Drighlington Beer Festival to be the best yet!

Paul Horne with the newly renovated Airstream caravan which has turned into a bar for the Beer Festival at the Spotted Cow pub in Drighlington Picture Dean Atkins
Paul Horne with the newly renovated Airstream caravan which has turned into a bar for the Beer Festival at the Spotted Cow pub in Drighlington Picture Dean Atkins
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Real ale lovers will be in their element this bank holiday weekend as Drighlington holds its fifth beer festival.

From this Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3, The Spotted Cow pub on Whitehall Road will host what is hoped to be the biggest and best event yet.

Landlord Paul Horne said: “We started in 2010 with just six pumps on a bar in the middle of the car park and sold 20 real ales and raised £1,500 for charity. Last year we sold more than 50 real ales and 20 real ciders, and had to bring in portable toilets and extend the marquee and with the help of local businesses and festival goers. We raised £4,250 for Yorkshire Cancer Research – a superb total that will take some topping this year.”

This year there will feature two real ale bars with more than 60 ales and 20 ciders. The new bar is a converted 38-year-old American Airstream caravan imported from Texas, which took six months to restore and turn into a bar.

Paul said: “This year sees the introduction of our gin and Prossecco bar to keep the ladies happy, serving a great selection of 11 premium gins.”

The festival will be supporting the Alzheimers Society, a charity that is very close to the hearts of all at the Spotted Cow, especially Paul, whose dad Trevor died from the disease in 2009.

During the weekend the crowds will also be entertained by local musicians, including Drighlington Brass Band, and there will be fairground rides and fun for the children throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Visit www.drighlingtonbeerfestival.co.uk or the Drighlington Beer Festival page on Facebook for more.