A Tribute to ‘Reel’ Ale

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September 12th, 2013
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This month, to see off the annual York Beer and Cider Festival, City Screen and the Yorkshire Film Archive have teamed up to raise a toast to the county’s brewery and pub history, featuring some of York’s key ale establishments.

Coinciding with the end of York’s Beer and Cider Festival, which sees thousands of ale lovers flock to Knavesmire, the screening raises a pint to one of Britain’s favoured refreshments. The Yorkshire Film Archive, based at York St John University, have delved into their archives and produced a 90 minute film, showing the local journey that now brings us to enjoying a pint at our local.

Graham Retton, YFA’s Archive Manager will introduce the film at the one-off screening held at City Screen on the 22 September, and with such a range of clips and eras the film is sure to satisfy every punter’s thirst, “The screening is a great mix that celebrates the popular Yorkshire pastime of beer – whether it’s the brewing process at Hammond’s, Timothy Taylor’s or Samuel Smith’s; footage of the iconic Woolpack pub in the mid-1980s; New Year’s Eve celebrations in the ‘thirties or a dreaded post-war beer shortage – there should be something to suit everyone’s taste”.

The ‘Reel’ Ale screening is supported by Keighley brewer Timothy Taylor’s, of the prize-winning Yorkshire Beers and Ales. Their own history goes back to the 19th century, having been founded in 1858,  “We are delighted to be able to support the YFA in their 25th year. This is a unique insight into Yorkshire’s brewing heritage and with over 150 years of brewing at Knowle Spring in Keighley, heritage is something we know all about.” Commemorating their own journey through time, Timothy Taylor’s have added a video from the YFA looking at the brewing behind their beer back in 1975, which can now be viewed on their website, you can also watch it here.

The film, made up of archive clips, features scenes including TV star Babara Kelly opening the King Williams IV pub at the Castle Museum back in 1963, the Magnet Cup at York Racecourse, sponsored by John Smith, and a film about the campaign to save the John Bull pub in Layerthrope in the 90s. The footage not only tells us about the journey of brewing, but also its relationship with the public regarding advertising, citing the rare, pre-television advert promoting Melbourne Beer, which would have been show at local cinemas in Leeds.

So if you fancy an evening away from the local, whilst enjoying an ale and taking in some local history, the screening will take place on Sunday 22 September at 6:15pm. Tickets can be booked from the City Screen Box Office, or on 0871 902 5726 (10p a minute from a landline) or online at www.picturehouses.co.uk/york.

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