That was 2012!

The fourth Horsforth Beer Festival, organized by St Margaret’s Church, was our most successful yet, raising around £13,000 for church funds. Almost 1600 people paid to come in over the two days and as usual the “house full” signs went up early on Friday evening, as St Margaret’s Hall reached capacity. For the first time our Twitter followers were able to keep up to date with what was happening inside and in the queue via our feed @hors4thbeerfest.

We continued to admit people well into Saturday evening as there was still a good selection of beer to choose from. Of the 66 beers on offer only 6 were finished at the end of Friday evening, leaving a wide range of beers for festival goers on the Saturday. On Saturday evening there were still 30 beers to choose from, although at the end of the festival less than 20 gallons remained from the 590 gallons on offer at the start.

Ian, owner of the Old Bear Brewery, Keighley (, selected the beers for the festival, scouring the UK for beers and breweries new to the festival. In the main hall there was beer from Scotland and Wales, and all parts of England, from Cumbria to Cornwall, and Somerset to Suffolk, not forgetting a fair sprinkling from God’s Own County.

Phil from The Abbey Inn at Newlay ( selected the ciders. There were some favourites from previous years, others new to the festival, and a greater choice of the popular fruit ciders. Alongside the ciders was a range of bottled beers and, for the first time ever, even some wine.

Festival newcomers, North Riding Brew Pub and Kirkstall Brewery, triumphed in the Beer of the Festival awards.


First: “Crocodile JFK”
Second: “Blessed Are the Beards”

Third: “Black Band Porter”


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

Glass sponsors: Burrow & Crowe
Staff T-shirt sponsor: Pooky & Grumps
Programme sponsor: Truly Scrummy
Thanks also to:

all who sponsored barrels

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

The Festival Team:
Beer: Ian Cowling, The Old Bear Brewery
Duncan Childs, Alastair Dawson, Zak Glover, John Hutton, Penny Hutton
Entertainment: The Abbey Inn
Marketing/sponsorship: Dennis Herbert
Finance: Lesley Crann
Staffing: Lucy Childs
Publicity: Tracey Wright
Telesales: Dave Childs
Programme editor: Derek Glover
Website editor: Maggie Ware
Administration: Rosemary Gaunt
Catering: Diane Childs
Health and Safety: Paul Holdsworth

Here's the 2012 beers & ciders (in case you can't quite remember them all!)






