Category Archives: beer festivals in yorkshire 2009

>Foley’s Oktoberfest/Ciderfest

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A little news update – Foley’s are hosting a little Oktoberfest of thier own throughout October, with additions to their bottled range of Jever Pils, Lowenbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner & Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen to name a few. In addition, they are doing thier bit for independent Cider makers (is that the right term?) by running a Cider Festival alongside – all ciders on tap, and rotating weekly, all month. Do go and check it out, if Cider’s your thing.

Also, congratulations are in order for Williams Bros, who have had an excellent run at the recent International Beer Challenge. Midnight Sun won Gold, Alba picked up a Silver medal and the perennial stalwart Fraoch won a Bronze. Williams are a bit of a cult hit right now, with thier beers picking up consistently good reviews for both flavour, diversity and label design – this might sound a bit wooly, but this means a lot to me. So well done, lads. I can heartily recommend both the 7 Giraffes and Red Als. Interesting, forward-thinking brews.
You can check out Williams’ new website here, and read the rest of the result of the IBC here.

>The Owl and The Barge Beer & Music Festival 2009

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..Is this weekend. I checked it out last year – very pleasant it was too. Beers from Local faves Leeds, Saltaire, Naylor’s and Elland to mention a few. So if you’ve got nothing on, have a wander on down and sip a beer by the canal.

Another upcoming festival that has caught my eye is The Bull’s (Horton Kirby, Kent) Pictish Festival. I really like the idea of a festival dedicated to one brewer, as perverse as that may sound. Pictish are a good lot and don’t shy away from making single-varietal beers, something which I admire greatly in a brewer. The festival takes place 03/09/09 and you can read about it here.
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