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A day out at an award-winning brewery! [by Brian Leach]

We all met at the Craven Heifer in Darwen and drank his new brew Lancashire Gold. The barrel was empty before we left though after some Old Speckled Hen soon came on.


There brewery trips catered for small parties at a time and after the initial surprise at the size of our group, Barry gave a very educational talk on how to run a brewery in a garage.


The presentation of winning beer at Pendle Beer Festival 2008 for Smokey Joes Black Beer took place then it was back to the pub for drink and some of his famous curry - great, thanks a lot to Barry - with chips provided thanks to Damian the landlord.


We were split into two groups to go to Black Horse Beer Festival, one group going via Borough Hotel to avoid too many hitting one pub all at once. I counted 18 in the pool room at Borough, where we had a great laugh playing pool before walking on to the Black Horse.


At the beer festival there was plenty of choice and we had until the Smarty Pants coach came to pick up our members from afar so sample the wares....


Other recent social items...
Clitheroe Beer Festival round-up - A selection of shots from the 2012 festival [posted on 13/06/2012]
Sunshine and Real Ale - Pendle Beer Festival workers' trip to Lancaster [posted on 02/07/2010]
Clitheroe Beer Festival photos - Lots of pictures from the cracking 2010 festival [posted on 18/05/2010]
Three B's Brewery Trip - A journey to Feniscowles by train, hook and crook [posted on 11/03/2010]
Thwaites Tour 2009 - News of our meeting at the Blackburn brewery [posted on 09/09/2009]
November CAMRAmble - A trek to the highest pub in the UK [posted on 02/12/2007]
Greenfield brewery trip - A complete account of a most excellent adventure! [posted on 07/11/2007]
Darwen Gala report - Quiet during the storm [posted on 03/09/2007]
Masham trip photos - See how many faces you recognise! [posted on 06/07/2007]
Thwaites 200th anniversary visit - An entertaining evening at the oldest East Lancs brewery [posted on 12/06/2007]
Moorhouses Brewery Tour - Fun at the famous Burnley brewery [posted on 08/05/2007]
Strathaven Brewery Trip - A journey to award Pendle Beer of the Festival [posted on 14/04/2007]
First train from Colne to Skipton - Real ale drinkers joined this historic rail ride [posted on 14/04/2007]
Three Bs Brewery Trip - An insightful tour of a welcoming micro-brewery [posted on 26/07/2006]
Thwaites Brewery Trip - A tour of the largest brewery in East Lancashire [posted on 12/05/2006]
CAMRA LocAle Scheme
CAMRA LocAle Scheme
CAMRA LocAle - the new accreditation scheme to promote pubs that sell locally-brewed real ale, reducing the number of 'beer miles' and supporting your local breweries.
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