We host regular events at The Slip Inn. Here is a full list of all
the special events we have held to date including an archive of
all the associated tasting notes and publicity material.
Happy memories for us, and hopefully you too!

(Click here for Previous Events)

Most Recent Event

Latest Event:

The 6th Annual Slip Inn
Winter Beer Festival!

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th November 2015

It's time, once again, to take an especially keen interest in the weather
forecast as we gear up for our 6th Annual Winter beer festival. As
usual we will attenpt to keep you all warm and cosy in our heated
marquee, and will be offering the additional comfort of some
splendid live music, a delicious hot snack or two and also, of course,
some quality beverages...

The Beers

Inside Bar
Mallinsons - Calypso 3.9%
Abbeydale - Burning Gold 4.1%
Boss - Bliss 4.6%
Salopian - Golden Thread 5.0%
Great Heck - Apocalypse 6.1%

Outside Bar
Bradford - Northern Soul 3.8%
Knops - East Coast Pale 3.8%
Flipside - Dark Denomination 4.0%
Dorset - Jurassic 4.2%
Fat Cat - Meow Mild 4.3%
Rudgate - Smoked Scotch Export 4.4%
Newark - Winter Gold 4.5%
XT - 15 English IPA 4.5%
Woodforde’s - Norfolk Nog 4.6%
Brass Castle - Pale Stout 6.4%

The Ciders

Sandford’s - Fanny’s Bramble 4.0%
SnailsBank - Mulled Cider 5.2%
Abrahalls - Slack Alice 4.6%
Scrumpy Wasp - Hibernate 5.0%
Hogan’s - Pickers Passion 5.3%
Orchard Pig - Navalgazer 6.0%

The 6th Annual Swan and Slip Inn
Beer Festival!

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September 2015

It's the sixth instalment of our three-day, two-pub
extravaganza of fine ale and top notch live music!

The Beers


Inside Bar
Treboom – Swan Festival Blonde 3.8%
(Swan Special Blonde – dry-hopped with US Chinook)
Revolutions – Cocker 3.9%
Heavy Industry - Freak Chick 4.2%
Bad Seed – El Dorado Single Hop Pale Ale 4.5%
Black Iris – Stab in the Dark 5.0%
Dark Star – Carafa Jade 5.0%

Outside Bar
Thornbridge – Wild Swan 3.5%
Black Hole – Bitter 3.8%
Charnwood – Salvation 3.8%
Phoenix – Navvy 3.8%
White Horse – Black Beauty 3.9%
Amber – Derbyshire Gold 4.0%
Brighton Bier – West Pier Pale Ale 4.0%
Ossett – Stocks' Endeavour 4.0%
Partners – Cascade 4.0%
Saltaire – Raspberry Blonde 4.0%
Twisted – Rider 4.0%
Blue Monkey – Sanctuary 4.1%
Brewsters – Hop A Doodle Doo 4.3%
Frontier - Pioneer 4.3%
Acorn – Old Manor Porter  4.4%
Dancing Duck – Waddle it Be? 4.5%
Boss – Bronze 4.6%
Brunswick – Rocket 4.7%
Anarchy – Urban Assault 5.0%

Slip Inn

Inside Bar
Great Heck – Chopper 3.8%
Ridgeside – Centaurus 4.1% followed by Cascade 4.1%
Copper Dragon – Twister 4.2%
Brightside – Kiwi NZ 4.6%
Brass Castle – Black Forest 6.0%

Outside Bar
Leeds – YEP 125 3.7%
Lytham – Radler 3.8%
Abbeydale – Admiral 3.9%
Bosun's Brewery - Horbury Blonde 3.9%
Marble – Pint 3.9%
RedWillow – Headless 3.9%
Brown Cow – White Dragon 4.0%
Greyhawk – Blonde Obsession 4.0%
Springhead - Drop O'The Black Stuff Porter 4.0%
Waen – Festival Gold 4.2%
Walls – Yorkshire Gold 4.2%
XT - 3 (IPA) 4.2%
Bridestones - Pennine Gold 4.3%
Roosters – All Star 4.3%
Milestone - American Pale Ale 4.6%
Rudgate – Strength in Numbers 4.6%
Animal - Squirrel: American Amber 4.6%
Celt Experience – Castell Coch 4.7%
Cotleigh – Old Buzzard 4.8%
Double Top - The Ringer 5.0%

The Ciders

The Swan

Cockeyed Cider - Cock Bird
Sweet Cider 5.0%

Millwhites - Apples and Pears
Medium Apple/Pear Cider 5.0%

Orchard Pig - Navalgazer
Medium Sweet Cider 6.0%

Scrumpy Wasp - Overcast
Traditional Cloudy Cider 6.1%

Bottle Kicking - Scrummage
Traditional Farmhouse Cider 6.5%

Millwhites - Blackberry Blush
Medium Blackberry Cider 6.5%

(Plus hand-pulled cider and perry on the indoor Swan bar.)

The Slip Inn

Abrahalls - Slack Alice
Medium Cider 4.6%

Scrumpy Wasp - Hibernate
Medium Cider 4.6%

Farmer Fear - Blackcurrant
Medium Dry Blackcurrant Cider 5.5%

Hogan’s - Poachers Perry
Medium Perry 5.8%

Orchard Pig - Maverick
Chilli/Ginger Cider 4.0%

Gwynt Y Ddraig - Happy Daze
Medium Cider 4.5%

Music Line-Up


The Swan
Live music commences tomorrow afternoon in the garden.

The Slip Inn
9pm - The Hand-Cut Crisps
Superb York singer songwriter Dan Webster (also the last act of the
festival - playing The Swan on Sunday night), is joined by a few good
ole’ musical accomplices to unleash an unholy bluegrass hoe-down
on those nice unsuspecting folks in the back bar of The Slip Inn.


The Swan
3pm - Beatlesque
Great to have them back after a storming Tour de Yorkshire
show. Dave Keegan, Simon Snaize and Sam Forrest.
A York supergroup having a great time paying tribute
to The Beatles. Not to be missed!

5.30pm - Neil Dalton
Ace laidback blues from the super-talented solo troubadour.
Can blues be feel-good? They can with Neil.

8.30pm - David Ward Maclean
Truly superb York singer songwriter, playing originals and covers.
Sublimely melodic.

The Slip Inn
4pm - Karno’s Circus
Lovely, sunny laidback original acoustic tunesmithery
from this highly melodic veteran local band.

9pm - Dave Smith & Mark Wootton
Dave Smith channels raw authentic blues vocals and guitar
over the jazz-informed brushwork of ace drummer Mark.


The Swan
2.30pm - Amy Greene, David
Keegan & Bradley Blackwell
Sunny melodies from a spirit-lifting trio. Guitar, uke,
double bass and tuneful harmonies a-plenty...

5pm - Leather’O’
Ideal outdoor beer festival fare; lively Irish/gypsy-influenced
folk exuberence from this ace collective.

8pm - Dan Webster
Ace local singer-songwriter rounding off the musical proceedings
with original material and some great covers.

The Slip Inn
3pm - Boss Caine & Friends
Original Americana-tinged gems from consumate
local singer/songwriter Dan Lucas.
Hosting a restorative Sunday open session.

7pm - Diamond Aces
Well two of them at least! Dave Keegan and Simon Snaize
return to the festival fresh from their Beatlesque show yesterday.
Here sending off The Slip Inn in irrestisible toe-tappin’ country style!

2015 Battle of the Breweries
Acorn v Brass Castle v Liverpool Organic

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th June 2015

New-look Battle for 2015...
We have expanded our famous annual Battle of the Breweries
into a two-day / three-brewery extravaganza
of fine ale and top notch live music!

Tour de Yorkshire Beer Festival
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Another Big bike race coming through York gives us the perfect excuse for
another joint Swan/Slip festival! This time the revelry will take place over
3 days, but, at the risk of causing mild confusion, only two days in each pub.
Friday and Saturday will see the Slip in full swing, while The Swan picks up
the baton on Saturday for a day of overlap, and then runs on into Sunday.

Don't worry, it's a bank holiday weekend so you can all recover on Monday!

Please note:
As with the Tour de France last year we will only be serving in plastic glasses
while the race and subsequent Bishy Road street party are happening on Saturday,
due to the likely movement of customers (and drinks!) around the local area.

The Beers

The Swan

Inside Bar
Treboom – Swan Special Blonde (3.8%)
8 Sail - Windmill Bitter (3.8%)
Rudgate - Bicycale (4.0%)
Bristol Beer Factory – Sunrise (4.4%)
Treboom - Maillot Blanc (4.8%)
Arbor – Smokescreen (5.5%)

Outside Bar
Woodforde's - Wherry (3.8%)
Wensleydale - Falconer (3.9%)
Wood Street – Lemmon (4.0%)
Backyard – Spring (4.0%)
Fuggle Bunny – Cotton Tail (4.0%)
Quantock – Sunraker (4.2%)
Oldershaws – Caskade (4.2%)
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch (4.6%)
Dancing Duck – Gold (4.7%)
Seven Bro7hers - IPA (5.0%)
Boss - Black (5.0%)

The Slip Inn

Inside Bar
Ossett - Tour de Yorkshire (3.8%)
Mallinsons - Up Hill & Down Dale (4.0%)
Brass Castle - Malton Amber (4.0%)
Timothy Taylor - Le Champion (4.5%)
Gt Heck - Patrick (4.8%)

Outside Bar
Bridestones - New Beginnings (3.5%)
Empire - Moonraker Mild (3.8%)
XT4 - Mellow Amber (3.8%)
Dukeries - Castle Hill (4.2%)
Bartram - Bees Knees (4.2%)
Shiny - Wrench (4.4%)
Revolutions - Power, Corruption, Lies (4.5%)
Waen - Rudi-Mental (4.5%)
Milton - Minerva (4.6%)
Brampton - Tudor Rose (4.6%)
Redwillow - Sleepless (5.4%)

Ciders & Music (details very soon)

5th Annual Winter Festival
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th December 2014

