The Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival 2016
“…If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world…” J.R.R. Tolkien
Returns to Hurst Green Memorial Hall, Ribble Valley, Lancashire on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June 2016. The festival features over 60 Cask & Keg real ales & 15 craft ciders from around the country during the event as well as food and live music each day.
J R R Tolkien spent much time at Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green and the area was, at least in part, his inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. The village is dotted with names that are familiar from the tale, and the surrounding countryside is magical.
Now in its 7th year the Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival is a favourite event locally. Join us to combine a love of great beer and the celebration of a great writer and a wonderful story.
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March 23rd, 2016
FYLDE MP Mark Menzies raised a glass after Lytham Brewery was chosen to provide a St Patrick’s Day tipple for Parliament’s famous Strangers’ Bar.
The brewery has become renowned for producing high quality fare for lovers of real ale since it was established in 2007 at the Hastings club in Lytham town centre.
And that reputation helped secure a guest spot in one of the House of Commons’ most exclusive watering holes, on the terrace alongside the river Thames.
Mr Menzies, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said: “I am always telling my Parliamentary colleagues about the fine ales produced by this small brewery in Fylde so I was delighted they were able to sample the St Patrick’s Pale Ale this week.
“It is fitting that the beer was on offer during the same week the Chancellor was announcing the fourth consecutive freeze on beer duty in his budget, so people will be able to keep enjoying Lytham Brewery’s excellent output for a fair price.”
Good Friday till Easter Monday Beer Festival
- 30+ Real Ales
- *Live Entertainment
- Best steaks around
- Family friendly
*Easter Sunday and Sunday Evening “ON THE EDGE” Featuring Saturday.
Plus enjoy the best steaks around and our famous food challenges in a family friendly environment.
Address: 260 Common Edge Road, Marton Moss, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5DH
Tel: 01253 762 702
After its Regional SIBA Silver award, our Berry Blonde (4.1%) is selling very well. Our Head Brewer, Will, is half way through our new “Animal” range of themed beers (Golden Beast, Angry Bird, Ice King and Dingo amongst others) and Ice King will be appearing at CAMRA’s GBBF. Our August range will also include Summer Ale (a blonde 4% session ale with a hoppy and fruity aroma), Pilsner Radler (a 3.8% pale ale with a fruity strawberry twist), Golden Mild (a 4.3% golden ale with a sweet chocolate and caramel undertone) and British Pride (a rich 4.2% golden ale with English hops to celebrate British sporting achievement!). We are also working with the Bloomfield, who, as part of their current refurbishment, are aiming to brew their own beer using a wort supplied by us – but will also be stocking our beers. We are also producing a special
festival beer for the Lytham (Proms) Festival in August. Our party casks are doing well and the new bar at the brewery is proving successful with brewery tours. To celebrate this, we are having our first series of Open Days at the brewery from Thursday 27th August until Monday 31st August – with lots of cask beers and ciders on offer
(see our website for details).
What else? We plan to start bottling our beers towards
the end of October and commission an additional new fermenting room by the end of the year.
All of which promises to keep us very busy indeed for the rest of 2015! Julie Booker
How one man’s passion became a flourishing business for the entire family – the story behind the success of traditional cask ale producers Lytham Brewery and their plans for the future, writes Catherine Mallord
The Lytham Brewery was founded when Andrew Booker decided to put his passion into practice and discover the craft of brewing his own ale.
Andrew who previously owned renowned Lytham venue and winner of CAMRA’s pub of the year; The Hastings Club, turned his attention to developing the brewery into the business it is today, which employs himself and his wife and is now run by his son James with son in law Will taking the role of master brewer.
Passionate about a truly quality product for the discerning ale drinkers, Lytham Brewery has a range of core beers alongside seasonal and monthly specials which it supplies to pubs and restaurants across the North West and beyond.
The family business supplies free trade customers as well as pub companies and chains with its ales which it produces at its brewing plant in Campbells Court Lytham.
Selling the equivalent of around 10,000 pints a week, the business has thrived over recent years in a changing industry – where some see pubs as a declining market, they see an exciting future.
Andrew said: “Whilst headlines may have been filled with closing pubs we see the opposite, good pubs and restaurants are prospering along with the emergence of a new type of venue; pop up pubs in shops or markets.
“Many are also choosing the drink at home, a cask ale really has to be freshly pulled to be appreciated at its best and so to cater for this market we have also launched a home party package allowing customers to ‘pull their own pint’ and we hire all the necessary equipment to go with it.”
