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Local brewers blossom in ale festival
Article date: 21 Nov 2012

A seven-day beer festival at The Sir Thomas Gerard, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, provided a choice of 22 local ales for customers.

The ‘War of The Roses’ Real-Ale Festival featured 11 ales from breweries in Yorkshire and 11 from producers across Lancashire, complete with tasting notes for each brew.

Customers were asked to vote for their favourite brewery or favourite ale featured in the festival, to decide on the winner of Yorkshire versus Lancashire.

The beers on offer from ‘The House of York’ were: Kelham Island’s Pale Rider (5.2% ABV); Ilkley Brewery’s Mary Jane (3.5% ABV); Roosters Yorkshire Pale Ale (4.3% ABV), Cogburn Pale (4.3% ABV) and Buckeye (3.5% ABV); York Brewery’s Guzzler (3.6% ABV) and Centurian Ghost (5.4% ABV); Naylors Velvet (4.0% ABV); Leeds Brewery’s Yorkshire Gold (4.0% ABV) and Pale (3.8% ABV); Rudgate’s Ruby Mild (4.4% ABV).

‘The House of Lancaster’ offerings were: Moorhouse’s White Witch (3.9% ABV) and Tom and Gerrys (4.8% ABV); Thwaites Torchlight (4.4% ABV) and Lancaster Bomber (4.4% ABV); Joseph Holt’s IPA (3.8% ABV); Lancaster Brewery’s Red (4.9% ABV) and Straw (3.5% ABV); Phoenix’s Wobbly Bob (6.0% ABV) and White Monk (4.5% ABV); Bank Top’s Flat Cap (4.0% ABV) and Old Slapper (4.2% ABV).

Joanna Whalley, shift manager and real-ale champion at The Sir Thomas Gerard, organised the mini festival, with all of the ales hand-picked for each house.

Joanna, pictured right, with bar associate Natalia Simm, said: “We wanted to support local breweries and ales, so pitted Yorkshire and Lancashire against each other, in a war of flavour and popularity.

“Although the House of Lancaster seemed to be the popular choice and looked to be the firm favourite, the House of York received the most votes for one of the final ales served – Roosters Cogburn Pale.”

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