Mick Dennison column: Top Totty and Pump Action at beer festival

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Last week I guided you through the local ales on offer at the Morecambe Beer Festival which starts next Thursday.

This week I’m discussing some of the more obscurely named beers available from outside our area and some from nearer by.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery present their whopping 5.5% Jubilee Stout with a burnt yet sweetly malted flavour while in contrast Dent Brewery bring back for the second year running their speciality beer Rambrau. This is a cask lager and at 4.5% it is a clear and crisp refreshing brew – put this one on your “to drink” list.

Hawkshead Brewery present their Ruby Ale – Red. It’s robust, rich, malty and dry – a bit like me! Finally from the lakes is Pennine Pilsner from Tirril Brewery at 4% and from Coniston Brewery their 4.2% classic – Bluebird Premium XB.

Looking further afield, we have some very interestingly named brews, one of which is Top Totty by Slaters Ales and Pump Action from Hoggleys Brewery.

Stouts and Porters are well represented with the easy drinking Nutty Slack at 3.3% being one you could quaff all day. Another strange one is Dark Side of the Moose from Purple Moose Brewery and our feathered friends are represented with Red Duck – a 5.3% dark ale from Fuzzy Duck Brewery in Poulton-le-Fylde.

Finally, if you are looking for something different why not try out Cappuccino Stout from Titanic Brewery?

There will also be 10 real ciders to choose. The full list of beers and ciders can be found using the Perfect Pint website under the tab – Beer Festivals.

Coming up this weekend it’s Motown Magic, kicking off in the York on Friday night (8pm till late) with a Northern and Motown DJ session.

On Sunday (12 till 5), the soul sounds continue at the Platform with The Diane Shaw Band, Lennie Michaels and our very own Blue Juice.

Come, support these events, and relive the halcyon days of The Central Pier and Dixieland. It promises to be a soulful weekend.