Thursday, 22 January 2015

Pendle Beer Festival 2015 preview.

 I feel it is most appropriate and timely, to highlight one of my favourite beer festivals. The Pendle Beer Festival is without doubt, one of the finest beery celebrations, in the north of England. Now in its eleventh year. The festival, superbly run by the volunteers of East Lancashire CAMRA, is most certainly, one of the highlights of the areas social calendar.

The three day beery bash, at Colne's Municipal Hall, runs from the 5th to the 7th of February. It's a superb venue, ideally located on a mainline bus route - and just a short stroll from the town's railway station.

The event has changed so much since its debut event in 2005. Then, it was mainly populated by mature, bearded, pot-bellied males, carrying rucksacks and wearing Karrimor waterproof jackets. Oh, and the fedora hat was always very much in evidence.
Still a few beards and waterproofs in evidence!

Now, you will witness a wide age range in attendance. Many younger people, now being a part of the

real ale scene. Groups of youthful male and females, unseen a few years ago, now enjoying their taste buds being titillated, by the many tasty tipples that are available, at these friendly, social gatherings.

And that tees me up perfectly, to recommend a few tasty slurps at this years event. Over a hundred ales will be racked up around the perimeter of the spacious festival hall. Plus many ciders and bottled world beers.

I have highlighted a range of beers that will hopefully suit all palates. A mixture of ales that are both 

local and a little further afield - and vary in strength and taste.

Hopthurst, Twisted Vine(4.1%) - A golden bitter, with citrusy aromas and flavours. Grapefruit flavour in charge here. A well hopped ale for you bitter beer aficionados.

Martland Mill, Lancashire Loom(4.2%) - One I haven't tried before. It has all the hallmarks of a crisp, refreshing IPA, after the tasting notes revealed flavours of grapefruit, lychees and lemon. This one will be for the hopsters - a hop bomb in all probability.

Three B's Knocker Up(4.8%) - A superb stout. Good roasted grain character. Bitter dark chocolate and dark fruit flavours, give this robust ale a fine balance. A pleasant and lingering bitter coffee finish.
Snaggletooth Rolling Maul(4.1%) - This golden ale was first to sell out, at last years festival - and I wasn't surprised. Peachy, flowery aroma.Loaded with peach and floral flavours. It has a most pleasant and refreshing mouthfeel. Fresh, citrusy and light bitter finish - a brewing masterpiece.

Brewsmith IPA6.0%) - Arguably, the one I am most looking forward to. Not tried this one, from the fledgling and award-winning, Ramsbottom brewer. If it's in the same league as their champion bitter(also available), it will be awesome. Described as having big hop aromas, rich mouthfeel and a long, dry finish - can't wait to give you my verdict!

So, there you have a recommended quality quintet to quaff. I will certainly be sampling them, at this temporary mecca of beer, in Colne. Doors open 4.30pm on Thursday 5th February - and the beer geek with the flat cap can't wait.

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