2008 Festival Beers


1AbbeydaleMoonshine4.3%Beautifully balanced straw coloured premium bitter, with a floral aroma and predominately citrus taste and a refreshing finishYorkshire
2AdnamsRegatta4.3%Brewed with Optic malt and Boadicea hops this is a thirst quenching pint. A delicate palate with hints of lemon.Suffolk
3Arbor AlesBeech Blonde4.9%A premium blonde ale that’s packed with flavour.Avon
4ArchersSeaside Special3.8%A light, crisp, pale lager style summer aleWiltshire
5Arkell’sSummer Ale4.0%Refreshing, both light in colour and taste.Wiltshire
6ArundelCastle Ale3.8%A tawny coloured beer with a hoppy aroma. The balance of fruit, hops and malt gives a dry hoppy finish.Sussex
7AshoverRainbows End4.5%Pale beer with plenty of malted wheat for a balanced mouth feel. Well-hopped with cascade hops for both bittering and aroma.Derbyshire
8BadgerFirst Gold4.0%Lauded for its well balanced bitterness, with hints of orange and spice. Double Gold winner, Brewing Industry International Awards 2005.Dorset
9BallardsMidhurst Mild3.4%Classic, dark Mild. Lightly hopped and well malted throughout without being sweet.Hampshire
10Banks & TaylorShefford Bitter3.8%A pleasant predominately hoppy session beer with a bitter finish.Bedfordshire
11BathamBest Bitter4.3%Straw coloured, fruityStaffordshire
12BelhavenMalt 70/-3.9%An easy drinking, well balanced, golden session ale with lemon/citrus notesEast Lothian
13Black SheepBlack Sheep Ale4.4%A full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose, brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops giving a bittersweet malty taste, followed by an uncompromisingly long, dry and bitter finishYorkshire
14BrainsReverend James4.5%Ruby-ish colour, easy drinking, full bodied.Glamorgan
15BreaconshireWelsh Pale Ale3.7%A pale golden, mildly hopped session ale.Powys
16BroughtonClipper IPA4.2%A golden remarkably mellow, fruity ale. Well hopped with an impressive aroma and taste.Peeblesshire
17BurfordCotswold Boy3.8%A fresh tasting ale with a well-balanced hoppiness. It offers good flavour for its strength.Oxfordshire
18Burton BridgeBurton Bitter4.2%A mid amber coloured ale with a big fruity aroma and aftertasteStaffordshire
19ButcombeButcombe Blonde4.3%A clean-tasting, refreshing, easy to drink premium beer. Light and fruity with a medium bitter finish.Avon
20Cannon RoyallFruiterers Mild3.7%Rich roast flavours – more stout than a mildWorcestershire
21Carlsberg – TetleyCask Ale3.7%As a result of brewing this beer in Yorkshire Squares, it has a full-bodied roasted malt flavour with just a hint of caramel. Tetley’s Cask also has a smooth hop character and bitterness derived from English hops.Northamptonshire
22Cherwell ValleyCherwell Valley Bitter3.5%A complex blend of malt and hops make this a slightly spicy full bodied walnut coloured session beer.Northants
23CotleighCotleigh Anniversary 254.0%Explosion of flavours from American Cascade hops. Light and golden with a fruit filled finish.Somerset
24Cotswold Brewing CoWheat Beer4.2%A light summer drink with hints of fruit, inspired by the traditional German Berliner Weisse styleOxfordshire
25Dark StarHophead3.8%An extremely clean drinking pale gold coloured ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes. This beer is full-bodied despite its very quaffable strength and dryness.Sussex
26DonningtonBest Bitter3.5%Light, malty and delicious, from Hooky’s only real rivalGloucestershire
27DonningtonS B A4.0%A malty bitter from Britain’s most picturesque breweryGloucestershire
28DowbridgeAcris3.8%Fresh and fruity taste at the start that develops into a full, refreshing, round flavour. The hops come through late to give a bitter finish.Leicestershire
29EnvilleEnville Ale4.5%A traditional beekeepers ale, pale yellow, a fruity bitter with an initial sweetness progressing to a complex dry hoppy taste based on an old nineteenth century recipeWest Midlands
30EverardsHazy Daze4.3%A cask conditioned wheat beer which is brewed with champagne yeast. The result is a great tasting ale with zesty, orange flavours and cloudy appearance. This distinctive beer will make your Summer, come rain or shine!Leicestershire
