A Cut While You Sup at Wakefield Festival of Beer

Beer-lovers in need of a haircut will be able to kill two birds with one stone at this summer’s Wakefield Festival of Beer.

For not only are Wakefield’s Black Dog Barbershop sponsoring the festival, they are also bringing along two barber chairs and treating visitors to hairstyles ranging from the traditional to modern as well as beard grooming. The cost will be similar to that charged in the shop with a cut of it being donated to charity.

“The idea is that visitors can have their haircut and enjoy a pint of beer at the same time,” explained Black Dog Barbershop’s Clarke Knowles.

“I’ve seen this done at a couple of festivals before and am all for trying something new so thought why not have a crack at doing it ourselves! I’m quite excited about it!”

Have a cut while you sup at this year’s Wakefield Festival of Beer courtesy of Black Dog Barbershop’s Clarke Knowles.

He added: “We have a number of beer monsters amongst our clientele in the shop who’ll be all for it. We offer our customers a free beer while we cut their hair now so are no strangers to them supping while we’re cutting!”Trained hairdresser Clarke opened Black Dog Barbershop at Outwood four years ago, relocating from Leeds after spotting a gap in the Wakefield market for a traditional barber.

“Matt Wood, who is one of the festival organisers, is a customer of ours and when he mentioned it to me, it instantly appealed. I’ve always wanted to do something like this and to show people in Wakefield what Black Dog is all about. This is a great way to do it,” said Clarke.

Wakefield Festival of Beer will take place at Unity Hall and Business Space in Wakefield city centre from June 28-30. Organised by Wakefield District Round Table, the event attracts hundreds of visitors to Wakefield and raises thousands for city based charities Wakefield Hospice, Wakefield MS Society and Andy’s Man Club, which helps men fight depression.

A popular event for ale lovers, it is often a showcase for new brewers and new ales offering visitors a choice of more than 100 beers.

Matt Wood, said Wakefield Festival of Beer was looking forward to Black Dog Barbershop’s involvement.

“The festival is now in its 6th year and we are always trying to evolve and innovate to offer something new every time to attract newcomers and continue to delight our loyal festival-goers. The grooming and styling courtesy of Black Dog Barbershop fits the bill perfectly!” he said.

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