Award Winners from our Beer Festival

CALDERDALE BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL 2017

AWARD WINNERS

 

BITTER/MILD OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Rum & Raisin Dark Mild, North Riding Brewery

PALE ALE OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Pale Eagle, Eagles Crag Brewery

GOLDEN ALE OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Citra Star, Anarchy Brew Company

STOUT/PORTER OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
1872 Porter, Elland Brewery

SPECIALITY ALE OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Summer Schöps, Eyes Brewing

THE EDWARD LEE SUPREME CHAMPION ALE OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
1 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter– Supreme Champion – Gold
2 Rum & Raisin Dark Mild, North Riding Brewery – Silver
3 Pale Eagle, Eagles Crag Brewery – Bronze

MOST POPULAR BEER OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Bad Kitty, Brass Castle Brewery

PERRY/CIDER OF THE FESTIVAL 2017
Winnals Longdon Perry, Newton Court


We are now in the process of arranging visits to present the successful brewers with their certificates – more details to follow.


Thank all of you who were involved in the planning and delivery of this year’s Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Thanks to those people who helped to distribute flyers and posters to all areas of Yorkshire and many other areas of the UK.
Thanks to those who helped to write the programme and helped to acquire advertising etc etc.

Thanks in particular to those people who worked at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. A particular debt of gratitude is owed to those members from other branches who were willing to travel to our festival and pitch in.

This year we have reinforced our image as the ‘Friendly Festival’ and the fact that we sold out of beer, cider and perry certainly illustrates that we are on our way to achieving our aim of becoming the best and most popular small beer festival in West Yorkshire; the festival that people just don’t want to miss.

We have gone a long way in laying the foundations for future success and will not allow ourselves to become casual and complacent. We have a long way to go, but we are now on solid ground.

Thanks again folks. The festival wouldn’t have been the success it was without your involvement.

John Hartley
Joint Beer Festival Organiser- 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival


 

A table of the beers ordered for our festival

This table contains a list of the beers ordered for the Festival including short descriptions of how the beer was chosen.
Three Fiends Brewhouse

Three Fiends Brewhouse is located at Brookfield Farm, Mill Moor Road, Meltham. It was always our intention to order a cask from Three Fiends and therefore it was good news when Paul Tottle from the brewery got in touch with us. Following a number of emails, it was decided to order probably the brewery’s best known beer ‘Bad Uncle Barry’ (4.2%) which was a winner at Huddersfield Oktoberfest 2016. The beer is described as a light, golden, pale ale which uses American hops and has a spicy, citrus like taste and a distinct orange tone.

After the decision had been made, the order was placed with Chris Broadbent (Sales Manager and Brewer), another of the Three Fiends, who was on holiday in an exotic location in the UK. Sorry for disturbing your holiday Chris!
Brampton Brewery

As our theme is ‘Beers of the Roses’ it would be a shame to miss out our neighbours in Derbyshire. Tudor Rose is a 4.6% ale brewed at Brampton Brewery in Chesterfield and is named after the county emblem. It is described as ‘a well-balanced and creamy pale ale with a great hop nose and a delicious mouthfeel. Dominated by new-world citrus hops, Tudor Rose is built upon a clever combination of pale malt varieties’. This ale was first brought to the attention of the festival organisers whilst visiting Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire on the 1st May 2016. It obviously made an impact, because over a year later it appears at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival for the first time.

We would like to thank Mark Wall, the Sales Manager of Little Critters Brewing Company in Sheffield, for sourcing this ale on our behalf.
Little Critters Brewing Company

Little Critters Brewing Company ales were first sampled at a ‘Tap Takeover’ at the Commercial in Sowerby Bridge on the 31st January 2017 and the brewery’s beers were discussed with Richard Hancock (Brewer) and Joe Lockley (Assistant Brewer). We were impressed and therefore an order was later placed for Little Hopper (3.6%) with Mark Wall, the Sales Manager. Little Hopper is ‘a pale ale with a golden colour and delicate herbal and floral aromatics. It is fruity and has light bready malt flavours to complement the medium-dry refreshing finish. It’s a session ale brewed with Maris Otter, Caramalt and Wheat Malt and Slovenian Bobek hops. The Slovenian hops swung the decision on this order.
Titanic Brewery Company