Inside Bar

Walls - Snowstorm - Pale - 3.8%
Bays - Jingle Ale - Amber - 4.0%
Box Steam - Brewers' Blizzard - Ruby - 4.5%
Treboom - Myricale - Pale (Bog Myrtle) - 5.0%
Blue Bee - Blitzen Stout - Stout - 5.0%

Outside Bar

Great Newsome - Skine's Retreat - Copper - 3.6%
Gadds - No.7 - Pale Bitter - 3.8%
Trufitt - Erimus - Pale - 3.9%
Stancil - India Ruby Ale - Ruby - 4.0%
Bridestones - First Gold - Pale - 4.2%
CwRw - Kia Kaha - Pale - 4.3%
Loch Ness - Spooky Ness - Spiced - 4.3%
Copper Dragon - Black Dragon - Stout - 4.5%
Great Heck - Mount Mosaic - Pale - 4.5%
Raw - Dark Peak - Stout - 4.5%
Revolutions - Fairytale - Spiced Amber - 4.5%
Brass Castle - Snow Eater - Pale - 4.8%
Grain - Porter - Dark - 5.0%
Red Squirrel - Winter's Tale - Amber - 5.0%
Windswept - APA - Unfined IPA - 5.0%
Lymestone - Cherry Stone - Pale - 5.2%

Plus on keg
Thornbridge/Sierra Nevada - Twin Peaks -
Anglo-American Pale Ale - 5.0%

5th Annual Swan & Slip Inn Festival
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st August 2014

It's that time of the year again as our big Swan/Slip Festival rolls into
view for (unbelievably!) its 5th birthday! Expect the usual fun and games,
with 50 lovely beers each from a different brewery, a wide selecton of
real ciders, hot food (hopefully in both venues) and a great line-up of
excellent live music featuring some of York's best blues/acoustic acts.

As our beer and pub loving pal Gavin Aitchison wrote in his Pints of View
column in The Press this time last year...

"If you ask me this festival has developed into the clear highlight of
York’s beer year. The drinks range is hugely impressive and
the setting – across two of the city’s finest pubs – is perfect.

Read the full article here:
Slip along to the Swan

The Beers

The Swan

Inside Bar
Saltaire – South Island Pale (3.5%)
Bradfield – Farmers Bitter (3.9%)
Totally Brewed – Papa Jangles Voodoo Stout (4.0%)
Oldershaws - Newton's Drop (4.1%)
Dancing Duck – DCUK (4.3%)
Revolutions – Go Go American Pale (4.5%)

Outside Bar
Hopback – Golden Best (3.5%)
Mordue – Five Bridges (3.6%)
Black Hole – Bitter (3.8%)
Brewsters – Marquis (3.8%)
Burton Bridge – Golden Delicious (3.8%)
Bridestones – Sandstone (3.9%)
Daleside – Blonde (3.9%)
Caythorpe – Dover Beck (4.0%)
Elland – Best Bitter (4.0%)
Oakham – Summarillo (4.1%)
Abbeydale – Alchemy (4.2%)
Amber Ales – Amarillo (4.2%)
Mallard – Duckling (4.2%)
Acorn - Old Moor Porter (4.4%)
Hadrian & Border – Reiver IPA (4.4%)
Wold Top – Golden Summer (4.4%)
Wood Street – Loquat (4.5%)
Penpont – Beast of Bodmin (5.0%)
Navigation – Classic IPA (5.2%)

The Slip Inn

Inside Bar
Firebrand - Cross Pacific Pale Ale 4.0%
followed by Big Hop Little Beer 3.6%
Summer Wine - Zenith 4.0%
Rudgate - Brew No.9 4.3%
Gt Heck - Citra 4.5%
Marble - Chocolate 5.5%

Outside Bar
Axholme - Best Bitter 3.8%
Nethergate - Umbel Ale 3.8%
Severn Vale - Nibley Ale 3.8%
Concertina - De Warrenes Castle Bitter 3.9%
Great Yorkshire - Hadley's Blonde 4.0%
Butcombe - Yeti 4.0%
Walls - Brewers Gold 4.0%
Raw - Summit 4.1%
Treboom - Kettle Drum (specially dry-hopped for us) 4.3%
Sonnet 43 - India Pale Ale 4.4%
Brass Castle - Ginger Marmalade 4.5%
Chantry - Diamond Black Stout 4.5%
Hales Brewing - Glowing Heart 4.5%
Outlaw - Eight Legged Groove Machine 4.5%
Stonehenge - Five Rings 4.5%
Great Newsome - Harvest Gold 4.7%
Leeds - Monsoon IPA 4.8%
Hand Drawn Monkey - IPA 5.0%
Partners - Tabatha 6.0%
Roosters - Baby Faced Assassin 6.1%

The Ciders

The Swan

Sandfords- Fanny’s Bramble
Blackberry Cider 4.0%

Sandfords- Bumbleberry
Summer Fruits Cider 4.0%

Snailsbank- Summer Fruits
Summer Fruits Cider 4.0%

Scrumpy Wasp- Amnesia
Medium Dry Cider 7.2%

Abrahalls- Lily the Pink
Medium Sweet Cider 4.5%

Pure North- Sweet Union
Medium Sweet Cider 5.5%

Chiblers- Draft Perry
Strong Mellow Clear Perry 7.5%

The Slip Inn

Westons- Raspberry Twist
Raspberry Cider 4.0%

Thistly Cross - Elderflower
Elderflower Cider 4.0%

London Cider - Jasper
Medium Dry Cider 4.2%

Bottle Kicking - Fullback
Dry Cider 4.5%

Scrumpy Wasp - Hibernate
Medium Cider 4.8%

Gwynt y Ddraig - Two Trees Perry
Medium Dry Perry 4.5%



The Swan
6pm - Unfinished Drawings
Exuberant vocals and a repertoire full of surprises from Toby Burras.

9pm - TC Moon Duo
Tom and Karl from brilliant local blues outfit, TC & The Moneymakers.

The Slip Inn
7pm - David Ward Maclean
Superb York singer songwriter, playing originals and covers. (More tomorrow at The Swan.)

9pm - Neil Dalton
Ace laidback blues from the solo troubadour.


The Swan
3pm - Dave Keegan & Friends
Faultless melodies from one of York’s leading acoustic artists, and a few pals no doubt...

6pm - David Ward Maclean
A second chance to catch David’s sublime music, rounding off the afternoon in style.

9pm - Neil Dalton
More chilled out blues from the super-talented Mr Dalton.

The Slip Inn
3pm - Dan Webster
Long overdue festival debut from this local singer songwriter. Expect chilled Americana and more.

5pm - Lee Parry
Sublime soulful acoustica from this highly talented singer songwriter.

9pm - Boss Caine (Band)
Brilliant singer/songwriter Daniel Lucas with his idiosyncratic blend of americana, blues and country.


The Swan
2.30pm - Boss Caine & Friends
Fresh(?!) from last night’s band show down the road Dan invites friends to join him for a restorative daytime session in the therapeutic surroundings of The Swan beer garden.

7pm - To Be Confirmed

The Slip Inn
3pm - Unfinished Drawings & Friends
Another uplifting and eclectic performance by Toby Burras. An extended session including additional performances by other artists of his choice.

8pm - Dave Keegan
Faultless melodies from one of York’s leading acoustic artists, and a few pals no doubt...

Hot Food!

The Swan
M&K sausage hot dogs.

The Slip Inn
M&K burgers in a bun.

BBQ times:
Fri 5-9; Sat 3-9; Sun 2-7

(Bread from Fred’s Home Bakery)

Previous Events

Back up to most recent

Saturday 23th June 2012 - Battle! Mallinsons v Roosters

Fri 20th - Sun 22nd April 2012 - 2nd Annual Spring Festival

Sat 25th Feb 2012 - 2nd Anniversary Mini Festival

Fri 9th & Sat 10th Dec 2011 - 2nd Annual Winter Festival (Ossett Special)

Fri-Sun 2nd-4th Sept 2011 - 2nd Annual Swan and Slip Festival

Saturday 25th June 2011 - Battle! Summer Wine v Marble

Friday 13th May 2011 - Viewer Live, Bar Lane Studios, York

Fri 22nd April - Mon 2nd May 2011 - Slip Inn Spring Festival

Sat 9th April 2011 - Leeds Brewery Showcase

Sat 19th March 2011 - Ilkley Brewery Showcase Night

Sat 19th February 2011 - Slip Inn 1st Birthday Party

Sat 29th January 2011 - Brown Cow Brewery Showcase Night

Fri 10th & Sat 11th Dec 2010 - Inaugural Slip Inn Winter Festival

Sat 30th October 2010 - Ridgeside Brewery Showcase Night

Fri-Sun 10th-12th Sept 2010 - Inaugural Swan and Slip Festival

Latest Event

Big Bike Race Beer Festival
Saturday 5th & 6th July 2014

It's a bonus beer festival courtesy of the Tour De France, which is
of course passing through York (and right down Bishy Road past
The Swan) on Sunday morning. We are celebrating in style
with a double Swan/Slip Inn "Le Tour" themed Beer Festival.

To find out more check out the
Festival Notes.

Battle of the Breweries
Great Heck v Dark Star
Saturday 7th June 2014
from midday

The Beers

Dark Star - The Art of Darkness 3.5%
Great Heck - Dave 3.8%

Dark Star - Hophead 3.8%
Great Heck - Powermouse 3.6%

Dark Star - Partridge 4.0%
Great Heck - Navigator 3.9%

Dark Star - Summer Solstice 4.2%
Great Heck - Blonde 4.3%

Dark Star - American Pale Ale 4.7%
Great Heck - Citra 4.5%

Dark Star - Summer Meltdown 4.8%
Great Heck - Amish Mash 4.7%

Dark Star - Sunburst 4.8%
Great Heck - Treasure IPA 4.8%

Dark Star - Revelation 5.7%
Great Heck - Shankar IPA 5.9%

The Ciders

Thistly Cross - Traditional 4.4%
Abrahalls - Lily the Pink 4.5%
London Cider Co - Jumping Jack 4.7%
Westons - Rosies Pig 4.8%
Westons - Raspberry Twist 4.0%
Orchard Pig - Maverick 4.0%

The Music

2 til 4pm Dave Keegan & Friends
Our Monday night Woolpack regulars relocate to The
Slip Inn garden for a special session.

