An award winning Cheshire village inn is rolling out the barrels and the bands for an August bank holiday weekend (August 22-25) beer and music extravaganza.
The Yew Tree Inn at Spurstow, Bunbury, - twice voted Pub of the Year by the Marketing Cheshire Awards – has joined with Crewe’s Beer Dock, specialist off-licence, to showcase a wide range of cask, craft keg and bottled ales from around the UK.
The beers have been sourced by the Beer Dock’s Sam McGarrigle following an invitation to take over the pumps from Yew Tree manager Myles Carr and bar manager James Ivill.
They include beers from Siren Craft Brew of Berkshire, Arbor Ales of Bristol and the Gloucester Brewery - all rarely seen in the North - and will feature a collaboration brew from the acclaimed Fyne Ales of Argyll and Somerset’s Wild Beer Co. The Cool as a Cucumber (2.9%abv) brew is a low strength pale ale infused with mint and cucumber.
After opening on Friday night (August 22), Saturday afternoon will see a tutored tasting from Sam to explore craft bottled beers. The session is free to attend but should be booked in advance.
Myles Carr said: “We wanted Beer Dock to be part of our festival weekend as we both have a real passion for real ale and craft brewing. It is part of the Yew Tree ethos to work alongside small local businesses and increase awareness for them.
“The weekend is a combination of beer, live music, beer and barbecue. Hopefully the weather will be kind to allow for some “sunset sessions”.
Music performances will be from the Mac Bros duo on Friday from 8.30pm, Amber Prothero from 7pm on Saturday and the Beard Band from 6pm on Sunday.
Entry is free throughout the weekend and the regular acclaimed pub menu will be available except on Sunday evening when BBQ specials will be on offer.
Enterprising publicans Jon and Lindsay Cox re-launched the abandoned village hostelry in 2010. Since then the Yew Tree has won a raft of awards and guide listings - and was recently hailed by the Jamie Oliver Magazine as the place to eat in Cheshire. It is has been included the Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Eat & Drink Guide every year since opening.