31FoxfieldRed Fox3.5%A northern, old fashioned, reddish bitter with a pint of dark crystal and plenty of hop.Cumbria
32FreeminerBitter4.0%A hoppy distinctive beer, the benchmark of the Freeminer style of brewing.Gloucestershire
33Fuller’sLondon Pride4.1%Rich and smooth, with a good malty base – an a easy drinking beer with great body and a fruity, satisfying finish.Middlesex
34Goff’sJouster3.8%Well balanced, drinkable tawny aleGloucestershire
35Greene KingSundance4.1%Light in colour with floral hop aromasSuffolk
36GwatkinsNorman Cider7.5%Starts with a sweet taste then drying on the palate. Naturally slightly hazy in appearance.Herefordshire
37HampshireIronside4.2%A distinctive hop aroma draws you into this amber coloured bitterHampshire
38HanbyRainbow Chaser4.3%A very pale bitter brewed with pioneer hops.Full with large characteristicsShropshire
40HarveysOlympia Golden Ale4.3%Light in colour, mellow and well balanced. Fuggle and Golding hops combine to provide a soft, dry palate and bitter aftertasteSussex
41HarveysSussex Best Bitter4.0%Champion Best Bitter of Britain 2005. A full, malty, well hopped bitter with a distinctly moreish quality.Sussex
42HoltHumdinger4.0%A refreshing beer brewed with honey and citrus flavoured whole hops to provide a rounded, tongue tingling taste with an exciting aromaGreater Manchester
43Hook NortonHaymaker5.0%A strong pale ale of distinctive taste. Plenty of Goldings hops during the brewing give it a certain something extra – like sunshine dancing on the tongueOxfordshire
44Hook NortonCotswold Lion4.2%a pale, fruity ale, with a citrus-lime aroma, and hopped with only Fuggles.Oxfordshire
45Hook NortonM@Cale3.8%A pale fruity beer, lots of flavour but not too much alcohol, said to be a favourite of President Gorbachev.Oxfordshire
46Hook NortonDouble Barrelled4.3%A pale ale with aromas of soft fruit and a hint of orangeOxfordshire
47Hook NortonHooky Bitter3.6%A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate – the classic session beer, eminently drinkableOxfordshire
48Hook NortonHooky Dark3.2%A dark chestnut – coloured ale, crammed full of roast malt flavours, and complimented with superb dry-hop aromas from East Kent Goldings.Oxfordshire
49Hook NortonOld Hooky4.6%A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.Oxfordshire
50Hook NortonHooky Gold4.1%A pale, crisp beer; the Maris Otter malt gives it a bold, clear, confidence, while the traditional English Fuggles and Goldings and American Willamette hops give it the best of the old and the new worlds.Oxfordshire
51HopshackleShacklers Gold5.2%Golden coloured beer with a strong aroma of sweet malt and fruit.Lincolnshire
52Hydes AnvilJekylls Gold4.8%A refreshing, bitter ale with tangy citrus and floral character. Grapefruit and citrus notes in evidence derived from the high proportions of Styrian Goldings that are used.Greater Manchester
53LeesBitter4.0%A copper coloured beer with a malty, hoppy aroma. You are left with a distinctive malty aftertaste. One pint is never enough!Greater Manchester
54MordueSummer Tyne3.6%A very pale lager style beer to be drunk on hot nights. Complex hop aroma. Be warned – easy to drink!Tyne & Wear
55NethergateVixen3.9%A copper coloured beer with a white head. The aroma is slightly hoppy and there is light fruit in the mouth.Suffolk
56NethergateSuffolk County Bitter4.0%A quality best bitter with great hop and malt aromas, together with a punching bitterness.Suffolk
57North CotswoldPig Brook3.8%A light session beerWarwickshire
58North CotswoldShag Weaver4.5%Light coloured cask conditioned lager style brewed with New Zealand HopsWarwickshire
59OakhamInferno4.0%Golden in colour this light igniting ale flickers complex fruit across your tongue leaving a dry fruity bitter finish, smothering your thirstCambridgeshire
60Old CannonGunners Daughter5.5%A well balanced strong ale with a complexity of hop, fruit, sweetness and bitterness in the flavour and a lingering pleasant hoppy, bitter aftertaste.Suffolk
