Cask Ale Week Events 2013

Just some of the activity which happened during Cask Ale Week 2014 is shown below, in no particular order.

Punch Taverns

Nearly 15,000 free pint vouchers were issued for use in Punch pubs during Cask Ale Week.

Palmers Brewery

Pub quizzes.
Everyone loves a quiz and to this extent we will be offering all winners of quizzes a complementary Brewery Tour as well as a few beers in the Wine Store afterwards.

Cask Ale Week events at your pub
A complementary ‘Pin’ of Copper will be supplied to any pub holding their own Cask Ale Week event or initiative.

Palmers Beer Bus
Saturday 28th September – the Palmers ‘Beer Bus’ which will descend onto the following houses in a double decker bus offering samples of our award winning real ale and the opportunity to win free Brewery Tours and 8 packs of our bottled ales.

The proposed route will start at 11am from The Greyhound, Beaminster and visit White Lion, Broadwindsor, Royal Oak, Drimpton, New Inn, Stoke Abbot, Hare & Hounds, Waytown, Kings Head, Bradpole, Loders Arms, Loders, Crown Inn, Uploders, Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe, Three Horseshoes, Powerstock.
The bus will go to West Bay for a break in the middle of the day and resume at 6pm
Royal Oak Charmouth, Pilot Boat, Royal Standard and  Cobb Arms, Lyme Regis, The George Inn, Chideock and finally descending on the Anchor in Seatown.

Route subject to change and will be finalised nearer the date.

Palmers Pub Peddle       (weather dependent)
Several members of the team here at the Brewery along with some local volunteers have offered to cycle the following route on Saturday 5th October. (licensees are welcome to cycle with us!)

Start will be 10.30am the Brewery moving onto The WestBay, George Hotel and  Bridport Arms, West Bay, White Horse, Litton Cheney, Crown Inn, Puncknowle, Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock, Crown Inn, Westbay Road, Lord Nelson, Market House, Ropemakers and Tanners, Bridport, Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury and finally the George, Chideock.

Route subject to change and will be finalised nearer the date.

Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company have found an innovative way of spreading word to their customers that they’ve won Best Employer 50+ sites at the 2013 Publican Awards. Working in partnership with Greene King, Stonegate is offering its customers a specially brewed beer called ‘Best Employer Ale’ which will be available throughout Cask Ale Week (27th September-6th October).

Tattershall Castle Group

Managed pub and bar group TCG is bringing back its successful ‘Proud of Our Ales’ ale festival at the end of September. This year’s event will run for longer, with a higher profile in the 45 participating pubs.

Proud of Our Ales, now in its third year, is designed to expand TCG’s cask ale business and runs for six weeks rather than four as previously.

Activity is tiered, with TCG’s 10 top cask ale pubs serving 16 ales throughout the festival, chosen from a wide range of local, regional and national brewers. These pubs will also offer a ‘Local Sausage and Ale’ meal deal, matching a local butcher’s sausage and mash with a pint of festival ale at an inclusive price.  Other pubs will extend their cask offer to either six or 12 ales.

Other elements of Proud of Our Ales include: a ‘Buy six pints, get one free’ collector scheme; a 20% discount for CAMRA members and a bespoke pint glass.  Pubs have been pre-promoting the event with banners, bunting and posters, with staff T-shirts and beer mats to follow at launch. Sites are also planning their own activity such as live music, ale trails and barbecues, to draw new customers into the pub during the festival.

Cask Marque – CaskFinder App

Download the FREE CaskFinder app and be entered into a free prize draw to win 50 free tickets to brewery tours all over Britain ( Anyone who scans 12 pub certificates during Cask Ale Week will win a limited edition Cask Ale Week t-shirt

Sambrooks Brewery

  • Friday 27th September:  London Beer festival inc. 3 Sambrook’s Cask ales and Powerhouse Porter on bottle and Sambrook’s Meet the Brewer (Matt) – The Berrylands (near Surbiton) – 8-10PM
  • Wednesday 2nd October – Meet the Brewer at the Roundhouse
  • Friday 4th October – Sambrook’s Bar takeover, Meet the Brewer (7-9PM) and sampling at the Waldegrave Arms
  • Thursday 3rd October White Horse – 1 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL – Sambrook’s Tap Takeover
  • Sunday 29 September – Pumphouse Art Gallery, Battersea Park  SW11 4JN – Screen Printing at the listed building that our second biggest selling beer has been named after followed by a talk on British Pubs and Beer by Jo where we will match 3 Sambrooks beers with Cheese and Chocolate (3-4.30) free event
  • Plus Sambrook’s Tap Takeovers at the following pubs:

