Lancastrians join beer from the wood craze

The 12th Pendle Beer Festival recently took place at the Muni in Colne, the town probably best known as the birthplace of Wallace Hartley, the bandleader on the ill-fated Titanic (Harry Chapin fans please note!).
Run by the East Lancs branch of CAMRA, this year’s theme was the 200th anniversary of the building of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and around half of the beers featured were from breweries along its length. However, of particular interest to the “woodentops” were six beers in wooden casks, two each from Worsthorne and Fighting Cocks (both Lancashire) and representing God’s own county Elland Brewery.

Chinook_Elland Brewery Firstly we supplied the single hopped golden session beer called Chinook at 3.9% ABV. It is the newest addition to our core range and is already a firm favourite amongst regular customers especially those at the “home of beers from the wood” – The Junction at Castleford.

1872 Porter_Elland BrewerySecondly, saving the best until last and quite rightly as the strongest –1872 Porter, a 6.5% ABV beer which really needs no introduction. Arguably the most decorated beer in recent British brewing history. A rich, complex, dark ruby porter from an 1872 recipe. Supreme Champion Beer of Britain and four times National Winter Ales Champion. Wowee!
We sent our representative along to check the beer quality and he was able to confirm that it was not only tip top but simply stunning from the wood! And for good measure, he also reported that the version supplied in a steel cask to the local pub, the Wallace Hartley was spot on too for those who missed out at the festival.