PUB LANDLORD COLUMN: Cheers to local choice at town’s beer festivals

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

MICK DENNISON, landlord of the York Hotel in Morecambe, writes...At last the Morecambe Beer Festival committee has published its beer list and once again we have some crackers to test out between August 15-18.

With 50 ales and 10 real ciders to taste, I’m sure there will be something for everyone amongst those listed.

I’ll preview the beers brewed by the local breweries this week and then talk about the others next week.

The selections from Cross Bay Brewery include last year’s Beer of the Festival – Zenith. This is a 5% mouthful of zesty fruit flavours followed by a hefty kick from the triple blend of hops.

Spectrum is a beer brewed in conjunction with George Palmer and Julian Holt using only English malts and hops. At 3.9% it is truly a classic English bitter. Finally, they have brewed a special one-off called Festival Beer – we await the notes from that!

Lancaster Brewery are showcasing their 3.7% session beer, Amber, which is available all the time in the Palatine. The have also brewed a special for August which I’m sure many local pubs will stock – Strawberry Blonde. It is described as a fusion of British strawberries, citrus hops and English malted barley giving a refreshing strawberry blonde sensation. At 4.3%, I think I’ll definitely try that one.

Detention from Old School is well known around the town – a 4.1% fully-flavoured beer with floral aromas and a slightly dry finish. The second beer from the Warton brewery is Textbook, a clean, straw coloured 3.9% light drinking bitter using Mount Hood New Zealand hops.

Mitchells of Lancaster have launched a new beer, branded for the first time in many a year under their own name. Mitchells Pale Ale (MPA) is an exciting new beer specially handcrafted by York Brewery especially for the Mitchells estate. I recently went to a tasting and it comes across as a low strength IPA at 3.9%, a clean, crisp, refreshing beer bursting with hop aroma from the varieties Chinook, Cascade and Pacific Gem. Watch out for it in Mitchells pubs.