Shackewell Arms – 71 Shackewell Lane Hackney E8 2EB  – Sambrook’s Tap Takeover

Camden Head – 100 Camden High Street, London NW1 0LU – Sambrook’s Tap Takeover

Bricklayers Arms – Putney -32 Waterman St, Putney, SW15 1DD – Sambrook’s Tap Takeover


St Austell Brewery 

St Austell Brewery is running a Festival week that coincides with Cask Ale week in partnership with the Eden Project. They already have in place a number of brewers, hop farmers and beer writers carrying different sessions throughout the week and then a beer festival and live music etc for the finale on 5th October.

Join the beer festival from 6pm: enjoy great beers not available during the day, live music and food. Tickets for this over 18s event are £10, includes drink tokens & beer festival glass.
Booking advisable as places are limited.

For complete details visit:

Visitors to the Eden Project can also enter the competition to design a beer pump clip and name a beer. The winning entry will be launched as a new ale next year.

St Austell Brewery is running Cask Ale Week sessions at the Eden Project which coincides with Cask Ale Week.

  • Wednesday 2 October – St Austell’s own beer sommelier, Marc Bishop, will be conducting a beer and food matching tutorial
  • Thursday 3 October –  beer sommelier Sophie Atherton will  conducting a beer tasting and giving a talk about women and beer
  • Saturday 5 October – St Austell  head brewer Roger Ryman will be giving a talk and taking part in a Q & A session

Fuller’s Brewery

Vote for your favourite Fuller’s ale during Cask Ale Week
Fuller’s, London’s only remaining family brewer, is offering one person the rare opportunity to become brewer for a day at its award-winning Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London. The prize will see the winner work alongside Fuller’s head brewer to choose the best malts and hops, help with the brewing process (including the mash in, fermentation and cask racking) and, of course, undertaking some quality control by tasting a range of Fuller’s beers.

To be in with a chance of winning, consumers simply need to take part in the ‘Cask Your Vote’ competition in any Fuller’s pub, allowing them to sample three different beers, served in 1/3 pint glasses held in a convenient Fuller’s paddle where available. Drinkers will vote for their favourite, leave their details and the winner will be picked at random.

The competition will run throughout Cask Ale Week, taking place between 27th September and 6th October 2013, and will determine which Fuller’s outstanding cask ale is the country’s favourite.
Cask Ale Week is a nationwide campaign to promote everything great about the country’s national drink, which is only found in British pubs.

“We’re incredibly proud to be supporting Cask Ale Week again,” says Fuller’s Head Brewer John Keeling, “and this year through our competition we’ll challenge our customers to identify a variety of great flavours in our ales, from the marmalade notes of London Pride and the pure richness of ESB, to Red Fox, which is brewed with toasted oats. “It’s an opportunity for everyone to vote for their favourite Fuller’s ale, as well as be in with the chance of winning some great prizes, and we are really excited to see the outcome. Forget the general election; this one is the real deal.”

The beers available to taste include the new seasonal Traitors Gate (a ruby red ale, named after a gate at The Tower of London), London Pride, Seafarers, HSB, ESB, Red Fox, Chiswick, and Discovery.

As well as the chance to be head brewer for a day, other prizes include a year’s supply of Fuller’s beer, brewery tours, cases of Vintage Ale 2013 and pairs of tickets to next year’s Great British Beer Festival.

Parcel Yard, Kings Cross – Thurs Sept 26th – 5pm- 7pm (FREE)

Fuller’s largest pub, situated in King’s Cross concourse, is holding a beer and cheese matching event, with Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton, to show off how the two are a perfect match. Customers will be offered samples of three Fuller’s cask ales, each one matched with a different type of cheese, to see how one influences the flavour of the other.

(0207 7137258 / for more information)


Punch Taverns

Free pint promotion with the Sun newspaper for Sun+ members in around 720 Punch Pubs.