A chance meeting at the GBBF between a CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale member and David Roblin (Territory Sales Representative for Titanic Brewery) led to David contacting the Joint Beer Festival Organiser. Up to this point, Titanic had not been considered as an order option for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival due to the brewery’s distant location from Hebden Bridge. David, however, stated that Titanic would be prepared to deliver direct from the brewery and ‘Cherry Dark’ (4.4%) was ordered. The ale is described as ‘a black bitter which uses US and Slovenian hops and is infused with cherries that subtly come through on the aftertaste.’ The temptation to order Titanic Plum Porter was resisted.
Anarchy Brew Company

A quality ale from Anarchy Brew Company, situated in Morpeth, Northumberland, will make an appearance at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival; this ale is ‘Citra Star’ (4.1%). ‘Citra Star’ is described as ’a hoppy blonde loaded with grapefruit, lemon and lime flavours’. It is highly hopped with a big, bitter finish.

We would like to thank David Roblin (Territory Sales Representative) and Anneli Baxter (General Manager) of Titanic Brewery Company for enabling us to source this ale.
Castle Rock Brewery

This ale needs no introduction. SIBA National Champion Bitter 2004, Champion Bitter of Britain 2007 and Champion Beer of Britain 2010, Castle Rock’s Flagship Beer is a firmly established favourite. It is brewed with a gently-kilned malt and an aromatic blend of American hops and this leads to a distinct hop flavour, a crisp finish and exceptional poise

We would like to thank David Roblin (Territory Sales Representative) and Anneli Baxter (General Manager) of Titanic Brewery Company for enabling us to source this ale.
Slightly Foxed Brewery

Following very detailed and prolonged discussions with Matt Bell (Director), Jonny Amoore (Sales Manager) and Simon Chandler (Head Brewer) of Slightly Foxed Brewery in Mytholmroyd, one of their newest beers, Craic Fox (4.5%), was ordered for the festival. Craic Fox is described in this manner ‘velvety and smooth yet retaining some bitter character; this milk oat meal Irish stout delivers complex flavours, with chocolate, roasted and coffee notes. Dark, rich and creamy, often with a toffee coloured head when first poured’

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt, Jonny and Simon for their outstanding support of the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival over the last few years. Really appreciated guys.
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Fraoch (5%) will be apprearing at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. Williams Brothers are the only brewery still producing this unique heather ale which has been brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. The ale is described as ‘a light amber ale with a floral-peaty aroma, full malt character and a spicy herbal finish’. It is clear gold/amber in colour and has a malty, heather, grassy, herbal, light spicy and honey taste. Malted barley, Caramalt, malted wheat and First Gold hops are used in the brewing of the beer and the ingredients also include bogmyrtle and ginger as well as heather of course.

We would like to thank Jonny Amoore, the Sales Manager of Slightly Foxed Brewery in Mytholmroyd, for helping us to acquire this ale from the Williams Brothers Brewery in Alloa, Scotland.
Blackedge Brewing Company

Blackedge Brewery in Horwich, Lancashire is rapidly enhancing its reputation as a brewery producing high quality ales, so we had to have one of these. The beer chosen is Black Port Porter (4.9%), a multi-award winning porter which is deliciously complex and has roasted coffee and chocolate flavours, a hint of liquorice and a sweet port finish. Our beer orderer chose this ale because he loves good quality porters and was salivating all over his computer as he read the tasting notes on the brewery website.