1648' Smoked Ale 4.7% Sussex This beer has a deep & satisfying smokey flavour giving a deep warm feeling.
Brian & Rozel Daltrey - Good luck for the Festival & fundraising
Allendale Golden plover 4.0% Northum Quality blonde beer only using Marris Otter pale malt giving a light & refreshing clean taste. With a moderate bitterness & enticing aroma.
Meridian Security - Meridian Security - Crime prevention is our intention. 0113 259 1538
Allgates All Black Mild 3.6% Lancs Hints of chocolate & caramel, with light antipodean hop flavours.
Senior & Wright Group - Supporting the local community is of the utmost importance. 0113 258 8155
Angus Gowfer Gold 3.8% Scotland A refreshing golden ale with intital malty sweetness & brewed with English First Gold hops.
Andrew Tate Windows & Repairs - PVCu Windows Doors & Conservatories. We also do repairs. Free Quotations. No call out charge. 07808 595626.
Arundel Castle 3.8% Sussex A tawny coloured beer with a hoppy aroma. The flavour has a good balance of malt, fruit & hops with a dry hoppy finish.
Richard Crooks Partnership - Chartered Architects 0113 281 8080
Atlas Lattitude 3.6% Scotland Straw-colored session beer made from Maris Otter Pale & Lager malts with Styrian Golding hops for aroma.
Waite & Co Estate Agents - Taking the hangover headache out of moving house. 0113 239 0012
B&T Juliet's Revenge 5.0% Beds A rich taste of fruit, hops & malt with a predominantly hoppy aroma.
Stephens & Co Accountants - 'A fine beer can be judged with one sip, but it's better to be thorough' 0113 322 7916.
Bank Top Bad to the bone 4.0% Lancs A thoroughly good pint. A rustic beer with floral qualities and a delicate citrus note.
Jail Guitar Doors - Proud to be part of this Festival. 07913 274886.
Barley Bottom Blackbeards Tipple 4.0% Yorks.
A Golden bitter, hopped with East Kent Goldings and Bobek.
BrassNeck Theatre - Next Production 'The Full Monty' Yeadon Town Hall, 15 - 19 May 2012. Box Office 0113 250 5011.
Barngate Red Bull Terrier 4.8% Cumbria Deep red tones & a complex hop,with tangy fruit & malt flavours & a spicy aftertaste.
Englafot Construction Ltd - Builders of distinction. 0113 258 6111
Beartown Bearskinful 4.2% Staffordshire Tawny beer with malt & fruit taste, with a hoppy finish.
The Fleece - Good old fashioned pub with great quality beer. New Road Side, Horsforth.
Black Hole Asteroid 4.0% Staffs It's deep golden colour is achieved with a combination of pale crystal & caramalts, whilst floral balanced bitterness comes from a combination of Slovenian & American hops.
Horsforth Paving - Let Horsforth Paving transform your driveway. For a free no obligation quote contact us on 0800 389 3588
Black Hole Super Nova 4.8% Staffs Supa Nova is a premium pale ale brewed using lager malts with a top fermenting ale yeast. A variety of hops from Europe & America combine to provide a floral taste.
The Curtain Shop - for a great range of fabrics & blinds come & see us in our showroom. 0113 258 7296
Blackwater Red Herring 4.7% Shropshire Fruit overtones fall across the palette of light amber ale. Hint of malt tempers fruity aroma that leads to a powerful hop-filled finish.
The Regent Fish Shop - Horsforth's warmest welcome. 0113 258 2930.
Blindmans Golden Spring 4.0% Somerset Award winning fresh & aromatic straw coloured beer,brewed using selected lager malt.
Hydrotec Consultants Ltd - Cheers from Hydrotec 0113 250 0370
Blue Monkey 99 Red Baboons 4.2% Derbys An unusual combination of fruity hoppyness with a dark, malty side.
Lofthouse Gate Ltd - Are pleased & proud to support The Horsforth Beer & Cider Festival. 01924 851111.
Bowland Wardsley Gold 4.1% Lancs Golden ale with grapefruit aromas and flavours throughout.
Tenet Group Limited - For Independent Financial Advice, not beer! For an advisor in your area please call 0800 085 0825.
Bowman Elderado 3.5% Hants A subtle injection of Elder Flowers defines this beer,leaving no heavy floral scent, but with a hint of this spring bloom. A character beer with a lovely bitter finish.
The Fairfax Singers - The Fairfax Singers of Burley-in-Wharfedale raise a glass to Horsforth Beer Festival. Cheers! 0113 258 3594.
Box Steam Funnel Blower Porter 4.5% Wiltshire Dark brown porter contrasting the bitterness of roasted barley & malts with a sublte vanilla sweetness.
Hatfield News - Your friendly local newsagents on Long Row - newspapers, magazines, tobbacco, confectionary & off-licence. 0113 258 3905.