4.30pm Neil Dalton
Laid back blues from our much-loved local troubadour.

6.30pm Unfinished Drawings
Exuberant acoustic covers from Toby Burras.
Expect the unexpected!

9pm Gypsy Bill Willians and Del Potter
You know the deal! Slip faves Gypsy Bill and Del return
with their irresistible brand of upbeat blues!

Beer & Cider List

Main Bar

Red Willow - Seamless  3.6%
Elland - Beyond the Pale 4%
Brewsters - Hopadoodaloo 4.3%
Mordue - Workie Ticket 4.5%
Brass Castle - Partial Eclipse 4.7%

Back Bar

Mallinsons - Citra 3.8%
Waen - Blackberry Stout 3.8%
Wold Top - Big Sky Bitter 3.9%
Hadrian and Borders - Tyneside Blond 3.9%
Atom - Blond 4%
Rudgate - Dains Legacy 4%
Yorkshire Dales - Selside 4%
Dr Mortons - Cattle Prod 4.1%
Roosters - 41 South 4.1%
Wensleydale - Gamekeeper 4.3%
Brew Co - Hop Ripper 4.4%
Colchester - Mild 4.5%
Marble - Spring 4.6%
Acorn - Pride of Ringwood 5%
Treboom - Myrical 5%
Leeds Brewery - Vintage Whisky Cask 7ish %


Thistly Cross - Whisky Cask 6.9%
Tumbledown - Summer Fruits 4%
Sandeford - Pearshaped Perry 7.5%
Sandeford - Devon Red 4.5%
Abrahalls - AM 6.5%
Garden Cider - Medium 6%

2014 Forthcoming Events

The 4th Annual Slip Inn
Winter Festival
Fri 6th & Sat 7th December 2013
From 2pm Fri & midday Sat.

It's that time again! No snow as yet, but no need to worry even if we
have some because as usual our winter festival-goers will
be able to enjoy a lovely array of beers and ciders, as well as
a bit of cracking live music and some tasty treats from the barbecue,
whilst safely ensconced in our large heated marquee.

Should be cosy if it doesn't blow away on Thursday!

As ever, previous glasses from any of our Slip/Swan festivals are
most welcome if you wish to avoid paying for a new glass.

See you all at 2pm on Friday then!

The Beers

Inside Bar

Great Heck - Powermouse 3.6%
Marble - Pint 3.9%
Colchester - No.1 4.1%
Treboom - Spicecracker 4.6%
Copper Dragon - Cocoa Stout 4.5%

Outside Bar

Elgoods - Black Dog 3.6%
Coniston - Bluebird 3.6%
Newby Wyke - Banqou 3.8%
Milton - On the Piste 3.8%
Jarrow - Amber 3.8%
Raw - Brown Cow Bitter 3.8%
Off Beat - Crazy Christmas 4.2%
Great Newsome - Frothingham Best 4.3%
Teignworthy - Beachcomber 4.5%
Yorkshire Dales - White Bracken 4.5%
Grafters - Greetings 4.5%
Revolutions - Fairytale of Yorkshire 4.5%
Wincle - WassAle 4.8%
Prospect - Clementine 5.0%
Little Valley - Moor 5.5%
Brass Castle - Bad Kitty 5.5%

The Ciders

Gwynt Y Draig - Sleighride 4.0%abv (Medium / Clear)
Snailsbank - TumbleDown Ginger 4.0%abv (Medium / Clear / Ginger)
Pure North - Fusion 6.5%abv (Med/Dry / Clear)
Pure North – Valley Gold 6% (Medium / Clear)
Westons - Country Perry 4.5%abv (Clear / Perry)
Sandfords - Bumbleberry 4.0% (marvellous fruit cider)

Plus! Keith's special locally made, ahem, "Slip Inn Cider"

The Music


7.30pm - TC Moon Duo
Half of the awesome TC & the Moneymakers.
Wicked blues guitar and harmonica.

9pm - Gypsy Bill Williams and Del Potter
Bluesy but upbeat, Bill and Del are perennial feel good
Slip Inn festival faves, and always deliver!


2 - 6pm - The Slip Winter Festival Saturday Session
Outdoor afternoon open mic session. Hosted by Alex Golisti.

6.30pm - Smith n Wallace
A heady mix of americana, blues, gypsy jazz and folk from guitar/fiddle
duo Bruce (Joe Below) and Elaine (Leather‘O).

9pm - Neil Dalton
Ace laid back blues from our local solo troubadour.


8pm - The Slip Inn post-Winter Festival Wind-down Music Session
with David Ward Maclean and guest Alex Golisti

A great chance to drink up some festival beer while enjoying
original tunes by David WM, a stunningly good singer-songwriter
and one of York's true musical treasures. With wonderful support
from very the very talented upcoming finger-picking
blues/folk artist Alex Golisti

The 4th Annual Swan & Slip Inn
Beer and Cider Festival

It's that time again! Prepare for a three day beery bonanza, with
lashings of cider, tasty hot food and superb live music thrown in
for good measure.

Here is a list of all 50 of the lovely beers you will be able to
enjoy across the two sites over the course of the weekend,
as well as a list of ciders and a full round up of all the
wonderful music we have in store.

Enjoy the weekend!

Please note!
Last minute beer change!
On closer examination we have realised that we have taken delivery of a cask
of Brewmeister Ten rather than the Single Malt we were expecting. Therefore
the beer will differ from the one listed in the written notes.

Ten is a 10.1% beer!!!

There will be a notice by the outside bar at the Slip Inn with revised
tasting notes, and a warning about the huge step-up in abv.
(Happily, by all accounts Ten is absolutely amazing!)

The Beers

Elgoods - Prawn Free
Elland - Nettlethrasher
Exmoor - Beast
Axholme - Plum Dunkelweisen
Hambleton - Herriot Ale
Highland - Dark Munroe
Hook Norton - Cotswold Lion
Hopback - Entire Stout
Mordue - Killswitch 51
Oakham - Citra
Ossett - Silver Link
Revolutions - Whip It
Roosters - Stone Hill
Rudgate - Grain of Britain
Thornbridge - Jaipur IPA
Titanic - Mild
Welbeck Abbey - Red Feather
Woodfordes - Sundew
Wold Top - Tenner
Wentworth - Chocolate and Chilli Stout
Moncada - Notting Hill Amber
Oldershaw - Newton's Drop
Navigation - Scutum
Abbeydale - Profundity
Rat - Project Rat
Fernandes - Taverners Bitter
Truefitt - Ayresome Angel
Yorkshire Dales - Askrigg Bitter
Brass Castle - Jack Tar Oatmeal Stout
Saltaire - Raspberry Blonde
Loch Ness - Darkness
Marble - Marble Squared
Empire - Seadogs
Raw - JR Best Bitter
Great Heck - Black Jesus
Brew Company - Marynka
Atom - Mosaic
Arbor - Tasmanian Devil

Bristol Beer Factory - Bitter Californian
Buxton - Moor Top
Late Knights - Worm Catcher IPA
Moorhouses - Black Cat
Purity - Pure Ubu
Treboom - Hop Britannia
Brewsters - Decadence
Darkstar - American Pale Ale
Tiny Rebel - Flux
Great Yorkshire - Blackout
Mallinsons - Session
Brewmeister - Ten

The Ciders

Broadoak - Perry
Medium Sweet 7.5%

Moorlands - Rhubarb
Fruit Cider 4.0%

Moorlands - Strawberry
Fruit Cider 4.0%

Moorlands - Farmhouse Cider
Medium Sweet 6.2%

Jack Ratt - Scrumpy
Medium Cider 6.0%

Sandford Orchards - Pear Shaped
Perry (check%)

Sandford Orchards - Bumbleberry
Blackberry Infused Cider 4.0%

Mr Whiteheads - Toffee Apple
Medium Sweet Cider 4.0%

Healeys - Cornish Farmhouse
Medium Cider 4.5%

Burnards - Monty’s Double
Medium Cider 6.0%

Malvern Magic
Medium Cider 5.7%

Moles - Black Ratt
Medium Cider 6.0%

Blaengawney - Dabinett
Medium Cider 5.6%

The Music


The Swan
7pm - Boss Caine

Brilliant singer/songwriter Daniel Lucas with his idiosyncratic
blend of americana, blues and country.

9pm - Neil Dalton
Ace laidback blues from the solo troubadour.

The Slip Inn
6pm - Lee Parry & Amy Greene
Charming acoustic melody and soulful alt-folk.

9pm - Gypsy Bill and Del Potter
Wonderful melodic blues from the much-loved local duo.
Both upbeat and laidback.


The Swan
2pm - Lee Parry & Amy Greene
Second set from the charming and melodic duo.

4pm - Dave Keegan
Faultless melodies from one of York’s leading acoustic artists.

6 - 9pm - Angus Fraser and friends. (DJ Set)
Our very own resident dj gets out from behind the bar and onto
the decks for a laidback set of feelgood dance.

9pm - David Ward Maclean
A real honour for us to have this superb York singer songwriter at
our festival this year. More tomorrow night at The Slip.

The Slip Inn
2 - 6pm - The Woolpack Saturday Session
Our regular open mic session from Thre Woolpack relocates for
one day only to the Slip Inn garden. Hosted by Alex Golisti.

7pm - Smith n Wallace
A heady mix of americana, blues, gypsy jazz and folk from guitar/fiddle
duo Bruce (Joe Below) and Elaine (Leather‘O).

9pm - Neil Dalton
More laidback blues from Neil to ease you late into the night.


The Swan
2pm - Vargas Vegas
The behatted solo enigma. (Hi Jim!)

