beer kegThat was 2011!

The third Horsforth Beer Festival, organized by St Margaret’s Church, was yet again a resounding success. Almost 1500 people paid to come in over the two days and the “house full” signs went up early on Friday evening and again on Saturday afternoon, as St Margaret’s Hall reached capacity. Those queuing outside then had to wait for someone to leave before being admitted! But everyone got in eventually.

Old Bear Brewery, Keighley, selected the 60 beers in the main hall, with the focus on new beers and new breweries, and The Abbey Inn, Newlay, selected the 20 ciders and perries for the cellar bar. Such is the growing popularity of cider that more stocks had to be shipped in for the Saturday, as 70% of the barrels were consumed on Friday. Over the two days 531 gallons of beer, 117 gallons of cider and several hundred bottles of American bottled beer were consumed.

Voted beer of the festival was

“Smoked Witch”

winner of the beer of the festival for the second year running!

First runner up:

“Black Knight”

Ridgeside Brewery

of Meanwood, Leeds, who have been brewing for less than a year.

Second runner up:

“Smoked Porter” from Sheffield’s

Abbeydale Brewery

The winners of the raffles for the baskets of beer were Alex (Friday) and Glenn Tabor (Saturday). The winners of the quiz, with the most correct answers, were “The Cider Girls”.

Thanks to all those who helped in any way to make the festival happen:

Glass sponsors:

  • Burrow & Crowe

Staff T-shirt sponsor:

  • Pooky & Grumps

Thanks also to:

  • all who sponsored barrels
  • and to our entertainers, front of house, catering and bar staff

The Festival Team:


Ian Cowling and Penny Hutton, The Old Bear Brewery
Duncan Childs, Alastair Dawson, Zak Glover


Martin Lockett, The Abbey Inn


Dennis Herbert


Lesley Crann


Lucy Childs


Tracey Wright


Dave Childs


Brian Husband

Programme editor:

Derek Glover

Website editors:

Maggie Ware
James Zhao


Greta Earnshaw
Rosemary Gaunt
Anna Lumb


Diane Childs

Health & safety:

Jamie Newson-Smith

Here's the 2011 beers & ciders (in case you can't quite remember them all!)