Branscombe Vale Brannoc 3.8% Devon A bronze amber session beer. Fruity nose & taste with a bitter aftertaste.
The Queens Arms - Now serves 5 Cask Ales in a traditional & friendly pub environment. 0113 281 9823.
Bristol Beer Factory Sunrise 4.4% Somerset Golden ale,hint of biscuity malt flavour & citrus hops. Pale, Cara, Crystal & Wheat malts & English Pioneer & boosted with Goldings hops.
Tenet Group Limited - For Independent Financial Advice, not beer! For an advisor in your area please call 0800 085 0825.
Burley St Brewhouse Laguns Seca 4.0% Yorkshire Golden, blonde beer from Maris Otter malt, & has a grapefruit flavour from its Chinook and First Gold hops. Its initial sweetness & full body result in a dry fruity citrus finish.
Old King's Arms - Closest pub to the Festival. 2001 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Real Cider. 0113 281 9709.
Burley St Brewhouse Brickyard 3.7% Yorkshire Made with Savinjski & English Golding hops & Crystal malt, this copper coloured beer has a rounded malt flavour & a spicy, fruity aroma. A very traditional, very drinkable Yorkshire bitter.
Ben Frost - Local partner in a major wealth management company. Specialists in investments, retiremant planning & tax. 0113 258 8796.
Burton Bridge Golden Delicious 3.8% Staffordshire Pale straw colour, delicate Styrian hop aroma, dry bitter finish,Challenger with Styrion used late in the copper.
Bar 166 Bistro - A fantastic venue offering luscious British meals all at affordable prices. Visit our website 0113 258 2661.
Cairngorm Stag 4.1% Scotland Dark ale, plenty of deep fruity malt flavour, pleasing dry hoppiness mid-palate, & a smooth chocolate-acccented finish.
J. B. Wilkinson & Sons - Champion Burger Maker of Yorkshire and maker of fine Pies. 0113 250 2126.
Concrete Cow Fenny Popper 4.0% Buckinghamshire A golden, refreshing zesty beer. Bags of grapefruit & passionfruit citrus flavour with some dryish bitter finish.
Gazi's Indian Resturant - Hall Park, Horsforth, LS18 5JY. Reservations 0113 258 1324 & Takeaway 0113 258 7210.
Conwy St David's Ale 4.2% Wales Dark bitter, malty in flavour with great tasting rich, berry fruits that complement each other perfectly for any St Davids day celebration!
Tenet Group Limited - For Independent Financial Advice, not beer! For an advisor in your area please call 0800 085 0825.
EBC Christines Clout 4.5% Yorkshire Pungent & hoppy, brewed using 4 hop varieties to leave a clean, wheaty citrus flavour on the palate.
Jordans Solicitors - Local Solicitors for all your business & personal legal needs. 0113 258 6307.
EBC Marcias Mild 3.5% Yorkshire Three malts blended together for the bronze colour. Two English hops give off a sharpe wild blackcurrant taste with a sooth palate to follow.
Anon - Best Wishes for the Festival.
EBC Ridley's revenge 4.4% Yorkshire Straw coloured ale with a delicate aroma & taste leading to a very refreshing aftertaste.
Horsforth Gala Cream Teas - will be served in this Hall on Saturday 30 June 1 - 4pm
Elland Yorkshire Lager 4.6% Yorkshire A crisp & refreshing lager-style beer brewed using German Lager Malt & a touch of Munich Malt to give a full authentic flavour.
Horsforth Cricket Club - Three senior &anp; nine junior sides, welcoming new playing & social members. Pitch for hire . 0113 258 1246.
Elland Robust U.S Porter 5.2% Yorkshire Special dark malts makes this beer full flavoured, rich & delicious. Hopping with cascade adds to the rich coffee & toffee like flavours.
Town Street Tavern - Your local haven for ale lovers.Good home cooked food and Belgium Beers. 0113 281 9996.
Fyne Ales Avalanche 4.5% Scotland A deliciously dry, straw coloured also with a fragrant "lemony" foretatse & an intriguing hint of grapefruit in the finish. The draymans choice.
Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society with Otley Brass Band - will be performing music to suit all tastes on Sat 12th May at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00. 0113 250 2677.
Hammerpot Shooting star 3.8% Sussex A Chestnut Amber bitter with malt, toffee, & blackcurrant in the mouth.Fresh lemon / floral hop aroma with a mellow, balanced aftertaste.
J & L Marshall - For all your building supplies & hardware. 0113 258 3463.
Hoggleys Reservoir Hogs 4.3% Northants A light copper coloured ale,deep dryness & strong bitterness followed by a sweet aftertaste of dark malt, with a hoppy ending.
Tenet Group Limited - For Independent Financial Advice, not beer! For an advisor in your area please call 0800 085 0825.