4pm - Jon Sibley
Original songs and acoustic covers from grunge to Lizzy!

6pm - The Lungs
New local duo playing tuneful country/folk.

8pm - Alex Golisti
Alex rounds things off with a classy display of
intricate finger-picking blues and soulful vocals.

The Slip Inn
2-6pm - Unfinished Drawings
Exuberant vocals and an unexpected repertoire from Toby Burras.
Plus impromptu performances by other artists of his choice.

7pm - Jon Sibley
Second set of the day from this eclectic tunesmith.

9pm - David Ward Maclean
A second chance to catch David’s sublime music, rounding off the festival in style.

(Previous Slip Inn festival glasses welcome!)

2013 Battle of the Breweries
Brewsters v RedWillow
Sat 29th June 2013

Festival Report

Better late than never hopefully here is a run down of the day's events and
of course the all-important results! Apologies for the delay!

True to form this year's battle was another wonderful day, with the weather
thankfully choosing to smile upon us, and a steady stream of thirsty, discerning
ale-lovers arriving throughout the day to sample the beers, which were
themselves in gratifyingly tip-top condition.

The atmosphere was very relaxed throughout the afternoon and evening,
with the Open Mic session (on tour for one week from The Woolpack) going
down a storm between 2 and 6pm in the beer garden

It seems the music was certainly conducive to supping because it was only
mid-afternoon when we got our first winner of the day as Mirthless promptly
ran out on the indoor bar at just 3.30pm thus beating off competition
from Green Shoots. 1-0 to RedWillow!

However revenge was swift as it was only and hour or so later that we saw
our first winner on the garden bar as Hophead managed to sell out before
Seamless in the battle of the 3.6% pale session beers. 1-1!

Furthermore soon after that we ran out of the divine Decadence which
did very well to fend off the challenge of the equally glorious Wreckless
in the premium pale category. Suddenly 2-1 to Brewsters!

However things were soon evened up as Faithless XXII rallied on behalf
of RedWillow to see off Venus Red in the battle of the collaboration beers.

So now thing were tied at 2-2, and in fact on the day that is how things
remained until the end of the proceedings. The drinking certainly continued
with the crowds swelling throughout the evening to the point that
the garden was absolutely packed at 11pm, as was the inside of the pub
where the crowd were enjoying a truly great night of music from Lee Parry,
Toby Burras and Slip faves Gypsy Bill Williams and Del Potter.

However no further competition beers completely sold out which
left us with the task of measuring how much remained of each beer
in order the determine the remaining rounds and thus the overall result.

Our investigations revealed that we had less left of Directionless than of
Hopticale Illusion, making it 3-2 to RedWillow. Conversely it transpired that
Cheval Mort (dark mild) had outsold Fathomless (oyster stout) which
again levelled things up at 3-3 with just 2 rounds left.

As it turned out we ended up with what we felt was a very fitting
result as it actually proved impossible to find clear winners in the final
two rounds. The amounts left were so similar in each competing pair
that we were unable to categorically award either round to either brewery.

It is possible that Peerless slightly outdid Calmity Jane on behalf of
RedWillow, but equally possible that Sutherland surpassed Smokeless
to even things up for Brewsters. We just couldn't call it, so in the end
we opted for the most fitting verdict which was, for the first time
at one of our Battles, a highly honourable draw at 4-4!

We hope that will please both breweries, who each supplied us with
a truly wonderful range of beautiful ale, and also all the lovely customers
who came down to support the event, and who made their own invaluable
contribution to the peaceful, happy atmosphere which pervaded the
whole day from start to finish.

Many thanks to all concerned, including all our trusty staff of course.
See you all at the next one, which will be the 4th Annual
Swan & Slip Inn festival at the end of August!

(ps. No conclusive beer of the festival as it turned out, but we think
honourable mentions should certainly go to the absolutely delicious
Mirthless which flew out early on for RedWillow, and also the sublime
Brewsters Decadence which as ever defied its strength and
disappeared at session-ale speed on the outside bar. Lovely!)

Brewsters of Grantham
Redwillow of Macclesfield

2 great breweries
8 cask ales each
Head to Head

It's that time again! Get ready for one of our favourite events in the year
as we pitch 2 great breweries into a merciless battle to the death over
8 rounds!

Or something like that anyway...

So far we have had two of these events, which have proven a great way to
showcase an extensive range from the two selected breweries. Our two
victors so far have been Marble and Mallinsons, so this year's winning
contestants will find themselves joining an already illustrious
roll of honour.

The Beers

The Music

The 3rd Slip Inn Spring Beer Festival

Fri 19th and Sat 20th April 2013
(From 3pm Friday & Midday Saturday)

9 great breweries
3 cask ales each
9 gallons per cask

This year our Spring Festival will be just slightly different to normal
as we feature a select group of 9 excellent breweries, each of whom will
be supplying 3 ales of varying types. This way we hope to offer a bit more
of a "feel" for each brewery than with our traditional single beer format.

We will also have a great selection of real cider, and plenty of excellent
music as usual, as well as plenty of delicious hot food.

So get yourselves ready for a cracking couple of days
of craft-brewed bliss....

The Beers

Acorn (Barnsley)
Darkness Mild 4.2%
Tarnlife 4.5%
Dana IPA 5.0%

Hand Drawn Monkey (Huddersfield)
Malpa 3.9%
Pale Ale 4.0%
What Would Jeffers Do? 4.5%

Kelham Island (Sheffield)
Best Bitter 3.8%
Riders on the Storm 4.5%
Gentleman Death 6.0%

Magic Rock (Huddersfield)
Curious 3.9%
High Wire 5.5%
Dark Arts 6.0%

Marble (Manchester)
Draft 3.9%
Manchester 4.2%
Dobber 5.9%

Phoenix (Heywood, Lancashire)
Pale Moonlight 4.2%
St. George's Flag 4.3%
Wobbly Bob 6.0%

RedWillow (Macclesfield)
Headless 3.9%
Wreckless 4.8%
Soulless 7.2%

Saltaire (Saltaire, W Yorks)
South Island Pale 3.5%
Raspberry Blonde 4.0%
Cascadian Black 4.8%
(plus! Brand new Gold 4.0% on keg)

Truefitt (Middlesborough)
Azure 4.5%
Ironopolis 4.7%
Zoffany IPA 5.0%

The Ciders

Abrahalls - Thundering Molly 5.2%
Mr Whiteheads - Toffee Apple 4.0%
Mr Whiteheads - Boxing Dog 7.5%
Snailsbank - Summer Fruits 5.2%
Snailsbank - Tumbledown Medium 5.2%
Westons - Country Perry 4.5%

Music line-up to be announced very soon!

(Previous Slip Inn festival glasses welcome!)

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Treboom "Myricale" Launch & Quiz Night
Thursday 21st March 2013


This was a really excellent night all round, with an enthusiastic
crowd packing the place out all night - no mean achievement on
a chilly mid-week winter night. Many thanks to all who made it!

Credit must go to Treboom and the Wildlife Trust themselves for
bringing along so much support, though it was also lovely to see
plenty of regulars joining in the fun.

The quiz was excellent, and the beer went down an absolute storm,
with the first 9 gallons selling out in less than two hours. This was
testament to brewer John's skills and also the appealingly spicy
star of the show, the bog myrtle itself, which imparted a
special extra dimension to John's smooth and delicious
yet satisfyingly bitter golden wheat beer.

The evening was also a fundraising (and awareness-raising) success
for the Wildlife Trust (with £140 raised from quiz entries alone) - which
was of course the whole point, and for us to be able to
host it was a great pleasure and a privilege.

Hopefully we can do it all again some time!

A special launch night for a new Treboom beer launched in partnership
with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

"Myricale" is a golden wheat beer brewed with bog myrtle
(Latin name "Myrica Gale") harvested from the North York Moors.

Used as a flavouring agent in beer in the Middle Ages, the plant fell into
disuse in brewing following the introduction of hops, so this is a rare
chance to sample a historic ale style (with a modern Treboom twist).

5p from each pint will go to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and the
evening will include a quiz (£1 per person, teams of up to 5 people)
also in aid of the Trust.

We will also provide some suitable food for the occasion, making this
a proper midweek treat for all those who can make it!

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3rd Birthday Celebration
Music/Beer Saturdays!
Sat 16th Feb & Sat 23rd Feb 2013

It is three whole years on the 19th Feb since The Slip Inn became
independent and free! And what a three years they have been!

We have loved every minute, and been bowled over by the way
in which all our lovely customers from near and far have taken
this humble little local pub into their hearts, enabling the place
to thrive through one of the toughest periods ever in the
wider British pub trade.

Please come and help us celebrate with two consecutive Saturdays
of lovely Yorkshire beer and music. We will feature a different brewery
on each night, and also a different musical offering.

As is traditional on these occasions we will also be providing a bit
of home cooked hot nosh to keep you going for the evening.

Saturday 16th Feb

Beers from Yorkshire Dales Brewery:

Best Bitter 3.8% (Golden)
Silver Rake 4.0% (Pilsner style)
Barras End 4.0% (Golden, hoppy)
Whitfield Gill 4.1% (Blonde Helles style)
Askrigg Ale 4.3% (Pale golden)
Ulfers Gill 4.4% (Dark, malty)


Asio's Eyes (Music)
Boss Caine (Music)
Mark Wynn (Music)

Saturday 23rd Feb

Beers from Great Yorkshire Brewery

Yorkshire Pale 3.8% (New World pale)
Yorkshire Classic 4.0% (Light chestnut bitter)
Yorkshire Golden 4.2% (Refreshing golden ale)
Blackout 5.0% (Smooth rich porter)
Two chefs, Winter Spice 4.0% (Chestnut colour spiced beer)
Choc Orange 6.0% (Chocolate orange porter)


Jon Sibley (Music)
Eclectic Sparks (Website)

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Fri 30th November & Sat 1st December 2012
The 3rd Annual Slip Inn
Winter Beer Festival
West Yorkshire Special*

Well the weather has gone for a burton, the floodwaters are
lapping at our door and its about to turn freezing so
it must be about time for our annual winter festival again!

