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Mike Field

It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the passing of our founder and inspiration – Mike Field who died in the very early hours of this morning, peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Mike, who started our company in 1994 with the opening of the West Riding, was responsible for creating a culture and passion for real ale in his home town and beyond which would in turn put Dewsbury on the Real Ale map. He played a major role in the early days of Heavy Woollen CAMRA and leaves a legacy that we will continue to build on. A great man, he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

We would love for you to all to join the Beerhouses family in celebrating his amazing achievements and contribution to the real ale world by raising a glass of his favourite tipple, a real ale and “none of this lager nonsense” as he would say.

Our thoughts are with Mike’s wife Mary, step-daughter Sarah and his wider family and friends at this terribly sad time.

Beerhouses launches ChaRATy beer

As everyone knows, pubs are a vital way to help charities raise the much needed money that they need to keep going. They have been hit very hard in the pandemic, especially with funding streams drying up whilst demand for their services increase. That’s why we have teamed up with Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust to become the Beerhouses Pubs charity partner. They are a local (to our home of Dewsbury) independent charity that offer vital support to children, young people & families in conjunction with the NHS. They provide mental health support for people aged 0 to 18, wellbeing help, self-help resources, workshops as well as supporting mental health in schools.

Our first group activity is brewing a Beerhouses brewing collaboration and donate money from each pint sold. We went to the Rat Brewery in Huddersfield and brewed a New World Pale hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo & Ekuanot that comes in at 4.5%. This beer, called ChaRATy, will be available across our pubs (and the Rat & Ratchet in Huddersfield) from 21st July with 20p per pint sold donated to the charity. Many thanks to the team at Ossett Brewery for enabling us to brew this beer and helping us by matching our charity donation.

More information on Northorpe Hall Child & Family trust can be found on their website

Roadmap 2021 Plans

Following on from the latest government roadmap announcements we are making plans to open in a safe and positive way as soon as is genuinely possible to do so.

Once there is clear information from government regards the legislation, requirements and information from the budget we will then be in a position to decide on a way forward after which we will confirm our plans for you.

We are considering and investigating all options open to us at the moment for safe step 2 and step 3 trading options. To keep up to date please follow our socials or to hear it first direct to your inbox then please sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.

Cheers Beerhouses

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

BEERHOUSES STATEMENT RE: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Here at Beerhouses we take the health & safety of our staff and customers very seriously. Whilst it is currently business as usual we are taking on board all government advice and monitoring the ever-changing situation closely. Just to let you know some of what we are doing.

  • We have increased the number of times we clean all areas and will continue to clean all surfaces, doors, rails, chairs and public areas as often as is possible.
  • All our staff will continue to wash their hands at regular intervals using sanitiser and following the handwashing guidelines. We always do this but as per advice we will do it more often.
  • We have re-enforced to our staff our regular policies to ensure transfer risk is reduced – such as we always operate clean glass policy and our staff will never touch the top third of the glasses.
  • We are ensuring enough soap / sanitiser is available for customers & staff so that proper and thorough handwashing can take place.
  • All our staff members have been instructed on the government guidelines & advice and that they should follow this in both regards minimising risk & how to act should symptoms occur.
  • We will continue to monitor & follow any government, NHS or Public Health England advice & guidelines.

We feel pubs are vital to the communities and can provide both relief and a vital service in times such as this so please continue to support local pubs & business wherever you can. However also please be mindful to others and please ensure you are doing all you can. You could also help reduce the risks to other customers and staff by doing the following where possible:

  • Washing hands regularly as per the advice, wash for more than 20 seconds more often with soap and hot water.
  • Bring back your own glasses to the bar so as to minimise the number of people that may touch them.
  • Consider using contactless payment where possible as this also reduces physical interactions.
  • Please take with you and dispose of any rubbish that you may create such as tissues
  • And finally please continue to support pubs, independent business whilst remaining safe and respectful to others.

Your business, co-operation & understanding is very much appreciated during these very difficult times.

Many Thanks

Team Beerhouses

 

 

 

Cricketers Celebrating Again

The Cricketers in Horbury is celebrating once again as last week it was voted Wakefield CAMRA Pub of the Year once again. Following on from last years win (and also double Pub of the Season awards) Jo and her team continued to drive the quality and range of the great beer available at the Horbury village local pub and are extremely proud to be back to back winners of the Pub of the Year prize.
A presentation will be held at the pub in due course and we look forward to seeing you there.

Stalybridge Buffet Bar to West Riding Walk

A tough bunch of 13 arrived at Stalybridge Buffet Bar on the 06:55 train out of Dewsbury on a cool but sunny Sunday morning with smiles on their faces ready for the more than a marathon challenge of walking 27 miles back to The West Riding in Dewsbury.

After a light breakfast and with the weather set fair our intrepid walkers set off along the canal and followed the nice and gentle winds of the canal through Mossley, Greenfied and Uppermill onto Diggle. This is when the small matter of a 800 foot climb began to the top of Pule Hill which was a killer, provided nice views, but still a real tough ask. A brief stop to catch our breath and appreciate the fantastic views it was then on down to Marsden where the steep walk down was nearly as hard on the bodies as the climb but at least there was a break and refreshments in sight.

