Cask Ale Week Events 2014
Just some of the events which happened during Cask Ale Week 2014, shown in no particular order…
Charlie McVeigh, founder of Draft House, says: Hooray! It’s Cask Ale Week. This presents us with an opportunity to celebrate one of the great contributions of British culture to the world – cask ale.
To encourage those who remain unpersuaded by its charms Draft House are selling all cask ale for £2.75/pint for the whole week – ie until October 5th.
Revived Shipstone’s beer celebrates Spirit festival listing: A brewery that revived the name of one of Nottingham’s vanished breweries, Shipstone’s, is celebrating winning a listing in more than 180 Spirit Pub Company outlets for Cask Ale Week. The original Shipstone’s brewery closed in 1991, but the name was revived in June last year by Richard Neale, a former rep with Whitbread and then InBev, who began brewing contract-brewing the beers at the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby, Leicestershire, run by a former Shipstone’s brewer, Colin Brown. It was chosen to represent the area in Spirit Pubs’ National Cask Ale Festival, meaning it will be will be present in all of the country’s Chef & Brewer and Taylor Walker pubs until 5 October. Neale, who bought the rights to the beer and begun brewing last year, said: “I’m so proud that Shipstone’s is going to be sampled by more people outside of Nottingham than ever before. Here we have a connection with the beer as it’s part of our heritage, but outside of our heartland its not well known and I’m over the moon to get this chance to show we are a city that is famous for its brewing heritage and a city that has amazing beers to offer today.”
Leicester CAMRA has worked with pubs in Leicester to bring an Ale Trail of Britain’s finest ales across some 25 pubs. Each pubs will be hosting guest beers from a different county, so particpants can take themselves on a “Tour of Britain’s Ales”. There will also be “Meet the Brewer” events, food matching, music. for full details see www.leicestercamra.org.uk
Cask Ale Week sees the return of our successful Proud of Ale Campaign. Running Thursday 25th September through to 9th November in 39 sites. Buy six ales, get one free; 20% discount for CAMRA members and a ‘taster pint’, three thirds of different cask ales to encourage customers to try new ales. Social media will play an important part of Proud of Ale Campaign. Pubs will tweet every time they add a new beer to their bar, and a campaign Twitter page has been set up. All participating pubs will extend their cask range for the duration of the campaign, while a number of larger sites will stage a beer festival on the first weekend, offering up to 14 ales at a time.
Greene King launches limited edition cask ale to mark Cask Ale Week: Brewer Greene King has launched a new cask ale, Old Nutty Hen, to mark Cask Ale Week (25 September to 5 October). Old Nutty Hen is a limited edition 4.5% cask ale and joins the successful hen range, which includes Old Speckled Hen, the UK’s number one premium ale brand, Old Golden Hen, Old Crafty Hen and Old Hoppy Hen. The new chestnut-coloured ale is brewed with speciality malts and traditional English hops.
It will be available in many Greene King pubs as part of the company’s cask ale beer festival, which runs throughout Cask Ale Week. Greene King’s master brewer, John Bexon, said: “This new brew has a unique nutty character to it and it really stands out among our Hen range. It has a clean, sweet taste with a subtle, bitter hit at the end, and makes for an ideal rich and warming drink to enjoy as the evenings start drawing in.”
To mark the launch of Cask Ale Week, cask ale fans will have the opportunity to quiz Bexon on his brewing expertise on Thursday 25 September, when he will be hosting a Twitter Q&A on the Old Speckled Henry page. Twitter uses are invited to tweet @speckledhenry now using the hashtag #AskTheBrewer and John will answer as many as he can on Thursday.
