The much loved Lions Beer Festival returns to Knaresborough House from 7pm on Friday 11th August this year.
It features among its twenty-one beers ‘Blind Jack’, kindly donated free of charge by Knaresborough’s own Rooster’s Brewing Company. Created to celebrate 300 years since the birth of pioneering road builder, musician and local hero John Metcalf – popularly known as Blind Jack – it is an amber rye ale described as ‘quaffable, with a light spicy finish’.
Marking the start of feva, Knaresborough’s Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts, the Lions Beer Festival will open from noon on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th, finishing at 5pm – or earlier if the beer runs out! – on Sunday. It will help to fund feva’s free Picnic in the Park, with DJ and bands, in the grounds of Knaresborough House on Saturday 19th August.
This year the Lions are delighted to present Pride of Lions Ale, created by Ossett Brewery to celebrate 100 years of Lions International. It is only fitting that it is ‘refreshing, easy drinking with a roaring finish’.
The festival will feature a range of beers from darks to blondes and traditional bitters, from Pheasantry Brewery’s ‘easy-drinking, light summery’ Harvest Ale at 3.6% ABV to High Tea from Rooster’s at 6.2%, infused with jasmine flowers and green tea from Taylors of Harrogate.
For those who favour a different sort of tipple, there will be seven ciders including Farmhouse Scrumpy by Gwynt y Ddraig, Blackberry and Elderflower by Sheppy’s, and the zingy Rhubarb Cider by Woodalls. There will also be a Pimm’s and prosecco bar, and snack food by Dee Spice on Friday and Saturday.
Music at the festival will be from Paul Watson on the Friday and Saturday nights, and the award-winning Knaresborough Silver Band on Saturday afternoon.