Harbury Beer Festival 2008

Date: 29 & 30 August 2008

Theme: Ales of Many Colours


Saturday lunchtime session saw the Hereburgh Morris do their stuff.

Music by The Lost Boys on Saturday evening.


BreweryBeerABV%StyleTasting Notes
AdnamsEast Green4%Best BitterLight golden beer,with sublte citrus,grassy hoppy aromas (Southwold, Suffolk)
BarefootMellow Yellow3.80%BitterA pale wheat beer with pronounced grapefruit overtones (Morpeth, Northumberland)
Bazens'Black Pig Mild3.60%mildA dark brown beer with malt and fruit aromas. Roast, chocolate and fruit flavours, with an underlying bitterness, lead to a dry malty and slightly smokey aftertaste. (Salford, Manchester)
BlindmansBuff3.60%amberAmber coloured smooth session beer (Frome, Somerset)
BradfieldFarmers Brown Cow4.20%ChestnutDeep chestnut coloured ale with a smooth creamy head. A Citrus taste gives way to a long dry finish (Sheffield, South Yorks)
BrainsSA Gold4.70%Best BitterA golden beer with a hoppy aroma. Well balanced with a zesty hop, fruit and balancing bitterness; a similar satisfying finish (Cardiff, Glamorgan)
Brown CowLavender & Honey4.20%HoneyLavender honey beer, brewed with English hops, lavender, honey and yeast, to produce a distictive classic ale with a hint of lavender (Selby, North Yorkshire)
BuffyNorwegian Blue4.90%bitterA gentle hoppy nose belies the rich warming character of the taste explosion. A complex, ever changing mix of malt, hops, bitterness and fruit. A long lingering, bittersweet ending. (Norwich, Norfolk)
Celt ExperienceCelt Bronzebitter(Mid Glamorgan)
College GreenMolly's Chocolate Stout4.20%StoutA dark chocolate coloured beer with a full-bodied character due to the use of whole malted oats. A small amount of pure cocao is added to give added credence to the name. (Belfast)
Cotswold SpringOld English Rose4%session bitterBeautifully balanced quaffing ale with delicate floral aroma and hints of tropical fruit. Bittersweet finish. (Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire)
DalesideBlonde3.90%golden bitterA pale golden beer with a predominantly hoppy aroma and taste, leading to a refreshing hoppy, bitter but short finish. (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)
Derby BreweryPlatinum Blonde4.50%Pale AleTraditional refreshing pale ale, with a satisfying well hopped finish (Derby, Derbyshire)
Green JackOrange Wheat4.20%WheatCitrus notes dominate this deceptively interesting beer. Gold coloured with equal hints of hop and mandarin in the first impression. A dry bitterness develops as the fruit slowly fades. (Lowestoft, Suffolk)
HampshirePink Elephant5.40%bitterDistinctively different;with pale malt and red wine grapes, which give a surreal flavour..Don't drink to excess, or you will see Pink Elephants (Romsey, Hampshire)
HanbyCherry Bomb6%FruitA splendid rich and fruity beer with maraschino cherry flavour (Wem, Shropshire)
HanbyRainbow Chaser4.30%Best BitterA pale beer brewed with Styrian goldings hops. (Wem, Shropshire)
HartAmethyst4.20%bitterMellowy and dark (Preston, Lancashire)
HartJade4%bitterFruity and hoppy (Preston, Lancashire)
HildenSilver4.20%LagerA pale lager ale, light and refreshing on the palate but with a satisfying mellow hop character derived from a judicious blend of araomatic Saaz hops. (Lisburn, Co. Antrim)
HogsbackHop Garden Gold4.60%Best BitterPale golden best bitter, full bodied with an aroma of malt, hops and fruit. Citrus hop flavours are balanced by malt and fruit. Hoppy bitterness grows in a dry aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. (Tongham, Surrey)
HoustonBlack & Tan4.30%BlendedBlack and tan is traditionally a mix of stout & pale ale. Originally the customers at the Fox & Hounds started mixing Warlock Stout with Killellan Bitter and they loved the result. They think its a winning blend. (Houston, Renfrewshire)
IceniOxborough Hall Plum Stout6.20%StoutRich stout primed with Plums from Oxborough Hall in Norfolk. The plums leave a long lingering sweetness (Mundford, Norfolk)
KelburnRed Smiddy4.10%best bitterThis bittersweet ale predominantly features an intense citrus hop character that assaults the nose and continues into the flavour, balanced perfectly with fruity malt. (Barrhead, East Renfrewshire)
LeadmillStrawberry Blonde4.40% (Denby, Derbyshire)
Little ValleyTod's Blonde5%SpecialBright Yellow grainy speciality beer with citrus hoppy start and a dry finish. Fruity with a hint of spice. Similar in style to a Belgian Blonde beer. (Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshre)
Malvern HillsBlack Pear4.40%bitterA sharp citrus hoppiness is the main constituent of this golden brew that has a long dry aftertaste. (Malvern, Worcestershire)
MauldonsWhite Adder5.30%premium bitterA pale brown almost golden strong ale. A warming fruity flavour dominates and lingers into a dry hoppy finish. (Sudbury, Suffolk)
NewmansRed Stag Bitter3.60%BitterDark red session ale, smooth, malty with soft fruit accents; dry fruit finish. (Yatton, Somerset)