Wells and Youngs Bombardier Bus will be touring around 9 pubs in one of the Mitchells & Butlers Ember Inns districts from Monday 29th Sept to Wednesday 1st Oct, promoting Cask Ale Week with pubs that are ‘Famous for Ale’ and encouraging consumers to go out to the pubs to interact with their local and meet the Bombardier Bus.
|Beehive||90 Dover Green Road||REIGATE||RH2 8EG||Monday||1pm-3pm|
|White Lion||Farleigh Road||WARLINGHAM||CR6 9EG||Monday||4pm-6pm|
|Crown||28 Wickham Road||Shirley||SURREY||CR0 8BA||Monday||7pm-9pm|
|Queens Head||73 High Street||Green Street Green,||ORPINGTON||BR6 6BQ||Tuesday||12pm-2pm|
|Black Horse||Crofton Road||Locksbottom||ORPINGTON||BR6 8NW||Tuesday||2.30pm-4.30pm|
|Queens Head||2 High Street||Chislehurst||KENT||BR7 5AN||Tuesday||5pm-7pm|
|Railway Hotel||Red Lodge Road||WEST WICKHAM||BR4 0EW||Wednesday||12pm-1.30pm|
|Alleyns Head||Park Hall Road||West Dulwich||LONDON||SE21 8BW||Wednesday||2.30pm-4.30pm|
|Earl Haig||Little Heath Road||Bexleyheath||KENT||DA7 5HH||Wednesday||5pm-7pm|
The PALMERS BREWERY beer bus will be in Bridport on 27th September and open between 10am and 5pm for sampling of our real ale. A celebrity chef will be cooking bacon and sausage sandwiches/buns – the buns will include our Tally Ho beer! The Brewery will be open to the public, with between 3-5 free brewery tours throughout the day. The Tour de Palmers cycling event will take place on 4th October with a route taking in several pubs! First prize will be a kil of real ale, second prize a firkin of real ale and third prize a pin of real ale. Other activities throughout the week include the 55 Palmers quiz, ‘Introduce a friend to ale’ initiative offering any pub taking part the opportunity to sample our Real Ale to a wider audience. Food and Ale matches for pubs to try.
From Black Sheep for Cask Ale Week…
Cask Ale Quiz – written quiz available to anyone who is eating in the Visitor centre – require email address to enter – 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes winners will be drawn at the end of Cask Ale Week.
• Giveaway cards – similar to a McDonald’s ‘instant win’ card every pint bought gets an instant win card which will have inside a picture of what they a have won – choice of a bottle, a pint, a key ring or a pen or nothing.
• Launching Reaper – our New Seasonal Beer which will be available in our Visitor Centre.
• Buy One get one Free Brewery Tours from 29th September -5th October.
• Bar staff to do tutored tastings after every tour – Our VC staff have been trained by our master brewer Phil Douglas to do tutored tastings with our visitors after each brewery tour.
Yorkshire based pub chain, Market Town Taverns & award winning brewery Timothy Taylors are celebrating Cask Ale Week this year with a joint promotion inviting customers at all 15 MTT sites to enjoy a complimentary pint of Boltmaker 4% abv, the recently crowned CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain. Order any locally sourced beef & Boltmaker speciality pie during Cask Ale Week (25th September – 5th October) and receive your free pint of Boltmaker to toast Cask Ale Week. Find the list of pubs here
JW Lees can’t wait for Cask Ale Week. Special for CAW is the launch of Cask Mondays in the managed pubs offering 50 pence off a pint of JW Lees cask. Starting on the 25th September is the comedy campaign ‘Blame John’, #BlameJohn is a text service for customers to provide excuses to stay out the pub a bit longer. There is also the #FirkinGreat pub quiz, a ten day pub quiz all about cask ale with tricky questions and great prizes. Finally there is food and cask ale matching advise from Head Brewer Michael Lees-Jones and Marco Pierre-White.
The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds. We offer a warm welcome whether you’re here to see cutting edge art, sample our Yorkshire menu or enjoy a pint of Tetley’s in this historic setting. For Cask Ale Week we’ve created a recipe for The Tetley Steak and Ale Pies using cask ale!
Steak and Ale Pies, serves 6. Cooking Time: 2.30 hours
Ingredients: 1 kilo Chunks of Steak, 2 pints of Tetley’s Cask, Half a pint of Water, a bunch of thyme, rosemary, bay leaves,
2 tablespoons of Tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of Garlic paste, a pinch of Salt and Pepper,1 kg mixed Carrots and Celery, 6 small pie tins
For the pastry case: 450g plain flour, 112g water, 112g milk, 220g lard
Method: Roll the steak chunks in flour until they are coated. Brown off all the meat. Once it is all browned, add Tetley’s Cask and the water and leave to simmer for about two hours, or until the meat is cooked. Then add herbs, tomato and garlic paste and the carrots and celery. Once the meat is cooked through and the sauce is starting to thicken, add salt and pepper to taste. For the pastry case, bring together the lard, milk and water and melt down together with a pinch of salt then add to the four and stir in until you get a soft dough. Place in the fridge to firm up. Line the tins with the pastry. Add the stew filling and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees, or until the pie case is golden
Beer festivals will be taking place in 95 of Stonegate Pub Company’s top selling cask ale houses throughout Cask Ale Week. Details of the houses will be found here on the Cask Ale Week website and Cask Marque CaskFinder app.
186 houses that sell cask ale within Stonegate Pub Company will be offering Try Before You Buy as a well-publicised feature of the pub’s activity during Cask Ale Week to endeavour to get more consumers converted to cask ale.
Adnams brewer Belinda Jennings and beer supremo Ruth Goldsmith are hosting a Beer and Pizza night at The Plasterer’s Arms, 43 Cowgate, Norwich NR3 1SZ
on Thursday 25th September 7.30-9.00pm
Wadworth – Taster paddle promotions and pro-active ‘try before you buy’ throughout our managed house estate with interest from the tenanted trade estate too.
In 9 nominated managed houses (across the estate) we will be selling a specially brewed ale – this was the winning ale in our ‘Create your perfect pint’ competition. We had over 40 entries and the winning ale brewed with the help of the winner is ‘Honey Bear Hop’ – a 4.5% abv golden ale infused with honey and ginger.
The pump clip will carry the ‘Cask Ale Week’ logo. In 11 of our Devizes (and area) based tenanted trade houses we have a Mayor of Devizes ale – ‘Oh Yey’ 4.7% abv a malty amber ale with citrus flavours and a bitter hop finish. The Mayor will be pulling the first pint at one of the sites and Wadworth will be donating 50p per pint throughout Cask Ale Week into a charity pot to support the Mayor’s chosen charities.
UK residents, 18+ must be available on the evening of Friday 26th September, travel not included.ales with Beer Sommelier Craig Steven?
Thwaites – Millstone at Mellor
Well – okay it’s 10 days not 7 – but if a baker can have their own dozen, we brewers can have a 10 day week too. We have a prize to giveaway that money can’t buy… a chance to brew your very own beer with our Crafty Dan brew team. Simply send your recipe – the ingredients will be enough for now as the team will work out the proportions with you – and a name for the brew to us at [email protected]. All entries will be judged and the winner given the opportunity to brew gallons of their very own beer. Closing date for entries is Sunday 5th October 2014.
St Austell are opening their brewery Saturday 27th September, offering free tours for the general public.
Heavitree Brewery are running a free pint promotion with St Austell’s Tribute. The Express & Echo and Mid Devon Advertiser will both have full page spreads advertising the pubs, Cask Ale Week and the voucher to redeem a free pint.
The Eden Project will also be holding their annual beer festival on Saturday 4th October. There will be numerous guest speakers throughout the day including brewers, hop growers etc.
Rugby Food & Drink Festivalnow in its second year runs from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September in Rugby town centre and celebrates and showcases the amazing variety of high quality food, drink and ‘Real Ales’ that the town and surrounding area has to offer.
The Farmers Market kicks off the food and drink fest on Thursday 25 September in Market Place, between 10am and 4pm.Visitors will be able to enjoy some fantastic fresh local produce and be tempted by award winning cakes, cheeses, meats, fish, fudge, honey, jams, olives, ciders, breads, real ales and lots more! Meet the farmers, brewers, growers and bakers who all share a passion for home grown products.
The tasty food fayres planned for Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September, between 10.30am and 5pm, will take place in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church. Packed full of delicious and tantalising treats they will offer a great selection of high quality food and drink, from local businesses, farms and producers. Much of the food will be freshly cooked, sizzling and full of mouth-watering flavours and ready to eat! Make sure you also visit the Pop-Up Real Ale Bar!
Following last year’s sell-out event, Head Brewer Bruce Ash, Norfolk’s only beer sommelier, will once again be revealing how to pair food with beer at ‘The Brewer’s Table’ event on Friday 3rd October. Held at theWoodforde’s brewery tap, The Fur & Feather, during the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival and Cask Ale Week, five courses of appetising food will each be accompanied by distinctive, Norfolk craft ales. Each beer has been handpicked by Woodforde’s beer expert Bruce Ash, to heighten the flavours of each dish. Bruce will chat to guests about how to blend the textures, notes, aromas and flavours of beer with food and is also joined by landlord, Tim Ridley, to showcase the finest ingredients from around the county.
Brakspear’s Bell St Brewery…
- Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th September: Tutored beer tastings hosted by Head Brewer Karl Ottomar and his team
- Friday 3rd October: Interactive Twitter Q&A session about Cask Ale with Head Brewer Karl Ottomar. Register your questions now using #caskthebrewer
- Plus a series of short cask ale tasting videos to bring our great beers to life and enthuse you about finding out more
- And the team at The Elephant and Castle in Lyon are gearing up to join in too – they’re one of only a couple of pubs in France to sell cask ale in a traditional English pub setting and are helping to spread the word about Britain’s National drink across the channel
Further details to follow on all these activities: look out for more information at Facebook.com/charleswellsltd or on Twitter @charleswellsltd
Merrimen Brewery in Litchborough, Northants will be open to the public on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th between 10am and 4pm. No booking is required and it is free of charge. Get down there and check it out! Unit 12 Litchborough Trading Estate, Northampton Road, Litchborough, Northants. NN12 8JB www.merrimen.co.uk
Wickwar Brewing Company are holding an Open Day on Saturday 27th September 10am-4pm at The Old Brewery, Station Road, Wickwar GL12 8NB
Free brewery tours will be available throughout the day and special offers in the brewery shop.
Wickwar’s The White Lion Pub, Quay Head, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 1EB is hosting a Beer Festival 26th-28th September, and the Downend Tavern
125 Downend Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 5BE is hosting a Beer and Cider Festival 26th-28th September
We’re also producing a special ‘one off’ real ale for the week which will be available in all of our pubs and brewery shop.
Everards Brewery are hosting a ‘Beer with the Boy’s event to kick off Cask Ale Week on Wednesday 24th September at 7pm. Everards beer king Mark Tetlow will be hosting the event at The Globe, nestled in Leicester’s vibrant ‘Lanes’. The Meet the Brewer Night will see him guide you through the history of beer and brewing process with a little help from some of Leicester Tigers and Riders players who will be posed to answer your grilling questions on the night. The intimate event promises to be an interesting and fun night with a selection of ales and home-made bites from the Globe. Visit www.everards.co.uk to win your place!
For Cask Ale Week we’ve brewed a traditional Westcountry ‘small beer’ with a twist; ‘Little Albion’ is a milk stout but hoppier than the norm. Deliciously dark and wel-integrated with a depth of flavour belying it’s sub-3.5% abv. Only available during Cask Ale Week at the five Dawkins houses, award-winning real ale pubs in Bristol, all listed in the 2014 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Available at:
The Miner’s Arms, 136 Mina Road, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9YQ
The Hillgrove, 53 Hillgrove Street North, off Dove Street, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8LT
The Victoria, 2 Southleigh Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BH
The Portcullis, 3 Wellington Terrace, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4LE
The Green Man, 21 Alfred Place, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8HD
See also Dawkins Ales free pint promotion
Greene King’s Master Brewer, John Bexon, will be offering free cask ale tastings at the Brewery Shop throughout Cask Ale Week for our customers and brewery tour visitors.
Beer Festivals will be running throughout the Greene King pub estate covering the Cask Ale Week period. The famous Old Speckled Hen brand is welcoming a new, Limited Edition Hen into the coop this Cask Ale Week. Old Nutty Hen is a delicious 4.5% warming chestnut ale that will be available in selected pubs during Cask Ale Week. Be sure not to miss it before it’s all gone!
