Beers

Thanks to an overwhelming response from our sponsors we are again able to present 100 real ales.

Special thanks again, as always, go to Phil Entwistle of Special Ales Service whose enthusiasm and endeavour has helped us to obtain many Champion Beers. We will have a number of new beers available.

Each year we strive to offer new beers, and as at last year’s event, we had the CAMRA British Champion Ale of 2013 Elland 1872 Porter.

As expected we will have this years champion beer Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker plus many more.

Also we will have the new September ‘First Cut’ Ale from Moorhouse. Very interesting that the Maris Otter barley has been grown by our local farmers here in Rainhill, only a few hundred yards from our Beerfest venue.

Fruli drinkers will be pleased to know that we will not run out this year. We will have plenty available.

1872 PORTER
  • Elland Brewery, West Yorkshire
  • Type: Dark Porter
  • ABV: 6.5%
GOLD MEDAL in class at the International Brewing Awards 2004.
GOLD MEDAL in class at the SIBA National Beer Competition 2011.
CAMRA CHAMPION WINTER ALE  2010 and 2013
CAMRA CHAMPION BEER of BRITAIN  August 2013

Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.

Barzilian Porter
  • Colchester Brewery
  • Type: Dark Porter
  • ABV: 4.6%
Silver medal at Norwich BF 2013;
Beer of the Festival – Clacton BF 2013;
Beer of The Festival – Pig’s Ear BF 2013;
Beer of the Festival – Colchester Winter BF 2014  

Coffee and vanilla porter, beautifully balanced.

Black Gold
  • Castlerock Brewery, Nottingham
  • Type: Mild Beer
  • ABV: 3.8%

An award winning mild that delivers a light fresh taste to one of the more traditional of beer styles.

Blue Moon
  • George Wright Brewery, Rainford
  • Type: Strong ale, light amber
  • ABV: 5.0%

Alight citrus hoppy taste is balanced by a strong malty sweetness.

Bluebird Premium XB
  • Coniston Brewery, Cumbria
  • Type: Smooth golden ale
  • ABV: 4.2%

A smooth golden ale with floral hints, light malt tones and a happy freshness.  Winner of many Festivals

Boltmaker
  • Timothy Taylor's - Keighley, West Yorkshire
  • Type: Hoppy aroma
  • ABV: 4.0%
CHAMPION BEER of 2014

A well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma – Boltmaker is first choice for the discerning drinker – on both sides of the Pennines.

Butcombe Gold
  • Butcombe, Wrington,Somerset
  • Type: Golden bitter
  • ABV: 4.4%

A refreshing golden bitter brimming with character…not to mention citrus hops and fruit. Made with 100% Maris Otter malt, and brewed using a single variety hop…English Fuggles. A malty fresh vitality gives way to a full bitter sweet finish…pure Gold!

Butcombe Gold
  • Butcombe, Wrington, Bristol
  • Type: A refreshing golden bitter
  • ABV: 4.5%

A refreshing golden bitter brimming with character…not to mention citrus hops and fruit. Made with 100% Maris Otter malt, and English Fuggles. A malty fresh vitality gives way to a full bitter sweet finish…pure Gold!

Cheeky Pheasant
  • George Wright Brewery,Rainford
  • Type: Light amber
  • ABV: 4.7%

Distinctive fruit, malty taste with a swee taftertast

Chocolate Orange Delight
  • Downton Brewery, Downton, Wiltshire
  • Type: Chocolate flavoured
  • ABV: 5.8%

A speciality old ale that speaks for itself. Pronounced chocolate flavours and a pleasant orange addition combine perfectly in this delightfully different offering

Citra
  • Oakham Ales, Peterborough
  • Type: A light refreshing beer
  • ABV: 4.2%

A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish.

 

Dark Mild
  • Bank Top
  • Type: A full bodied dark mild
  • ABV: 4.0%

Champion Mild of Great Britain 2014

A full bodied dark mild with malt and roast aroma, rich mouthfeel and a complex taste including roast malt and liquorice

Drunken Duck
  • George Wright Brewery, Rainford
  • Type: Bitter ale
  • ABV: 3.9%

Bitter ale, straw coloured with a wonderful citrus taste and a dry finish

Elsie Mo
  • Castlerock Brewery, Nottingham
  • Type: Golden Beer
  • ABV: 4.7%

A blend of hops – Challenger predominating – tempts you with its aroma and leaves a pleasantly crisp aftertaste in this golden beer

Exmoor Gold
  • Exmoor Ales, Wiveliscombe, Somerset
  • Type: Gold Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%

Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold in colour. The nose is an interplay between a fresh bouquet of grassy and floral hop and a subtly soft, fluffy caramel-tinged maltiness.

