1998 Festival Beers


1AbbeydaleMoonshine4.3%An acclaimed brew from a new Yorkshire companySouth Yorkshire
2Arkell’sSummer Ale4.0%Cool clean & refreshing.Wiltshire
3BadgerDorset Best Bitter4.1%Was Badger Best, and is still pretty goodDorset
4BarnsleyGlory4.8%Powerful ale from South YorkshireSouth Yorkshire
5BeartownBear Ass4.0%Cuddly Toy and Donkey?Cheshire
6Black SheepRiggwelter5.9%Recipe for legless sheep…North Yorkshire
7Black SheepBest Bitter3.8%Rich flavoursome ale from Masham, brewed by the real TheakstonNorth Yorkshire
8BrakspearBest Bitter3.4%Regatta Refresher from Henley, better than Pimms!Oxfordshire
9BurtonwoodBucaneer5.2%Doesn’t look strong, but is.Cheshire
10BurtonwoodTop Hat4.8%Deceptively light, sweet, soft and slightly nutty flavourCheshire
11ButcombeBitter4.0%Refreshing BitterAvon
12CotleighBarn Owl4.5%Quiet and Deadly (if you’re a mouse)Somerset
13Dark HorseSunrunner4.1%Full flavoured bitter with fruit notes and strong bitter finish.Herfordshire
14DonningtonS B A4.0%A malty bitter from Britain’s most picturesque breweryGloucestershire
15DonningtonBest Bitter3.5%light, malty and delicious, from Hooky’s only real rivalGloucestershire
16FederationBuchanan Original4.4%Strong NorthernerTyne & Wear
17Fromes HillOverture4.2%From a new brewery in Hereford Hop countryHerefordshire
18Fuller’sSummer Ale3.9%Looks like lager, but doesn’t taste like it, thank God. Not so malty as usual Fuller’sLondon
19Fuller’sLondon Pride4.1%Wonderful strong flavoured ale, malty, rich and bitter.London
20GalesGb4.0%New June ’98 A dry, bitter beer with a long hoppy aftertasteHampshire
21Greene KingAbbot Ale5.0%Distinctive and strong, well balanced and fuitySuffolk
22Greene KingIpa3.6%Hoppy biiter, good session beerSuffolk
23HarveysSussex Best Bitter4.0%one of my (Peter Millar) favourites, a beer to sip and savourEast Sussex
24Hogs BackT.E.A4.2%Tawny Brown, MaltySurrey
25Hook NortonGeneration4.0%Dry, tasty, addictive – latest beer in the range in honour of newest member of the familyOxfordshire
26Hook NortonTwelve Days5.5%Dark Strong Sweet, Hooky’s Xmas aleOxfordshire
27Hook NortonDouble Stout4.8%proof that the Irish don’t have a monopoly; nothing like GuinnessOxfordshire
28Hook NortonBest Bitter3.4%The Best BitterOxfordshire
29Hook NortonOld Hooky4.6%subtly sweet old-fashioned autumnal aleOxfordshire
30Hook NortonMild3.0%like it used to be, dark, tasty, surprisingly excellent chilled summer drinkOxfordshire
31Hook NortonHaymaker5.0%flower, fruity and packs the punch its name promisesOxfordshire
32HoskinsToms Gold4.4%Gold!Leicestershire
33LedburyNorthdown4.2%Full flavoured ale from the home of Hops.Herefordshire
34LeylandLeyland Gold4.2%Wellingborough’s finestNorthhamptonshire
35MansfieldOld Baily4.8%Barely LegalNottinghamshire
36MorlandOld Speckled Hen5.2%Oxfordshire’s national. strong reliable complex.Oxfordshire
37MorrellsOxford Bitter3.7%Light, golden, bittersweet ale.Oxfordshire
38OakhillBest Bitter4.0%A light and flavoursome bitter from near BathAvon
39RidleysRumpass4.5%Well balanced and flavoursomeEssex
40Robinson’sBest Bitter4.2%Classic refreshing bitterCheshire
41RuddlesCounty4.9%Classic Rutland Ale… but not from RutlandLeicestershire
42Shepherd Neame1698 Celebration Ale4.5%300 Years of brewing history, in a glassKent
43Shepherd NeameSpitfire4.7%Born to commemorate battle of Britain, and may yet win it. Dry, distinctive…Kent
44SmilesGolden3.8%Golden coloured beer with high bitternessAvon
45TaylorLandlord4.3%Often regarded as one of the best ales in the country, fruity, almost “lemony” bitter.West Yorkshire
46UleyOld Spot Prize Ale5.0%Fruity redish coloured ale, strong balaced aftertaste of hops and bitternessGloucestershire
47Wadworth6 X4.3%darker than usual bitter, bitter nose, strongly flavouredWiltshire
48West BerkshireLongdog4.3%Powerful and flavoursomeBerkshire
49WhitbreadFlowers Original4.5%Hoppy aroma and very bitter finishBedfordshire
50WolfCoyote4.3%Howligly good…Norfolk
51WychwoodThree Lions5.0%Something to do with football perhaps…Oxfordshire
52Wye ValleyDorothy Goodbody4.2%Actually Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Summertime Ale – a mouthful, and a splendid one too!Worcestershire
53Young’sSpecial4.6%Strong, full flavoured bitter. The name special is well deserved.London

 

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