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.. Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA would like to thank Kathryn and Darren for supplying Hey’s Gold and Malcolm Toft, of Bradford CAMRA, for bringing the beer to our attention.
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 ‘Hogwart’s Express’ after the train in Harry Potter movies and will be based on Half Moon Brewery’s popular Lunar Pale Ale (5.5%). As this may be the only opportunity you might get to sample this ale, it is suggested that you attend the Festival so that you don’t miss out! We would like to thank Tony, and his wife Jackie, for agreeing to brew this special ale
This years Festival will be in Hebden Bridge from September 22nd -24th in the Town Hall. If you are interested in helping or indeed sponsoring the Festival please get in touch with the organisers.