We would like to thank Jonny Amoore, the Sales Manager of Slightly Foxed Brewery, for helping us to acquire this ale.
Wharfedale Brewery

Following initial discussions with Stewart Ross, Brewer and Technical Director, of Wharfdale Brewery at the Bingley Five Rise Beer Festival in June and a subsequent and later phone conversation, Wharfedale Black (3.7%) will appear at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The ale is described as ‘a rich, dark mild with subtle hints of chocolate, coffee and liquorice which come together to create a lasting flavour’. Cheers Stewart, it’s a pleasure to be able to serve a beer created by such an eminent brewer.
Brass Castle Brewery

Following discussions with Ben Voke (Accounts and Sales) at Brass Castle Brewery in Malton, North Yorkshire, a 9 cask of the brewery’s well-known porter, Bad Kitty (5.5%), has been ordered. This ale is described as ‘a chewy chocolate-vanilla dream of a porter’ and earned its name from the antics of the two original brewhouse cats who delighted in mischievously supervising proceedings. The Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival’s version of ‘Bad Kitty’, however, is a little special as it will be served from the brewery’s glass-bottomed wooden cask. At the time of ordering, brewery records revealed that ‘Bad Kitty’ hadn’t been in a wooden cask for over two years.
Serious Brewing Company

Serious Brewing Company was established at Fieldhouse Industrial Estate, Rochdale, Greater Manchester in December 2015 by husband and wife team Ken and Jenny Lynch. Initially the plan was to produce bottles and key-kegs, but demand meant that the couple soon started to cask their ales.

Following discussions with Jenny, a 9 cask of the brewery’s well-known stout, Moonlight (4.5%), has been ordered for the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. Moonlight has proved very popular at recent northern beer festivals and is described as ‘a silky smooth stout with chocolate notes and a bitter hop finish.’
Northern Whisper Brewing Company

Northern Whisper Brewery is situated at Cloughfold, near to Rawtenstall, in Lancashire and first brewed in June 2017. Following discussions with Barny Vines, the brewery’s secretary, during Northern Whisper’s Open Day on the 22nd July 2017, ‘Blighty’, a 3.8% beer, has been ordered for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The ale is described as a copper-coloured British bitter which combines Marris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts with Magnum and Bramling Cross hops.
Bingley Brewery

Darren Marks and Spike Halsworth have agreed to provide the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017 with an 11 gallon wooden cask of Lock Keeper. This 5.7% ale is a smooth dark porter incorporating brown malt and Bramling Cross hops and has coffee and chocolate tones. This ale appears in a wooden cask for the first time ever and is brewed using a recipe that was jointly written by Bingley’s Head Brewer, Darren Marks, and Dave Sanders.
Eagle’s Crag Brewery

Eagle’s Crag Brewery is the newest brewery in the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale area and brewing started in November 2016. The brewery is located at Robinwood Mill, Burnley Road, Todmorden and is owned and run by Chris Milton and Dave Mortrimer. Chris and Dave will be supplying two ales to the festival and the first of these is Golden Eagle (4.7%) a blonde beer with citrus hop flavours from Centennial, Columbus and Cascade hops which give a refreshing citrus aroma and a flavour profile which is perfectly balanced by the malts.
Eagle’s Crag Brewery

The second of the ales on offer from CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s newest brewery is Pale Eagle (4%). This is a session ale hopped with Chinook, Simcoe and Centennial to provide a fragrant citrus pale blonde beer with good balanced malts and is one of the newest beers in the Eagle’s Crag range.
We would like to thank Chris and Dave for donating the cask of Pale Eagle to the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Really appreciated guys!
Elland Brewery

Elland 1872 Porter is a regular guest at Calderdale Beer and Cider Festivals and this year is no exception, but this year’s version is a little special as it has been matured in a wooden cask for five months and will be served from the same wooden cask at the festival . We know how much customers enjoy 1872 Porter so this year we ordered it earlier and in a larger amount; it’s in an 11 gallon wooden cask, not a firkin.

1872 Porter of course is a classic ale and probably one of the best known and respected ales in modern brewing history. It is multi-award winning having won the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain Award in 2013, has been crowned Winter Ales Champion on three occasions and has won countless Beer of the Festival awards at CAMRA festivals throughout the country; the walls of Elland Brewery are adorned with certificates. To many people, 1872 Porter is their best friend and takes on almost human qualities!

