Lining up alongside twenty nine real hand-pulled ales, perries, ciders, lagers and wines at this week’s Harrogate Beer Festival will be an innovation in ice cream-making and brewing – a range of beer-flavoured ice cream.
The ice cream created by Alex Leishman of Vanilli’s on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate has been made with Daleside Brewery’s Crack Shot, Ripon Jewel, Morocco and Monkey Wrench ales and is designed to cool the palates of the beer-quaffing visitors to this year’s Harrogate Beer Festival. The idea for the Daleside ice cream grew out of a request by the Festival’s glasses sponsor, Raworths Solicitors as to the possibility of a Monkey Wrench ale sorbet and things snowballed from there.
“The ice cream has a classic, hoppy finish and is the perfect palate-cleanser. I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with the Festival regulars,” says Simon Morris of Raworths.
The Daleside ice creams will be part of a range of at least 12 alcohol-based sorbets and ice cream to be available at this year’s Beer Festival. Other non-beer flavours include Jack Daniels, Guinness, Mohito, Gin and Tonic, Vodka and Redbull, Gin and Elderflower, Vodka Lemon Meringue, Rum and Raisin, Rum and Toasted Coconut, Prosecco and Raspberry.
The Annual Harrogate Round Table Beer Festival is in its 23rd year and over three nights (Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st March and Saturday 2nd March) over 4,000 visitors will attend the event which is held at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate. This year’s offering includes a beer brewed by local brewery, Daleside, especially for the occasion. Daleside Brindle’s Bitter has been brewed in memory of Ian Brindle, a former Round Tabler who died last November aged just 53. Eric Lucas of Daleside describes the new ale as “a pale brown, well balanced hoppy beer” and is confident that Ian’s friends will be delighted with the tribute.
On all three nights of the Festival, a wide range of musical tastes are also catered for, including brass, rock and soul. Last year’s event raised over £25,000 for local charities with this year’s Festival looking set to top that amount. This year’s charities which will benefit are Macmillan Cancer Support, Open Country, Henshaws Society for Blind People and Asthma Relief.
Tickets to the event are £10 available on the door.