Beer Festival Another Huge Success
Pictured: David Moss, Lucie Glover and Dan Hampshire… Festival volunteers.
We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along and supported our fourth annual Beer Festival. The event once again proved extremely popular, and the weather (although not quite the same balmy 26 degees as last year) proved highly favourable, with the bar running dry at 5pm! And that’s despite us increasing the amount of drinks on offer last year by 20%.
The first beer to sell out was the very distinctive ‘Tabatha’ (brewed by Partners of Dewsbury)… a very pale Belgian style tripel beer with a strong fruity, hoppy character and a hint of coriander… proving a hit with real ale lovers, and those that might normally prefer a lager. It wasn’t long before the remaining casks were emptied, soon to be followed by the bottle bar. The Liefmans Cuvee-Brut (an amazing cherry beer from Belgium that tastes more like a sparkling rose wine) was (as predicted) the first to sell out, and the local Organic Cider from Samuel Smiths was something of a surprise hit.
Those that attended will know that we made a few changes to this year’s festival; a bigger and better bar (courtesy of Garforth Lions), a separate bottle bar, the addition of draft cider, an all new payment system, the provision of live music and improved tasting notes to name but just a few! We think that this resulted in a better experience for our guests (significantly shortening queue times for example)… hopefully you’ll agree, but we’re always open to suggestions and comments for further improvement!
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the event… we’ll back back again next year, and we will be even bigger and better! If you’d like to see some photos, you can view them on our photos page (many thanks to Rebecca Winteringham and Jean Fergusson for taking these). To download a free festival programme (including tasting notes) please click here.
Finally, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom the event would simply not be possible:-
- Barwick Fisheries
- Barwick Garage
- Capitol Car Spares
- The Gascoigne Arms
- The Maypole Coffee Shop & Deli
- Nicky Howarth (Howarth Solicitors)
- Neil’s Fruit and Veg – Leeds Market
- Neil Stagg
- Options Hair Salon
- The New Inn
- Pizza Piccante
A special mention must also go out to our first ever glass sponsor, and we would especially like to thank Andy at Thackers Commercial for his generous sponsorship.
Pictured: Local musician Sam Crane entertaining the crowd. Image courtesy of Rebecca Winteringham.