1872 is a rich, complex, dark ruby porter brewed using an 1872 recipe. It has an old port nose and bitter and chocolate flavours from four malts. If you enjoy porters, you’re going to love this one!
Elland Brewery

We are proud and very privileged to announce that we will be serving Gyle 3000 (5%) at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. This very rare, limited edition ale is being provided to select customers only and was brewed to celebrate Elland Brewery’s 3000th brew. The Brewery’s Managing Director, Steve Francis, informed us that it includes English Pale Malt, Crystal Malt and Wheat and has been very generously hopped with Green Bullet, Dr Rudi and Southern Cross and then dry hopped with American Citra. This ale is so rare that you’ll never get chance to try it again. It’s a very good reason in itself why you should come along to the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Not even Steve has tried it yet!

Thanks Steve and Mike for adding us to your select customers list and for donating this special cask to our festival.
Slightly Foxed Brewery

Following much discussion and debate, Slightly Foxed Brewery will be supplying the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017 with a speciality ale, Rhubarb Special. This 4.3% ale has only been brewed on one occasion before and was sold at the Bobtown Beer Bash in the village of Roberttown, West Yorkshire in July 2017 and proved to be very popular.
Rhubarb Special is brewed using English and European hops and is infused with gorgeous rhubarb. It has a full bodied fruity flavour with the unmistakeable notes and aroma of British rhubarb.

We would like to thank Matt, Jonny and Simon at Slightly Foxed Brewery for donating this cask to the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival.
Stod Fold Brewing Company

Following discussions with Hamish Boyle, Sales Partner at Stod Fold Brewing Company, a new beer will be launched at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. Oktoberfest (5%) is the fourth beer in Stod Fold’s World Hop Series. It is described as ‘a single hopped German-styled festival ale brewed to commemorate The Bavarian Oktoberfest using Hallertau Melon Hops and Germal Lager yeast’.

We should like to thank Paul Harris, Angus Wood and Hamish Boyle for agreeing to launch Oktoberfest at this year’s festival.
Hogs Head Brew House

The Hogs Head Brew House and Bar is situated near to the centre of Sowerby Bridge and is owned by Shaun Horbury and Chris Smith. Hogs Head beers are very rarely sold away from the brewery bar, but Shaun regularly provides an ale to the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. This year’s ale is a beer with three names; Maltings Ale, Olde Maltings and Old Maltings without the ‘e’ – the last version will be used at the festival. Old Maltings (3.9%) is a lightly hopped, malty session ale and is a good example of a traditional Northern Bitter. Four different types of malt are used in the brew and it is single hopped with Goldings. It is smooth on the palate and is deep brown in colour.
Vocation Brewery Limited

Following a visit to Vocation Brewery at Cragg Vale on the 18th August 2017 and a discussion with John Hickling, the owner of Vocation Brewery, Heart & Soul (4.4%) was ordered for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. This ale has all the hoppy goodness of an IPA, but is brewed to a sessionable strength and has an intense fruit-salad character that comes from generous additions of US West Coast hops. Heart & Soul is a full-bodied and fruity beer, with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, pineapple and mango.
Vocation Brewery Limited

Originally brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Calder Valley Search and Rescue in 2016, Search & Rescue (4.5%) is a limited edition beer that is brewed in the classic Vocation style using a ‘mountain’ of hops. The hops in this case are Motueka from New Zealand which have a very distinctive sharp citrus tone with big aromas of pine and orange. The flavours are perfectly complemented by the right level of bitterness, layered over a slightly malty backbone.

We would like to thank John Hickling, the owner of Vocation Brewery, for donating this cask to the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. At John’s request, 50% of the money taken from the sale of the beer in this cask will be donated to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team who are based in the nearby town of Mytholmroyd.
Little Valley Brewery

Following a visit to Little Valley Brewery at Cragg Vale on the 18th August 2017 and a discussion with Sue Cooper, Co-owner and General Manager, and Wim van der Spek, Master Brewer and Co-owner, Ginger Pale Ale (4%) was ordered for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The beer is described as ‘a balanced, organic and vegan-friendly pale ale which is fresh, light, crisp and cool and has enough fresh ginger to enhance the citrus taste without overwhelming it’.