61Oxfordshire AlesPride of Oxford4.2%A traditional English Ale, brewed for a contemporary real ale experience. Easy drinking, fruity and vibrant Pride of Oxford is refreshing and thirst quenching. Perfect for any social occasionOxfordshire
62Purity Brewing CoPure Gold3.8%A refreshing Golden Ale – an easy drinking beer with a lovely dry and bitter finish.Warwickshire
63R C HPG Steam3.9%This complex multi layered ale has a floral hop aroma with medium bodied hop, bitter taste with some fruit and sweetness.Somerset
64RingwoodBoondoggle4.0%Irresistible hop aroma with high summer floral notes. Initial fruitiness with a crisp dry finish. A straw-coloured beer flavoured with just two aroma hops, the highly prized Fuggles and the new dwarf variety First Gold.Hampshire
65Robinson’sDizzy Blonde3.8%Straw coloured summer ale with distinctive herbal perfume-like hop aroma, and crisp zesty palate.Cheshire
66Rugby Brewing CoUnion4.4%Straw coloured brew. Smooth in the mouth with a slight fruit undertone.Warwickshire
67SkinnersCornish Knocker Ale4.5%Strong full taste that lasts. Flowery nose. 2008 Supreme Champion at the South West Region Beer CompetitionCornwall
68SlaughterhouseSaddleback3.8%Traditional quaffing aleWarwickshire
69St AustellTribute4.2%Hoppy flavour and fresh citrus nose are good enough to rival any fine white wine.Cornwall
70St PetersBest Bitter3.7%A traditional best bitter brewed with pale and crystal malts and goldings aroma hops resulting in a full bodied ale with distinctive fruity caramel notes.Suffolk
71StonehengePigswill4.0%A full bodied beer, not so bitter but rich in hop aroma, giving the beer a delightful aftertaste. The warm amber colour is very appealing to the eyeWiltshire
72TeignworthyOld Moggy4.4%Clear mahogany brew with a citrus flavourDevon
73Three CastlesBarbury Castle3.9%Balanced, easy drinking pale ale with a wonderful aroma and a hoppy, spicy palate.Wiltshire
74Timothy TaylorLandlord4.3%Often regarded as one of the best ales in the country, fruity, almost “lemony” bitter. Madonna’s favourite beer!Yorkshire
75Timothy TaylorLandlord 24.3%Often regarded as one of the best ales in the country, fruity, almost “lemony” bitter. Madonna’s favourite beer!Yorkshire
76TringCaptain Alf4.2%A burnished gold bitter with a fine, well rounded bitterness and good hop character imparted by Hallertau hops. Generally used in German- style pils and Helles beer, this hop works wonderfully in light coloured ales.Hertfordshire
77Triple F F FHallelujah4.0%Full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose a lemon crispness with generous handfuls of choice New Zealand green bullet hopsHampshire
78Twickenham AlesGothick Dark4.6%A delicious strong mild brewed using light crystal and chocolate maltMiddlesex
79UleyPigs Ear5.0%Gloucestershire Campaign for real ale winner of the year. Strong bitter with 100% pale ale malt.Gloucestershire
80WarwickshireLady Godiva4.2%Blonde, gentle and full bodiedWarwickshire
81Weston’s CiderPerry4.5%Light and fruity with a well-balanced sweetness. A perfect drink for all occasions.Herefordshire
82Weston’s CiderOld Rosie7.3%Allowed to settle out naturally after fermentation resulting in a truly old fashioned, full flavoured, appley, cloudy scrumpy with a well- balanced, medium dry character.Herefordshire
83White HorseFlibbertigibbet4.3%A dark golden coloured beer, with a flurry of English hops that leaves you with an aromatic after tasteOxfordshire
84WickwarCotswold Way4.2%Rich amber – smooth well balanced beer with a terrific hoppy finishGloucestershire
85WizardLundy Gold4.1%Golden hoppy aleDevon
86WychwoodBrakspear Bitter3.4%A superb session beer. Amber in colour, with a good fruit, hop and malt nose.The initial taste of malt and the well hopped bitterness quickly dissolves into a predominantly bittersweet and fruity finish.Oxfordshire
87Wye ValleyButty Bach4.5%A burnished gold premium ale. Full bodied, smooth and satisfying.Herefordshire
88Wyre PiddlePiddle in the Wind4.5%A nice hoppy nose through to a lasting aftertaste makes it a good all-round beer.Worcestershire