Ok, folks, just time for a quick beer festival round-up; just in case the World Cup isn't your cup of tea (or pint of beer). Clifford's first Beer festival takes place at the village hall on 19/06/10, and is raising funds for the hall and the local footy team - so it's all good. The beer range is a showcase for the region with Acorn, Elland, Saltaire, Abbeydale, Brown Cow, Great Heck, Hawkshead and Ilkley breweries all supplying for the festival. Clifford's a lovely part of Yorkshire, too.
Speaking of lovely parts of Yorkshire, The White Bear in Masham is holding their 9th annual Beer fest on the weekend of 25/06/10. Much bigger, and across the pennines, is Chorlton's Beer Festival on the 2nd and 3rd of July. With over 50 ales on offer, I'd expect the usual eclectic festival mix. Last year saw local heroes like Marble stack up against more travelled breweries such as Purple Moose, Dark Star and Dunham Massey.
For our friends north of the border (of which we have many, you lovely, lovely people), there's the big one - The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2010. Held on the 24th. 25th and 26th of June at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, beers from Black Isle, Harviestoun, Sulwath and Williams Bros are likely to be amongst many on offer. And if in Wales - don't despair - there's one for you too: The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival is taking place at Cardiff International Arena on the weekend of June 10th. There's plenty of great welsh beers on the list, too - Breconshire, Evan Evans, Otley and Vale Of Glamorgan to name a few.
So - support your local independent breweries and pubs as well as your team in the upcoming month.