Wickwar Brewing Co

At Wickwar we will be supporting Cask week by reducing Cask ales in our three pubs in Bristol by 50p a pint. We have also brewed a new ale “Wickwar Gold” which will also be available in the three outlets at a reduced price. I have attached our logo and below are the addresses of the pubs,

Cotham Porter Stores, 15 Cotham Road South, Cotham, Bristol

The Downend Tavern, 125 Downend Rd, Bristol BS16 5BE

The White Lion, Quay Head, Bristol



Beer Festivals running in 60 pubs across their estate.

Charles Wells

Bombardier is leading the Wells & Young’s charge on Cask Ale Week by providing tasting notes and cask ale fact cards to encourage drinkers to try cask ale during Cask Ale Week.

Consumers and licensees are invited to ask any questions they have about cask beer direct to the Wells & Young’s brewers under #caskthebrewer.

Black Sheep

General activity
• Launch of micro brewery, social campaign, Facebook, Twitter and website activity  to find a name for the new 5 brl brew plant, Press releases
• Promote VC cask ale week activity – Website, social media, Posters and Fliers locally and in trade.

Visitor Centre Activity
• 2 beers specially brewed in the new micro brewery  will be available in the Visitor Centre during Cask Ale Week Brew #1 & Brew #2 we will have a feedback form to gather thoughts and views on these new brews
• Special Fixed price Lunch offer will be available which will be carefully matched with the two beers from the micro brewery.

Starter: served with a 3rd of Brew #1  Orange and Coriander beer  battered tiger prawns, served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce and  baby salad leaves.

Main Course: served with a 3rd of Brew #2 .Braised steak, blue cheese and mushroom pie, Prime Yorkshire beef steak braised in Black Sheep Winter Ale, with button mushrooms, Blue Wensleydale and topped with a short crust pastry top. Served with seasonal vegetables.

Pudding: served with a 3rd of Riggwelter Riggwelter chocolate cake  Served with Riggwelter ice cream.

2 x course £14.95
3 x course £16.95

• Cask Ale Week Quiz During Cask Ale week the bistro staff will be running a Cask Ale week quiz, the waitresses will give out the quiz to customers explaining that its cask ale week and should they like to take part if they get full marks they will instantly win a 3rd of a pint of one of our cask ales and then they will be entered into a prize draw to win a meal in the bistro for four people. (We may also run this online or socially in some way still to be agreed)

• Meet the Brewer Brewery Tours – From Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October,  One of our brewers will do tutored tasting at the end of the 2 o’clock tour each day rather than just sampling at the bar.

Hall & Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse, brewer of Badger beers, is hosting a Beer Festival on Saturday 5 October 2013 at its brewery in Blandford to support national Cask Ale Week and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

To celebrate this event Badger’s Head Brewer Toby Heasman and his team will be brewing a variety of cask beers especially for the event, some of which have never been available on cask before.  Other local breweries and friends of Badger such as Piddle Brewery, Palmers, Sixpenny Brewery, Otter Brewery, Small Paul Brewery, Corfe Castle, Dorset Brewing Company, Isle of Purbeck, Hopback, Keystone, Sunny Republic, Yeovil Ales, Timothy Taylor and Westons Cider have all been invited to bring their beer to the festival.  In addition, for those feeling adventurous, award-winning mixologist Nick Strangeway will be hosting the recently launched Badger beer cocktail master classes, to show how Badger beer can be given a little “twist” at home.

Commenting, Toby Heasman, Head Brewer says, “We’re really looking forward to the beer festival and joining forces with so many other local brewers to bring an exciting day out for local beer lovers.  It will be great to have so many of our beers on cask for the first time and I understand that the music will be great fun.”

On the day there will be plenty of beer festival favourites:  new and exclusive Badger beers, music from local bands, and delicious hot food. To find out more information about the Beer Festival and to purchase tickets visit

For further information please call Nickie Davies, Positive PR, tel: 01935 389497 or email: [email protected]

Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight

Date:  Friday 27 Sept – Friday 11 Oct

Where: Various locations throughout Kent.

What: Join us to sup some of Kent’s freshest cask beers made with green hops that go into the brew less than 12 hours after being picked and showcase all the glorious flavours British hops have to offer. How are green hop beers different from traditional cask ales? Well, normally cask ales are flavoured with hops that have been dried to preserve them for later use – but green hop beers are made with fresh, undried hops and some see them as the Beaujolais (beerjolais?!) of the cask ale world. Come to Kent during Cask Ale Week and taste the difference for yourself! The Fortnight begins in our beer tent at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival 27- 29 Sept, with East Kent Breweries Open Day on Sunday 6th Oct and then continues in the county’s pubs well into October.

Times: Various but Canterbury Food & Drink Festival times are Fri/Sat 10am – 6pm; Sun 10am – 5pm.


In honour of this years’ National Cask Ale week, which begins on September 27th, Wadworth customers who introduce a friend can claim a FREE beer tasting paddle when they buy their first Wadworth pint during Cask Ale Week.

The paddles are made up of a choice of three 1/3 Wadworth pints- perfect for sampling the real taste of Wadworthshire! Among the choices on offer in the pubs during Cask Ale Week will be the Autumn seasonal ale Malt & Hops – a very full flavoured ale with a zingy spiciness and refreshing taste; and  Farmer’s Glory, Wadworth’s tribute to the agricultural industry, enjoyed during Harvest time and full of nutty, malty flavours.

Customers should visit to register, and receive their voucher.

The offer is available throughout Cask Ale Week in participating Wadworth managed houses* across Wadworthshire, which covers ten counties in the South and West of England.

Brewster’s Brewery – Bree Louise

Date: October 2nd

Where: Bree Louise pub, 69 Cobourg Street (near Euston station), London NW1 2HH

What:  Meet the Brewer.  Come and taste a brand new beer called HopStocks – brewed at Brewster’s Brewery, Grantham as a collaboration between Sara Barton, owner of Brewster’s and current British Brewer of the Year, Alison ‘Ali’ Capper, hop farmer and publicity manager of the British Hop Association, and beer sommelier, writer and events producer Jane Peyton.  This was Ali’s first experience of brewing and she brought four varieties of her very own grown hops on brew day from Worcestershire to Grantham.  Ali’s farm is Stocks Farm – hence the name of the beer.  A crisp and hop-tastic pale ale of 4% ABV with four wonderful English hop varieties in it – including Endeavour, a new hop developed by Peter Darby, the world’s number one hop breeder.  Stocks Farm is currently the only hop farm in the world growing it but it has proved so popular that other farms have planted Endeavour and it will soon be much more widely used by brewers.

Meet the brewer events happen regularly but not a meet the brewer and the hop farmer at the same time!  Sara, Ali, and Jane will be at the pub to chat with anyone who wants to!

Time:  8pm to close.

Ilkely Brewery – The Coal Hole

Date: October 3rd

Where: Coal Hole pub, 91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW

What: Meet the Brewer evening. Earlier in 2013 Yorkshire’s Ilkley Brewery asked Jane Peyton to suggest a Yorkshire themed beer for a collaboration brew.  Jane, a Yorkshire woman, suggested a spruce beer because Yorkshire man Captain James Cook carried spruce beer on his ships of exploration to the new world because spruce contains vitamin C and helped to prevent scurvy.  On brew day, Jane and Luke from the brewery went foraging on Ilkley Moor for spruce and fir, and the resulting beer, named The Norseman after the Vikings who introduced spruce ale into Britain, was an aromatic and highly drinkable IPA style with a sweet resin (from the spruce) undertow.  The Norseman was supposed to be a one-off, but Nicholson’s pubs were intrigued and commissioned the beer on an exclusive basis for their Autumn beer list (September to November). Jane recently re-brewed the beer at Ilkley Brewery.  So come and meet Jane Peyton and the Ilkley Brewery team and have a taste of The Norseman.  Scurvy begone!

Time: 6pm-8pm


This year’s event focuses on ‘Introduce a friend’ and ‘Cask ale tasting’ and Everards are proud to support Cask Ale Week through a number of events across its estate.

Introduce a friend
There is a chance for you to win a case of Tiger for both you and your friend throughout cask ale week. Simply upload a picture of your Pints of Tiger to Everards Facebook or Twitter page with the caption “I’m drinking #Tiger with [@MyFriendsName] #tigercaskconvert “.

