Saddleworth Beer Festival to offer lip-smacking line up of brews and cider

A LIP-SMACKING line-up of brews and ciders will be on offer at the popular annual Saddleworth Beer Festival next month.

Miller family Andrew Alison and Tom sample the wares
The Miller family sampled the wares at last year’s event

All are welcome to the two-day event at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Friday, October 2 from 6pm-12midnight and on Saturday, October 3 from 12noon to 12midnight.

And organisers are laying on a spectacular array of around 20 old favourite beers as well as new and also some ciders from local and regional breweries.

Popular brews will include Jaipur, Mary Jane from Ilkley Brewery, Python from Crag Vale, Plum Porter from Titanic and Butterley from Ossett Brewery.

There will also be brews from Greenfield Brewery, Millstone, Hawkshead Brewery and Holmebridge, alongside drinks from the Real Cider Company at Crag Vale.

And this year, the event will test a new ‘key-keg’ system on beers from Magic Rock and Hand Drawn Monkey to see the response from drinkers.

Peter Archer, one of the organisers, explained: “We are trying out the key-keg system to see how it goes but we will still have a large selection of cask ales.”

Wine, larger and soft drinks will also be available at the main bar, while pie and peas and chilli will be on sale.

Live music will entertain visitors, with Friday night seeing Billy Coxon Seven and Curragh Sons take to the stage, followed on Saturday by The Drift and DejaVu Classic Rock Band.

And there are extra treats in store with great prizes from a raffle as well as a small Farmers’ Market in the bar area offering tasty products from local businesses.

There will be pies from the Little Saddleworth Pie Company and Sean Wilson’s cheeses from Paul’s Quality Meats, while Real Ale Shop and Wine Cellar will both have stalls.

Tickets cost £4 for one day or £6 for both and are to be paid for on the door. Proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion, MIND and the Saddleworth Parish Council’s Chairman’s chosen charities.


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