Ginger Pale Ale is the only Fairtrade Certificated beer in the UK and 'the brew team at Little Valley take turns peeling the ginger'!
Blackjack Beer Limited

A chance meeting and discussion with Rob Hamilton, Director of Blackjack Beers, at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival in January 2017, placed the brewery high on the list of potential orders for this year’s Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. The decision of which one of the excellent Blackjack ales to order, however, was a difficult one. The ale eventually chosen was Four of a Kind (6.2%) an American-style IPA hopped with four of the big US hops; Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook. The perfect choice we feel.

We would like to thank Slightly Foxed Brewery in Mytholmroyd for accepting delivery of this beer on our behalf.
Ashover Brewery

Ashover Brewery is situated in Clay Cross, Derbyshire and as such fits in with our ‘Beers of the Roses’ theme; the emblem of Derbyshire being the Tudor Rose. This ale is a tribute to the famous Bassett family of Liquorice Allsorts fame whose founder George Bassett was born in Ashover in 1818. The ale named Liquorice Alesort (5%) is a rich black stout, made with black malt and crystal rye, and has root liquorice added in the boil. It is gently hopped to provide a very palatable finish.

We would like to thank Blackjack Beers for sourcing this ale and Slightly Foxed Brewery for accepting its delivery.
Heavy Industry Brewing Company

Following a chance meeting with Tom McNeill (Brewer) and Max Harris (Sales Manager) of Heavy Industry Brewing Company at the GBBF on Tuesday 8th August, a Heavy Industry beer was ordered for the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. Initially another beer had been targeted from Heavy Industry, but Tom felt that, amongst all Heavy Industry’s excellent ales, Pigeon Toed Orange Peel (5.2%) was his best. Original plans were ditched and the Joint Beer Festival Organiser decided to order this beer, with a weird name, instead. Pigeon Toed Orange Peel is a cloudy-orange hefeweissen style beer brewed with Pale and Wheat malts and features Mandarina Bavaria, a rare and experimental German hop. It has notes of cloves, pears and pineapple which underlay a big freshly squeezed orange taste and is also dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria whilst conditioning. This ale promises to be one to look out for and, up to the point of ordering, it had never been seen in West Yorkshire before.

We would like to thank Tom and Max for supplying us with this beer from Denbighshire, North Wales and Jonny Amoore, Sales Manager of Slightly Foxed Brewery, for assisting us in getting the cask to our festival.
Brewsmith Beer

Following a telephone conversation with the delightful and helpful Jennifer Smith, Co-owner of Brewsmith Beer in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, Brewsmith Bitter (3.9%) will make an appearance at the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. This pale session bitter has a moderate bitterness and pronounced floral/citrus hop aromas and obviously fits in with our ‘Beers of the Roses’ theme.
The Millstone Brewery

Millstone’s ales, from Mossley in Lancashire, are very highly regarded in Halifax and Calderdale, but are very rarely seen. Tiger Rut (4%) is described as ‘a very pale, smooth, hoppy, ale using only Chinook hops. Mellow bitters make way for a distinctive citrus/grapefruit aroma’. Regularly served when our festival was held in the Square Chapel, Halifax (Halifax Mayfest), Tiger Rut makes a return appearance. Welcome back old friend!

We would like to thank Spike Halsworth at Bingley Brewery for helping us to acquire this ale.
Old School Brewery

Old School Brewery is located in Warton, Carnforth, Lancashire in a building that was formerly occupied by Warton’s first school; the Boy’s Grammar. The brewery’s beers all have a school-related theme and this is no exception. Text Book (3.9%) is a light drinking golden beer with a delicate touch of sweetness which perfectly balances the spicy hop aroma. No red biros here, just good quality ale!