Brewery Town Beer ABV % Tasting Notes
Old Bear Keighley Great Bear 3.9 A new copper coloured bitter with a rich malty flavour
Honeypot 4.4 Brewed using Yorkshire honey.
Goose Eye Keighley Blackmoor 4.0 A very dark beer. Extremely smooth and palatable A good all round session beer. Plenty of flavour and a lingering taste
Goose Eye Bitter 3.9 A more traditional bitter with chestnut colours. Great session beer with a good punch of flavour
Great Heck Goole Vanilla Wheat Stout 5.4 A cloudy wheat stout, made with german wheat beer yeast and dry hopped with vanilla pods
Hecks Angel 3.9 Very light refreshing pale ale, with american hops
Ilkley Brewery lkley Smoked Witch 5.0 A Seasonal Special. A strong golden coloured caramel beer with a smoky finish
Ilkley Black 3.7 A traditional dark mild that has a blend of 5 malts to give a smooth, mellow easy to drink ale with a hint of liquorices in the finish
Ridgeside Leeds Black Knight 5.0 Rolled oats, roasted to perfection, a strong dark beer with complex malt character with a smooth mouthfeel
Ridgeside Challenge 3.9 Hop flavour is provided by East Kent Goldings
Burley Street Brewhouse Leeds The Brickyard 3.7 Copper coloured traditional bitter
The Laguna Seca 4.0 A golden blond beer with a great fruit flavour from Chinook and First Gold hops
Landlords Friend Brewery Halifax Mr J K's Irish Stout 4.4 A taste of guinness brewed in Yorkshire
Mr Hough 4.4 Premium full bodied bitter with a mix of full and dark roasted malts
John Eastwood Brewery Elland Minster Mild 3.8 Chestnut mild
Wellington Bomber 4.0 Straw colour, chinook hopped
Revolution Sowerby Bridge Kraftwerk 4.5 Braun Ale - so named due to a healthy dose of German ingredients. Slight sweetness in the malt and a well-hopped aroma and finish. Medium-high levels of bitterness
Devolution 4.5 American Pale Ale. Slight sweetness in the malt and well-hopped citrus aroma and finish. Medium-high levels of bitterness
Bridestones Hebden Bridge Indian's Head 3.7 Dark amber in colour, coloured with Crystal Malt and hopped with a good dollop of Cascade
Dark Mild 4.0 An award winning beer made with 4 English malts, hopped with East Kent Goldings - a creamy velvety mild with strong malt character and an overall sweetness
Riverhead Brewery Marsden Chocolate Stout 4.5 Traditional stout flavoured with real chocolate
Fernandes Wakefield Rum n Raisin 4.5 Black beer
Ossett Brewery Ossett Oregan Pale 4.7 Dry full-bodied golden ale. Soft yet fruity aroma derived from hops grown in Oregan
Snowdrop 4.2 A very pale beer, moderate bitterness and delicate maltiness on the palate, fruit and spice from the hops
Naylors Cross Hills Cappuchinale 3.8 Coffee flavoured dark brown ale
Aire Valley Bitter 3.8 light copper coloured, traditional session ale
Rodhams Brewery Otley Rodham's Relish 3.7 A true pale ale - with no crystal!
Litton Brewery Litton Litton Ale 3.8 An easy-drinking traditional bittter with good malt/hop balance and a bitter finish
Mallinsons Huddersfield Horsforth Hopper 4.2 Pale hoppy ale
Chapel 3.8
Old Spot Cullingworth OSB 4.5 Golden
Spot Light 4.2 Pale & Hoppy
Brew Company Sheffield Hop Munster 4.5 Pale golden ale generously hopped with cascade, sentenial, amirillo and bravo
Yellow Rose 4.5 New beer - pale fruity ale flavoured with amirillo hops.
Crown Brewery Sheffield Hillsborough Pale 3.9 A straw coloured bitter with citrus notes, flowery head and petal undertones!
Brooklyn 5.8
Nook Brewhouse Holmfirth Bees Knees 3.9 An award winning hoppy bitter, brewed with Yorkshire honey and crystal malts
Oat Stout 5.2 A full-flavoured Oaty stout with hints of liquorice and roasted flavours
Saltaire Brewery Shipley South Island Pale Ale 3.5 A clean pale beer with cool crisp fruityness from New Zealand hops
Cascadian Black 4.8 A black IPA with a roast malt flavour of a stout and the bitterness and fresh pine aroma of the cascade hop
Little Valley Hebden Bridge Red Dyke 3.9 Fruity, citrussy aroma and a lean and malty body. The beer has a well balanced, though quite a harsh bitter finish
Pontus Hebdanus 4.0 German style ale made the ‘old’ way using roasted barley and wheat malt. Dark amber colour with a bitter hearty finish
Moor View Ilkley Another One 4.3 Sweet and malty
Cock A Doodle Brew 5.2 A marmalade coloured ale with caramel ,citrus fruit & liquorice flavours
Abbeydale Brewery Sheffield Dr Morton Catetonic 4.3 Pale and american hopped
Smoked Porter 4.8 Dark rich porter
Oakwell Brewery Barnsley Bitter 3.8
Mild 3.4
Five Towns Brewery Wakefield Flintlook 3.4 Pale & hoppy
tba (new beer) 6.0 Dark & interesting!
Thorne Brewery Doncaster Thorne Best Bitter 3.9 A range of different malts dominate the taste with caramel, chocolate and fruitcake flavours. The hops compliment this with a full bodied bitterness and notes of orange peel, pepper and herbal aromas
Thorne Pale Ale 4.2 English hops give a fruity, herby flavour and a resinous, grassy aroma. Well balanced bitterness gives a clean finish
Brass Monkey Brewery Sowerby Bridge Monkey Puzzle 4.5
Organ Grinder 4.5
Glentworth Brewery Doncaster Lemonale 4.1
Light Year 3.9
Mithril Ales Richmond Route A66 4.0
Wooden Spoon tba
Summer Wine Brewery Holmfirth Baristo 4.8
Resistance 3.7

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