus hit and grapefruit bitterness. David states ‘I can imagine it would be good beer to have a couple of bottles of outside the tent at the end of a good summer day!!’
Around the World (4.9%) from Muirhouse Brewery in Ilkeston, Derbyshire will be available at the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Around the World is a strong hoppy pale ale with a dry clean finish
North Riding Brewery
Motueka (4.8%) from North Riding Brewery in East Ayton near Scarborough will be available at the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Motueka is a single hop New Zealand pale ale with flavours and aromas of lime and lemon.
Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield will be represented at the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival by Abbey Ale (5.5%). This pale and hoppy modern American-style IPA has a crisp and clean hop content with hints of lemon peel. It is described as having ‘a soft, gentle warming alcohol and a long lasting bitter aftertaste from dry hopping’.
Brass Castle Brewery
A speciality beer from Brass Castle Brewery in Malton, North Yorkshire will be served at the festival. This ale, Life’s a Beach (3.6%), is an unfined American-style wheat ale, with coconut notes from Sorachi Ace hops alongside tropical fruit flavours from Citra and Moaic hops. The added pineapple, mango and coconut is said to create ‘a full Pina Colada experience!’
Brightside Brewing Company
Amarillo (5%) from the Brightside Brewing Company in Radcliffe, Manchester will be available at the festival. This pale ale is brewed crystal and caramel malts and wheat to produce an ale which is a light amber colour and the complex malt profile compliments the use of just one hop variety. It is liberally hopped without being overwhelmingly bitter.
Irwell Works Brewery
Mike Jones, Brewery Manager at Irwell Works Brewery in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, has agreed to supply the festival with one of the brewery’s most popular beers, Steam Plate Best Bitter (4.3%). The brewery was highly recommended by a member of Oldham CAMRA and the beer was chosen because it fits in well with our railway theme. Steam Plate is a golden best bitter with a medium bitterness balanced with a slight sweetness. A slight nutty flavour is provided by amber malt and New Zealand Wakatu hops give it a pleasant aroma.
Track Brewing Company
Sam Dyson, the brewer at Track Brewing Company on Sheffield Street, Manchester will be supplying the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with Sonoma (3.8%). The beer recently appeared at the Great British Beer Festival and it has become so popular that Sam is struggling to keep up with demand. Sonoma is a golden ale which is brewed with Mosaic and Centennial hops and has been ‘designed to be a taste of sunshine with late citrus and juicy fruit aromas’.
Three B's Brewery
Martin Hall at Three B’s Brewery in Darwen, Lancashire has agreed to supply the Festival with a 3.6% dark mild, Stoker’s Slake. This beer made an appearance at the GBBF in early August and is described as a ‘well-rounded dark brown mild with dried fruit flavours in the long finish’. It has lightly roasted coffee flavours in the aroma and the initial taste.
Reedley Hallows Brewing Company
Multi-award winning, former Moorhouses Head Brewer, Peter Gouldsbrough, who now owns Reedley Hallows Brewing Company in Burnley will be supplying the festival with Filly Close Blonde (3.9%). This quaffable session ale is well-balanced; bitter and spicy with a good fruity finish. The beer has been sold in Hebden Bridge before and once sampled is very difficult to resist. If you like golden beers, this should certainly be marked down as a beer to sample at the festival.
Dunscar Bridge Brewery
Dunscar Bridge Brewery in Bolton is supplying the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with Dunscar Best Bitter. This distinct, smooth, traditional beer is lightly caramelised and distinctly hoppy with a slightly dry finish and has a range of aromas from wood and pine to soft fruits and coffee. Dunscar rarely venture across the Pennines into Yorkshire and this ale promises to be a real treat at the festival.
Adrian Chapman the brewer at Wishbone Brewery in Keighley has agreed to supply the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with ‘Bandit’, an American Pale Ale. The beer is described as a citrusy, hoppy, easy drinking summer session ale which is packed full of flavour. This beer recently appeared at the 2016 Great British Beer Festival and is one of Wishbone Brewery’s most popular ales.
Small World Beers
Dave Hill, the brewer at Small World Beers in Shelley, Huddersfield, has agreed to supply the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with a cask of the brewery’s award winning Thunderbridge Stout (5.2%). This traditionally dry stout incorporates roasted barley and is balanced with chocolate malt for slight sweetness. It is brewed with natural spring water and Challenger hops.