NorthumberlandCrimsonbitter (Bedlington, Northumberland)
OldershawIsaacs Gold4.50%Best BitterAn easy drinking premium golden bitter with a good hop aroma. Made with the English 'First Gold' hop. (Grantham, Lincolnshire)
OysterGrey Dogs5.60% (Isle of Seil (Oban), Highlands)
PalmerCopper Ale3.70%bitterBeautifully balanced, copper coloured light bitter with a hoppy aroma (Bridport, Dorset)
QuartzAmbreBitterCopper coloured ale with a roasted flavour and spicy hop. (Kings Bromley, Staffordshire)
Rooster'sCream4.70%Pale floralA pale coloured beer with a complex, floral bouquet leading to a well balanced, refreshing taste. Fruit lasts throughout and into the aftertaste. (Knaresborough, North Yorkshire)
RudgateRuby Mild4.40%MildNutty rich ruby ale, stronger than usual for a mild (York, North Yorkshire)
SalopianLemon Dream4.50%WheatA Wheat beer in the modern English style served bright and top fermented. The recipe uses fresh lemon to compliment the citrussy flavours produced by the wheat malt. Goldings, Saaz and Cascade hops also add fresh lemony flavours to the brew. (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
Sarah HughesDark Ruby6%MildA dark ruby strong ale with good balance of fruit and hops, leading to a pleasant, lingering hops and malt finish. (Sedgeley, West Midlands)
SpectrumBlack Buffle4.50%porterDark Chocolate and liquorice hold sway in this deep red porter. The nose and taste are balanced by a noticeable hop presence although the finish attains a roasted coffee dryness. (Norwich, Norfolk)
TigertopsBig Ginger6%GingerA strong amber ginger beer (Wakefield, West Yorkshire)
Timothy Taylor'sGolden Best3.50%Pale mildA clean tasting and refreshing traditional Pennine light mild. A little fruit in the nose increases to complement the delicate hoppy taste. Background malt throughout. (Keighley, West Yorkshire)
UffordWhite Hart3.80%Bitter (Ufford, Cambridgeshire)
WhitstableRaspberry Wheat5.20%Wheat fruitDeep red in colour, naturally cloudy wheat beer, bursting with refreshing raspberry fruit on a balanced sharp finish. (Grafty Green, Kent)
WilliamsGold3.90%BitterA refreshing full bodied sparkling golden ale, brewed using 7 different malts. Undertones of fruit are offset by the citrus aroma of fresh hops. (Kelliebank, Alloa)
Wooden HandPirates Gold3.60%BitterA golden bitter with complex grain and fruit and a deep, dry finish. (Truro, Cornwall)
WellingtonPrimrose Pale4.20%Pale AleThe aroma is fresh and hoppy with citrus notes. Grape fruit and lemon linger on the pallet, with crisp bitterness lasting through the long finish, leaving your mouth refreshed and wanting more. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
WellingtonPrimrose Ginger Bush4.20%SpecialThe aroma is fresh and gingery with citrus notes. Grape fruit and ginger linger on the pallet, with crisp bitterness and warming ginger lasting through the long finish. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
SheffieldSummer Rose (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Lions TaleChesbrewnette4.50% (Cheswardine, Shropshire)
FullersGolden PrideBest BitterDeep amber in colour, full bodied rich in malt. Moderately hopped so not over bitter, slight orange citrus notes with hints of toast. Sweet and slightly bitter intense finish. Once described by the late Michael Jackson beer connoisseur as the 'Cognac of Beers' (London)
Full MashScarlet FlashBest BitterRed ale with malty flavors and delicate hits of strawberry derived from the subtle addition of Progress hops. (Stapleford, Nottinghamshire)
Church EndKnavey BlueBitter (Ridge Lane, Warwickshire)
RugbyUnionBitterRugby Brewing Co's latest beer, Extremely pale, dry with a hoppy aroma. Fruity throughout with a zesty finish. (Rugby, Warwickshire)
AtomicFission3.90%Golden AleA refreshing golden ale with a wonderfully aromatic citrus flavour, using Maris otter pale and crystal malts, coupled with the unique floral spiciness of American Cascade hops. (Rugby, Warwickshire)
DiscoveryNew Beer Name TBC (Meriden, Warwickshire)
Griffin BreweryEre It Is (Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire)
TunnelCenturian Gold4%BitterIt starts with refreshing fruitiness on the tongue, followed by a smooth, malty mouthfeel and finishes with a slight hint of cinnamon, coriander and orange. (Ansley, Warwickshire)
WarwickshireGolden Bear4.90%Best Bitter (Cubbington, Warwickshire)
North CotswoldHung Drawn and Portered5%PorterStrong dark treacle with the well balanced taste of Brambling Cross hops. (Stretton On Fosse, Warwickshire)
North CotswoldArctic Global Warmer15%StrongTraditional arctic bitter, full bodied and well balanced. Only sold in third pints. (Stretton On Fosse, Warwickshire)
PurityPure Gold3.80%golden bitterA refreshing golden ale. (Great Alne, Warwickshire)
SlaughterhousePurple PigFruitA hoppy beer with fruity overtones. (Warwick, Warwickshire)


