Check the Yorkshire (West) section of the 2012
Good Beer Guide.
Wakefield District entries are in Ackworth,
Alverthorpe, Castleford, Heath, Healey near Ossett, Horbury, Ossett, Overton, Pontefract, South Elmsall, Wakefield
City, Walton and Wintersett. You know that the entries in this publication are
genuinely chosen by dedicated drinkers of real cask ale, not by pubs
lobbying or paying a fee to the compilers. Order one from CAMRA.
Email us to
request the latest edition of O to K, our branch magazine, (several sheets
as .pdf files so
you need to be on broadband really), or our Calder
& Hebble Ale Trail which uses the 278 Wakefield-Halifax bus service, now
viewable as a Picasa
Look for window stickers saying that the pub has
been in earlier years' guides. The competition for a placing is very fierce,
and in the interests of visitors to the area, who need a reasonable
geographical spread, not all good pubs in one town or city centre can have a
place. Also where there has been a new licensee, selection is not normally
allowed unless the licensee has been in place for more than 6 months.
Look for handpumps. Properly kept cask ale
demands a licensee who knows his or her stuff. But in some pubs there's the
annoying trick of leaving old handpumps in place whilst dishing up no-skill-needed
nitrokeg or "smooth" to the punters. In a few places real cask
ale is still served by electric pump but it's hard to distinguish from keg.
You may also find real ale dispensed directly from the cask by gravity, but
most often you'll be at a beer festival!
Wakefield CAMRA tries to keep abreast of the
ever-changing pattern of pub and brewery ownership and maintain up-to-date databases
of the District's pubs and clubs.
More and more clubs are
becoming a proud part of the Real Ale Scene: you can often be signed-in on a
CAMRA Membership Card. Also by joining a local club that offers real cask
ale you're not only supporting them and getting beer at a very good price,
but also if they're CIU Affiliated, your membership card will have you
welcomed at hundreds of clubs across the country.
If in Central Wakefield follow the Wakefield
City Pub Crawl which our Albert Bradbury first devised for visitors to
our 2001 Beer Festival, but since up-dated.