Don't worry though, as ever you can be sure to remain warm and
toasty in the cosy environs of The Slip, complete as ever with heated
marquee, hot barbecued sustenance and of course plenty
of lovely fortifying real ale (and cider).

Following last years Ossett spectacular (see here) we are keeping
things in the same region with a West Yorkshire special showcase.
We have chosen to toast the success of the county which is home
to more breweries than any other in the UK, with a diverse
selection of great ales, sourced from a range of smaller breweries,
many of which may not be instantly familiar.

This is of course in no way intended to detract from the achievements
of some of our more regular suppliers, we just thought we would like
to bring you all something a little different. So while there might not be
anything from Salamander, Timothy Taylor, Leeds, Ilkley, Ossett
Saltaire, WharfeBank et al, we are sure you will love what we
do have lined up for you this weekend...

The Beers

On the Indoor Bar:

Haworth Steam - True Tyke 3.8%
Revolutions - EP 3.9%

Briscoe's - Lighter Shade of Pale 4%
Old Bear - Yorkshire Ale 4.2%
Kirkstall - Dissolution IPA 5% then Three Swords 4.5%
Summer Wine - Mocha Milk Stout 6.0% then Teleporter 5%

On The Outdoor Festival Bar:

Golcar - Dark Mild 3.6%
Rodham - Relish 3.7%
Mallinsons - Cluster Chinook 3.9%
Tigertops - Little Chief 3.9%
Nook - Bees Knees 3.9%
Burley St Brewhouse - Laguna Seca 4%
Collingham - Artisan's Choice 4.4%
Ridgeside - Long Way from Home 5%
Little Valley - Gustibus 5.2%
Magic Rock - High Wire NZ 5.5%
Five Towns - Plaistow Patricia 7%

The Ciders

Thistly Cross - Whisky Cask
Thistly Cross - Jaggy Thistle
Hogans - Picker's Passion
Ordhard Pig - Draught Pear

The Hot Food
Barbecued fare from M&K Butchers in Fred's Home Bakery buns.

The Live Music


6pm - Moonshine Creek
Old time American roots and rebel songs from this popular
local goodtime trio.

9pm - Neil Dalton
Wonderful laidback solo blues.


2.30pm - Jon Sibley
Original material and acoustic covers from grunge to Lizzy!

5pm - Pelico
Breezy guitar pop from this local outfit. Catchy and uplifting.

7pm - Kev Young
Eclectic, bluesy, acoustic guitar and vocals.

9pm - Tom Cocks and Karl Moon
Authentic blues from this wicked guitar and harmonica
duo - 1/2 of TC & The Moneymakers!

Please note:
You are very welcome to reuse your glasses
from any of our previous festivals if you
would like to avoid buying a new one!

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Friday 7th - Sun 9th September 2012
The 3rd Annual Swan & Slip Inn
Beer, Cider and Wine Festival

Yes it's that time again! Our huge annual joint beer festival is
now looming on the not so distant at all horizon!

The beers and ciders are all listed below...

We have 50 fabulous beers coming your way
to suit every taste, including exciting debut exclusives from Treboom and
Wentworth, something special from Leeds, something enormous from
Great Heck, and a very welcome return for one of Mallinsons star
beers from June's great (see report below) Slip Inn
Battle of the Breweries!

The festival opens at 3pm on Friday 7th,
then runs from noon on Saturday and Sunday

The Beers

Swan Beers

On the Indoor Bar:

Acorn - Barnsley Bitter
Mallinsons - Alias
Dark Star - Partridge
Brewsters - Decadence
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter
Dr Morton’s - Tie Breaker

On The Outdoor Festival Bar:

Milestone - Hoptimism
Rat - Sneaky Rat
Newby Wyke - Summer Session
Nottingham - Rock Mild
Derventio - Boar’s Head
Elland - Best Bitter
Fernandes - Chinook
Rudgate - 20th Birthday Ale
Kite - Carmarthen Pale Ale
Marston Moor - Atomic Blonde
Downton - German Pale Ale
Oldershaws - Posh Blonde
Magpie - Raven Stout
Burton Bridge - Porter
RCH - Steam Festival
Salamander - Golden Salamander
Thornbridge - Sequoia
Saltaire - Blackberry Cascade
Derby - Old Intentional

Slip Inn Beers

On the Indoor Bar:

Marble - Pint
Copper Dragon - Heritage
Hop Studio - Summer XS
Leeds - Leodis Wheat
followed by...
Leeds - Hellfire
Treboom - Baron Saturday

On the Outdoor Festival Bar:

Foxfield - Crystal Dark Mild
Greenmill - Gold
Cheddar - Bitter Bully
Muirhouse - Buzzard Bitter
Cuerden - Mild
Navigation - Pale Ale
Town House - Flowerdew
Oates - Golden Oates
Conwy - Beachcomber
Empire Brewing Co - Oddessy
Bank Top - Blackbeard
Titanic - Cappuccino Stout
Raw - Hop Pole
Bridestones - American Pale Ale
Ole Slewfoot Brewing Co - Fox on the Run
The Brew Company - Stargazer IPA
Wentworth - South Island Pale Ale
Geeves - Fully Laden IPA
Little Valley - Python IPA
Great Heck - Yakima IPA

Plus 12 real ciders!

Live Music


The Swan
6pm - 2 Bob
Popular acoustic duo with an eclectic set.

9pm - Kev Young
Solo country, folk and blues.

The Slip Inn
6pm - The Jaybirds

Acoustic U.S. folk, roots and blues from this local 3 piece.

9pm - Tom Cocks and Karl Moon
Authentic blues from this wicked guitar and harmonica
duo - 1/2 of TC & The Moneymakers!


The Swan
3pm - The Jaybirds
Acoustic U.S. folk, roots and blues from this local 3 piece.

5pm - Howlin’ Mat
Raw blues from the heart. The real roots deal, and one hell of a guitar player.

8pm - Neil Dalton
Ace laidback blues from the solo troubadour.

The Slip Inn
3pm - Joe Below Blues Duo

Bruce and Mike take time out from the full line-up, to bring us
classy upbeat rhythm n blues.

5pm - Moonshine Creek
Old time American roots and rebel songs from this popular
local goodtime trio.

9pm - Howlin’ Mat
His wife did leave him, he did lose his house and sleep in his car,
he does have no money and his back does hurt.
The real deal! (See Swan 5pm)


The Swan
3pm - Gypsy Bill and Del

Wonderful melodic blues from the much-loved local duo.
Both upbeat and laidback.

6pm - Dave Smith
Ace solo vocals/guitar from the legendary local bluesman.

The Slip Inn
3pm - Eclectic Sparks

Extended set from consumate 4 piece. Eclectic indeed - folk, jazz,
acoustic. Fun for all the family!

7pm - Gypsy Bill and Del
Second set of the day from the perennial blues favourites.

Many thanks to all the artists for playing!

Please note:
You are very welcome to reuse your glasses
from any of our previous festivals if you
would like to avoid buying a new one!

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Sat 23rd June 2012
The 2nd Annual Slip Inn
Battle of the Breweries

Festival Report

Festival Notes

What a fabulous day once again! We thought it would be difficult to
match up to last year's Battle, but with two breweries like Roosters
and Mallinsons it turned out we need not have worried!

Representatives from both breweries made early appearances. We
knew from previous events that we would soon be seeing Tara and Elaine
from Mallinsons along with a sizeable group of friends (good tactics!)
and sure enought they were there in ample time to witness the
dubious spectacle of Jon and Paul doing a bit of last minute
marquee erection (cue Laurel and Hardy music...)!

However within an hour or so Tom and Olly and the Roosters crew
were safely ensconced in the red corner, and doing a valiant job of giving
the Mallinsons posse a proper run for their money! But of course
there is only so much quaffing a brewer can expect from their own entourage
and the real competition was happening all around them as our customers
once again flocked to the event to sample the great array on offer.

So how did it go?

Well after just four hours or so we had the result of the first round
as Mallinsons Alias ran out on the inside bar closely followed by its
competitor Leghorn. (The beers inside always sell fastest -
presumably because they are closest to the comfiest seats!)

So 1-0 to Mallinsons.

Half an hour or so later Station Best Bitter also ran out, conclusively
beating Roosters stalwart Yankee. 2-0 to Mallinsons.

Next to go was Castle Hill Premium. 3-0 to Mallinsons!

We could see a pattern emerging... But at this point we must make an
honourable mention of the amazing beer beaten in this 3rd round.
The Accomplice was the result of a collaboration between
Roosters and the legendary US brewer Doug Odell, and it was
a beautiful trans-Atlantic golden hop-fest of a beer, weighing
in at a hefty 5.7%. Castle Hill certainly had the advantage at a
(relatively) more sessionable 4.6%, but The Accomplice was hot
on its heels despite its strength, and many have since mentioned it
as their beer of the festival. We are more than happy to endorse that
decision with the official award. Congratulations Roosters!

Anyway back at the bar the prevailing trend continued as first
Steeple Lodge beat Longshot, then Citra saw off Buckeye.
By the time Nelson Sauvin outdid Wild Mule Tom and Olly
could see the writing on the wall as there would clearly be no way
back for Roosters from 6-0.

However, some consolation was just around the corner when
North Pale Ale came good to beat Galaxy to the finishing line.


All that remained at the end of the night (as ever) were the dark ones.
Neither sold out so it came down to a ceremonial dipping of the casks
and once again there was late consolation for Roosters as the stick
revealed that there was (ever so slightly) more Mallinsons Chocolate Stout
left than Roosters Londinium Porter.

Final score 6-2.

Congratulations and thanks to both of these wonderful breweries for
taking part in our event this year. Obviously we do not intend the result
to be taken too seriously, being as it is really just a fun way
to showcase lots of lovely lovely beer!