We would like to thank Spike Halsworth at Bingley Brewery for helping us to source this ale.
Donkeystone Brewing Company

You may not be aware of Donkeystone Brewing Company and there is a reason for this. Donkeystone is a new brewery situated at Boarshurst Business Park, Greenfield, Saddleworth and the first commercial brew was on the 19th July 2017. DPA (Donkey Pale Ale) 4.7% was the very first beer in their range and is described as a ‘higher strength pale ale brewed using all American hops and yeast. Citrus, grapefruit and pine flavours, from Chinook hops, create a wonderful and memorable taste and dry hop pellets, used at the end of the brew, lead to an exceptionally hoppy finish’.

We would like to thank Stephen James (Director) and Richard Thomas (Head Brewer) at Donkeystone Brewing Company for providing us with this ale and Peter Buckley of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury CAMRA for informing us of the existence of this new brewery.

We are proud to represent Donkeystone Brewing Company at this, their first, CAMRA festival.
We love ‘showcasing’ new breweries.
Electric Bear Brewing Company

Negotiations with Electric Bear Brewing Company’s Ryan Read (Sales Manager)began at a ‘Meet the Brewer ‘ event at The Sportsman, Huddersfield on the 27th June 2017. The long-time aim of the Beer Orderer was to obtain a cask of Spilt Milk, Milk Stout (5%) delivered to the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival direct from the brewery. Spilt Milk is an excellent ale which is extremely moreish. It is described as ‘a rich, smooth, quaffable milk stout which smells of chocolate biscuits and has hints of sweet vanilla’ and is brewed using five types of malt (Pale, Crystal, Amber, Wheat, Chocolate) and Fuggles and Phoenix Hops. Spilt Milk was ordered in mid-August and the beer itself was brewed at the beginning of September.

Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival would like to thank Ryan for being prepared to deliver a single cask 215 miles from the brewery, in Bath, to Hebden Bridge. Well done that man!
Allgates Brewery

California (3.8%) brewed by Allgates Brewery in Wigan, Greater Manchester, will appear at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. This easy drinking golden ale has a zesty and fruity aroma and is brewed with gently-kilned malts and an aromatic blend of American hops. The distinct hop flavour leads to a refreshing and dry finish and it is described as a beer of ‘exceptional poise’. We have been reliably informed that prior to this, California has not been brewed for over two years.

We would like to thank Matt Bell and Jonny Amoore at Slightly Foxed Brewery for helping us to source this cask.
Eyes Brewing

Following a phone conversation and numerous emails, Summer Schöps (6.2%) has been ordered for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival from this Leeds based brewery that is currently cuckoo brewing in Acaster Malbis. Summer Schöps is a new beer that was launched in August 2017 and is a Polish-style wheat ale based on a centuries old recipe for a pale schöps, a style of wheat beer from Breslau on the Poland-Germany border. It is brewed with a mixture of German and New Zealand hops for soft floral flavours and added lemongrass for some extra zesty aroma. At 6.2%, this is a dangerously drinkable pale beer with malty undertones and a rich and heavy mouthfeel.

We would like to thank Chris Bennigsen, Director and Brewer at Eyes Brewing, for supplying us with this new and very different ale and for responding to the countless emails from our beer orderer.
Southport Brewery

Following an excursion to the seaside town of Southport in October 2016, the beer orderer first came across Dark Night dark mild (3.9%) in the Guest House pub in the town. After sampling the ale, he consumed several pints and the beer was immediately added to the beer festival list. Adding the beer to the list was the first step, although acquiring the beer for the festival proved a lot more difficult and we would like to thank Paul Bardsley, the Head Brewer at Southport Brewery, and Irwell Works Brewery for making this possible.

Dark Night is a classic traditional mild which is rich in flavour and dark in colour. It appears stronger and more full-bodied than its ABV indicates and is very moreish.
Mallinsons Brewing Company

Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t order a Mallinsons beer. This year Tara, Elaine and Nick will be supplying us with Bramling Cross (3.7%), one of their single hopped beers. The hop in this ale is obviously Bramling Cross, from the UK, and the beer is described as an ale with a ‘golden colour, a light blackcurrant fruit nose and a bitter, fruity, light blackcurrant taste and a fruity tart finish’. This one is certain to be popular.
Blue Bee Brewery

Born in the USA (6%) was the Beer of the Festival at Huddersfield Oktoberfest in 2016 and this where our plans to order the beer for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival began. Born in the USA is an IPA that brings together three favourite American hops: Mosaic, Citra and Equinox. When combined they give big tropical and citrus fruit flavours along with pine-like notes.

