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'A fine orchestration of dry hopping'
Congratulations to Briggs Signature Ales whose Symphony#1 was the first beer to run off at The Star Inn's Spring Beer Festival.
According to the Folly Hall pub's twitter account the first wicket fell mid afternoon on Friday, closely followed by Mallinsons' Spring-Steen and Highly Sprung.
All three beers were brewed nearby at Mallinsons Brewery in Lockwood Road. So a job well done by Nick, Tara and Elaine.
I had the privilege of drinking all three beers on opening night when Nick was working behind the festival bar.
He told me the 4.2% beer was his recent Brass ale dry hopped with Citra and nelson sauvin.
Brass was his second offering after Northern Soul debuted at The Star in late December.
Nick Briggs & Sam Watt at the launch of
Briggs Signature Ales. Pic: Steve Goodwill
And Northern Soul was my favourite until Wednesday night.
So I'll use this platform to call for an encore of Symphony. I know Nick described it as a 'one-off special' on twitter, but every now and then a festival throws up a beer that demands to be drunk again and again. This is one of them.
But in the meantime look out for Nick's next beer, Folk 3.7%, in bars in about two weeks' time.
Anyone wanting further information about this fantastic fledgling brewery should check out its website:
or look at this interview we did with the former Elland brewer after his beer launch late last year: