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http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/gnbf_blog.jpg?w=211&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/gnbf_blog.jpg)There’s a clutch of excellent Beer Festivals coming up – *here are the ones I personally recommend.
Firstly, SIBA’s Great Northern Beer Festival (http://www.siba.co.uk/gnbf/) runs from 27th to 29th of October, at The Ramada Picadilly in Manchester. The beer list isn’t up yet, but with 250-ish beers on offer, it’s likely to be an excellent display of Northern Brewing. Speaking of Northern Brewing, there’s still time to get your plan in order to visit Saltaire’s next beer festival (http://www.saltairebrewery.co.uk/html/events.html) on the weekend of the 16th September. Stupidly popular, there will be lots of Saltaire’s finest on offer, plus the usual interesting guests that the Saltaire crew are very good a procuring on offer.
If you can’t make that, just down the road in Bradford, *The Sparrow (http://theculturevulture.co.uk/blog/people-and-places/the-sparrow-bier-cafe-bradford/) are hosting a couple of weeks of Oktoberfest-inspired fun. Kicking off on the 17th of September, expect lots of German Keg, German influenced English Cask and bottles, all the cheese and meat you can handle – *and none of the insane teenage crowds that the annual Leeds Christmas Market debacle offers. *Check here (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119343534833968) for the beer list, and get yourself down to this fantastic Beer Bar and join them. I am.
http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/festival_logo.png?w=210&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/festival_logo.png)If you’re out and about in the great Northern wilderness during October you could do a lot worse then checking out the Beer n’ Bangers (http://www.beernbangers.com/index.html) site for info on which venues will be taking part this year. Basically, Pubs and Butchers in the South-West Lakes collaboarate over the 7th to 9th of October, offering great local ales, and tasty local sausages to accompany them. I love this idea, and wish we had more of these kinds of beer festival going on. Jump over to the site for tasty info.
Finally, York Beer Festival (http://www.yorkbeerfestival.org.uk/2011/) is running at the Knavesmire between 15th and 17th of September. Now, obviously I;m biased because a) I love drinking in York and b) I’m judging this year – but I really do rate York Beer Fesitval. It’s in a great location *- even better if it’s a nice day – and the beer list is excellent. Take a look at it here (http://www.yorkbeerfestival.org.uk/2011/beer) if you don’t believe me – there’s some great -soudning beers on offer. My tips would be Ilkley’s new IXB, Revolution’s Propaganda (more on that later), and Raw collaboration with Steel City,**the cunningly – titled Raw Steel. I’m sure it’ll be a hop-monster, knowing those guys.
See you there!

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