This weekend was the Huddersfield Oktoberfest, the annual CAMRA beer festival which for the last few years has been held in the Silk Leisure Centre just at the top of town.
For non CAMRA members it was £3 entry and then a £2 deposit for a glass. You then bought beer tokens which you exchanged for beer meaning that the people on the bar could just concentrate on pouring the beer.
This was my third year of going to the festival and it seems to be getting busier each year. We were there on Friday evening and there was a really nice buzz. Although it was busy it never took long to get served and luckily for us we’d managed to bag a table and chairs early on. I also thought that the curries were better this year – we enjoyed a starter platter which included somosas, pakoras, chicken tikka and lamb kebab all for the bargain price of £5.
According to CAMRA this year there were 104 real ales from local and regional breweries, as well as 52 ciders and perrys. We went for a variety of different beers including German style, pale ale, copper bitter, porter and even a cider all from different producers but I think the favourite, of the ones we tried, was Auburn Myth from Tonbridge brewery.
The only slight negative comment this year was that the tasting notes were not as good as previous years which for a non real ale drinker it made it much harder to choose a beer. There were nearly 20 beers described as ‘pale and hoppy’ – personally I need more information to chose a good beer!
We had a great night, bumped into friends we’d not seen for a while and found out about other real ale events taking place locally including the Slaithwaite Moonraking beer festival from 17-19 November and a Beer, Cider & Perry Festival at the Shepherd’s Boy in Dewsbury from 27 to 31 October and includes a pressing day by Udders Orchard Cider. Can’t wait!