Peak District hotel is brewing up a treat

The Monsal Head Hotel general managers Keith and Hannah Robson.
The Monsal Head Hotel general managers Keith and Hannah Robson.
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It may be only January – but Peak District drinkers already have the chance to toast the final beer of the year.

They can sup the last keg of a special ale called 2014 at a Derbyshire pub’s first beer festival.

The Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head, near Chatsworth, hopes the rare blonde beverage will be the star attraction for hundreds of customers to its 20 Ales Around The Dales event next month.

Keith Robson, who took over management of the hotel with his partner Hannah four months ago, said: “This keg of beer is definitely the talking point of our festival - because it is the last time people will be able to drink it and it is an amazing beer.

“We had two kegs of it for sale over new year and it sold out on New Year’s Day, which, for a hand-pulled beer, is quite remarkable.”

Pennine Brewery, which created 2014, is also making the hotel its own beer called Monsal Gold for the festival.

The free event, with complimentary food, is planned to run from Friday to Sunday, February 7 to 9.

Keith said: “We are hoping to let people know more about the amazing micro-breweries out here.

“Already we have been getting calls from groups of people wanting to come and I would be surprised if we get less than 100 or 200 people on the Saturday.

“We are hoping to sell all 20 kegs of beer in three days, which is about 1,500 pints.”

Mel Shaw, sales manager for the Pennine microbrewery in North Yorkshire, said: “Our 2014 beer is a 4 per cent blonde made for new year - it won’t be brewed again.

“The last keg is being delivered to the Monsal Head to launch their festival.

“It has been really popular.”