Huddersfield Oktoberfest

January 2, 2021
Huddersfield Beer Festival

Oktoberfest: Tony Shaw and Keith Hinchliffe pictured with 'Yorkshire Ness' by Small World Beers of Shelley.A taste of Bavaria is coming to Huddersfield this coming weekend as Huddersfield CAMRA’s annual Oktoberfest returns.

Around 75 real ales and 20 ciders will be on offer at the group’s beer, cider and perry festival, Thursday October 1 to Saturday October 3.

The German-style festival, to be held at the APNA Venue Leisure Centre in Spring Grove Street, will raise money for the Huddersfield and District Army Veterans Association.

Founded in 1897, it is the second oldest uniformed veterans assocation after the Chelsea Pensioners, and formed the guard of honour for Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Huddersfield in 2007.

The festival will include brews from Huddersfield microbreweries, as well as commemorative bottles of beer from Empire Brewing.

October is also CAMRA’s Cider Month — and a specialist bar will showcase local ciders and perries from local breweries including Pure North and Uddersorchard.

Oktoberfest: Tony Shaw and Keith Hinchliffe pictured with 'Yorkshire Ness' by Small World Beers of Shelley.

And don’t worry about lining your stomach — food will be on offer throughout the festival.

The three-day event will also be selling merchandise from its Breweriana stall, such as pump clips, beer mats, beer labels, bottles, bottle openers, glasses, bar towels, trays, T-shirts, books and more. Stock is urgently needed — to donate an item to sell on the stall, call Bob Tomlinson on 78.

The festival will run 6pm-10.30pm on Thursday, noon-11pm on Friday, and 11am-11pm on Saturday.

Admission is £3 (free for CAMRA members), including a souvenir glass sponsored by the Nook Brewhouse.

Oktoberfest at the Sikh Leisure Centre, Huddersfield. John Williams (festival organiser).

Having trouble choosing a tipple? Here’s our guide to real ale:

MILD —Usually dark brown in colour, it’s not as strong as other ales and is quite easy-drinking, often fused with roasted gain and toffee notes from darker malts.

BITTER — Copper or bronze coloured. It’s bitter taste is balanced by malt and citrus from hops and yeast - and if you’re a fan of stronger brewers, best bitter is for you.

IPA/PALE ALE — Brewed with lightly roasted ‘pale’ malts, pale ales have a more equal malt-to-hop balance, resulting in a moderate taste. IPAs offer more earthy, spicy flavours, and are usually brewed with English hops.

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