Harbury Beer Festival 2012

Date: 31 August & 1 September 2012

Theme: Ale At Sea

Harbury Beer Festival 2012 – another successful launch! Harbury may have been ”Ale At Sea” this year but despite this it floated away to another great success.

Many compliments were received about the quality of this year’s beers and it was pleasing to be able to have all 61 beers on sale.

We hosted the West Midlands Beer of the Year competition for the Strong Bitters category and this was won by Salopian ‘Golden Thread’. Among our team of judges this year was Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam and he selected this beer as the best and I was in complete agreement!

Our ‘Beer of the Festival’, voted on by the general visitors to the festival, went to ‘Banquo’. This fine ale hails from Lincolnshire and was also the first beer to run out! Our local breweries did well however with Slaughterhouse’s festival special called ‘Starboard Porter’ coming second and Tunnel’s new cherry beer called ‘Up The Kreik’ coming joint third with Highland Brewery’s ‘Orkney Blast’.

It was good to have new local breweries represented for the first time at Harbury with Old Pie Factory from Warwick and Sperrins from Arley both making their debut. Perhaps there will be more next year although supporting all these Warwickshire breweries does make it difficult to fit in our theme. Next year that will be another part of the country – but just which you will have to wait and see!

Many of our regular features were back as usual and seemed to be just as popular – the village Morris team danced Saturday lunchtime and the band in the evening Time After Time, a repeat of last year.

We were very lucky with the weather this year considering what had been happening on the lead in and got away with little more than a few spots of rain.

One problem beyond our control was the failure of at least one of the local buses to arrive which left people stuck in the village. All they could do was to go back in the festival for another beer (shame!) and catch the last bus which I’m glad to say did turn up, although almost half an hour late!! The nearby road closures and diversions did not help.

The village hall had the benefit of the brand new commercial kitchen which benefitted the food team greatly and enabled a steady flow of bacon rolls, hot dogs and samosas to satisfy the hungry punters.

The numbers of visitors were just slightly down on last year but I think everyone who came had a great time and we look forward to welcoming them and some new faces back again next year!

[John Crossling – Branch Chairman]


Beer of the Festival:

  • 1st Newby Wyke – Banquo
  • 2nd Slaughterhouse – Starboard Porter
  • Joint 3rd Tunnel – Up the Kreik / Highland – Orkney Blast

Fastest Selling Beers:

  • 1st Newby Wyke – Banquo
  • 2nd Bowman – South Sea Spice
  • 3rd Yeovil – POSH IPA

West Midlands BOTY Strong Bitter Category:

  • 1st Salopian – Golden Thread
  • 2nd Hobson’s – Old Henry
  • 3rd Holden’s – Special


As ever the Hereburgh Morris danced on Saturday lunchtime. In the evening Time After Time.