It is almost 50 years since J. Hey & Co. Ltd; Northbrook Brewery,
Wilson Square, Lumb Lane, Bradford was acquired by S. Webster & Sons
Ltd. Kathryn Hey is a descendent of the former brewer Joseph Hey and
has commissioned a beer which is currently being brewed by Darren
Marks, the Head Brewer at Bingley Brewery. The Hey Brewery recipes
unfortunately have not survived, but it is known that Saaz hops were
used by Hey’s Brewery. The beer that Darren is brewing is Hey’s Gold
(4.2%) which utilises Golden Promise malt and 5% pale crystal malt.
The hops being used are East Kent Goldings and a late hopping of East
Kent Goldings and Saaz for extra aroma. Currently the plan is to brew
Hey’s Gold in a small batch of 12-15 9 gallon casks. This beer will
probably be a limited edition and is a beer that is not to be missed
at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival..
Brunswick Brewing Company
James Salmon the brewer at Brunswick Brewing Company Ltd in Derby has agreed to supply one of his core beers for the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The beer, Railway Porter (4.3%), is described as a ‘black and lightly hopped old style English porter, very easy drinking with coffee notes and slight spices flavours at the finish’. The name of the beer obviously fits in well with this year’s railway theme.
We would like to thank James for re-arranging his other deliveries to ensure we receive the beer on time and for being prepared to transport the nine cask 92 miles from the Derby brewery to Hebden Bridge.
Barry Smith the brewer of Tigertops Brewery in Wakefield is brewing a brand new beer for our Festival. The beer is Union Pacific (around 4.9%) which is said to be ‘a golden ale brewed using a range of New Zealand and American West Coast hops’. The strength is not certain because the beer hasn’t been brewed yet (now 8/8/2016), but Barry assures us that it will be ready in time for our Festival. The name of the beer, and the fact that it is new, has attracted us to it as Union Pacific is the biggest American trans-continental railroad company and this fits in well with our railway theme. (Web site courtrsy of Wakefield CAMRA)
Dan Tasker, at Bridestones Brewery, Blackshawhead, Hebden Bridge has agreed to brew a railway special for the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The ale will be called ‘Platelayer's Vanilla Porter’ and will have an ABV around 6%. Only one 9 cask of this beer will be available from this brew as the rest will be bottled. Members of the Beer Festival Team will be involved in the production of this beer.
As ‘Platelayer's Vanilla Porter’ is an exclusive, you are advised to sample the beer at the Festival as this will be your only opportunity to taste it.
Mallinsons Brewing Company
Following negotiations with Tara and Elaine at Mallinsons Brewing Company Ltd in Huddersfield, it has been agreed that a special Mallinsons railway-themed ale will be brewed to commemorate 175 years of the Calder Valley Line. The beer will be called ‘Hop on Board’ and will be 4.5%, but all other details are a closely guarded secret.
Blue Bee Brwerey
Tara and Elaine (from Mallinsons) will also source another of our festival beers from Josh the brewer at Blue Bee Brewery in Sheffield. The beer, Blue Bee Ginger Beer, is described as a ‘fiery ginger pale’.
Halifax Steam Brewing Company
Following discussions with Sam Davidson, the owner of The Halifax Steam Brewing Company in Hipperholme, one of his newest ales has been ordered for the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The beer in question is Selene (4%) which is described as ‘a light and refreshing session golden ale.
Hogs Head Brew House
Shaun Horbury, the co-owner of Hogs Head Brew House in Sowerby Bridge, has agreed to supply a nine of his ale to the festival. The Hogs Head Brew House, which was opened in December 2015, is currently the newest brewery in Calderdale and rarely sells its beers outside its own bar. The ordered beer is Old Schnozzler (5.2%), a dark moorish porter, which has hints of coffee and chocolate, is smooth on the palate and has a subtle bitter finish.
1872 Porter (6.5%), by Elland Brewery, will be available at the Festival and hardly needs an introduction. It was the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2013 and has been the National Winter Ales Champion on three occasions. It is arguably the most decorated beer in recent British brewing history and is served at beer festivals throughout the land.
We would like to thank Mike Hiscock and Steve Francis for providing this cask and for donating a second. The second cask, White Prussian (3.9%), is a crisp, clean and refreshing beer made from lager malt and German hops. It has a fruity flavour with a floral, spice and citrus aroma.
Landlord's Friend Brewery
Local brewer Chris Holroyd will be supplying the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2016 with probably his best known beer, ‘Mr Smith’. The beer is named after a former drinker in the Kershaw House Inn, Luddendenfoot, has an ABV of 3.7% and is a tawny coloured traditional session bitter. The beer is only available from two outlets in Calderdale and is occasionally available in pubs in other parts of the country.
