Harbury Beer Festival 2014

Date: 29 & 30 August 2014

Theme: Brewsters (female brewers)

The HBF 2014 was a great success with 1,050 admissions over the three sessions, exceeding previous festivals in recent years.

21 new members were signed up during the festival, of which 13 were local to the Heart of Warwickshire area. We welcome these new members and encourage them to join in our social events!

Despite bad weather on the Friday the hall was filled to capacity and the atmosphere was buzzing!

The theme this year was ‘Brewsters’ – that’s female brewers for the uninitiated. The beer choices were very popular with little left by the end of Saturday night.

Thanks to all the volunteers including those from the Birmingham Branch and of course thanks to all our customers, members and non-members who made the festival such a success.


Beers of the Festival:

  • 1st – Abduction – Dancing Duck
  • 2nd – Rum & Raisin – Church Farm
  • 3rd – High Wire – Magic Rock

Special 20th Anniversary Warwickshire brews: Fortitude, Church End.


Entertainment on the Saturday was again provided by the Hereburgh Morris Dancers in the afternoon and by the Strumtroopers in the evening.

The Strumtroopers are “a multi-instrumental ukulele based covers band, specialising in irreverent re-imaginings of rock and pop classics from ABBA to The Specials” and were lively and entertaining and enjoyed by all.