The next big plan for the brewery is to launch a range of bottled ales alongside its barrel service, something it hopes to do by the end of the year and will retail through local independents, off licences and supermarkets alongside real ale gift packs and mini kegs.
Andrew added: “Another first for us this year is a collaboration with Dorbiere Pub Group’s refurbished Bloomfield Pub in Blackpool, an eight pump dedicated cask ale venue who will be using our wort or part brewed mixture, and adding their own flavours to create a unique beer to serve alongside our other Lytham Brewery ales.”
“The Bloomfield will become a venue for beer enthusiasts and this is something we are passionate about, quality ales combining traditional techniques and feature flavours.”
When it comes to Lytham Brewery’s seasonal and monthly specials, Master Brewer Will knows his ales and has perfected many special recipes which always hit the spot whether you like your ales light and fruity or rich and golden.
Will added: “We like to make our specials really different, we have a summer and a winter range of four per season alongside our core six ales and our monthly themed beers, currently all named after various animals; from the extra pale Ice King to the golden ginger nut we make sure these beers stand up to the taste test as well as standing out on the pumps with their imaginative names and branding.”
Members of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Lytham Brewery offer regular brewery tours and all important tastings for group bookings of fellow enthusiasts to get a behind the scenes peak at where and how the magic happens.
Andrew added: “We have our main 10 barrel plant as well as a smaller two and a half barrel production unit and with one barrel equating to around 36 gallons, that equates to a lot of beer and most importantly a lot of different ales, we specially blend hops and ingredients to create really different flavours, textures and strengths.”
Over the last seven years since its launch Lytham Brewery has grown year on year and with new branding opportunities through the bottled ales and an increased presence in pubs across the region and beyond we will be seeing and hearing a lot more from these master brewers.
Ale fans had two festivals to choose from with the Lytham Brewery’s open days and a beer festival at Marton Institute.
Hundreds turned out over the Bank Holiday weekend to see how the magic is created at Lytham Brewery in Cambells Court, Lord Street, St Annes.
Visitors were treated to a brewery tour and detailed explanations of how the range of ales is produced at the family firm.
Andrew Booker said: “It has gone very well. We have had a steady stream of people coming into see us.
“We have even had some neighbours come in who didn’t even know there was a brewery near their homes, so that was really good.
“We showed people the brewing process and also told them about how the malt is then used as a feed for local farms. There was food produce available at the festival which we had helped grow!
“We had speciality sausages, wild boar and pulled pork.
“We often get people asking about brewery tours but if they are just ones and twos it is a bit difficult.
“So we thought let’s have an open day and people can all come through together.
“It was not about selling beer, we can do that anytime, it was about letting people see what we do here.”
He said they had 18 cask beers and eight craft ciders available over the weekend including some from other local producers such as the Fuzzy Duck brewery in Poulton.
“We have nothing left in the barrels at the end, which is as it should be.
“So it was a great success and we will be doing it same time, same place next year.”
The brewery was founded in 2007, at the Hastings club in Lytham town centre.
Due to demand its brewing capacity has grown five fold and it now occupies bigger premises in St Annes.
Its beers are sold across the North of England and it produces 10,000 pints a week.
Regulars at the Saddle Inn got to meet former landlord and landlady Don and Pam Ashton who opened the proceedings by pulling the first pints.
On offer were more than 50 real ales and ciders from all over the UK at the Whitegate Drive pub.
Don and Pam were mine hosts at the pub throughout the 1990s and present landlord Andy Rogers said many of the regulars from their time were still customers.
He said: “Don and Pam were very popular and were well known for keeping the beer well.
“When we brought back the beer festival last year after I came to the Saddle I wanted to have them open the festival.
“This year they were able to do that and it was great to see them again. Some of the older regulars were pleased to see them.”
Among the beers on offer were many from the local area.
A selection of ales from the Lytham Brewery were available and some from Fuzzy Ducks in Poulton. Entertainment on the Friday and Saturday nights was provided by one of the regulars Ryan with his acoustic guitar and by Don Cochrane from new Blackpool band Fubar.
Andy said: “Thursday was a brilliant day weather wise and brought in lots of people, Friday and Saturday were also extremely busy.
“We had a marquee attached to the pub, which was just as well given the terrible weather on Sunday. The rain meant the barbecue had to be called off but we had Cumberland sausage and black-pudding hot pot instead.
“The ciders were the most popular this year and the feedback we got from customers was fantastic. We are all looking forward to next year’s.”