In support of National Cask Ale week, Lincoln Green Brewery (NG15 7SZ) are hosting a Beer Festival on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September 2014 – 30 beers and 8 real ciders will be available in our unique brewery location. The festival runs from 12 noon until 11pm each day and hot food, teas, coffees and cakes will be available throughout. There’ll also be live music on Saturday night from 7.30pm. Entry is free, glasses are £3 refundable deposit (or exchange for a 2 pint takeaway!) and tokens are 50p each – 2 tokens for a third of a pint and 3 for a half. Look out for more information and beer lists at www.lincolngreenbrewing.co.uk
Flack Manor Brewery are celebrating Cask Ale Week with the Official Opening of their brewery on Tuesday 30th September 2014. Two events will be taking place – the first for the Trade 11.00am – 4.00pm and the second for the Public 5.30pm-9.30pm. National Cask Ale Week is the perfect time to open our doors to the community, to see first-hand what we do and to sample some of our excellent beers, including our award winning Hedge Hop ale. The evening session of celebration is ‘ticket only’ with Brewery Tours 5.30pm-9.30pm. The £5 entrance fee includes the Cask Ale Week Souvenir Pint Glass, sampling tokens for two pints and a Brewery Banger in a Bun with ticket proceeds going to a local charity. The price is set to provide great value for the public while raising funds for the chosen charity too. There will be entertainment – Morris Dancing and Guided Tours plus the opportunity to sample more beers and additional food.
Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton is curating a beer festival using beer of the London Brewer’s Alliance. The beer festival runs for the duration of Cask Ale Week.
On Thursday 25th September at 5pm Jane will be at Fuller’s Mad Bishop and Bear pub, 1st floor, Paddington Station, London W2 1HB hosting a free beer and food matching session and signing copies of her book ‘Beer o’ Clock. (The publican is Helen Wilson and she is the current Mastercellarman (woman) of the Year for Fuller’s pubs. She is the first woman to win this huge accolade in her own right as a solo licensee, rather than being the co-licensee with a man.
For Cask Ale week, Robinson’s Brewery will be offering free 1/3 pint kits to its pubs – free of charge to the first 100 pubs that ask for them. Drinkers will be able try 3 x 1/3 pints for the price of a pint! Great way to explore beyond your comfort range and discover new Robinson’s beers.
On Wednesday Sept 24th CAMRA North Manchester Branch are to Visit Nine Breweries in One Night (every brewery in the branch area). Travelling on an open top bus they will visit Holt’s, Boggart, Hyde’s Beer Studio, Seven Brothers, First Chop, Star, Runaway, BlackJack, Marble. Tour starts from Stevenson Square, Manchester at 18:00 and booking is required. Contact Robin Bence ( [email protected]) or text 0780 822 9148. Cost: £5 each. Please note this is a campaigning event, although the opportunity to sample at each brewery may well arise!
Saturday 27th September Lymestone Brewery will host the 4th Annual Chilli Off competition within the Brewery. Participants are asked to bring along a home cooked dish of their choice which contains Chilli. There is no cost to enter and the food is shared between all of the participants and observers on the night. A cask ale and cider bar is available. This event kicks off the Stone Food and Drink Festival for 2014.
Entry is free and event starts at 7pm. The Lymestone Brewery. Unit 5, Mount Rd Industrial Estate. Mount Rd. Stone. Stafford. ST15 8LL www.lymestonebrewery.co.uk
Oakham Brewery are launching a brand new beer to coincide with the launch of Cask Ale Week! The beer will be ‘The Navi’ at 5.5% ABV and will be a quarterly special and will be an addition to our aged and vintage range. Look out for promotional activity in pubs during September!
Marston’s Beer Company is offering a cask ale kit to all pubs selling their products this September, to encourage consumers (you) to trial cask ale during Cask Ale Week. You can find out about all the products available from Marston’s and it’s group of breweries – from the hills of the Lake Districts where their Cockermouth brewery is based, down to the South Coast, home of their Ringwood brewery.
Alongside this, a number of pubs will be offering sample platters where you’ll be able to purchase 3 x 1/3 pints for the price of a pint, giving you the chance to discover your favourite ale of choice! Don’t forget to ask for a taster if you’re looking to sample a pint of real ale before dipping into your pocket. Marston’s are offering ‘Try before you buy’ point of sale to their stockists to encourage sampling activity.