Example: I’m drinking #Tiger with @TomSmith677 # TigerCaskConvert

We will be drawing a winner every day throughout Cask Ale Week and every entry will receive a voucher for two pints of Tiger when dining at an Everards pub. Terms and Conditions apply.

A number of Everards pubs are getting involved and holding a number of activities and offers, including:

The Griffin Inn, Swithland – Meet the Brewer Event:
To kick start Cask Ale Week on Wednesday 25th September, The Griffin Inn, Swithland, will be holding an event called ‘A Picnic in the Forest’ a fun and relaxed evening with a three course tailored menu and Everards beer matching and a chance to ‘meet the brewer’. The event will welcome demonstrations from Stephen Hallam of Dickinson and Morris, Ian Rogers of Charnwood Fayre and Mark Tetlow of Everards Brewery. There will be a number of giveaways and your chance to ask the experts questions. The event is just £18.95 and tickets are available from the Griffin Inn, Swithland. Contact 01509 890 535 for more information.

Stamford Arms, Groby – Food and Drink Offer:
During Leicestershire Food Fortnight come and enjoy a pint of our very own Lady Jane Grey ale, a tasty local beef and Stilton pie with fresh veg and potatoes for just £8.29. Or have one of our 5 third of a pint beer trays and get a Free Snack. Just quote Food Fortnight/Cask Ale week on ordering

The Heathcote Arms, Croft – Beer Festival:
Celebrating Leicestershire food fortnight & cask ale week! Join us for our Great British Ale & Food Festival on 26th September – 29th September

We are also putting on the Everards website a search feature to find out which of our pubs are doing anything specific for Leicestershire Food Fortnight (runs at the same time) and Cask Ale Week. This list will constantly grow as we get more activity details from our licensees.

To keep up to date, check the website:

Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame is celebrating this year’s Cask Ale Week with  two different tour evenings at their wonderful brewery in Faversham in Kent. Why not join in with:

•    A Harvest Beer & Food Matching Evening on Fri 27th Sep 7:00pm. The eveningfeatures a six-course “Beer Dinner” and showcases seven beers of a variety of styles. Your meal will be freshly prepared with local ingredients and each course is matched by a specially-selected beer whose flavours complement the food. The evening is hosted by one of our beer experts who will share fascinating facts about each beer and show you how our Master Brewers and Taste Panel assess every batch of beer. Price £49.50; or
•    an evening tour and ale sampler’s supper on 4 October at 7pm at their brewery. Enjoy an 80-minute tour, a fascinating tutored tasting and a two-course home-cooked supper served in the Visitor Centre bar. Of course, there’s also time for a pint or two with your meal! Price £27.50.

Shepherd Neame is also encouraging its tenants to get involved with Cask Ale Week by providing beer and food matching ideas and providing Cask Ale Week pump clip crowners across its estate.


Enterprise Inns

Sending out 2000 kits to their pubs and running various activities across the estate.

Banners, posters and cask ale menus plus 1/3 pint glasses, paddles and posters to promote a “Try Before You Buy” promotion, plus carry out cartons and Cask Ale Week bar runners/drip mats (Greene King).

Focussed Cask Ale Week Edition of Enterprise magazine Empower promoting and encouraging participation in the Week.


Annabel Smith, one of the country’s first three women to qualify as a Beer Academy Sommelier, will be hosting a Cask Ale and Chocolate tasting event at  The Coach and Four in Wilmslow, Cheshire.  The event is part of the nationwide launch of Cask Ale Week on 26th September. It’ll be educational and informative, but also huge fun and a treat for the taste buds! Tickets are £10 per head and can be purchased by contacting Matthew at the Coach and Four, on 01625 525 046

Six beers matched with six chocolates, followed by canapés. Quiz, raffle and the FULL AMOUNT of ticket price goes to charity – Millie’s Trust in Cheadle Hulme and Childrens Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT).

Most exciting of all – the chocolatier is Oliver Dunn, check him out He is brilliant at matching chocolate with beer!


Join Norfolk’s only beer sommelier, Bruce Ash, on Friday 27th September at Woodforde’s brewery tap, The Fur & Feather to discover how to match real ale and food during a delicious six-course supper. The event is being held on the same day ‘Cask Ale Week’ kicks off – a week designed to celebrate Britain’s national drink at pubs and encourage more real ale fans across the UK.

