Over two days, starting on Friday 26th May and continuing through to Saturday 27th May, Glossop North End Beer Festival is set to be another cracking event that will attract a large contingent of beer lovers from High Peak and the surrounding area. Doors open at 6pm on Friday and 12 noon on the Saturday.
Expect over 20 ales, fine food, a junior football tournament and top-quality live acts will be strutting their stuff throughout the event to keep you entertained – all you have to do is make sure your glass is kept topped up.
Adding to the list of reasons to visit, it’s free to attend, so bring your family and tell your friends.
See you there!
The real ales have arrived and these are the beers expected to be available.
As usual, quite a selection mainly from breweries close to home but with the beers from one rather distant brewery making a welcome return.
Our closes brewery is Howard Town from Old Glossop and there are three beers.
Hope (4.1% ABV) A pale and refreshing beer which was a core beer at the brewery but is now brewed rather less frequently.
Kerala (4.2% ABV) A pale, light bodies Summer special.
O.A.T (4.8% ABV) A golden oatmeal ale featuring American hops.
From Nottinghamshire we have three beers from the Flipside Brewery. These are:-
Bit Coin (4.1% ABV) Classic English bitter.
Copper Penny (4.2% ABV) Easy drinking session bitter.
Franc In Stein (ABV 4.3%) Golden Ale with a floral hop aroma.
A few GNE supporters may recall an away match at the now sadly defunct Rossendale United some seasons ago. After a poor GNE performance on the pitch the day was at least partly saved by a beer from the Bank Top Brewery of Bolton which was on in the club bar. This was:-
Flat Cap (ABV 4.0%) A very easy drinking Amber ale.
Just to add to the interest from this well established brewery we have:-
Old Slapper (ABV 4.2%) We wouldn’t dare comment on the name but this is a Golden Amber Ale.
Making a return visit from Cambridgeshire are beers from the Elgood Brewery – three of them this time.
Black Dog (ABV 3.6%) A full flavoured dark mild.
Cambridge Bitter (ABV 3.8%) The brewery’s standard bitter. Malty with a dry finish.
Golden Newt (ABV 4.1%) Golden as the name suggests.
A contender for the title “Beer City of the U.K.” is Sheffield. We probably wouldn’t agree with that as we would always nominate Manchester but one reason why Sheffield could even be in contention are the excellent beers from the Kelham Island Brewery . We have two of the longest established beers from this brewery located in the very centre of Sheffield.
Riders on the Storm (ABV 4.5%) A robust golden pale ale.
Pale Rider (ABV 5.2%) Straw coloured but full bodied – something of a classic.
From the Radcliffe area of Manchester we have two beers from the Brightside Brewery.
Odin (3.8% ABV) A fresh blond ale featuring American hops.
Brightside Best (ABV 4.3%) A dark amber coloured traditional bitter.
From the other side of Manchester we have a couple of quite well known beers from the Bollington Brewery.
Bollington Best (ABV 4.2%) Often described simply as Bolly Best, this is a crisp, hoppy bitter.
Dinner Ale (ABV 4.3%) Deep Copper coloured Bitter.
Not too far away from Glossop lies Greenfield so the beers from Greenfield Brewery have not needed to travel too far to get here. The two beers from this brewery are:-
Silver Owl (4.0%) A golden/amber citrussy ale.
Dobcross (ABV 4.2%) An amber coloured bitter with a dry finish.
Regular GNE Beer Festival goers will know that we always feature one beer which invariably is the first to run out. This is the much revered full flavoured IPA which is Jaipur (ABV 5.9%) from the Thornbridge Brewery of Bakewell.
Keeping the Jaipur company this year we have it’s stablemate Kipling (ABV 5.2%). This beer has made a few appearances locally and is a complex golden pale bitter.
That’s it for the real ale drinkers and more than enough variety for most we would hope.
In addition to the 20 handpulls which will be in the outside bar the clubhouse bar will be open all through the festival for those who might like to partake of other beverages.
All starts at 6 pm on Friday.