Green Valley CyderFarmhouse Vintage Dry Cyder8.30%Winner of the Gold Award-National Championships, Reading Beer Festival June 2008. Easy drinking with a pleasant after taste, lovely proper cider aroma like an Autumn morning.
Green Valley CyderGreen Valley Brandy Cask Dry Cyder6%Hint of spirit, nice soft balance, warm flavour.
GwatkinsStoke Red Sweet7.50%Cider, Single variety, sweet front, tannic dry finish to it.
GwatkinsKingston Black Cider Dry7.50%Unique dryness, earthy musty taste
GwatkinsOld Field Perry7.50%Dry, still, quite fruity.
Hogan CiderDancing Marston Rainbow Medium Sweet7%Traditional hazy cider, well balanced and refreshing.
Hogan CiderDancing Marston Rainbow Dry7%Traditional hazy cider, well balanced and refreshing.
Windmill VineyardAmber Whiskey Nectar Dry10.50%Medium dry blend from four apple varieties and laced with whiskey.
Windmill VineyardDusty Millers Fancy8%Full bodied, robust dry cider, typical of apple varieties grown in Herefordshire
Windmill VineyardPerry in the Pink approx9.50%Easy drinking, slightly sparkling medium sweet.
James PerksDry Cider
James PerksDry Perry
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