First stop and the completion of the first leg was The Riverhead brewery tap in Marsden where the kind people at Ossett Brewery had laid on some complimentary refreshments for our walkers. A drink, a great hot beef sandwich with a few chunky chips, applications of ointments & plasters and taking of ibuprofens and then they were ready for the off again. Leg two was the seemingly easier task of walking down the canal towards Huddersfield and stop number 2 – The Sportsman. However its not all down hill, the short but steep hill up towards town from Longroyd Bridge was not appreciated after 19 miles and 7 hours of walking but as the walkers approached the promise of a beer, some more food and chance to have a short sit were too much. What we planned to be a 10 minute toilet & drinks break turned into an hours recharge as the heat and distance took its toll (as did the blisters and injuries).

An hour later after two refreshing pints and the chance for the ibuprofen to kick in and they were off on the final walk towards Dewsbury, down Leeds Road and through Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and on to home. Hobbling, tired and completely exhausted our team managed to find enough to energy to get to the end and a welcome home drink. With the clock approaching 8pm and 27 miles covered in 10 and a half to 11 hours of walking our team reunited at The West completely knackered, nursing numerous injuries but happy to have completed the walk.

A great effort by all involved which has raised a great amount for our West25 charities. If you haven’t managed to donate or want to find out more please visit our money giving site here:

Also some thank yous:

A great big thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the walkers – you are all legends and will be forever friends of Beerhouses. You know who you are – well done.

Thank you to all who supported along the route and at each pub, it meant a lot to the walkers.

Thank you for Ossett Brewery & The Riverhead for providing refreshments for the walkers as well as the staff at our pubs – Stalybridge Buffet Bar, The Sportsman & West Riding for looking after the walkers needs.

Thank you to Paulaner UK for sponsoring the walk which meant every walker and everyone who sponsored £20 or more received a free pint.

Thank you to Sam from The Corner and all her patrons and staff for supporting our charities, doing the walk and smashing the sponsorship funds.

Finally a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored or donated to the cause. It really is appreciated. Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelghters & Bens Music Foundation are some great charities and people will really benefit from your efforts.

#TeamBeerhouses #West25 #CharityChallenge #SmashedIt

 

Sunday 12th – 28 Mile walk from Stalybridge Buffet Bar to West Riding LRR with the small matter of the Pennines in between. Beerhouses staff and friends are doing the Walk in aid of our West25 charity friends.

Approx timings and route:

PART1: Stalybridge to Riverhead Pub, Marsden – approx. 12 miles / 4 hours

Start – Stalybridge Buffet Bar 8:30am

Route – Stalybridge – Heyrod – Mossley – Uppermill – Diggle – Marsden

Finishing Part 1 at Riverhead, Marsden where our friends and hosts at Ossett Brewery have kindly helped sponsor the walk by providing the walkers with some refreshments and opportunity to fill up the water bottles in our brief (30 minutes or so) break

PART2: Riverhead Pub, Marsden to Sportsman, Huddersfield – approx. 7 miles / 2 & half to 3 hours

Leave – Riverhead hopefully 1:15pm or so

Route – Weather and condition dependent may be direct on A62 Manchester Road or on Huddersfield Canal or a mix of both.

Finish Part 2 at The Sportsman in town for quick comfort break and refreshments. Brief 15 minute stop off.

PART3: The Sportsman to West Riding LRR – Approx. 9 miles / 3 to 3 & half hours (legs dependents!)

Leave – Sportsman around 4pm

Route – Dependent on conditions under foot but hopefully along the Calder Valley Greenway that goes over Bradley viaduct – Dalton Bank – Colne Bridge – Mirfield – Ravensthorpe – Dewsbury Country Park – Dewsbury

Finishing at West Riding LRR hopefully around 7pm / 7:30pm (fingers crossed)

 

All timings are approximate and dependent on weather, conditions and weariness or fitness of the walkers.

#West25 #CharityChallenge

 

 

 

Sportsman turns 10

Huddersfields favourite award winning pub is turning 10 years old in April and we’re starting to get excited about it. The multi-award winning CAMRA Heritage pub will shortly turn 10 and to celebrate we’re going have some fantastic events and obviously a birthday party so keep your eyes peeled for further announcements.

The biggest event will be the Sportsman and Friends collaboration beer takeover that will be running from 12th April right through for the rest of the month. John and his team members have been across some of our favourite breweries creating beers specifically for The Sportsman that will be top class and only available to us.

Many Thanks to our brewing friends who have helped us with this project – Mallinsons, Summer Wine, Blackjack, Wilde Child, North Riding, Brass Castle, Wishbone & Timothy Taylors and we can’t wait to see the fruits of our labours.

The Cricketers Arms wins Wakefield CAMRA pub of the year.

We are delighted to announce that The Cricketers Arms have won Wakefield CAMRA pub of the year 2018. This follows their CAMRA pub of the season win last summer.

Well done to Jo and the team for a great year, and thank you to Wakefield CAMRA for their continued support.

Presentation date to be announced soon, we hope to see you there to help us celebrate!

The Cricketers Arms wins Wakefield CAMRA Summer pub of the Season

We are happy to announce that The Cricketers Arms, Horbury, have won Wakefield CAMRA Summer pub of the Season. Well done to Jo and her team for achieving this! Presentation date to be confirmed soon, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate!