The second Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival, organised by the Halifax & Calderdale branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), takes place this weekend in the Waterfront Hall at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. More than fifty traditional cask-conditioned ales from independent breweries the length and breadth of the UK, plus several traditional ciders and perries will be available to sample in quantities of a third of, a half of, or a full pint. This year’s festival will have a railway theme to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Manchester & Leeds Railway through the Calder Valley and many beers with railway-themed names will be on sale.
While the principal objective of the festival is to raise money for CAMRA’s ongoing campaigns to support pubs and breweries, the festival charity for this year is the Watermark Calderdale flood relief fund and unused beer tokens and cash donations will be given to this very worthy cause which has helped so many individuals and businesses in the Upper Calder Valley since the disastrous floods on Boxing Day. The fund will also have a stall in the Town Hall foyer during the festival giving out information on their work and selling various beer-related items to raise further funds.
The festival will be open on Thursday 22nd September from 2pm to 10pm (admission: £1, free to card-carrying CAMRA members); 12 noon – 11pm on Friday 23rd (admission: £2 or £1 to members) and 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday 24th (admission £2 or £1 to members, but free to everyone after 6pm). Glasses will be available for a £1 returnable deposit and hot and cold food will be available from the Town Hall cafe until 8pm. Unfortunately under-18s and dogs (with the exception of guide and assistance dogs) cannot be admitted and under-25s may have to produce evidence of age identification.
One of the highlights of the festival will be a celebration pint-pulling at 4.30pm by Ms Kathryn Hey of a special beer – Hey’s Gold – which she has commissioned from Bingley Brewery to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Hey’s Brewery in Bradford, founded by her ancestors in the mid-nineteenth century, following its takeover by Websters of Halifax. Another highlight on the Thursday evening, commencing at 7.30pm, will be a performance by local womens’ morris dancing side, The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies.
Journalists and photographers from the local media are very welcome to attend and will, of course, be admitted free of charge.
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CAMRA Halifax & Calderdale
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Sadly Slaters Smoked Porter cannot be with us but we have procured Dancing Ducks , Dark Drake as a replacement. This means that we have 53 beers waiting for you to sample. All of the beers can be seen in the beer list and there are pictures on the front page with links to the breweries. Once again thanks to all of the brewers who have supplied us as without your efforts we’d have nothing to drink.
Thirsty beer drinkers can now start planning what they want to drink at the Festival as the Beer list has finally arrived. Regular readers will already know a lot of the more unusual beers that we are sourcing but now the full list is revealed here for the first time.
see here for full details The Festival Beer List
Thanks to sterling work by our Beer Ordering People we have managed to acquire over 40 different beers from suppliers both near and far. We are hoping to announce the next and final batch later this week. We will have to as the programme is due to go to the press at the same time.:) Most beers are publicised on our web site but the complete list will appear here as well as in the programme.
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. Our 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.
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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.
Just heard that our Oh Mr Porter moment will be an old one – 1872. More news to follow as well as other bad railway metaphors. After the discussion last night we were aiming to have a balanced offering of beers but its nice to see some old favourites. As always details will be available as soon as we are able to confirm them.
We are delighted to announce yet another Railway Themed beer that is being brewed especially for our Festival.
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.
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.
Tara and Elaine 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’.
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’ As well casking his beers, Jack is also bottling 4 9’s with every monthly brew. We hope you’ll enjoy Jack’s beer. The beer festival team can’t wait to try it.