This year we had a Canals and Inland Waterways theme in recognition that the Leeds and Liverpool Canal had it’s first complete crossing 200 years ago. Sponsors included Leeds Brewery, Ridgeside Brewery, Sunbeam Ales, The Crossed Shuttle and Moorhouse’s Brewery.
From votes received by the festival-goers:
Beer of the Festival
1st Sunbeam Ales Foggy Morning
2nd Ridgeside Nautilus
3rd Treboom Myricale
Mild of the Festival
1st Wharfe Bank ‘mystery mild’
2nd Ridgeside Icebreaker
3rd Moorhouse’s Black Cat
Cider of the Festival
1st Cranborne Chase Traditional Farmhouse Medium
=2nd Ham Hill Medium Dry
=2nd Wilkins Sweet
Over 150 different cask conditioned beers were on with a choice of over 100 beers was on Saturday evening.
The mild trail was proved popular again with 15 different ones available. Golden Ales were the most popular beer style, over 60 were ordered and they were the fastest selling style.
Tasting panels sat to decide the Yorkshire and North East representatives in the Champion Beer of Britain in the Golden Ales and Best Bitter categories.
Pudsey Civic Hall has been booked for 2017, opening dates are probably going to be 16th to 18th March 2017.