Camra’s real ale festival goes down a treat!

CAMRA Mayfest, Square Chapel, Halifax.
CAMRA Mayfest, Square Chapel, Halifax.

Hundreds of drinkers enjoyed the annual Mayfest held at Square Chapel, Halifax.

There were 58 beers to sample along with a selection of ciders and perries courtesy of the Halifax and Calderdale branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

It opened last Friday and a couple of hundred drinkers enjoyed a lunchtime tipple ahead of a busy evening crowd.

The festival - now into its 11th year - carried on into Saturday.

Branch chairman Nigel Robertshaw said drinkers were attracted by the quality of the drinks which were all produced by small micro-brewers.

“There are now a lot of small beer producers including quite a number in Calderdale and people like drinks brewed locally,” he said.

Calderdale brewers represented were Cuerden Brewery, Blackshaw Head; Elland Brewery; Landlords Friend, Luddenden; Little Valley, Cragg Vale; Oates Brewery, Halifax; Owenshaw Mill, Sowerby Bridge; Slightly Foxed, Sowerby Bridge. The Real Cider Company, Hebden Bridge, supplied cider and perry.

“We try to feature Calderdale brews and others closer afield and attract a good cross selection of people, both men and women, of all ages,” said Mr Robertshaw.

“And, the little breweries are passionate about what they deliver to the festival.”

Drinker Roy Syril, travelled from Baildon for the festival and a few drinks in the town centre.

“You get a bigger variety of beers at a festival but I must admit you get a better atmosphere in a pub,” he said.

The local Camra branch has around 600 members and its festival has been sponsored for the last 10 years by Halifax electrical contractor Reginald Maude Ltd.

Company spokeswoman Angela Wright said: “We are delighted to have sponsored the event for 10 years and have enjoyed a wonderful evening sampling the various ales and ciders.

“Particularly a glass or two of Haighs Humour in memory of our late colleague Colin Haigh who was a keen fan of real ale and the inspiration for our sponsorship.”