Real ale fans Hallowe’en treat

SUCCESS STORY: Moorhouse's brewery in Burnley.
SUCCESS STORY: Moorhouse's brewery in Burnley.

Real ale fans are set to be bewitched by a special brew for Hallowe’en.

Moorhouse’s head brewer Dan Casaru has conjured up a seasonal special Black Cat Reserve cask beer, with a rocket-fuel version at 7% ABV.

POPULAR CHOICE: Black Cat Reserve 4 6 abv  (s)

POPULAR CHOICE: Black Cat Reserve 4 6 abv (s)

The Burnley brewery is gearing up for another record-breaking October. Last year seasonal sales hit more than 185,000 pints (643 brewer’s barrels) and a £500,000-plus turnover.

The Black Cat Reserve brew will be generally available as a seasonal special in cask at 4.6% ABV. The limited edition extra strength comes with a premium price, in both cask and bottles. The bottled version is only being sold through Booths supermarkets.

MD David Grant said: “We expect our Pendle Witches magic to deliver a sales surge across the country, from Essex to Newcastle, as business grows with both pub companies and the free trade.

“Our regular Black Cat at the lower strength is the perfect dark quaffable ale to match the mood of the Hallowe’en season and always very popular.

“We have now created Black Cat Reserve to build on that appeal.

“We believe it will be ideal for the cask enthusiast looking for that richer brew to savour.”

Taste notes on the intensely dark beer suggest it is like roasted coffee, chocolate and mocha, balanced by hints of dark cherry and blackcurrant from Polish Junga hops.

The brewery in Accrington Road is staging a beer festival today (Friday) and tomorrow, October 3rd and 4th, as part of national Cask Ale Week. Visitors will have a chance to taste the limited edition Black Cat Reserve along with more than 20 cask ales and several ciders.

Sessions run from 6pm tonight and from noon tomorrow. Advance tickets cost £3 (£2 Camra members and Friends of Moorhouse’s) on 422864.

Both evenings will have acoustic music and tomorrow afternoon features a Beer & Food seminar presented by Cask Marque.

Hallowe’en night celebrations (October 31st) take the form of a witch fancy dress party in the brewery bar. Tickets are available from the brewery.