I am glad to report that the Roosters contingent did not become too
despondent, knowing as they did that they were beaten by an exceptional
brewery whose beers are less familiar to our customers (who often
attend these events on the lookout for the unusual).

Also they should take comfort from the fact that the consensus view
is that Roosters has passed into very safe hands indeed judging by
the quality of their new brews - especially The Accomplice,
North Pale Ale and Londinium Porter.

As for Mallinsons well the event just confirmed what many already
believed. When it comes to delicious hoppy pale session beer you'd
be hard pushed to better them. Also as masters (mistresses?) of the
tricky single-hopped brew they are second to none. Congratulations
are definitely due, and the prize is that this year one of the winning
beers will have pride of place on the Swan bar at our 3rd Annual
Swan/Slip Festival
. Which one will it be? You'll have to wait and see!

When all is said and done though, as James from Summer Wine
graciously put it (as narrow runner up to Marble last year):

good beer, good people & your
great little pub were the real winners!

Quite right we reckon!

From our Website
Following on from last year's smash hit battle between
Summer Wine and Marble (see report here), this year

we have lined up two more fabulous breweries to slug it out
for your delectation and entertainment.

No trans-Pennine theme this time, this year it's Yorkshire all the way,
as Roosters of Knaresborough take on Mallinsons of Huddersfield.
Both top notch purveyors of quality pale ales, but both equally
unafraid of the occasional foray into darker territory.
This should be a very even match.

There will be 16 beers, once again
arranged into 8 rounds, as well as the usual line up of
great live music and hot food with our usual barbecue
featuring fantastic M&K beef burgers, steak and bacon.

The Beers

As last year the contest will be arranged in "rounds" with each
beer going head to head with a suitable opponent (see below).
The winner of each round will be the one that sells out first
or sells the most by the end of the day.

(* Collaboration with North Bar in Leeds to celebrate their 15th birthday,
with additional dry-hopping exclusively for the Slip Battle)
(** collaboration with legendary Colorado brewer Doug Odell,
this is likely to be a great big transatlantic hop bomb of a beer!)

Stop Press!
There will also be a brand new exclusive perry on offer
courtesy of our local nano-producer:

Nunthorpe “The Brewer’s Plums” Perry 5.5%
Their first summer Perry.  A unique single variety brew with a special hint
of plums. Lovely and light, for easy drinking on long summer evenings.

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Fri 20th - Sun 22nd April 2012

The 2nd Slip Inn Spring Festival

A three day festival featuring at least 25 beers,
a selection of real ciders & perries,
as well as great live music and delicious hot food.

The Beers
(Click here to view pdf of full event notes)

On the Indoor Bar
Mallinsons - Clodhopper 4.0% Nelson Sauvin 3.8% Stadium 3.8%
Summer Wine - Vanguard 4.0%
Ossett - By George 4.2%
Leeds - Maple Beer 4.5%
Rudgate - Chocolate Stout 5.0%

On the Outdoor Bar
Roosters - Buckeye 3.5%
North Yorkshire - Golden Ginseng 3.6%
Great Heck - White Light Ginger 3.7%
Wolf - Edith Cavell 3.7%
Treboom - Beat No. 1 3.8%
Yorkshire Dales - Sails 3.8%
Brew Co - Tramlines 4.0%
Fernandes - Traditional Bitter 4.1%
Raw - JR Best Bitter 4.2%
Rat - Red Rat 4.3%
Treboom - Hop & Slip 4.3%
Bridestones - Black Jack 4.5%
Northern - Hit & Run 4.5%
Revolutions - Revolver 4.5%
Truefitt - Ironopolis Stout 4.7%
Lion's Den - IPA 5.0%
Hadrian & Border - Ouseburn Porter 5.2%
Brass Castle - Bad Kitty 5.5%
Ridgeside - Eliminator 6.0%
Red Willow - Ageless 7.2%
Moor - Old Freddie Walker 7.3%

The Ciders

Burnards - Oaky Dokey 5.2%
Ben Crossman - Medium dry 6.0%
Dove Syke - Ribble Valley Gold 6.2%
Hecks - Hendre Huffcap Perry 6.5%
Olivers - Medium 6.7%
Wilkins - Medium 6.0%

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Sat 25th February 2012 - from 12 Noon!
2nd Birthday Celebration!
Local Microbrewery Mini Festival


Festival Notes

Many thanks to everyone who came along to help us celebrate
our second anniversary at the relaunched The Slip Inn.

As ever we were bowled over by the support for the event.
I don't think any of us were expecting quite that level of interest
in an event which on paper looked fairly modest!

However such has been the explosion of interest in craft brewing
over the last year or two that our "mini" festival featuring three
brand new ultra-local microbreweries ended up being packed
out from the early afternoon right up until closing time!

It was especially lovely to have all the brewers
on hand to discuss beer, pubs and the general
pleasures of being part of this wonderful business

So many thanks to them and to you all. We hope you
enjoyed it as much as we did!

From our Website
one-day mini-festival to mark our second
birthday as a totally independent free house!

During those two years cask ale has made massive strides
and new breweries have begun to spring up all over the place.
Thankfully several of these have appeared very close to York
which gave us an idea for our 2nd birthday bash...

We have teamed up with three of our newest local microbreweries
in order to gather a selection of their beers together in one place,
and for one day only, for your appreciation and, no doubt, delectation!

Our little pub will therefore contain 10 splendid beers
supplied by:

Treboom Brewery of Shipton by Beningborough
Brass Castle Brewery of Pocklington
and Yorkshire Heart Brewery of Nun Monkton

And, as if that is not incentive enough, then rest assured that as usual
the event will also feature some great live music and delicious hot food!

The Beers

Treboom - Drum Beat 3.8%
Treboom - Kettle Drum 4.3%
Brass Castle - #1 3.6%
Brass Castle - Cliffhanger 3.8%
Brass Castle - Bad Kitty 5.5%
Brass Castle - Sunshine 5.7%
Yorkshire Heart - Yeoman Mild 3.5%
Yorkshire Heart - Hearty Bitter 3.7%
Yorkshire Heart - JRT Best Bitter 4.2%
Yorkshire Heart - Nightlinger Stout 4.8%

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The 2nd Slip Inn Winter Festival

Fri 9th & Sat 10th December 2011

As ever we would like to thank everyone who made the effort to come
along and support our winter festival. We were incredibly lucky with the
weather in the end, as we managed to find a two day break in the
winter gales which threatened to destroy our marquee
in the run-up to the event, and then partially succeeded afterwards
by ripping the ten metre roof from end to end!

Beer of the festival in the judges' opinion was the divine White Rat,
with honourable mentions also going to Rum for Cover, Chocolate Santa
and (inevitably) Silver King which was the first beer to sell-out.

To be honest though, virtually every beer on offer was an absolute delight,
with the brand new range from Rat proving particularly impressive.
Ossett have always been one of our favourite breweries, due to their
remarkably consistent quality and unwavering popularity on the bar,
and their other three breweries clearly live up to those high standards!

Thanks again to all the musicians, staff and volunteers who helped us
to put on another cracking bash, and once again thanks to all of you
who came along and contributed to the lovely atmosphere, and helped us
polish off so much wonderful ale! Here's to the next one!

From our Website

Our next major event will be a brewery showcase
on an unprecedented scale!

There will be an array of 28 very fine beers (see below) from
the much-loved Ossett Brewery, taking in a wide range of
of their own brews as well as a huge selection from their
three other excellent breweries, which are seldom
to be found in York.

As ever we will also be laying on plenty of hot food and
a line up of great live music to ensure that this will be a
genuinely unmissable event.

The Beers

Ossett Beers x 8
Brigantes Bitter 3.8%
Treacle Stout 5.0%
Nervous Turkey 4.3%
Pale Gold 3,8%
Yorkshire Blonde 3.9%
Big red 4.0%
Silver King 4.3%
Excelsior 5.2%

Rat Beers x 7
Golden Rat 3.8%
Black Rat 4.5% (Porter)
King Rat 5.0% (IPA)
White Rat 4.0% (Extra Pale Ale)
Pestilence 4.3%
Brown Rat 3.8% (Brown ale)
Jingle Rat 4.0%

Fernandes Beers x 8
What the Dickens? 4.5%
Rum for Cover 6.5% (Stout)
Full Throttle 3.8%
Chinook 4.0% (American Pale Ale.)
Cascade 4.1%
Brewer's Gold 3.8%
Avanuther 3.9%
Stairway to Heaven 4.3%

Riverhead Beers x 5
Lock Keeper's Bitter 4.2%
Brewster's Blonde 3.8%
Black Moss Stout 4.3%
March Haigh 4.6%
Chocolate Santa 4.5%

The Ciders

Gwynt y Ddraig - Sleigh Ride 4.5%
Mr Whitehead’s - Midnight Special Perry 5.0%
Broadoak - Moonshine 7.5%
Nunthorpe - Two Trees Cider 5.7%
Nunthorpe - Derek’s Perry 6.7%


6pm The Acoustic Project
9pm Dave Smith

2pm Barman Tom & Friends
4.00 Pugwash Convention
6.00 The Beefy la Slap Trio
9pm Gypsy Bill Williams and Del Potter

Tokens and Glasses

The system will be the same one which has worked so well at all our festivals so far.
The main bar will accept cash or tokens.
The outside bar will only accept tokens (no cash) and will only serve drinks in a festival glass.
Tokens are sold in £10 sheets and are valid until midnight on Sunday.
Unused portions are fully refundable.
Festival glasses cost £2 each. (This includes a £1 deposit refundable upon return.

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The 2nd Annual Swan & Slip Inn
Beer, Cider & Wine Festival!

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September, 2011

Festival Notes

Well, that appeared to be another roaring success!

Thanks as usual to everyone who came along whether in a drinking, working
or musical capacity. You all made it another weekend to remember!

Beer of the festival: Magic Rock Curious Pale Ale.
We sold all three firkins of this gorgeous beer in the first 24 hours of the festival.
We should have ordered 5 or 6 with hindsight!

