Festivals tap into Leeds’s love affair with quality ale

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Beer fans can look forward to an ale and hearty September, with a brace of festivals hitting Leeds.

Until Sunday, real ale lovers are invited to Leeds Town Hall to sample hundreds of brews from across the UK and beyond.

There is also a large outdoor street food market to enjoy.

And to get drinker’s tastebuds in ever more of a tizz, Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club has just announced the return of its own beer festival showcasing the best in Yorkshire breweries, with a wide selection of beers brewed in Leeds.

After last year’s hit debut, the event returns on September 19 and 20 at the club on Wharf Street, offering a selection of 25 beers.

Jay Callaghan, who has organised the event, said “We are bringing back some of the champion beers of last year and exploring some of the exciting offerings from breweries we did not have a chance to include then. We just wanted to introduce people to the amazing selection of beers that are being produced in and around Leeds, and let people know the incredible range of tastes and styles that are available.”

On the menu are selections from the likes of Wharfe Bank, Northern Monk, Ridgeside, Ilkley, Saltaire, Golden Owl and Kirkstall.

There will be over 20 casks and several kegs in the selection with cider lovers also being catered for.

Among those returning are last year’s favourite, the award winning Golden Salamander from Bradford, along with new offerings from other favourites Brass Castle, Marble and Two Roses.

The festival is also including beers from in and around York, such as the Great Yorkshire, Rudgate, Harrograte Breweries as well as the York Brewery itself, with a few from further afield such as Wold Top from outside Scarborough.

Entrance to the Wharf Chambers event is £4, which includes a free half pint and commemorative glass.

All beers and food will be suitable for vegans and there will be musical entertainment throughout the two days of the festival.

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