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.
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.
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.
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