Biggest ever Leeds beer festival announced

On the hop: Brewer Steve Crump and Tony Jenkins at WharfeBank Brewery, near Otley, are brewing a celebratory 'Crusader' ale for Leeds CAMRA's beer festival +pic: James Hardisty

On the hop: Brewer Steve Crump and Tony Jenkins at WharfeBank Brewery, near Otley, are brewing a celebratory 'Crusader' ale for Leeds CAMRA's beer festival +pic: James Hardisty

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One of the biggest beer festivals in Yorkshire is set to toast real ale enthusiasts a hoppy anniversary.

Leeds Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which was founded in The Central pub, in Wellington Street, back in 1974, will mark 40 years with a special ruby-coloured brew at its annual festival.

Wharfebank Brewery, founded in Pool-in-Wharfedale in 2010, is brewing a hoppy, special ale called ‘Crusader’ that will mark the milestone year at the event at Pudsey Civic Hall from March 13 to 15.

The celebration of all things ale and cider will see over 200 varieties on offer in two-third of a pint glasses, of which many will be film-themed due to another Leeds stalwart’s centenary.

John Rowe, chair of Leeds CAMRA and member of 23 years, said: “It’s a big landmark and we shall be celebrating back at The Central where it started 40 years ago.

“This year is also the 100-year anniversary of a Leeds institution – the Hyde Park Picture House.

“We do try to remain pretty close to our roots. Yorkshire ales are the standard by which all other ales are judged in the country – there are not many Leeds breweries that have not received national recognition.”

All Leeds breweries have been invited to showcase their produce along with dozens of national and international firms at the Leeds CAMRA Beer Festival, which has been held at Pudsey Civic Hall for more than 20 years.

This year’s cider and perry bar will host over 20 choices, while the global bar will sell several bottled beers.

Tony Jenkins, business support worker at the brewery, said: “We were the product of a growing interest in real ale three years ago. With Tetley going there has been a big interest in these parts and at other local breweries – people in Yorkshire want to drink beer from Yorkshire.”

Festival sessions will run on the Thursday and Friday from 11am to 3pm and then 5pm to 11pm and on the Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Entry costs up to £5 depending on the session.

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Leeds Campaign for Real Ale’s 2014 festival will also celebrate 100 years since Hyde Park Picture House opened as a cinema.

The Grade II-listed site, in Brudenell Road, opened on November 7 1914, initially providing Leeds residents with news bulletins and war footage as well as films.

In 1989 Leeds City Council stepped in to save it from closure after the surge in popularity of video and multiplex cinemas.

It is now owned by the council as part of Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd. Visit for information.

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