We would like to thank Tara, Elaine and Nick at Mallinsons Brewing Company for helping us to source this cask.
James & Kirkman Brewery and Fernandes Brewery

James & Luis Ale (4%) is a collaboration brew involving James & Kirkman Brewery of Pontefract and Fernandes Brewery of Wakefield and has been brewed to celebrate the 20th year of brewing on the Fernandes site. It will be launched in mid-September and has been brewed in limited quantities only so we’re pretty chuffed that one cask will be served at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. James & Luis Ale is a hoppy ale with four malts, including Pale Crystal and Golden Promise, which have been blended with English and American hops.

We would like to thank Simon Seaton, Brewer and Sales Manager at James & Kirkman Brewery, for supplying us with this ale and for helping us out in other ways. Apologies for interrupting your exotic UK holiday Simon!
Half Moon Brewery

Tony Rogers, the brewer at Half Moon Brewery in Ellerton, near York, has agreed to provide the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017 with an 11 gallon wooden cask of Robustus Lunam. This 5% ale is a full-bodied dark stout with a rich aroma of expresso and treacle.

This is the first time Robustus Lunam has ever been placed in a wooden cask and it will be matured for well over a month before it arrives at our festival.
Festival goers will be aware that Half Moon Brewery won the Pale Ale of the Festival at Calderdale last year with ‘Hopwarts Express’ and came first in the Mild and Ruby Red category with Moonbeam, a 4.8% mild, (brewed in collaboration with Sunbeam Ales, Leeds) and also scooped a Silver Award in the overall competition at the First National Woodfest at Castleford in July 2017.
Rossendale Brewery

A phone conversation at the end of August led to us ordering Floral Dance (3.8%) from Robin Hoyle, Sales Manager at Rossendale Brewery in Haslingden, Lancashire. It is a light and fruity pale ale that offers up the warming tastes of summer all year round. This ale is unfined and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

OK, you can stop humming that tune now!
Five Towns Brewery

Malcolm Bastow, the brewer at Five Towns Brewery at Outwood near Wakefield, has agreed to provide the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017 with a 9 gallon wooden cask of Peculiar Blue. This 6% India Pale Ale has a strong grapefruit taste and extra hops have been added to bring out the flavours and is named after the Wakefield pop group. This is the first time ever that Peculiar Blue has been served from a wooden cask, although Malcolm is no stranger to casking in wood.

Thanks Malcolm for agreeing to brew Peculiar Blue for the 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival and for wooden casking it for us.
It should be noted that the pumpclip, shown to the right above, has now been completely re-designed.
Hawkshead Brewery

Initially it was intended to order a different beer from Hawkshead Brewery, but enthusiastic Gemma at the brewery said the key words ‘new beer’ and therefore XPA (3.5%) was ordered instead. XPA (Extra Pale Ale) uses low colour Maris Otter malts to create a pale base beer to which is added Jester, Citra and Mosaic hops. Jester is a UK hop variety which exhibits big fruit flavours akin to Citra and Mosaic and provides citrus and slight herbal notes. The aroma is one of tropical fruits and the addition of a small amount of malted oats creates a nice mouthfeel and more palate fullness to the beer.

We would like to thank Hawkshead for delivering this single cask over 80 miles from the brewery in Staveley, Cumbria to the festival in Hebden Bridge.
Salamander Brewing Company

Following a series of emails and a phone conversation with the highly efficient and very well-organised Cassie Sykes, Sales Manager of Salamander Brewing Company, Bright Black Porter (4.8%) was ordered for the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. This ale is described as ‘an intense porter with a hint of rum and caramel’. A short, but sweet, description!
North Riding Brewery

North Riding Brewery in East Ayton, North Yorkshire has supplied us with their delicious Rum and Raisin Dark Mild (4.3%). This is a dark mild with a twist as raisins are soaked in rum for seven days prior to the brew day and then added right at the end of the boil. By all accounts, this is not an easy ale to acquire, but it certainly is worth pursuing.