Honourable mentions also to Brass Castle Cliffhanger - very popular on the outdoor
Slip bar, and the ever-popular Saltaire fruit beer selection which were very quickly
drained at The Swan. (Plus a cheer from me for the gorgeous Brewsters Decadence
and Ilkley Lotus IPA which I thought were both marvellous!)

Same time next year then?...

From our website
At least 50 different beers, all from
different breweries. Plus real cider,
wine, live music and hot food!

Ok folks, for all those of you who
have been wondering about the line-up this year
here goes with our 51 ales this time round....

The Beers

Kirkstall - Black Band Porter 5.5%
Magic Rock - Curious 3.9%
Captain Cook - Red Bay 4.0%
Ilkley - Lotus IPA 5.6%
Revolutions - Ravenscroft 3.3%
Brass Castle - Cliffhanger 3.9%
Box Steam - Chuffin' Ale 4.0%
Sleaford - Pleasant Pheasant 4.2%
Brampton - Golden Bud 3.8%
Bradfields - Farmers Stout 4.5%
Elland - Fireball 4.2%
Thornbridge - Lord Marples 4.0%
Saltaire - 3 x Fruit Blondes
Timothy Taylor - Dark Mild 3.5%
Whittlebury - Home Farm Bitter 4.1%
Batemans - Salem Porter 4.7%
Dark Star - Original 5.0%
Milton - Tiki 3.8%
Raw - Hop Bliss 4.1%
Great Heck - Amish Mash 4.7%
WharfeBank - Fox IPA 4.7%
Summer Wine - Cossack Imperial Stout 7.2%
Marble - 1888 Ginger Stout 6.7%
Yorkshire Heart - JRT Best Bitter 4.2%
Leeds - Monsoon IPA 4.8%
Rudgate - Lubelski 4.3%
Phoenix - White Monk 4.5%
Fernandes - Great Northern 5.1%
Riverhead - Red 4.5%
Robinsons - Young Tom - 4.2%
Highland - Scapa Special 4.2%
Oakham - Citra 4.2%
Milestone - Rich Ruby 4.5%
Acorn - Old Moor Porter 4.4%
Hadrian & Border - Gladiator 3.8%
Nottingham - Rock Mild 3.8%
Derventio - Cleopatra 5.0%
Dark Tribe - Full Ahead 3.8%
Brewsters - Decadence 4.4%
Otley - 05 Gold 5.0%
Butcombe - Bitter 4.0%
Concertina - Bengal Tiger 4.6%
Mordue - Autumn Tyne 4.0%
Bellhaven - IPA 3.8%
Brentwood - Gold 4.3%
Edge - IPA 3.6%
St. Peter's - Ruby Red 4.3%
Harviestoun - Schiehallion 4.8%
Inveralmond - Ossian 4.1%
Sadlers - Full Moko 4.2%

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Battle of the Breweries!
Marble v Summer Wine!

Saturday 25th June, 2011 from Midday


Beer Notes 1
Beer Notes 2

What an amazing day! Probably the best attended and received single event we have
managed to put on so far. Both breweries supplied a wonderful range of superb ales
which were supped in abundance by a hugely appreciative crowd who kept The Slip
buzzing from the early afternoon all the way through until closing time.

On the day it was actually a narrow win for Marble from Manchester, which
surprised many who suspected during the contest that Summer Wine were gaining
the upper hand. As it turned out though, Marble pipped it by 5 rounds to 3 as follows:

For Marble:
Pint beat Zenith
Summer beat Gambit
Lagonda beat Rouge Hop (very narrowly!)
Chocolate (also only just!) beat Barista
Ginger 6 beat 7 C's

For Summer Wine:
Valencia beat 3.9%
Odyssey beat Manchester Bitter
Diablo beat Tawny No. 5

And when I say it was close - I mean it was close! Overall we sold just 4 gallons or so
more beer from Marble than from Summer Wine.

To understand that you need to bear in mind that we bought 90 gallons
from each brewery and sold about 80 from each on the day.
Which means that you lot got through approximately 1300 pints of ale
and we actually came quite perilously close to selling out!


Not of course that the result really matters - we never intended the competition
to be taken TOO seriously, but just wanted to find a fun way to get as many beers
as possible from these two wonderful breweries into the pub for you all to enjoy.

As James from Summer Wine generously put
it on Twitter the day after the event:

Just half a cask in it! Wow! I think good beer,
good people & your great little pub were the real winners!

Colin from Marble also made a nice comment the same day:

Thanks for hosting such a fantastic event!
Great day/people/beer. Couldn't have enjoyed it more.

Well thank you too guys! The day wouldn't have been possible without the
wonderful beers you work so hard to make - good to see so many of you
in attendance - and clearly enjoying yourselves!

Here are a couple of links to some nice reviews of the day:

The Beerprole - Summer Saturday: Marble vs Summer Wine at The Slip Inn, York

Raising the Beer Bar - Summer Wine Blog: The Slip Inn Battle of the Breweries Photoblog


...to all of you who attended! You really do make these events possible with
your continued support which, as ever, is genuinely very much appreciated!

...also to all the musicians who came along and played for us. We are very
fortunate to have such an array of local talent willing to come and perform at our
little pub - and your great music always adds that vital extra dimension to our events.

...as ever to our wonderful staff who worked so hard all day, including the guys on the
back bar and of course Keith who did such a cracking job on our fancy new barbecue!

...finally to all those who gave us such positive feedback about the event. We had many
supportive comments on the day and there has also been a flurry of activity surrounding
the event online. Many thanks to all who have tweeted, blogged or otherwise posted
on the web and helped attract people from near and far to our humble little pub!

From our website
An unmissable all day event featuring an epic head to head battle
between two cracking northern breweries.

The day will feature plenty of live music, some great hot food and
a fantastic selection of beers - eight from each brewery!

This is going to be awesome!

The Beers

The contest will be arranged in "rounds" with each beer going
head to head with a suitable opponent (see below).
The winner of each round will be the one that sells out first
or sells the most by the end of the day.

Pint (3.9%) v Zenith (4.0%)
3.9% (3.9%) v Valencia (4.0%)
Manchester Bitter (4.2%) v Odyssey (4.2%)
Summer Marble (4.5%) v Gambit (4.2%)
Lagonda IPA (5.0%) v Rouge Hop (5.0%)
Chocolate Marble (5.5%) v Barista Stout (4.8%)
Tawny no. 5 (5.7%) v Diablo (6%)
Ginger 6 (6.0%) v 7 C's (7.0%)


1pm Dave Smith
(Top notch solo blues)

3pm Eclectic Sparks
(Jazzy acoustic 4 piece - very entertaining!)
5pm Tom Cocks, Neil Dalton and Band
(top notch blues 4 piece - feat great harmonica and guitar)
7pm Pugwash Convention
(Ruth, Steve and friends play lively folk)
9pm Damian & Frank (aka Diad)
(Classic Irish sounds to round things off)


We know you'll need something to soak up the beer, so we've
got Keith back to man the barbie for us again!

We've got burgers, steak and bacon on order from M&K butchers.

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Fri 13th May 2011
Special Event - Viewer Live at Bar Lane Studios

What a great night! We are so pleased to have been able to contribute!
Well done Tim, Andy, Theo, Beau and everyone else involved.

This review sums up the whole thing very well.

From our website
We are proud to be supporting this very special event.

We are providing a real ale bar featuring four Roosters beers
for this one off art/music event featuring contributions
from Slip/Swan regulars Tim Wright and Andy Johnson.

Many of you will be familiar with Tim and Andy, but you may not know
that they produce music together as electronic anti-pop duo Viewer.
Now is your chance to find out just how extremely good Viewer actually
are, and to enjoy some lovely Roosters beers into the bargain!

The evening kicks off with a performance by Tim and Theo Burt
of their audio visual artwork entitled Bastard Structures. There will then
be a dj set by internationally renowned musician Beaumont Hannant
and the evening will be rounded off with a live Viewer set. All
for under a tenner if you purchase your ticket in advance!

Tckets are on sale in both pubs for £8 - but they are very limited so
if you're interested do not delay!

If you would like a ticket but cannot get to the pubs soon then drop us
an email and we'll sort something out!

More info here

Viewer Website

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Fri 22nd April - Mon 2nd May
Slip Inn Spring Beer Festival
Lasting 11 Days - Including 4 Bank Holidays!

Well that was a fairly epic do! 11 days of ever-changing beers and some great
live music. As ever well-supported by our lovely loyal customers and our trusty staff!

As usual we discovered that we had underestimated the insatiable Slip Inn
appetite for pale session beers and had to draft in last minute reinforcements
in the shape of 3 casks of Leeds Pale, 2 of Freddie Trueman, and at least 3
randomly grabbed beers, all of which meant that we exceeded our (we thought
ambitious) overall target of 38 firkins. So well done indeed to all concerned.

Maybe it's time for a little lie down now!

Beer of the Festival? - going right back to the beginning, few things made
more of a splash than Summer Wine's delicious Valencia Citra Pale Ale.
So in the absence of a democratic vote we're giving it the judges' decision.
Many congrats!

From our Website:
We are now over halfway through our epic Spring Fest so time
for a quick update!

Things have gone swimmingly so far. The weather has been more than
kind to us and we have enjoyed a steady stream of faithful customers
since day one. The music last weekend was absolutely excellent with
The Cliff Brown Band kicking things off in rocking style on Friday afternoon.
They, and their enormous PA rig (good thing that bass amp was only
turned up to 1 - seriously! - or else they would probably have demolished
the building) are welcome back anytime.

Things continued in a similarly bluesy vein with great sets from Neil Dalton
and singer Mick, Tom Cocks and Mark Wynn, and also Tom's great
new band TC & The Moneymakers. See them all again here very soon!

Check out details of this weekend's music below.

Enjoy the wedding tomorrow if that's your sort of thing, and even if it isn't
then come down anyway to see us in the afternoon and check out
our range of Royal Wedding brews. They are ready to go at 12 noon!


