That was 2009!

Horsforth Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday, 27th and 28th March 2009 organised by St Margaret’s Church for its Building the Future appeal, was a resounding success.

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Over 1200 people attended over the two days. On Friday evening we reached the limit on the number of people in the hall. Queues built up round the building and some of our priority ticket holders struggled to get through, but everyone got in eventually. On Saturday evening beer stocks were running low and we stopped letting people in as there wasn't the choice of beers available. We had to disappoint some latecomers, and turn them away, and the few who had bought tickets in advance had their money refunded. We apologise to those who were disappointed.

Horsforth_Beer_Festival_2009We'd like to thank the local community for supporting the beer festival, both in sponsoring the event and turning up. All our sponsors were local, and the vast majority were from Horsforth. We understand that the local economy also benefited from the festival, particularly many bars and pubs in the village who had increased numbers of customers when the festival was on.

We started the festival with 441 gallons of beer - and ended up with approximately 9 left at the end of the event. We also had 30 gallons of cider which was all drunk.

The beer of the festival voted for by those attending was "Dog Collar" from the Dicky Ticker Brewery

Our thanks go to:

Glass sponsors:

Leeds Brewery and Martin and Co

Staff T-shirt sponsor:


Ticket sellers:

Abbey Inn, Town Street Tavern, and Queen’s Arms

All programme advertisers and barrel sponsors

The Festival Team:


Ian Cowling and Penny Hutton, The Old Bear Brewery


Martin Lockett, The Abbey Inn


Big Butties, Knaresborough


Dennis Herbert


Lucy Childs


Lesley Cran

Ticket sales:

Tracey Wright


Brian Husband

Programme editor:

Derek Glover

Website editor:

Maggie Ware


Diane Childs

Greta Earnshaw

Rosemary Gaunt

Special thanks to Garth from Town Street Tavern for his help with sponsorship and ticket sales

And to our entertainers, front of house and bar staff,

And to all those who came!


Archive of 2009

Click here to view or print the poster for the Horsforth Beer Festival 2009.

Click here to download the Press Release for 02/02/2009 (Word document)

A reminder of the 2009 beers:

Brewery Town Beers Colour Tasting notes ABV
North Yorkshire Pinchinthorpe, Guisborough Archbishop Lee's Ruby Ale ruby rich malty overtones with a dry finish 4.0
North Yorkshire Pinchinthorpe, Guisborough Lord Lees reddish brown A refreshing red/brown beer with a hoppy aroma. The flavour is a pleasant balance of roast malt and sweetness that predominates over hops. The malty, bitter finish develops slowly 4.7
Howard Town Glossop,
Monks Gold golden hoppy beer made wth 4 hops 2 of which are crystal and piooner 4.0
Old Bear - Resurrection light ruby strong malty warming ale with a bitter mouth and a sweet after taste 4.4
Dicky Ticker Pessthead, Spokedfund Dog Collar dark bronze new beer tasting to be done at the beer festival 4.8
Dicky Ticker Pessthead, Spokedfund Dennis the Menace warden amber new beer tasting to be done at the beer festival 3.7
Abbeydale Sheffield Absolution pale fruity ale deceptively drinkable for its strength sweet finish 5.3
Abbeydale Sheffield Daily Bread light bronze good wholesome beer 3.8
Abbeydale Sheffield Brimstone russet bitter beer with hoppy aroma 3.9
Abbeydale Sheffield Last Rights Pale Strong barley wine! 11
Abbeydale Sheffield Matins pale full flavoured hoppy beer 3.6
Storyteller Terrington Genesis Copper beer to start with easy drinking 3.8
Fernandes Ossett Kirkgate Copper nothing like the market? 3.8
Anglo Dutch Dewsbury Ghost on the Rim pale dry and fruity 4.5
Hexhamshire Hexham Devil's Water Copper best bitter well balanced with a slighty fruity hoppy finish 4.1
Hexhamshire Hexham Devil's Elbow amber A brew full of hops and fruit leading to a bitter finish 3.6
Cropton Pickering Monkman's Slaughter Dark Bronze Rich tasting and warming. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Subtle bitterness in aftertaste 6
3 Rivers Cheshire Fathers Favourite light amber hints of coffee and caramel with a spicy finish 4.5
3 Rivers Cheshire Pilgrims Progress

Old Spot Cullingworth Down the Aisle Copper Not for the nervous! 4
Northern Brewing Co Cheshire Soul Rider Straw blonde Fruiy session beer 4
Northern Brewing Co Cheshire Soul Master Golden Citrus and spicy 4.4
Great Heck
Bloomin' Heck amber best bitter with plenty of pilgrim hops 4.2
Great Heck
Golden Fleece pale good session beer with a handful of roasted malt 3.8
St Anthony's Ale TBA TBA 5.20
Deliverance Pale premium bitter 4.20
Goose Eye Keighley H'ale'o Straw hoppy beer with citrussy overtones 4.20
Springhead Nottingham Charlie's Angel Pale golden fruity aroma and flavour leading to a bitter finish 4.40
Puritan's Porter Dark TBA 4.00
Darwin Sunderland Natural Selection IPA TBA 5.00
Leeds Leeds Midnight Bell Ruby Red full on malty dark beer 4.80
Leadmills Derbyshire Ghost Rider TBA TBA 5.40
Leadmills Derbyshire Retribution TBA TBA 5.00
Leatherbriches Derbyshire Ulysses light copper dry bitter finish 4.40
Clarks Wakefield No Angel Pale Brown Bitter with a dry hop finish 4.00
Empire Slaithwaite Crusader Light golden Pine lemon citrus hoppy nose 5.00
Malliningsons Huddersfield Temptation TBA TBA 4.00
Salamander Bradford Flying Buttress Pale fruity hoppy complex aftertaste 4.80
Spire Chesterfield Overture Light amber trad ale smooth quaffing ale 3.90
Summer wine Holmfirth Ale Caesar! Pale Blonde pale ale with orange citrus with a rounded hoppy finish 4.40

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