BreweryBeerStyleABVTasting Notes
AdnamsGhost ShipBest Bitter4.5Adnams Ghost Ship has good bitterness with a attractive lemon and lime aromas. Brewed with some Pale Ale malt, Crystal Malt, Munich and some Wheat Malt giving the beer a malty backbone. Columbus, Chinook and Citra hops add great lime flavours.
ArranClyde PufferStout4.9A stout with a deep black colour. Sweet and mellow with a low hop taste.
ArundalTridentBest Bitter5An amber-coloured strong beer with a citrus, fruity aroma. The taste is clean and refreshing with a hoppy, fruity flavour and a pleasant dry bitter finish.
AtomicNautilusMild3.6Mildly hopped deep ruby mild using roasted barley and chocolate malt to give a distinctive nutty character. (Warwickshire)
Bank TopPort o' CallSpecial Bitter5Dark brown beer with a malty, fruity aroma. Malt, roast and dark fruits in the bbittersweet taste and finish
Black DogSchoonerBest Bitter4.2Golden Ale. A medium-coloured ale with an initial sweet flavour. It has a hoppy, bitter finish. Brewed by Hambleton Ales
BowmanSouth Sea SpiceGinger3.9A dark amber beer brewed with fresh root ginger to give it a gentle ginger flavour and a refreshing ginger aroma.
CairngormTrade WindsSpeciality4.3Light golden in colour, with high proportion of wheat giving the beer a clean fresh taste. The mash blends together with the Perle hops and elderflower providing a bouquet of fruit and citrus flavours.
Church EndFallen AngelStrong Bitter5A sharp, full-flavoured, pale bitter. American hops give it that lemony edge (WMCBOB) (Warwickshire)
CoastalGolden HindeBitter4.3A sweetish golden beer with refreshing citrus hop finish. Brewers Gold hops give the aroma
CoastalHandlinerBitter4Mid brown coloured hoppy and fruity apple flavour with a little bitterness and dryness in a crisp finish
ConwyShipwreakIPA5An IPA brewed stronger for a fuller flavour and triple hopped with goldings to give the beer an authentic citrus hoppy flavour.
DorsetHarbour MasterBitter3.6Full bodied, slightly nutty with blackcurrant background.
DorsetYachtsmanBest Bitter4.7A medium-tasting ale; smooth with suggestions of honey.
ExeterFerrymanBest Bitter4.2A copper coloured Premium ale. Beautifully well balanced flavour enhanced with generous handfuls of English Goldings hops.
FullersSeafarers AleBitter3.6A delicious, thirst quenching ale. The secret of the hugely satisfying, refreshing taste of this light, amber beer is in the blend of finest quality English malt, Admiral hops and the unique Gales yeast
Great WesternMaiden VoyageBitter4A traditional English bitter, amber in colour, offering an initial smoothness followed by a dry aftertaste and a fruity aroma.
Green JackBaltic TraderStout10.5The Green Jacks Baltic Trader is an Extra Strong Export Stout. Smooth, rich and fruity with roasted coffee & vanilla flavours. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to! Baltic Trader celebrates the North Sea sailing ships that traded between East Coast ports like Lowestoft, the Low Countries and Scandinavia.
Green JackTrawlerboys Best BitterBest Bitter4.6Full-bodied and a copper-coloured premium bitter brewed with English whole cone hops,rich and malty with fruity hop flavours.
GriffinBad AnchorStrong Bitter6.3Full bodied sweet dark bitter with a very strong kick (Warwickshire)
Hadrian BorderFlotsamBitter4Bronze coloured, with a citrus bitterness and distinct floral notes.
Hadrian BorderJetsamBest Bitter4.5A well hopped, light coloured bitter with a fruity and refreshing aftertaste.
HammerpotBottle Wreck PorterPorter4.7A well hopped, light coloured bitter with a fruity and refreshing aftertaste.
HighlandOrkney BlastStrong Ale6A stunning stronger ale in the true British fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and English hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable.
HighlandScapa SpecialPale Ale4.2A satisfying world class pale ale, made with maris otter pale ale malt & a blend of four hops from America, Germany, New Zealand & Slovakia. Each one selected for their spiciness and aroma and all giving that certain something to back up the wholesome maltiness provided by the maris otter
HobsonsOld HenryStrong Bitter5.2Very drinkable, authentic strong ale. Complex malty flavours give a richness which is balanced by the clean, hoppy finish (WMCBOB)
Holden'sSpecialStrong Bitter5.1An amber premium beer with robust malty overtones and a bitter sweet full bodied taste (WMCBOB)
JarrowRivet CatcherBitter4CAMRA Great British Beer Festival Silver & Bronze Winner and Champion North East Beer of the Year. A symbolic tradesman from Tyneside's glorious shipyard history. A light, smooth, satisfying gold bitter. Subtle fruity hops give the taste profile on tongue and nose.
Kinver BreweryHalf CenturionStrong Bitter5Pale premium bitter with strong citrus flavours (WMCBOB)
Liverpool OrganicShipwreck IPAIPA6.5A true India pale ale with intense citrus flavours. Grapefruit, aniseed and peach notes feature in the hoppy bite that builds to tropical fruit and a piney bitterness in the finish.
Merry MinerQueen's Road BitterBitter4.1A pale golden in colour bitter, citrus on the nose with a slight hoppy character. This is named after the road in which the Titanic was built in the Belfast docks. (Warwickshire).
MilestoneBlack PearlStout4.3Authentic Irish stout with notes of burnt toast and coffee.
Newby WykeWhite SqualllStrong Bitter4.8Five time Gold medal winning ale, pale and blonde in colour with a full hoppy taste and wonderful fruity finish