The Daily Telegraph will be offering a free pint offer on the run up to Cask Ale Week, the voucher to be redeemed in Punch Finest Cask Club pubs. Last year this was a highlight successful promotion with over 13,000 pints given away.
We plan to have a number of breweries open to the public over the weekend of 27-28 September 2014. Paul Nunny said “There are now over 1200 breweries in Britain and this is a great opportunity for each of them to engage their local communities and teach people about brewing, beer, ingredients, flavour and aroma. A single brewery opening would have a positive impact locally; multiple breweries opening will have a monumental impact. That’s the target.”
Cask Ale Week coincides with the Lewes OctoberFeast when Harveys undertake a number of beer/food related events, as well as tutored tastings and brewery tours.
Brewery Development Manager, Edmund Jenner will be hosting a Beer Masterclass on Friday 3rd October 2014.
Saturday 4th October sees the launch of our Winter seasonal brew – Old Ale. The ‘Launch of Old’ is a celebration that is open to the public and is free of charge. It starts with a service of Thanksgiving at St Thomas a Beckett’s Church (Patron saint of Brewers) behind the brewery, where hops and barley abound in equal measure. The church is normally full to capacity and the service is followed by a display of Morris Dancing in the brewery yard, where the public crowd in and the new ‘Old Nouveau’ flows freely. In 2013 we served/gave away 1,000 pints in the space of one hour.
Shepherd Neame are linking in with Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight, when there will be a beer festival, Tallyman’s special brew (green hop beer), brewery tasting events and Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight events and much more! Look out for more info…
Beers Festivals will be taking place in 75 Thwaites cask pubs with Wainwright fronting our ‘Step up to Cask Ale Week’ promotion. More to follow…
Moorhouse’s are running: Beer Festival:
– Moorhouses Beer Exhibition Friday 3rd October and Saturday 4th October at the Brewery, including beer and food menu matching.
– Beer and Food matching seminar on Saturday 4th October, 2.30pm at the brewery in Burnley, hosted by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith.
– Special Beer: Black Cat Reserve 4.6% and 7% – exclusively from the cask – launch event – a real ‘one off’ as part of a set of visits/roadshows.
– Tutored cask ale tastings during the week : Black Cat Reserve Roadshow in specific towns
– Point of Sale: Black Cat exclusive pin badges
Hook Norton Brewery is running:
– Tutored Tasting launch event on Thursday 25th September in the Visitor Centre.
– Ladies Beer and Chocolate evening Friday 26th September at the brewery, hosted by Annabel Smith.
– Beer Festival in the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton.
– Menu matching with cask beers and 1/3pint glasses.
RE-LAUNCH OF HAKA (Butcombe’s most successful Seasonal Beer ever!) at COLSTON YARD, BRISTOL – THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 6PM – 8PM. Loads of Free Beer & Food!
Annual BUTCOMBE BREWERY OPEN DAY (Wrington, North Somerset BS40 5PA) SATURDAY 27TH 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 * Live Entertainment . . . and much more!
LOADS GOING ON IN THE BUTCOMBE PUBS (Check www.butcombe.com for details) * 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
The 2013 inaugural Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival was a great success with 500 people attending and 34 cask ales from local Dorset breweries and live music from 3 bands. In 2014 the beer festival will again take centre stage in the Saturday in cask ale week and provide the opportunity to showcase the wide variety of beers available from Badger and the breweries of Dorset.
All proceeds will go to MacMillan Cancer Support. What better way could there be to raise money for such a worthwhile cause whilst enjoying great cask ale.
Sambrook’s is delighted to announce the return of Beer by the River, its annual birthday celebration, on Saturday 30 August at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park. To mark our sixth birthday we have launched a Home Brew Competition to find the best home brew in London and the South East.
Home brewers from across the region are invited to bring along their best bottled beer for sampling on the day. Beer by the River festival goers will be invited to sample and vote for their favourite beer before an expert panel of judges selects the winner from a shortlist of the most popular beers on the day.
The winner will have the chance to brew their beer with the team at Sambrook’s Brewery and launch it at pubs throughout London during Cask Ale Week. It will also be bottled and served in National Trust properties throughout the South East. Read more…