1997 Festival Beers


Brewery

Beer Name

abv

Description

County

Adnams

Best Bitter

3.6%

Southwold bitter, good session

Suffolk

Arkell’s

Summer Ale

4.0%

Cool clean & refreshing.

Wiltshire

Ash Vine

Challenger

4.1%

Malty newcomer

Somerset

Black Sheep

Best Bitter

3.8%

Rich flavoursome ale from Masham, brewed by the real Theakston

North Yorkshire

Brunswick

Second Brew

4.2%

From the historic Bunswick Inn

Derbyshire

Burtonwood

Vicars Revenge

4.2%

What upset the Vicar?

Cheshire

Wells

Bombardier

4.3%

good, old-fashioned ale to chew on

Bedfordshire

Cotleigh

Tawny

3.8%

South Western Ale

Somerset

Crown Buckley

Rev. James

4.5%

Vicar’s Tipple, real ale from Wales

Mid Glamorgan

Dark Horse

Sunrunner

4.1%

Full flavoured bitter with fruit notes and strong bitter finish.

Herfordshire

Donnington

Best Bitter

3.5%

light, malty and delicious, from Hooky’s only real rival

Gloucestershire

Fromes Hill

Overture

4.2%

From a new brewery in Hereford Hop country

Herefordshire

Fuller’s

Summer Ale

3.9%

Looks like lager, but doesn’t taste like it, thank God. Not so malty as usual Fuller’s

London

Gales

Best Bitter

3.8%

Bristol’s best, moreish, mouth-filling

Hampshire

Hall & Woodhouse

Dorset Best Bitter

4.1%

Was Badger Best, and is still pretty good

Dorset

Hardys & Hansons

Kimberley Classic

4.8%

Strong & Fruity, proceed with caution.

Nottinghamshire

Harveys

Sussex Best Bitter

4.0%

one of my (Peter Millar) favourites, a beer to sip and savour

East Sussex

Hogs Back

T.E.A

4.2%

Tawny Brown, Malty

Surrey

Hook Norton

Best Bitter

3.4%

The Best Bitter

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Old Hooky

4.6%

subtly sweet old-fashioned autumnal ale

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Mild

3.0%

like it used to be, dark, tasty, surprisingly excellent chilled summer drink

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Haymaker

5.0%

flower, fruity and packs the punch its name promises

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Double Stout

4.8%

proof that the Irish don’t have a monopoly; nothing like Guinness

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Twelve Days

5.5%

Dark Strong Sweet, Hooky’s Xmas ale

Oxfordshire

Hook Norton

Generation

4.0%

Dry, tasty, addictive – latest beer in the range in honour of newest member of the family

Oxfordshire

Judges

Magistrates Delight

4.6%

unless you end up in front of one afterwards

Warwickshire

Mansfield

Deakin

4.3%

A new and as yet untasted brew – The Golden Drop

Nottinghamshire

Morland

Old Speckled Hen

5.2%

Oxfordshire’s national. strong reliable complex.

Oxfordshire

Morrells

Varsity

4.3%

Oxford’s own, deserves to be better known

Oxfordshire

Federation

Buchanan Original

4.4%

Strong Northerner

Tyne & Wear

Brains

S A

4.2%

Known as Skull Attack in South Wales – more dangerous than it’s strength would suggest!

South Glamorgan

Shepherd Neame

Spitfire

4.7%

Born to commemorate battle of Britain, and may yet win it. Dry, distinctive…

Kent

Smiles

Best Bitter

4.1%

Makes you grin.

Avon

Wychwood

Best Bitter

4.2%

Conservatively named local bitter.

Oxfordshire

Thomas Hardy Brewery

Hardy Country Bitter

4.2%

Thomas Hardy Brewery used to be Eldridge Pope.

Dorset

Uley

Hogshead

4.0%

Copper coloured beer with a dry finish

Gloucestershire

Brakspear

Premium

4.1%

Based on one of the classic ales of England, amber colour, hops and malt

Oxfordshire

Wadworth

Summersault

4.5%

Unusual summer brew

Wiltshire

West Berkshire

Good Old Boy

4.0%

Well balanced malty fruity and hoppy

Berkshire

Wolf

Best Bitter

3.9%

Sheepish.

Norfolk

Young’s

Special

4.6%

Strong, full flavoured bitter. The name special is well deserved.

London

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