Holdens Golden Glow 4.4% Midlands Golden ale with subtle yet fragrant hop aromas, a moreish gentle sweetness & an almost citrus like pleasant bitter finish.
Design Fire Consultants - 20 years experience in Fire Safety Design Fire Risk Assessment & Fire engineering in all sectors. 07834 977051.
Holdens Black Country 5.1% Midlands An amber premium beer with robust malty overtones & a bitter sweet full bodied taste.
Dudleys - We make sure buildings stand up, sewers drain & roads go somewhere! 'Brilliant Engineering' 0113 258 9197
Hornbeam Dark & Devine 4.0% Man Deliciously dark full bodied ale cut with finest New Zealand hops and British malts.
St Margaret's Social Events Group - Supporting St Margaret's & having fun working at the festival!
Houston Peters Well 4.2% Scotland Bursting with flavour & brimming with condition. A freshly cut grass aroma with warm floral hop notes. The taste is smooth yet dry & is refreshingly zesty.
Kelly Williams Chartered Accountants - are pleased to support the Horsforth Beer Festival 0113 252 0553
Ilkley Brewery Ilkley Pale 4.2% Yorkshire A dry crisp pale ale hopped with floral Nelson Sauvin hops to give a strong but mellow citrus finish. Bronze medal winner at the SIBA Northern region beer competition 2010.
Horsforth Carpet Centre - We are not bitter about the competition; we are the best, bar none! 0113 259 0464
Itchen Valley Winchester Ale 4.5% Hampshire Traditional old English bitter, full of malt with a lingering sweet finish.
FEELING HUNGRY? - Hot & Cold Food available in the adjoining hall.
Jarrow Rivet Catcher 4.0% Tyneside A light, smooth, satisfying gold bitter. Subtle fruity hops give the taste profile on tongue & nose.
Woodland DIY Merchants - Horsforth's premier supplier of DIY, timber, garden buildings, fencing, decking, building materials & much more. 0113 258 4326
Kirkstall Brewery Kirkstall Pale Ale 4.0% Yorks.
Wonderfully golden session beer. Fresh malt & hop aroma lead to a satisfying bitter finish.
New Leaf Gardens - Garden Design & Build. Make the most of your garden without spending the earth. 07951 455451.
Kirkstall Brewery Dissolution IPA 5.0% Yorkshire Delicious amber ale with a substantial kick.
Tenet Group Limited - For Independent Financial Advice, not beer! For an advisor in your area please call 0800 085 0825.
Kirkstall Brewery Black Band Porter 5.5% Yorkshire A full bodied yet beautifully smooth dark porter. Perfectly balanced.
Fayre by Alley - Unique Canadian sweet treats which go fantastically well with real ales! Visit our stall at the Festival or go to: or call 07749 130628
Loddon Hoppit Bitter 3.5% Oxfordshire East Kent Goldings traditionally have a Seville Orange marmalade flavour. With Pale Ale malt, containing dark Invert Sugar giving a smooth taste.
Prospect Childcare Services - invest in children for all our futures. 0113 258 1666
Lymestone Foundation Stone 4.5% Staffordshire Golden pale ale from the finest pale & crystal malts. Faint biscuit & chewy, citrus fruits then spicy Boadicea & Pilot hops pepper the taste buds.
Paul H Metcalfe (Joinery Contractors) - wish Horsforth Beer Festival every success in 2012. 07831 570157
Marston Moor Smutty Mutt 4.3% Yorkshire Full bodied with balanced hop bitterness, red in colour with a fruity nose.
Anon - Wishing the Festival another successful year!
Mauldon Silver Adder 4.2% Suffolk Light coloured bitter with fine malt & hop combinations giving a refreshing crips taste.
White Cross Ring Company - Metal section & tube vendors. Battye Street, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD4 8AG. 01274 656999.
North Riding Brew Pub Blessed are the Beards 5.0% Yorkshire A one off special stout brewed for the British beard club visiting Scarborough.
Gordon English (Landscaping) Ltd - Established over 30 years. 0113 258 6486.
North Riding Brew Pub Crocodile JFK 5.0% Yorkshire Pale ale with a strong bitterness and a citrus finish.
Kinetic Corporate - Finding finance for Yorkshire business. Contact Mark Brown 0113 258 7720 or 07968 112489.
North Riding Brew Pub C.R.I.P.I.P.A 4.6% Yorkshire A very pale IPA made with Australian Galaxy hops,  a real treat for hop lovers.
John T Jackson & Son Ltd - Craftsman Organ Builer, music to your ears! 01423 797023.
Old Bear Covered Ale 5.0% Yorkshire Strong dark ale, ruby red colour with a malt & light liquorice aroma. Two hops, one German, giving a bitter sweet flavour with a smooth aftertaste.
