January 24, 2017
On Saturday 21st January, Tony and Jackie Rogers of Half Moon Brewery, Ellerton, York were presented with the Pale Ale of the Festival Award by the members of Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA.
The award was received for Half Moon’s Hopwarts Express (5.5%) which was commissioned by the CAMRA Branch for the 2016 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The presentation which took place in a crowded Chequers Micropub in Beverley was attended by the brewers, 20 members of the Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Branch, invited members from other CAMRA branches, the Breweries’ supporters from Ellerton and Beverley locals.
The ale proved extremely popular at the Hebden Bridge Festival in September, receiving many votes from the public and steamed in against stiff competition to win Pale Ale of the Festival.
Half Moon Brewery also donated 12 bottles of its ale to be sold to raise money for the Festival’s charity; the Watermark Flood Fund. The bottles, along with items donated by other breweries, helped to raise £600 for the charity and this was used to support Calder Valley businesses and individuals whose premises had been destroyed or damaged in the devastating floods of Christmas 2015.
Tony Rogers said ‘We are delighted to have won this award and to have our beer acknowledged for its quality by Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA. Such awards mean a lot to us and we have already agreed to supply the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival with a cask of ale next year’.
The 2017 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival will be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from the 28th-30th September.