During a mouth-watering six-course menu, guests will learn how to blend the textures, notes, aromas and flavours of beer with food. Head chef, Pete Chapman, has expertly designed a hearty Norfolk menu using the finest local ingredients.

The six courses include:

•    Norfolk Dapple cheese soup
•    Belly of pork with Colman’s mustard rub
•    Twice baked Binham Blue soufflé.

Each course will be served with a Norfolk ale handpicked by Bruce to heighten the flavours of each dish.

Join Woodforde’s for what promises to be a great evening celebrating the finest food and beer Norfolk has to offer, set in the beautiful countryside surroundings of Woodbastwick.

7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £30 per head and must be booked in advance – available from the brewery shop at Woodbastwick or by calling 01603 722218. Tickets are limited so please hurry to avoid disappointment! 

JW Lees

Look out for individual pub activity across J W Lees pubs under the umbrella ‘FIRKIN TASTES GREAT’ including pub quizzes.

1. The Firking Great Quiz Social Media
Every day during CAW we tweet cask pub quiz questions, we then select winners for instant prizes e.g. Firkin Tastes Great T-shirts

2. Firkin Tastes Good
We create YOUTUBE videos for all our permanent cask ales with Michael Lees-Jones doing tastings

3. Firking Great With Food
We ask customers to tweet their favourite food and cask ale combinations for more prizes

Stewart Brewing

When it comes to cask, the Stew Brew team take things seriously. In our quest to encourage people to explore the fruitful cask avenues, we are hosting a Meet the Brewer event on Friday 27 September at 7pm at The Almond Bank, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6HP
There will be an array of Stewart Brewing samples to cater for every possible taste as well as the opportunity to quiz one of our brewer’s as much as you like!

And seeing as it is ‘The Great Big Taste Challenge’ we will be testing those taste buds with a wide variety of cask ale characteristics on Friday 4th October at the Dalriada, 77 Promenade, Edinburgh EH14 2EL.   From our thrice hopped IPA to our Classic Heavy, prepare to be inundated with a wide range of aromas and flavours.  You may even have the opportunity to gather some insider information about the launch of a brand new Belgian Yeast IPA called ‘First World Problems’. There is even talk of a free beer!



Butcombe Brewery

Celebrating ‘National Cask AleWeek’ & ‘Made in North Somerset’ 27th September to 6th October

Why not come along to the annual BUTCOMBE BREWERY (BS40 5PA) OPEN DAY – Saturday 28th September 11am–3pm

* Loads of fantastic Butcombe beer & Ashton Press Cider, all Free of Charge * Regular Brewery Tours . . . hosted by the Butcombe Brewers * Mendip Morris Men * Food . . . from the fantastic local Story Meat Company * Tractor Rides . . . and other entertainment

* The Lamb – Axbridge * Queens Arms – Bleadon * Colston Yard – Bristol * Malt Shovel – Cannington, nr. Bridgwater * Ring O’ Bells – Hinton Blewett * The Cottage Inn – Bristol * Frog & Fiddle – Cheltenham * The Rose & Crown – Hinton Charterhouse, nr. Bath * The Old Crown – Kelston, nr. Bath * Queen Victoria – Priddy * The Cross Keys – Rode, nr. Frome * The Swan – Rowberrow * Bell – Stokes Croft, Bristol * Prince of Wales – Westbury on Trym, Bristol * Woolpack – Worle, Weston-super-Mare * Fox and Hounds, Charlton Adam, near Somerton * Mill – Rode * Pig & Fiddle – Bath
Robinsons Brewery

To coincide with Robinsons 175th birthday celebrations, all 340 pubs will be given a  9G of Unicorn Beer.  Customers who bring a friend to the pub and introduce them to the delights of cask ale, will be able to share a free pint of cask ale with their friend as part of the Great Big Taste Challenge during Cask Ale Week!   All they’ll need to do is fill in one of the special drip mats in the pub.


Craig Steven, Caledonian Brewery Operations Director and Beer Academy Sommelier, is on a marathon Great Big Taste Challenge, hosting three Masterclasses on Thursday 26 September each in a different London pub.

