Two awards for Rum & Raisin

Another trip to North Riding Brewery to give two certificates for their Rum and Raisin Dark Mild which not only won Gold for Mild/Bitter of the Festival but also Silver in the Overall Beer of the Festival.

Stuart Neilson of North Riding Brewery receives the Silver Award in the Beer of the Festival Competition, at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival, for Rum and Raisin Dark Mild. Rum and Raisin Dark Mild was also the winner of the Bitter/Mild of the Festival.


Eagles Crag Brewery Double Award

Chris Milton and Dave Mortimer (centre) at Eagles Crag Brewery, Robinwood Mill, Todmorden following the presentation of two awards by members of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale on Monday 27th November 2017. The awards were presented following the successes of Pale Eagle at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival in late September. Pale Eagle won the Pale Ale of the Festival Award and the Bronze Award in the Beer of the Festival Competition. The ale proved extremely popular at the Festival and this is a magnificent achievement for Chris and Dave who have only been brewing commercially for one year. Well done lads!

Eyes Brewing Award

Eyes Brewing Award

John Hartley (Joint Beer Festival Organiser) presents Tom, Chris and Dan of Eyes Brewing with their Speciality Ale of the Festival Award at Whitelocks Ale House in Leeds on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. The award was presented for Summer Schops (6.2%) which accumulated a large number of customer votes when served at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on the 28th-30th September 2017.

Pub of the Season – Its the Pump Room Micropub

Yet another Halifax Micropub has excelled in this seasons award.  The Pump Room Micropub has deservedly won the award for Pub of The Season (Winter) 2017. This will be presented on Thursday 23rd when members of the branch will gather in a popular addition to the Halifax pub nightlife. Well kept beer and a lovely ambience the Pump Room has risen from the rubble of the sadly missed Pump Room to emerge as a winner in its own right.

Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival

Thanks to all involved for making the festival  a big success with especial thanks to the Town Hall staff, the catering team, the brewers, the volunteers, the charity – Calder Valley Search & Rescue, The Friends of the Puzzle Hall and The Holywell Inn Community Pub and most of all to all of the drinkers that made this festival a pleasure to be at.

Apologies if I have missed people off but a full report will appear here soon and believe it or not work has already begun on sourcing beers for next year !

Pub of The Season – Its The Grayston Unity

On Wednesday 30th August the Grayston Unity was awarded the award of Pub of The Season – Summer 2017. This award is presented to a pub that has shown consistency and quality in serving good real ale. It goes without saying that in order to win the pub must do more than that in delivering a good standard of service that makes the drinker return.

There is no doubt that the Grayston Unity has been a welcome addition to the pubs and bars in our branch, indeed, such is the standard nowadays that the award comes after a hotly contested debate.   The Branch feels sure that we have selected a worthy winner.

Presentation Of the Award

Richard Lee, branch Chair gave the award to Michael Ainsworth praising not only the beer quality but also its range and especially for such a small venue the promoting of live music and the recent addition of playing a whole vinyl album on a Sunday

Club of the Year

Halifax Catholic Club

On Wednesday 27th April we  presented the Halifax Catholic Club with our Club of the year.  The club continues to serve an excellent range of beer and the award is richly deserved. Here are some pictures of presentation of Club of the Year at the Halifax Catholic Memorial Club – Thanks to all concerned especially Maggie Heath for a splendid evening.

Pub of The Year Presentation

On Wednesday 26th March the branch presented The Cross Keys with its Pub of The Year Award. This is their second  award in 4 years so the Cross Keys is obviously doing something right.

A Fitting Tribute

Hugh and Ruth were joined by their team of Amy, Chloe and H were presented with the certificate by Branch Chair, Peter Judge. In his speech he alluded to the quality of the beer in the Cross Keys but said that in order to be the Pub of the Year the pub itself had to have something that made it that bit special.

Ruth, Hughie, Amy, Chloe and H with Peter

The fact that so many people turned out that night was testament to the fact that it wasn’t just CAMRA that thought highly of the pub.   Peter also mentioned that not only was it the branch Pub of The Year but now automatically was entered into the competition for Yorkshire Pub of the Year.

Members of HXCamra warming the Chair

Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival 2017

Just to let you know that our Beer & Cider Festival returns this year from Thursday 28th through till Saturday 30th September. Once again it will be at The Town Hall  Hebden Bridge.






SEPTEMBER 28th-30th



‘Beers of the Roses’


PAY ON THE DOOR -No Advanced Tickets required- HOT & COLD FOOD- All Sessions


ADMISSION From £1.00 (Members) £2.00 (public)