We’d like to thank Malcolm Bastow at Five Towns Brewery for helping us to acquire this cask.
Three Brothers Brewing Company

Three Brothers Brewing Company in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham has supplied us with The Ex Wife, a 3.7% all English traditional bitter with a slightly modern fruity twist.

We’d like to thank Malcolm Bastow at Five Towns Brewery for helping us to source this cask.
Irwell Works Brewery

An Irwell Works beer will appear at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival for the second year running. This year Luke Ashburn, Brewery Manager, has agreed to supply us with Copper Plate Bitter (3.8%). Copper Plate Bitter is a traditional northern bitter which is copper coloured (no surprises there then). It has a sharp bitterness and a full and complex flavour and is considered to be an excellent session bitter that retains its flavour pint after pint.

We would like to thank Luke for supplying this cask and for delivering the Dark Night mild on behalf of the Head Brewer of Southport Brewery, Paul Bardsley.
Small World Beers

Following emails and phone contact with Pete Forder, Brewer and Sales Manager, at Small World Beers, Shelley, Spike’s Gold (4.4%) has been ordered for the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. The beer orderer found it difficult to resist the temptation of Thunderbridge Stout, one of his favourite beers, but as it had been ordered for the 2016 festival, he ordered this one instead. Spike’s Gold is described as ‘a hoppy easy drinking beer brewed with First Gold Hops’.

A table of the ciders and perry ordered for our festival

 

This table contains a list of the Ciders and Perries ordered for the Festival including short descriptions of how each was chosen.
La Cantina (Perry)

Following discussions between our Expert Cider and Perry Co-ordinator and Bartolomeo (aka Romeo), owner of La Cantina, in The Pump Room on the 23rd April 2017, Yesterday's Dreams will make an appearance at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. This medium sweet, contemporary, easy-drinking Perry won the Perry Award in the North of England competition at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2017 and it made sense to place the order on the same day Romeo was presented with this award. 
Udders Orchard (Cider)

Following discussions with David Kendall-Smith, Owner of Udders Orchard, at Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival on Friday 4th August and subsequent phone conversations between our Expert Cider and Perry Co-ordinator and David, Whisky Cask cider has been ordered for the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017. Whisky Cask (6%) is a dry cider which is matured in ex-whisky casks to give it a warming depth of flavour. This cider was an award winner at the North of England competition at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival in January 2017.
Pure North (Cider)

We were having difficulty sourcing a Lancashire produced cider to fit our roses theme until our Expert Cider and Perry Co-ordinator had a brainwave and tried to source a cider made from Lancashire grown apples. Sweet Union, produced by Rob North at Pure North in Holmfirth, was a perfect solution as it is produced from cider apples from Yorkshire and eating apples from Lancashire. It is a 5.5% medium sweet, delicious, cloudy cider with a full apple flavour and is “a sweet union of two great counties!”
Newton Court (Perry)

Perry was traditionally produced primarily in the “Three Counties” of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, where our Expert Cider and Perry Co-ordinator grew up. Winnals Longdon is the name of a perry pear variety. Our expert has enjoyed numerous bottled offerings from this producer but never before had the chance to try on draught this medium dry award winning perry, which “sits easily in the mouth” according to the producer.

Thanks to Sean McFetrich from “Fetch the Drinks” for agreeing to courier this one to us.
Dorset Nectar Cider (Cider)

Old Harry Rocks Dry Vintage Cider (Organic) is produced on a farm a few miles north of Bridport, way down south in Dorset. Visited by our Expert Cider and Perry Co-ordinator in 2015, who was so impressed he was hoping to find a way of getting some up north for the good folk here to try.

A desire now achieved with the help of Sean McFetrich and “Fetch the Drinks.” According to the producer, never has a cider with more maturity and character been exposed to the public.