Friday sees the launch of a new Bradford Independent Beer Festival across The BrewHaus and Stein Bierkeller bars - next to the famous Alhambra Theatre on Great Horton Road.

The free entry beer and music festival goes on from 12noon ‘til late from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2. It will feature more than 40 real ales and ciders from across the UK, including many from well-loved local breweries.

The BrewHaus is described as a drinking hall and is the venue which focuses on the broad range of drinks it has on offer alongside its artisan food menu and the event will also be spread into the adjoining Bierkeller to give extra space and access to the large stage.

Local favourites will include Bradford Brewery and Salamander, Skipton’s Grey Hawk and Copper Dragon and York Brewery. Hand-crafted ciders and perries will be provided by The Real Cider Co from Hebden Bridge, who will also be running tasting sessions.

There will be stalls from the venues’ monthly vintage market, plus Street Food snacks to soak up the beer.

Live music is lined up throughout the weekend: Friday night features classic rock and pop from Playing for Kicks; Saturday offers a choice of entertainment styles – acoustic rock singer Danny Aspinall (popular for his Bruce Springsteen/Americana influences) will headline in Brew Haus while Bierkeller puts on its traditional live Oompah band. Sunday’s headliner is acoustic three-piece The Good Citizens (of Bradford City anthem Take Me Home fame).

BrewHaus General Manager Jodie Hildred said: “We have six ales on the pumps on a regular basis and the feedback from customers has been that they’d like to see even more real ales and especially a good selection from local breweries. So we decided to put on an event that is really focussing on the beer.

If the first one goes down well, we’ll make it a regular event, so please come along and support it. Enjoy some great beers and good music – and do let us know what you think.

We’ll also have the large well-stocked main bar open with the usual full range of world beers, wines and spirits and cocktails for those festival-goers who have friends and family with different preferences!”

The venue is at the heart of Bradford city centre’s revitalised West End, part of the new leisure complex opened in the Old Windsor Baths building off Great Horton Road at the end of last year.

It is easily reached by train on the Calder Valley line from Leeds, Halifax and Hebden Bridge to Bradford Central station just beyond City Park, or on the Airedale line from Skipton to Bradford Forster Square, with a short walk across the city centre.

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