Lytham Larks

A nice sunny day was a good omen for our little excursion to Lytham Beer Festival. The change of train at Preston went smoothly enough, but that’s where our luck deserted us. We ground to a halt en route to Lytham as a bridge ahead had been struck by a vehicle. Late and thirsty, we eventually arrived at our destination. First stop was Whelan’s for some sublime fish & chips. Suitably nourished, we made for the Lowther Pavilion and some beer.

The festival was a token festival and, having purchased a handful, we managed to find seats in the side room. There was a fair selection on offer and we wasted no time in getting stuck in. Fallons were a new brewery to me, so I sampled all of their beers on offer. Unfortunately, they seemed very homebrew and I can’t say I’ll be rushing to seek them out again. Fuzzy Duck were better, although do we really need beers such as Cunning Stunt and Shining Wit? Acorn Willamette (5%) had quite a punch but I think Fyne Avalanche (4.5%) was my favourite. It had just the right balance of citrus fruits and bitter hops in the finish.

I was also impressed with Mallinsons Hazy Fantazee (3.8%) which was the first time I’d come across this brewery. I’d heard good things about them and this, and future encounteItalicrs, bore the stories out. However, Lytham itself is a good crawl, so we set out to explore some of the local pubs. The famous Taps was an obvious choice and we got a chance to try out their new outdoor seating area. Just round the corner was the County & Commercial-a new one to me-which provided us with some excellent Phoenix beers. Time was now pressing, so sadly we had to bypass the Ship & Royal before decamping to the railway station. An interesting day out and one l would consider doing again.


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