BreweryBeerStyleABVTasting Notes
Ashover BreweryPoet's TippleBest Bitter4.30%Chestnut to amber, balanced malt beer. Triple-hopped with English Challenger hops for a traditional bitter flavour
Brentwood Brewing Co LtdBBC2Bitter2.50%BBC 2 (Brentwood Brewing Company) is a true session beer, brown in colour with tropical citrus flavours. The beer is dry on the palate and full of body making it taste bigger than it's ABV actually is. A great example of a low ABV beer. Winner of Cambridg
Brewster's Brewing Company LtdDecadenceBest Bitter4.40%A golden ale with a hint of malt sweetness from caramalt. Passionfruit and grapefruit aromas on the nose. First taste gives a complex zesty hop palate leading on to a fresh herby finish.
Brewster's Brewing Company LtdHopheadBitter3.60%A pale hoppy brew with a fresh floral hop character from a blend of English and American hops. A most satisfying and refreshing session beer.
Brown Cow BreweryCaptain Oates Dark MildMild4.50%A premium dark mild brewed with a complex mix of malts and oats giving a wonderful depth of flavour, well balanced with undertones of coffee and chocolate and a full finish
Brown Cow BreweryMrs Simpson's Thriller in Vanilla PorterPorter5.10%A scrumptious rich porter brewed with fresh vanilla pods complimenting the complex dark malts. A Thriller in Vanilla that packs a punch !
Buntingford Brewery Co LtdHighwaymanBitter3.60%A balanced malty-bitterness with hints of toffee and a slightly fruity bitter-sweet aftertaste. Brewed with Maris Otter pale, crystal & wheat malts, and Fuggles, Phoenix & First Gold hops
Buntingford Brewery Co LtdBritanniaBest Bitter4.40%A traditional best bitter brewed with the best of British malt & British hops. A rich malty sweetness underlies a refreshing spicy/blackcurrant hop aroma and flavour.
The Celt Experience LtdSiluresGolden Ale4.60%A powerful and deep bodied pale-amber ale with a fruit spectrum of aromas. Brewed using a balance of flavour malts and Pacific and Alantic hops. A profile of bitterness, sweet vanilla maltiness and a blend of citrus passionfruit and mango on the finish
The Celt Experience LtdBleddynIPA7.60%A commanding IPA balancing bitterness, sweetness and a grapefruit finish
Clarkshaws BrewingGorgon's AliveGolden Ale4.00%Honey and spice flavours dominate this golden coloured, refreshing beer, made with Challenger and Progress hops
Clarkshaws BrewingHellhound IPAIPA5.50%Chestnut IPA with bite, rammed full of hops. Naturaly hazy.
Dancing Duck Beer LtdDark DrakeStout4.50%Delicious malty oatmeal stout, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.
Dancing Duck Beer LtdAbductionIPA5.50%A myriad of tropical fruit flavours in harmonious balance with an enjoyable level of hoppy bitterness, a good malt character and a very clean finish. This a dangerously drinkable 5.5% IPA!
Dark Star Brewing Co LtdThe Art of DarknessBitter3.50%This is a low gravity beer with a big heart. A black beer with a range of dark malts bring classic roasted flavours along with a hint of sweetness through the natural complex sugars. Warrior bittering hops are used, along with a blend of the finest aroma
Elgood & Sons LtdBlack DogMild3.60%An award-winning cask conditioned traditional dark mild. Well balanced malt and hops gives a pleasant aroma and taste, with splendid roasted bitter flavours.
Flipside BreweryRussian RoubleStout7.30%A strong dark 7.3% Russian Imperial Stout with rich chocolate and malt flavours. Brewed using traditional English hops
Hopstar BreweryDark KnightMild4.00%A dark beer and sister of Smokey Joe's Black Beer, brewed as a mild, retaining its character with more hop in the finish
The Ilkley Brewery Company LimitedBlackBitter3.70%Extraordinary, medal-winning dark session beer. A blend of 5 malts give a smooth, mellow easy to drink beer with a hint of liquorice in the finish. There are berry fruits, sweet molasses and coffee on the nose. If you're going to try one dark ale this year, it has to be this one!
Jarrow Brewing CompanyJobling's Swinging GibbetBest Bitter4.10%Recalls a macabre tale, which remains a potent symbol in Jarrow's history. William Jobling was convicted of murdering South Tyneside Magistrate, Nicholas Fairless, although it was widely recognised that he was virtually a spectator at the scene. The sente
Loch Lomond BreweryStramashPorter4.20%Dry Amarillo hopped porter
Magic Rock Brewing Co. LtdHigh WirePale Ale5.50%A tribute to the Pale Ales of the West Coast of America, beers unapologetically hop forward in character. Let your taste buds walk this test of balance. Mango, lychee and lip-smacking grapefruit flavours harmonise against a smoothly composed malt base, which develops into a crisply bitter finish. Are you ready for our tightrope of taste.
Mallinsons Brewing CompanySaazBest Bitter4.20%Single hopped. Pale gold with a fruity nose and a lightly bitter fruity taste, followed by a medium bitter finish
Monty's BreweryHilltopSpeciality3.60%A golden ale with a rounded finish and a hint of honey sweetness combining two of the countrysides oldest, traditional past times - brewing and beekeeping
Offbeat BreweryOdd Ball RedStrong Bitter4.80%A delicious ruby red ale fruity beer with a blend of American and New Zealand hops for a spicy finish