The Sun, Covent Garden 1100-1300
The Ship, Tower Hill 1400-1600
The Gun, Liverpool St 1700-1900

Renaissance Pubs 

To coincide with Cask Marque’s Cask Ale Week (27 Sept- 6 Oct), The Avalon’s beer garden (6 Balham Hill, Clapham  SW12 9EB) will be brimming with a variety of the UK’s finest real ales as select guest brewers come together for one weekend only.

Taking centre stage is Renaissance Pubs’ new London TEN Ale created with Sambrook’s Brewery of Battersea. Other highlight ales on offer will include a selection from Timothy Taylor, Ramsgate Brewery and the new Five Points Brewing.
– Talk to beer experts on site
– Reduced price beers
– British Beef burgers and hot dogs
– Beer pairing bar bites menu
– FREE entry
Further information [email protected] or call 020 8675 8613

“We’re excited to be supporting Cask Ale Week this year with our first ever Avalon Cask Ale Festival in our beer garden on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of September. It’s a chance for us to join forces with some of our favourite craft breweries and celebrate the abundance of fantastic cask and real ales around Britain.” – Mark Reynolds, Operations Director – Renaissance Pubs

Pictured (right) are Tom, Mark and Nick – owners of Renaissance Pubs.

Enterprise Inns
Sending out 2000 kits to their pubs and running various activites across the estate.

Providing 200 cask ale tasting platters in Enterprise pubs.

Rugby’s First Food and Drink Festival
Rugby’s first ‘Food and Drink Festival’ will run from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September in a variety of town centre venues and locations.

The festival plans to serve up a delicious mix of food, drink and entertainment along with some tasty offers. On the menu there will be two colourful and tantalising food markets, a great selection of ‘Real Ales’, some irresistible menus, appetizing demonstrations and a few surprises along the way! All will be accompanied by toe-tapping entertainment and some fun family activities and games – have we whetted your appetite?

The ‘Rugby Real Ale Trail’ will be a key part of the festival and to celebrate, along with the launch of ‘National Cask  Ale Week’, all of the pubs on the trail will be getting on their ‘Beer Bike’, offering a great choice of beers and peddling up a thirst!

Real Ale enthusiasts will be able to follow the ‘Real Ale Trail’ throughout the festival enjoying a superb selection of beers and ciders from local and national brewers, along with some fantastic hospitality! All pubs will be offering a great range of beers to quench your thirst and delight your palate – there will also be a special festival beer so make sure you sample this too!

For more information on the festival please visit, call 07817 312718 or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

Marston’s Beer Company

For Cask Ale Week six Marston’s pubs across its managed estate will be hosting a series of meet the brewer nights. These nights will be a chance for local customers to learn more about the ales they drink. When it comes to taste, everyone has a preference and discovering what tipple you like is the real fun of cask ale.

The Marston’s cask ale portfolio covers every spectrum of the colour chart and includes everything from pale ales like Marston’s Pedigree and Marston’s EPA to darker brews like the Halloween favourite – Hobgoblin. Simon Yates, assistant head brewer at Banks’s and one of the brewers who will be in attendance at the ‘meet the brewer’ nights, said: “We want to show the beauty of cask ale. Like wine, cask ale is a drink that works well with food – so it’s important for us to consider how flavours will work together and how different hops will affect the palate.”

The brewers giving the talks will all be from Marston’s five breweries – Banks’s in Wolverhampton, Marston’s in Burton, Jennings in the Lake District, Ringwood in Hampshire a nd Wychwood in Oxfordshire.

The Meet The Brewer evenings will take place at the following locations:

Gospel Oak, Tipton – Tuesday 1st October
Apple Tree Inn, Bilston – Wednesday 2nd October
Old Shepherd, Coventry – Wednesday 2nd October
Goodfellowship Inn, Hull – Wednesday 2nd October
Abbey Meads, Swindon – Thursday 3rd October
Plough & Barleycorn, Portsmouth – Tuesday 1st October


Why not support Cask Ale Week, by running a festival, big or small. Quality is absolutely vital and having the correct racking and cooling is most important. A-Cask can supply racking, cooling jackets and all other equipment you need to run a successful beer festival. For special offers on Beer Festival kits, or to support Cask Ale Week ring trade experts on 01308 426982 to discuss your requirements. 


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