Friday, 27 July 2012


I am sure you will agree, there is something quite special about a beer festival.Your preference may be large scale, like the upcoming Great British Beer Festival at London's Olympia, on the 7th-11th August. Over 800 cask ales on offer!
However, lots of you like the smaller venues.Perhaps, in the 50-100 cask ales range.I have to admit that is my kind of festival choice. 
Three such festivals pop up in September, here up north and I reckon they are three dates for the diary, if you are within striking distance.
Let's kick off with a well established, excellently run festival in West Yorkshire. The Keighley Beer Festival 6th-8th September, is run by the local CAMRA branch and is a big favourite. Over 60 real ales, plus ciders and perries.This year finds the festival at a new venue. The Central Hall is an ideal new home, close to the main shopping centre and bus station.The entry fee is just two quid and is free to CAMRA members.
Staying east of the pennines, we find a week later 14/15 September, the Saltaire Brewery Beer Festival in Shipley, situated at the County Works on Dockfield Road. As we know, Saltaire brew excellent beer.The Blonde is one of my favourites. An exceptional brew, and is so popular, it's now 60% of production! I wonder if there is a brewery in the land with such an emphasis on a core beer.
The festival runs from 4-10.30pm Friday.And noon till ten Saturday. A fiver entry and includes programme, souvenir glass and a free pint :-)
One big plus at the festival, is that all beers will be served via hand pumps, from their chilled cellar.
Last but not least we have a beer festival on the calendar for the first time. The CAMRA Burnley Beer Festival will run from the 6th-8th September. So you have a choice, both sides of the pennines on this date! Over 100 beers and entry will be free to CAMRA members at all sessions. The venue, the Burnley Mechanics on Manchester Road, is an excellent one. Centrally situated and just five minutes from the bus/train station.
East Lancs CAMRA will organise the event.It's sure to be well run, as they oversee the ever popular Pendle Beer Festival in Colne. 
So there you have it, so to speak. Plenty of time to organise your September beer festival schedule. Certainly, three cracking events to look forward too. :-)