Peakender

This weekend I took a little jaunt up to Bakewell for Thornbridge brewery’s annual Peakender festival. The rain tried its hardest to dampen our spirits on the Friday night, but plenty of people still turned out to listen to the bands and the meet the brewer sessions. We had the pleasure of catching Emma Inch’s tasting session with Dominic Driscoll of Thornbridge brewery. Highlight for me was their Serpent collaboration with Brooklyn brewery, although I found myself alternating between Green Mountain and Lukas for most of the weekend.

The festival is billed as family festival and it was really good to see people in the industry attending with their families. The event as a whole is a very relaxed affair, much less beer geeky than a lot of festivals, and very much in keeping with the chilled out surroundings of the dales.

On Saturday we wandered up to Thornbridge brewery itself to have a nose at all their shiny kit and grab a bottle of Serpent for ourselves. The packaging line they have is absolutely incredible, it’s no wonder the quality of their small pack beer is so good. In the evening we caught the end of a typically raucous Yeastie Boys meet the brewer, with Stu leading a Conga line of people, Pied Piper like, back to his car to get some samples of their new beer.

On Sunday we’ve made our escape in the van to a quiet site in the Dales where I’m sat writing this with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, trying to distract myself from all the work I need to do. Tomorrow we’re off for a visit to Round Corner brewery in Melton Mowbray on the way home - expect another blog post and some photos tomorrow!

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James Hayward