First Cut
  • Moorhouses, Burnley
  • Type: Rich amber coloured ale,
  • ABV: 4.2%

First Cut, released as the September special, is a rich amber coloured ale, brewed with Maris Otter ‘for an exceptional sweet biscuit taste’ and two traditional British hop varieties – East Kent Goldings and Fuggles– ‘for spice and honey notes … with an earthy, minty balance’.

A striking bucolic pump-clip image highlights farmers Tom and Olly Harrison of Elton Head Hall Farm and Ian Bennett, farming in Chapel Lane, Rainhill, in the fields adjacent to our Beerfestival  event – who played a lead role in the project’s launch year.

Full English Breakfast
  • Abbeydale
  • Type: A Rich Dark stout
  • ABV: 4.9%

This is the full monty with five different malts, generous additions of cocoa, freshly ground coffee and primes with maple syrup to give a little sweetness in the finish. Freshly served without toast

Galaxy 55
  • Abbeydale
  • Type: A golden IPA-style beer
  • ABV: 5.5%

Packed with the wonderful Galaxy hops from Australia. Aromas of tropical fruit salad. It has full hop flavours of mango and passion fruit with a crisp bitter finish.

Glaslyn Ale
  • Purplemoose, Porthmadog,
  • Type: Golden Bitter
  • ABV: 4.2%

June 2011 – Silver in ‘Best Bitters’ category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Competition 2011

A golden coloured fruity best bitter with a well balanced hoppy finish.

Glaslyn Ale takes its name from the Afon Glaslyn, the river which flows from ‘Yr Wyddfa’ (Snowdon) to Porthmadog.

 

Haka
  • Butcombe, Wrington, Bristol
  • Type: A Light Golden Bitter
  • ABV: 4.5%

A light gold bitter, packed full of fruity New-Zealand hops, including Nelson Sauvin. Wonderful aromas of tropical fruits make it full-flavoured and invigorating yet well-balanced and subtle. A dangerously drinkable, unique light golden ale.

Harvest Pale
  • Castlerock Brewery, Nottingham
  • Type: Pale Beer
  • ABV: 3.8%

Champion Beer of Britain 2007 and 2010

Brewed with a gently-kilned malt, and an aromatic blend of American hops added during the brewing process gives this pale beer exceptional poise.                                                                                                                                     .

Hebden’s Wheat
  • Little Valley Brewery, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  • Type: Fresh, Fruity and Naturally Hazy
  • ABV: 4.5%

Hebden’s Wheat is a Belgian style, naturally hazy Wheat Beer. Fruity and refreshing. Light in colour with hints of coriander and lemon. The draught beer won the Silver Award in the Speciality Section of the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in 2007.

Jaipur IPA
  • Thornbridge Brewery, Blakewell,Derbyshire
  • Type: India Pale Ale,
  • ABV: 5.9%

A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

Langdale
  • cumbrianlegendaryales, Hawkshead, Cumbria
  • Type: golden best bitter using crystal, Maris Otter and lager malts
  • ABV: 4.0%

Bronze award in SIBA North Regional Beer competition 2011 & Silver Champion Golden Ale of Britain 2012.

A refreshing beer with the flavour of English fruit and marmalade and a long bitter finish.

Loweswater Gold
  • cumbrianlegendaryales, Hawkshead, Cumbria
  • Type: Golden ale
  • ABV: 4.3%
Winner of many awards including Champion Golden Ale of Britain 2011

A golden ale at 4.3% producing a tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Mild bitterness combines beautifully with juicy malt.

Metropolis
  • Colchester Brewery
  • Type: Golden Beer
  • ABV: 3.9%
Winner of many Festivals  

A smooth golden ale with floral hints, light malt tones and a hoppy freshness.

