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>Saturday Afternoon In Horsforth

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…And we begin at an entirely pleasant little beer festival, set up to raise funds for the local church, which is having works done to secure the most eco-friendly future it can have. Given that I live about ten minutes away from Horsforth, it would have been rude not to drop in. Of the few beers sunk, a couple stood out. Firstly, Springhead’s Puritan Porter was great – quite smooth, all roast coffee flavours and at 4% abv, dangerously drinkable. The Storyteller’s Brewery, out of Terrington (near York), provided a copper-coloured, toffee-flavoured beer called Genesis which was very well-balanced; and 3 Rivers Pligrim’s Progress offered a light, floral pale that yearned for slightly warmer weather. Good show, and I hope the beer festival becomes a regular occurance.

It would have been rude not to drop into the Town Street Tavern – the only place worth drinking in in Horsforth these days. Being a Market Town Tavern, you know what to expect, but it really is a little oasis amongst the overpriced and oversubscribed bars – quiet, brewriana plastered everywhere and a good range of beers – Leeds’ Pale hit the spot with a somewhat more grapefruity hop bite than usual (change of recipe, lads?) and Taylor’s Best on also – not something you see outside of Keighley often these days, with Landlord being so popular.
Overall, a good afternoon’s drinking. And Leeds United won too – what about that, eh?
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