Small beer… Hand-Pumped in brief

By: JimOldfield

July 22nd, 2016

Sometimes news, like beer, comes in gills rather than pints. Here’s Hand-Pumped’s latest round-up of ale stories in brief:   New Prime Minister Theresa May has only been in the job a few days… but already she has her own BEER! Come What May has been brewed in her honour by Hieneken UK’s pub business, Read the full post…

York’s monster ale trail is back!

By: JimOldfield

July 20th, 2016

The World’s End tour has come to York.. and ‘appen there won’t be alien human-replicants, with bodies filled with blue blood BUT – there will be TWENTY-FOUR pubs to go at, on this monster ale trail! Thankfully, unlike the Simon Pegg comic epic, you’ve got six weeks – not a single night – to undertake Read the full post…

Quaffing record broken at Wye festival

By: JimOldfield

July 12th, 2016

A record 21,000 pints were supped at last weekend’s twelfth Beer on the Wye beer and cider festival, with some 6,300 ale lovers turning out to make the three-day event the best ever. On offer were 130 UK beers, 40 world beers and 137 different ciders – and a third of all the drinks served Read the full post…

Batley beer fest is back

By: JimOldfield

July 11th, 2016

Batley Beer and Music Festival will return for a second year, on the weekend of August 6 and 7. Artists such as singer-songwriter Loz Campbell, acoustic folk pop duo The Last Minute, four-piece rockers Goodnight Dakota and gospel blues act Scott Wainwright are all booked for the event, which has been inundated with bands offering Read the full post…

Harwich beer festival is well fortified with ale!

By: JimOldfield

July 10th, 2016

The historic Redoubt Fort in Harwich will soon be trembling to the march of real ale fans once more – when Harwich Town Brewing Company launches its seventh annual beer festival.   A splendid 60-plus real ales and ciders will be up for sinking, in the moat of the Napoleonic fortress, together with American and Read the full post…

Mass brew at Hawkshead’s 10th ale festival

By: JimOldfield

July 10th, 2016

The Lake District’s Hawkshead Brewery is set to hold a three-day celebration of northern craft ales – complete with a mass brew – to mark its 10th summer beer festival. Hawkshead has gathered some of the most innovative independent brewers across the region for the event, which runs from July 21-23. Some 80 ales, from Read the full post…

Scarborough launches an ale festival

By: JimOldfield

July 8th, 2016

CAMRA’s Scarborough branch is about to launch its inaugural Scarborough Real Ale, Cider & Arts Festival, in conjunction with The Campaign for Real Art. The fest will take place from October 13-15 in the Old Parcels Office at the town’s station. The organisers are thinking big, with a planned list of 60 real ales and Read the full post…

Free bus rides, meal tickets for Huddersfield ale and food fest!

By: JimOldfield

July 6th, 2016

Have a few beers, some great food at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival… then get a FREE bus ride home! That’s the great deal on offer for locals, after bus company Yorkshire Tiger pitched into the festival spirit. The firm has promised a ride home to anyone who takes part in the event’s Real Read the full post…

Wye-ever not.. 24,000 pints come to Hereford beer festival!

By: JimOldfield

July 5th, 2016

They’re a thirsty lot in Hereford… and this weekend they will be proving it once more, by sinking a staggering 24,000 pints at the town’s 12th CAMRA Hereford beer festival! Beer on the Wye XII takes placed in a huge marquee alongside Hereford Rowing Club, which over the three-day weekend will play host to more Read the full post…

Scunthorpe serves up a bevvy of real ales!

By: JimOldfield

July 4th, 2016

The 19th Scunthorpe beer festival hits the road this year, with more than 25 real ales on the stocks for a four-day extravaganza! The ales stretch from the East Midlands and Yorkshire to Greater Manchester and the North-West, and they will be served up alongside ciders, perries and hot and cold food. Limited-edition, stemmed half-pint Read the full post…