Nice Weather
  • Dancing Duck Brewery, Derby
  • Type: Pale Ale
  • ABV: 4.1%
Peterborough CAMRA “Best beer from a new brewery”
Gold medal SIBA regional championships “Best bitters category”

Copper coloured fruity summer ale packed full of flavour. Blackberry, strawberry and floral rose notes in perfect balance with just the right amount of malt character. A refreshing summer thirst quencher, it’s fruit salad in a glass

 

 

No.9 Barley Wine
  • Coniston Brewery, Conistion
  • Type: strong golden beer
  • ABV: 8.5%

Brewed once a year, this classic strong golden beer has a long maturation period to give a smooth and warming character, a delightful sipping beer. Rich in fruit flavours with Marzipan, herbal hoppiness and Cognac overtones finishing with a warming alcohol essence. The residual sweetness is balanced by large amounts of best English Goldings Hops.

Piston Broke
  • Boxstream Brewery, Holt, Wiltshire
  • Type: Hoppy Golden Beer
  • ABV: 5.0%

A subtly single hopped golden beer with a hoppy aroma and a dry finish

Pure Blonde
  • George Wright Bewery, Rainford
  • Type: Premium blonde ale
  • ABV: 4.6%

Light & hoppy, made with a pilsner malt and German & Polish hops giving an earthy hop flavour.

Scarlet Macaw
  • Oakham Ales, Peterborough
  • Type: Blond Beer
  • ABV: 4.4%

Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that’s as sharp as a macaw’s screech!

Screech Owl
  • Castlerock Brewery, Nottingham
  • Type: Indian Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.0%

Champion Beer (Strong Bitter) of Britain 2013

Brewed to export strength this strong well hopped India Pale Ale has fresh upfront bitterness and a long hop finish                                                                                                .

 

 

Snowdonia Ale
  • Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog
  • Type: Pale ale
  • ABV: 3.6%
  • May 2012 – Silver in ‘Bitters’ category, Society of Independant Brewers (SIBA) Wales & West Region Competition 2012
  • August 2012 – Gold in ‘Bitters’ category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2012
  • June 2011 – Silver in ‘Bitters’ category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Competition 2011

A delightfully refreshing pale ale brewed with a delicate combination of aromatic hops.

Our most popular session beer – the perfect thirst-quencher after a hard day’s walking in the glorious mountains of Snowdonia!

Special Oatmeal Stout
  • Coniston, Cumbria
  • Type: Stout
  • ABV: 4.5%

Oats are used in the grist of this beer to give body and smoothness, enhancing the roasted barley, giving it complex flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee. This is balanced by a fresh hop bitterness and dry finish.
Winner :  Cumbrian Micro-Challenge 2009 Gold Medal  (first competition for our stout)

Special Oatmeal Stout
  • Coniston Brewery
  • Type: A Rich Dark stout
  • ABV: 5.0%
Cumbrian Micro-Challenge 2009 Gold Medal Winner

Oats are used in the grist of this stout to give body and smoothness, enhancing the roasted barley, giving it complex flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee. This is balanced by a fresh hop bitterness and dry finish.
Cumbrian Micro-Challenge 2009 Gold Medal Winner

Swan Blonde
  • Bowness, Winster, Cumbria
  • Type: dry hoppishness
  • ABV: 4.0%

Immerse your taste buds in the compellingly crisp, deliciously dry hoppishness of Swan Blonde and sail away on a journey of gorgeously pale Windermere water freshness. Made with light malts, pioneer, aurora and citra hops.

Windermere Pale
  • Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Cumbria
  • Type: Pale Ale
  • ABV: 3.5%

A highly refreshing, very pale ale, bursting with hop character and a fine fruity aroma. Brewed with soft Lakeland water, Maris Otter malted barley and full flower hops – blending three traditional English hops and the modern American hop, Citra.

Withens Pale Ale
  • Little Vally Brewery , Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  • Type: Light and Hoppy
  • ABV: 3.9%

Light & bright, Withens Pale Ale uses refreshing floral Cascade hops and hints of spice, orange and citrus, giving a giving a delicious dry bitter finish.

Wobbly Bob
  • Phoenix Brewery, Heywood, Greater Manchester
  • Type: Mid Brown
  • ABV: 6.0%

Malt & hop Aroma. Bitter & hoppy finish

Workie Ticket
  • Mordue Brewery, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Type: Golden Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%

Champion Best Bitter Of Britain – 2013 CAMRA GBBF 2013

Beer of The Year 2010 – 2010 – Durham CAMRA

A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. Well worthy of the title ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ award 1997.