Little Valley Brewery
Little Valley Brewery at Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge will be supplying a nine of Tod’s Blonde (5%) to the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. This cool and crisp ale is a bright, yellow blonde which has a pleasant malty taste and a smooth bitter finish. It is described as ‘the ideal alternative to lager!’
Stod Fold Brewing Company
Sam Turner, a partner in the Stod Fold Brewing Company in Ogden, Halifax has agreed to supply a nine of Stod Fold Blonde to the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The ale is a pale blonde which is light in colour and has a honey, lemon and floral smell and a crisp, grapefruit and citrus taste. American Cascade hops are used to deliver a refreshing finish.
Slightly Foxed Brewing Co.
Slightly Foxed Brewery in Mytholmroyd has agreed to supply the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with one of the beers in its brand new range. Flower Fox (4.1%) is a clean and refreshing pale ale with the fragrant, floral aroma of elderflower coming through the zesty, hoppy body. It is of medium bitterness with a lingering floral note.
We would like to thank Matt Bell, Simon Chandler and Jonny Amoore for providing this cask and for donating a second. The second cask, Steam Fox (4.3%), has been specially commissioned to fit in with the Festival’s railway theme. It is described as a pale golden ale with a clean, crisp flavour, full of hop aromas with a citrus palate and a drinkable dry finish.
Chop and Change (4.5%), a ‘white label’ limited edition beer by Vocation Brewery in Cragg Vale, will be available at the festival. It has generous additions of hops to allow the characteristics of those hops to shine through. As the beer has not been brewed yet (now 20/8/2016) it is not known which hop version of Chop and Change will be available, but the hop variety will be noted on the pump clip in the festival hall.
We would like to thank John Hickling and Tom Chapman for providing this cask and for donating a second. The second cask, Life and Death (6.5%), is described as ‘a ballsy US style IPA which has tropical and citrus fruit flavours and a lingering bitterness set against a smooth malty backbone’.
Half Moon Brewery
Following discussions at the York City of Ale Beer Festival on the 16th July 2016, the brewer (Tony
Rogers) of Half Moon Brewery at Ellerton, York has agreed to brew a
special railway-themed beer for the Calderdale Festival. The beer will
be named 'Hopwart's Express' after the train in Harry Potter movies
and will be based on Half Moon Brewery's popular Lunar Pale Ale
Barefaced Beer Company
We are proud to announce that we will be serving a brand new beer from
a brand brewery at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2016. You’ll
never have seen it or tried it before.
The brewery is Barefaced Beer Company from Golcar, Huddersfield and
the beer is Black Cardamom Ale (4.4%). The brewer, Jack Pickering,
said that it’s ‘a light brown beer that goes down very well with
everyone who tries it. It’s very much a beer with some spice in it’
Goose Eye Brewery
Dave Atkinson the brewer at Goose Eye Brewery in Ingrow, Keighley has
agreed to supply the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with a 9
of the brewery’s very popular Over and Stout (5.2%). The beer is
described as ‘an excessively dark stout, strong in content and strong
in flavour. With the smoothness of a dark mild but the strength to
wake the dead’. This beer is certainly going to be very popular with
all stout connoisseurs.
For a full list of the beers ordered see The Festival Beer List
It can also be seen here Beer List
ADVERTISING IN THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
The Festival Programme has now been sent to the printers so this option is no longer available. We still have opportunities for Cask and Banner sponsorship however.
Would you be interested in sponsoring a cask at the Halifax and Calderdale Beer Festival 2016? We have a range of three sponsorship packages available in order to cater for all sizes of business. Contact John Hartley but further information can be found here:
Directions and information regarding the Town hall can be found here
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Bus & Train times
Obviously the Festival relies on volunteers to staff the festival to help run it effectively. A Volunteer Staffing form can be found here Beer Festival Staffing Form
Please return the completed form to our Staffing Officer – Richard Lee
richardsmithlee55 [at] gmail [dot] com
Even more good reason to sponsor a cask
We are very pleased to announce that this years beneficiary is Watermark Calderdale – Watermark Calderdale is a campaign to build a resilience fund for our towns for future flooding. Their aim is to build a pot of money that can be accessed by businesses & households immediately when future floods hit (because they will – it may be 5 years time or it may be next week!). There will be lots of opportunity to donate unused beer tokens, support them by taking part in a raffle or simply buy some beer – a percentage of which will go directly to the fund. Full details are in the process of being settled so watch this space.