New ale created for beer festival

David and Maureen James, from the Robin Hood.
David and Maureen James, from the Robin Hood.

A NEW ale has been created especially for a fundraising beer festival in South Kirkby next month.

Hops for the Hospice will take place at The Grove, Stockingate, on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, to raise vital funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The James Kirkman Brewery came up with The Hospice Hop ale and donated two barrels to be sold at the event.

The brewery is part of the Robin Hood Inn in Pontefract, which is owned by David and Maureen James.

As well as the newly created ale, visitors to the festival will be able to try a variety of amber, pale, dark and golden ales and a selection of ciders and perries from across the region.

Local businesses have already stepped forward to sponsor a cask of ale.

Helen Riley, event fundraiser, said: “Thanks to everyone who has made financial contributions and donations of time and products to help offset event costs.

“We really hope our first festival is a successful fundraiser and urge people to buy tickets and sup to support The Prince of Wales Hospice.”

Tickets cost £6, or £5 for CAMRA members, from

A small number of tickets will be available on the door for £7.

Tickets include a commemorative festival glass and a free half of beer.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a cask of ale for £100 should call 01977 781475.