Pub of The Season – Its The Grayston Unity

On Wednesday 30th August the Grayston Unity was awarded the award of Pub of The Season – Summer 2017. This award is presented to a pub that has shown consistency and quality in serving good real ale. It goes without saying that in order to win the pub must do more than that in delivering a good standard of service that makes the drinker return.

There is no doubt that the Grayston Unity has been a welcome addition to the pubs and bars in our branch, indeed, such is the standard nowadays that the award comes after a hotly contested debate.   The Branch feels sure that we have selected a worthy winner.

Presentation Of the Award

Richard Lee, branch Chair gave the award to Michael Ainsworth praising not only the beer quality but also its range and especially for such a small venue the promoting of live music and the recent addition of playing a whole vinyl album on a Sunday

Pub of the Year – it’s the Cross Keys

We are delighted to announce the Pub of the Year Award for 2017. Once again strong candidates made it a difficult choice but I’m sure you would agree that the The Cross Keys, Siddal make a deserving winner. Not just well kept beer but the atmosphere created by Hugh and Ruth has kept customers returning again and again to this pub that is away from the centre of Halifax. We will be making the presentation on Wednesday 29th March at 8.00 pm.

Cross Keys, Siddal
Cross Keys Inn

2017 Festival Beer List Update

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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!

Elland to supply Porter to Festival

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.porter-500x300

Tigertops Brew Special Beer

ClassicUnionPacificWe 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.

Barefaced Brewery Black Cardomom Comfirmed

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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.