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Bramley Buffaloes the first community owned Rugby League Club are celebrating their return to National League competition, with a special brew at the Leeds Beer Festival.
Bramley Buffaloes Bitter, brewed specially by E. and S. Elland Brewery, will be available, alongside a range of "real ales", from the region and beyond, including other rugby related brews, at the festival, organised by Leeds CAMRA, the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The amber brew (ABV 3.8) has a good malt base, and is dry hopped for extra aroma
The club will be present at the festival, providing information on how to get involved with the club's return to competitive Rugby League, as part of a Rugby theme bar.
"Bramley Buffaloes are delighted to support Leeds CAMRA and endorse its' aims", said Bramley Chair Lee Spracklen. "We have many things in common including a democratic structure. Our fight has been to retain a smaller, community based club which is similar to CAMRA's campaign to preserve a "real ale", traditional pubs and smaller, community based breweries".
Much of Bramley's comeback was planned in former "CAMRA pub of the year", The Old Vic in Bramley, where landlord Craig Seddon is one of the club's biggest fans, and will be taking the brew later this month.
Leeds CAMRA Chairman, Tony Jenkins, said "it's great to see Bramley, one of the oldest names in the game, returning to national competition, and backing our aims". RL fans from all clubs will be able to sign up to CAMRA at the event, whilstbdrinkers will be able to sign up to join the Buffaloes, celebrating with a drop of the Buffalo brew.
The festival is being held in "Buffalo country" at Pudsey Civic Hall from Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th March. Morning sessions start at 11.00 am until 3.30pm, with evening sessions starting at 5.30pm, and a continuous session on the Saturday.
Acknowledging the Rugby Football League's "Think, don't drink and drive campaign", fans are reminded that Pudsey Civic Hall is ideally located for public transport. The 16 from Leeds, 72 from Bradford, X6 from Huddersfield and 508 from Halifax stop outside. New Pudsey Railway Station is just 5 minutes walk away and is served by trains from Lancashire, Humberside and York, on the trans-pennine routes.