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Merrie City Beer Festival Prize Draw -
Brewing for a Day at the Oyster Brewery!
Wakefield member Betty Bayliss won a "Brewer for a Day Prize at last year's Merrie City Beer Festival. This had been donated by Wakefield man David Gascoigne's Oxenhope Moorland Brewery, located at at the Waggon & Horses on the moors above the village. Before Betty and husband John were able to take up their prize, David decided on a move to Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil on Scotland's touristic West Coast, blessed by the Gulf stream so welcoming visitors all year round. Not wishing to miss out on the prize altogether, Betty and John decided to combine brewing with a steam paddle trip on the Waverley, so were based at Oban.
There, across the Bridge over the Atlantic, David Gascoigne has set up the Oyster Brewery Bar and Restaurant.
No oysters on the menu yet but a lot of other delicious specialities including local seafood, along with a great range of beers, still using Fawcett's Malt from Castleford, including the 5% Old Tosser (who now tosses a caber) which David used to brew at Oxenhope. Guests from other Scottish brewers are also on offer and David can offer most of his range in bottle to take home - bottled for him a few miles away at the Isle of Skye Brewery.
Click on any photo for a higher definition version. Where was John Bayliss during all this? He appointed himself as chief sampler for the day!
Beer from Oyster Brewery is on order for the 2005 Merrie City Beer Festival.
Betty outside the traditional buildings of Oyster Brewery
Betty gets ready to weigh some malt.
Brewer David Gascoigne supervises.