Newby WykeBanquoBitter3.8Blonde session beer full of hops with gooseberry and passion fruit aroma
North CotswoldOyster StoutStout5A dark and smooth stout brewed with English hops, with the addition of Whitstable oysters resulting in a smooth tasting beer. (Warwickshire)
NorthumberlandJolly RogerBitter4Orange amber with slight head. Vague maltiness with cold tea note overlaid. Wheetabix and oat.
NottinghamDreadnoughtBitter4.5Rich ruby coloured premium bitter with a well rounded fullness of malt and deep strength of hop bitterness.
Old Pie FactoryPaleBitter4A pale ale that is light and refreshing (Warwickshire)
OutstandingSOSBest Bitter4.5Light brown ale strictly for those that like bitter beer, dry and intensely bitter with an incredible blast of late hop dominance
PatriotNelsonBitter4An amber beer, being full bodied with a well-rounded bitterness with subtle fruity undertones (Warwickshire)
PurityMad GooseBest Bitter4.2Brewed with Maris Otter Malt, Caragold and Wheat Malt with Hallertau bittering hops and Cascade and Willamette aroma hops.Light copper in colour with a great zesty hop character with citrus overtone (Warwickshire)
RebellionMutinyBest Bitter4.5A reddish, full bodied premium ale, with a rich malty flavour & a lasting, hoppy & bittersweet finish.
RebellionSmugglerBitter4.1An amber coloured best bitter, offering an initial smoothness followed by a dry aftertaste along with a fruity hop aroma.
SalopianGolden ThreadStrong Bitter5A triple-hopping of English First Gold gives citrusy flavours and vinous aromas, while the malt grist gives body and sweetness to balance the assertive bitterness (WMCBOB)
Skinner'sFiggysBest Bitter4.5Expertly balanced blend of malt & hops, premium strength, full flavoured with a smooth finish - Named after the infamous Lands End wrecker Madgy Figgy.
Skinner'sKeel OverBest Bitter4.2A classic Cornish bitter, mid-strength, amber in colour, well balanced with a smooth finish
SlaughterhouseStarboared Port-erPorter4.8Ruby black robust Porter. Bitter, hoppy and dark malt character with hints of liquorice and roast barley. (Warwickshire)
Sperrin BreweryBand of BrothersBest Bitter4.2A light hoppy golden bitter. Guest ale at the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons. (Warwickshire)
TitanicCaptain Smith'sStrong Bitter5.2A red/Brown, full bodied beer hoppy and bitter with a sweetness and roast malt flavour and a good strong finish.. . . . Named after one of the most famous of sea captains of all time - Captain Edward Smith, who was born in Stoke on Trent
TitanicMildMild3.5A mild of classic style full of roast malt and balanced by delicate hops. True to type it has a rounded sweetness and a smooth dry finish.
TitanicPier 54Speciality5.4American craft ale. This beer reflects the very best of US craft brewing, red in colour and with an inviting malty foretaste, the American hops come crashing through to wow those who love hops. Malty foretaste with stong hop finish.
TrystCarronandeIPA4.2Packed full of citrus flavours from the distinctive Washington state hops used, combined with pale malt and Carron valley water to create a real thirst- quenching treat
TunnelTrade WindsBest Bitter4.6A heavenly aromatic, copper coloured beer. It has an aroma rich in cascade hops spilling over into clean crisp hints of citrus. Quickly followed by a rush of fruity malts that are pursued by an exquisitly dry finish, full of scented hops (Warwickshire)
TunnelUp the KriekSpeciality4.7A kriek style cherry IPA
WarwickshireStarboard ListBest Bitter4.5Reddish in colour. (Warwickshire)
WeatheroakCabin BoyMild3.4A mid brown beer with a malty aroma and fruity sweetness in the finish. (Warwickshire)
Wood Farm1823 MildMild3.5A full bodied dark mild with hints of caramel finishing with a smooth malty palate (Warwickshire)
Woodforde'sNelson’s RevengeSpecial Bitter5.5Rich and floral aromas, sweet Norfolk malts and a burst of citrus hops embody this mouth-watering premium beer.
Woodforde'sWherryBitter3.8Fresh and zesty with crisp floral flavours. A background of sweet malt and a hoppy grapefruit bitter finish characterises this champion bitter.
Wye ValleyButty BachStrong Bitter4.5A burnished-gold premium ale, malty, fruity, rich and sweet(WMCBOB)
YeovilPOSH IPAIPA5.4A genuine gourmet India Pale Ale of uncompromising quality. Pale with body and mouth feel it’s strength is balanced by a truly fruity late-hopped finish.


MakerCiderABVTasting Notes
Gwatkin CiderFoxwhelp Cider7.5Dry. A single varietal cider. Is a crisp dry cider, full of body and flavour. From Abbey Dore, Herefordshire.
Gwatkin CiderYarlington Mill7.5Medium. A rich red medium cider with a spirit aroma and taste, that resonates with the tastebuds to surprise and delight.
Gwatkin CiderKingston Black7.5Dry. The most famous apple in the cider making world, dating back centuries.
Gwatkin CiderFarmhouse Perry7.5Medium - Made from a blend of old fashioned varieties of pears, harvested from the few remaining pear orchards of rural Herefordshire.
Windmill VineyardMillers Fancy8Dry. A dry cider with lasting aftertaste, made with a mix of cider and crab apples. From , Hellidon, Northants.
Windmill VineyardPerry6A medium dry and a medium sweet.
Windmill VineyardPippin Cyzer8Medium. A mix of cider apple varieties fermented with honey.
Windmill VineyardAmber Nectar10A blend of apple varieties blended with whiskey.
Tricky CiderDry Cider6Cider from Taunton, Somerset
Tricky CiderMedium Cider6
Rous CiderFrom Rous Lench, Worcestershire
TardebiggeFrom Tutnall, Worcestershire
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