Beginning on Good Friday we will have a range of 9 hand-pulled
ales available inside the pub, as well as a real cider and a real perry.
The selection will be constantly changing throughout the following
week with each beer only appearing once. We have 38 beers
lined up for your enjoyment and will be adding more if necessary.

The event will continue through the Royal Wedding day to the
following bank holiday Monday.

Friday 22nd at 3pm The Cliff Brown Band (Funky blues rock)
and at 8pm Neil Dalton (Blues)

Saturday 23rd at 8pm Tom Cocks and Mark Wynn (Blues and Americana)

Sunday 24th at 8pm Traditional folk and shanties with our resident
Sunday night singing group (possibly with some accompaniment tonight)

Monday 25th at 4pm TC & the Moneymakers (Blues 4 piece)

Friday 29th at 4pm Eclectic Sparks (Folk 4 piece)
and at 8pm Damian & Frank - aka Diad (Irish tunes)

Saturday 30th 8pm Chris & Phil from The Acoustic Project (Guitar & vocals)

Sunday 1st at 6pm Pugwash Convention (Lively folk)
then 8pm onwards Trad folk and shanties with the Sunday night singers.

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Saturday 9th April 2011 - From 6pm.
Leeds Brewery Showcase

Yet another great night at The Slip with a lovely selection of beers from
our good friends at Leeds Brewery. Their Pale has been a runaway success on
our bar ever since we began trading last February and tonight they pulled
out all the stops to show us what else they are capable of - which is clearly plenty!

Really good to see Sam, Michael and Venks in attendance and clearly enjoying
seeing their beer enthusiastically quaffed by the assembled throng. Cheers guys!

And as ever, cheers also to our trusty staff who slogged all night to keep
everyone's glasses flowing over!

From our Website:
A great night dedicated to the brewers of our bestselling regular
beer - Leeds Pale. Miss this at your peril!

The evening will feature the three best-known Leeds beers,
Pale, Best and Midnight Bell plus a new regular addition to their
line-up in the shape of Yorkshire Gold (4%), but it doesn't stop there...

The lovely Leeds people have pulled out all the stops to provide
a few big surprises as well, so we have two additional seasonal specials
and three more ales which are genuine rarities. That's nine beers
in total! (Check out the full beer list below!)

In addition we'll be supplying you with the usual range of homecooked food
and a couple of hours of great live music courtesy of our good
friends Gypsy Bill and Del Potter.

The Beers
Leeds Pale
Leeds Best
Yorkshire Gold
Midnight Bell
New Moon
A Slip Special (inc Maple Syrup)
Gyle 479 (mostly bottled - very rarely on handpull - and 9.0%(!))
Solo (single hop beer made with Hersbrucker hops - brewed at
Leeds Brewery Tap and never before available outside Leeds)

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Sat 19th March 2011 - From 6pm
Ilkley Brewery Showcase

What a night!

Thanks to everyone who came along and kept the pub buzzing
from the very start to the very end! Thanks also to Stewart and Chris from Ilkley
for taking the time to come along and for supplying us with a really
wonderful selection of beers. Tom and Mark did us proud on the music front with
a storming set, and as usual our staff worked their socks off to keep everyone
supping away all night. (Special thanks to Andy J for his sterling work on the
new portable bar - we couldn't prise him out of there all night - we'll have
to call you Andy Lazarou: "It's my bar NOW!!")

Check out these great photos of the evening by Chris Holmes. Nice work sir!

From our Website:
Fresh from their move to brand new premises the nice folk from
Ilkley are making the journey over to The Slip to show off their wares.
This will be a great chance to sample regular and rare delights
from this award-winning brewery.

With a range of 9 beers on offer this is set to be our biggest brewery
event yet, and given the huge respect Ilkley have garnered in just two
short years of trading we are expecting this to be a very busy night!

As usual we will be laying on some lovely hot food, and there will be some
cracking live music beginning around 8pm courtesy of Tom Cocks (vocals/harmonica)
and Mark Wynn (guitar) who play blues and Americana.

The Beers

Mary Jane 3.5%
Ilkley Black 3.7%
Ilkley Best 4.0%
Ilkley Pale 4.2%
Ilkley Original 4.3%
Stout Mary4.5%
Black Summit 5.0%
Lotus IPA 5.6%

plus Ilkley Slipstream (named esp. for us!) 5.0%

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Sat 19th February 2011 - from 12 Noon!
1st Birthday Bash!

A one-day mini-festival to mark the end of
our wonderful first year at the new-style Slip Inn.

Thanks to everyone who braved some pretty horrible weather
(windy and sleeting at lunchtime!) in order to join in
the fun. We had a ball, hope you all did too!

(Beer of the festival: Fernandes Rhubarb IPA)

Full beer notes

Beer list:

On the Indoor Bar (til Midnight)
Elland - Bargee 3.8%
Brown Cow - White Dragon 4.0%
Rudgate - Harald's Battle 4.0% followed by Marston Moor - Brewer's Droop 5.0%
Wold Top - Spring Fling 4.3%
Leeds - New Moon 4.3% followed by Midnight Bell 4.8%
Marble - Chocolate 5.5%

On the Outdoor Bar (til 10.30pm)
Riverhead - Deer Hill Porter 4%
Yorkshire Dales - Hubberholme Helles 4.1%
Wainstones - Ironstone 4.2%
Fernandes - Rhubarb IPA 4.5%
Revolutions - Kraftwerk 4.5%
Captain Cook - Heights of Abraham 4.6%
Roosters - Whisky Stout 6%
Five Towns - Vintage 51 6%

Music Line-Up (times approx):

2.30pm Pugwash Convention (upbeat instrumental folk)
5.00pm Bejazzled (melodic jazz trio)
7.30pm Neil Dalton and band (lively blues)


BBQ - M&K best quality beefburgers (2-3pm, 5-6pm, 8-9pm)
Jon & Julie's home-made chilli
Paul & Sarah's home-made veggie curry

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Sat 29th January 2011
Brown Cow Brewery Showcase

Thanks to everyone who came along to this evening and helped make it such a
great success! We sold out of four of the six beers on offer by the end
of the evening, which is testament not only to your remarkable beer-drinking ability,
but also to the great quality of Sue's wonderful ales!


Info & Tasting Notes

From our website:
Brown Cow is based in Barlow near Selby and was established by brewster
Sue Simpson in 1997. As the brewery steadily expanded Sue was joined
full-time in the business by husband Keith in 2004 and the
five barrel plant is now utilised to its maximum capacity.

Both Sue and Keith will be in attendance and will be more than happy to chat
about the wonderful beers on offer. These will include the full range of five permanent
Brown Cow beers as well as (and thanks to Sue for squeezing it into her already
hectic brewing schedule!) something brewed specially for the evening!

If you've never tried Brown Cow beers then this is a great oppportunity to see just
what you've been missing! There will be plenty on offer for everyone.
Fans of a paler pint will be happy to see a choice of at least
two or three pale/gold ales, while we can promise any dark beer fans
that the journey will be well worthwhile if only to try the
Thriller in Vanilla Porter and the sublime Captain Oates Mild, both of which
have received many well-deserved awards in recent years.

Once again the evening will also include great live music from the excellent
Gypsy Bill Williams and Del Potter and some delicious hot food!

6pm - All six Brown Cow beers will be available at the bar
Approx 7.30pm - Music from Gypsy Bill and Del Potter
Approx 8.30/9.00pm - Music interval - Hot food will be served.
Midnight - Closing time (sorry!)

Not to be missed!

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Fri 10th & Sat 11th December 2010
The Inaugural Slip Inn Winter Festival

Thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural winter festival and made it such a
great success, despite the positively arctic couple of weeks which preceded it.
The breweries did us proud by getting all the beer to us on time and in great condition,
our wonderful staff once again put in a great performance and the whole event
was energised by some excellent musical performances.

We all had a great time, hope you did too!

(Beer of the festival: Roosters Bladnoch Whisky Stout)

Festival Poster

Festival Tasting Notes

From our website:
Following the huge success of our September beer, cider and wine festival
which was held jointly with The Swan, this is to be The Slip's first major solo event.

The emphasis this time will be very much on our local breweries who will all be
supplying interesting winter-themed beers (5 on the bar and at least a dozen in the yard),
and we will also be offering at least 5 real ciders/perries including one
very special, very local(!) offering.

Once again, expect great live music from some of our excellent local musicians,
as well as delicious hot food and a heated marquee to help fight off the winter chill!

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Sat 30th October 2010
Ridgeside Brewery Showcase Night

This was the first of our brewery showcase nights and was a great success.
So many thanks to everyone who attended! We hope to continue these on a
roughly monthly basis...

Info and tasting notes


From our website:
A chance to sample the full range of ales from this great new Leeds-based brewery,
and also to meet head brewer Simon Bolderson. Ridgeside was set up by Simon earlier
this year and only began supplying beer in July, but already he is winning awards with
his outstanding beers.

Ridgeside Black Night Stout stood out at this year's York CAMRA
Beer Festival where it won best "Locale" in the dark beers category, and took silver
in the general Locales category (ie. beers brewed within 25 miles of the festival).

Tonight we will have all five regular Ridgeside beers on our bar (more info here),
as well as a sixth ale"Brewer's Reserve" on a special extra handpull.
There will also be hot food and live music. It should be a great night!

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Fri-Sun 10th, 11th & 12th September 2010
The Inaugural Swan and Slip Inn
Beer, Cider & Wine Festival

Thanks very much to everyone who attended our first major event since taking over
the pub in Feb 2010. This was the first time we had attempted any event of this
kind at either pub and we were truly bowled over by the all the support
and the fantastic feedback we received.

In the end we were able to feature 50 ales from 50 different breweries, and
a total of 20 real ciders. The music and food went down an absolute storm, and everyone
concerned (even our wonderful, hard-working staff) seemed to have a ball!

(Beer of the festival: Tryst - Carronade IPA)

Same again next year then!

Please use the links below to access some archived info:

Festival program, inc. tasting notes

Festival poster

Some photos of the event here, and here

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