Covered Magazine - Local publications for LS13, LS16, LS18, LS19 & LS28. 30,000 copies distributed monthly. Tel 0113 2819124
Old Bear Black Mari'a 4.2% Yorkshire Jet black stout, brewed with Yorkshire malt & roasted barley & blended with two English hops, producing a strong roast malt flavour with a fruity finish.
Carol Gerrard & Janet Baxter - To Tim & Peter, wishing you both a Happy Birthday. Lots of Love Carol & Janet.
Old Bear Estivator 3.8% Yorkshire Light golden ale, reserve champion at the Clitheroe Beer Festival 2006. A creamy sweet lemon taste, with a buttery smoothness & a bitterish hoppy after taste.
TowerWood Vetinary Group - Your local vetinary prictise for conventional & complementary (including Homepathy & Acupuncture) treatments. 01274 610627.
Outstanding Outstanding Red 4.4% Lancs This traditional reddish bitter has a light malt body which is finely balanced with a delicate hop bitterness, providing a modern take on a classic British ale style.
Graham & Wendy Richardson - Hair by CRC at Chapel Allerton & City. 0113 269 7070.
Palmers Copper ale 3.7% Dorset Enjoy this delightfully light, refreshingly fruity & hoppy beer that’s brewed traditionally using the finest quality Maris Otter malted barley & Golding hops.
SMG Financial Services - are pleased to support the Horsforth Beer Festival. Contact Philip Dixon 0113 218 1115.
RCH Double Header 5.3% Somerset A Golden brew made only with pale ale malt & goldings hops giving it a well balanced hoppy flavour.
Hair & Beauty at The Green - Established in 2003 by Nicholas Moscovitch & Rebecca Wendell, both ex-Vidal Sasson staff. 0113 258 8895.
Scarborough Brewery Zest 5.5% Yorkshire TBC
Our Festival Glasses - were produced by Festival Glass Ltd, Halifax. 01422 382696.
Springhead Roaring Meg 5.5% Notts A smooth golden beer with a sweet, citrus honey aroma & a long dry finish.
Anon - Supporting The Festival.
St Austells Proper Job 4.5% Cornwall IPA with Cornish spring water & a blend of malts including Cornish Gold. A powerfully hopped golden bitter that explodes with citrus grapefruit flavours.
Poppies - For high quality, reliable domestic services: ironing, regular or occasional cleaning. 0113 281 8191.
St Georges Winter's End 3.8% Worcestershire A well balanced golden ale brewed using local hops to give a hoppy citrus flavour.
Anon - To another successful Festival.
Summer Wine Resistance Mild 3.7% Yorkshire Espresso Stout.
Old Modernians Association - The multi-sport & social club for Cookridge & surrounding areas. Cookridge Lane, Leeds LS16 7ND. Tel 0113 2671075 Mob 07850 517257.
Summer Wine Gambit 4.2% Yorkshire Golden Ale with Chinook & Amarillo hops. An edgy bitterness with citrus, grapefruit & floral Amarillo dry hop character. A true hop heads session ale!
Headingly Hall - High quality care, apartments & outreach service for older people, from one of Leeds' most respected care providers. 0113 331 4836.
Skinners Spriggan Ale 3.8% Cornwall A light golden hoppy bitter with a distinctive Golding hop aroma. Well balanced with a smooth bitter finish.
Staff Festival T-Shirts - were produced by Paul Everett 01274 612998.
Triple FFF Pressed Rat & Warthog 3.8% Hampshire Complex Ruby mild,we like our beers hoppy! Roast malt with hints of blackcurrant & plum giving a soft yet full roast flavour, with a hoppy bittersweet finish.
Englafot Construction Ltd - Builders of distinction. 0113 258 6111
Tryst Brockville Pale 3.8% Scotland A golden session ale with three British hops, which are balanced with pale malts to be smooth & easy on the palette. A fruit & malt linger in the aftertaste.
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BroadOak Somerset 7.5 Moonshine Medium Cider
BroadOak Somerset 7.5 Premium Sweet Perry
Crossman's Somerset 6.0 Dry Cider
Gwynt y Ddraig Pontypridd 4.5 Happy Daze Medium Cider
Moles Brewery Wiltshire 6.0 Black Rat Premium Medium Cider
Mr Whitehead's Hampshire 6.0 Heart of Hampshire Dry Cider
Newton Court Herefordshire 6.0 Medium Perry
Premium Drinks Yorkshire 7.5 Passion Fruit Sweet Perry
Premium Drinks Yorkshire 7.5 Cherry Sweet Perry
Premium Drinks Yorkshire 7.5 Strawberry Medium/Sweet Cider
Premium Drinks Yorkshire 7.5 Raspberry Medium Cider
Sandford Orchards Devon 6.5 Devon Scrumpy Medium/Sweet 
West Croft Cider Somerset 6.0 Janet's Jungle Juice Medium/Dry Cider
Woodthorpe Hall Derbyshire 10.5 Rubie Suzie Medium/Sweet Cider


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