The KSC 110 Club recently held its first ever beer festival. The three-day beery bash commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings – and what a fine job they did in running their debut event.
Beer festivals are certainly becoming more popular locally and the KSC Club boasted 18 local ales at the event – all on hand pumps – which is always preferable to cask ale ‘connoisseurs’.
East Lancashire breweries represented were: Moorhouse’s, Reedley Hallows, Worsthorne and Hyndburn’s new, and only microbrewery, Big Clock, based at Grant’s Bar, Accrington.
There were also fine ales on the festival bar from Bank Top (Bolton) and Prospect (Standish, Wigan). However, I first had to try the Big Clock brew, 100 Ruby. It was a robust, full flavoured, fruity beer. Malty sweet, quite smooth, with a long, moderately bitter hopped aftertaste – it hit the spot.
My mate, who had come along with me, Arthur Brydges, went for a tried and tested slurp. One of his favourites, Red Man, from the Worsthorne Brewing Co. It’s a refreshing, malty, golden ale, with a consistent flavour of grapefruit throughout. A classy, well-hopped beer – very popular in the pubs and clubs within the locality and beyond.
Food was also on offer at the festival. Nothing like a couple of beers to work up an appetite. It was good to see fine, local produce on the menu. Haffner’s pies and Donald Smith’s award-winning black puddings. We went for the latter. The puds went down a treat – and at just a quid, it was a bargain.
The staff at the club were superb. Ryan Murphy, who helped to organise the festival, and the rest of the bar team, were most polite and affable. Mind you, it’s always the case at these friendly, relaxing, social events.
The Yorkshire Street club no doubt held a cracking three-day event. The ales, at just £2.20 a pint, were in superb condition. And good to see our local brewers being well supported. Also, Gordon Birtwistle’s Prostate Scanner Appeal will have benefited from the festival, with donations and any returned beer tokens boosting the Burnley MP’s charity.
So, all in all, congratulations to the committee and other volunteers, who made the festival a most enjoyable one. No doubt cask ale aficionados in the area will be looking forward to the next beery celebration at the KSC.