Festival Beer Notes

These are the tasting notes for the beer at last years festival. We will be replacing it with this years beers once our Festival Committee has begun the ordering process.


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.


FESTIVAL BEER NEWSFLASH 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.



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.


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 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 (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

mallinsons_logo01Following 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’.


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.

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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.

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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.



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’.


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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.