Oldershaw BreweryBlonde VoluptaBlonde Ale5.00%Uniquely zesty straw-gold premium beer. Packed with complexity and intense tropical fruit flavours the recipe is a well guarded secret. Citra hops have been spotted at Oldershaw on brew days, but that’s all that’s known!
Prospect Brewery LtdNutty SlackMild3.90%A multi-award winning ebony dark mild with a smooth, smokey malty taste and bursting with the aromas of chocolate and roasted coffee. SIBA National Silver Medal 2009, Mild Category. Named after a type of coal much prized for its slow-burning qualities.
Prospect Brewery LtdBlinding LightBest Bitter4.20%An award winning pale refreshing beer with citrus and spicy notes alongside a light, refreshing taste. Named after the burst of light often seen at the head of a pit shaft by miners.
Bragdy Mws Piws Cyf aka Purple Moose Brewery LtdCwrw Ysgawen (Elderflower Ale)Speciality4.00%A refreshing pale ale brewed using Casade hops with the added indulgence of elderflower
Bragdy Mws Piws Cyf aka Purple Moose Brewery LtdCwrw Glaslyn (Glaslyn Ale)Best Bitter4.20%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
Quartz Brewing LtdBlondeBitter3.80%A fresh, fruity tasting light coloured beer with a continental hop finish
Triple fff Brewing Company LtdMoondanceBest Bitter4.20%One of our original recipes, amber coloured best bitter with copious amounts of Cascade hops. Wonderfully aromatic floral nose balanced by a gentle bitterness with a hint of sweetness. No wonder this beer has won the most awards of all the beers in our range.
Ulverston Brewing CoFlying ElephantsBitter3.70%A pale, golden beer withsoft fruit flavours followed by a smooth, malty finish.
Ulverston Brewing CoLonesome PineSpeciality4.30%A pale, honey beer with sweet malts followed by tangy citrus fruits.
The Waen BreweryChilli Plum PorterPorter6.10%A dark velvety smooth porter, with luscious plum flavours and a chilli warmth
The Waen BrewerySwizzle StickStrong Bitter4.60%Red ale loaded with tropical fruity hops
Welbeck Abbey BreweryHenriettaGolden Ale3.60%A delicate Golden Ale packed full of wonderful hop character. Challenger hops provide the bitter note and balance perfectly with the citrus and fresh grassy nose of the Cascade and Hallertaur Brewers Gold varieties.
Wilson Potter BreweryRuby RedBest Bitter4.40%An easy drinking rich ruby ale with a full bodied malty berry taste and a floral hop finish
AtomicSpectrumBest Bitter4.10%A light coloured beer made with Citra hops.
Church EndFortifiedBest Bitter4.00%A pale brown beer with a floral aroma and flavours of grapefruit and lemon.
Church FarmRum and Raisin StoutStout5.60%A traditional English stout brewed with a blend of chocolate malts and phoenix hops. The beer is conditioned in ex-rum casks for 60 days with raisins added.
Long ItchSiestaIPA5.50%A strongly hopped IPA with an explosion of tropical fruit flavours from New Zealand and US hops, it’s one for the hopheads!
Merry MinerWarwickshire's FinestBitter3.80%Light amber in colour this session bitter features a slight smooth bitterness and finishes with a pleasant citrus flavour
North CotswoldBrownBrown Ale4.30%A brown ale
SlaughterhouseWarwick Old Ale 1100 Celebratory BeerOld Ale7.50%A one off brewed to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Warwick. Old ales are beers which acquire distinctive flavour, smooth condition and maturity by lengthy aging. Full ripe malt aromas, fruitiness and rich mouth feel.
SperrinThick of ThievesStout6.80%A unique strong stout, rich in selected hops with an array of roasted chocolate malts giving this beauty a smooth liquorice well balanced finish. This cask has been specially kept for 12 months for this festival.
TunnelGinger BeeredSpeciality5.40%A fruity malty start to this copper coloured ale is followed by waves of fresh ginger on the palate and a dry bitter finish.
Warwickshire Beer CompanyPeeping TomBest Bitter4.40%A mahogany bitter with spicy notes containing 4 different hops including dry hopping in cask with German Magnum.
WeatheroakBee's KneesBitter3.70%A light refreshing beer with a hint of honey
WhalePremium AmberBest Bitter4.30%A balanced premium amber ale. Subtle hints of biscuity malt are blended with floral and orange zest hop resins
Wood FarmScrumBest Bitter4.00%A deep russet red full bodied beer. Crystal malt gives a malty nutty flavour. The long dry finish has hints of berries.

Ciders & Perries

MakerCiderTypeABVTasting Notes
AbrahallsAbrahalls Slack AliceMedium (suitable for vergans. Coeliacs)4.60%A medium well rounded mellow cider with a very slight tart finish
BroadoakBroadoak Bristol Portsweet6%A fruity, colourful cider with a delicious apple taste.
Gwynt y DdraigGwynt y Ddraig Fiery FoxMedium6.50%Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.
Ty BrynTy Bryn SunsetMedium Sweet7.50%Aroma is rich spicy ripe apples. The taste is similar, however the sweet richness of the apples themselves makes it very balanced and super drinkable.
Sandford OrchardsSandford Orchards Fannys BrambleBlackcurrent4%A marriage made in a Devon lane. Blackberries and cider, a fruity joyous light and easy cider.a uniquely fruity and refreshing cider.
Hecks Portwine of GlastonburyHecksMedium Dry5%Gloucestershire cider made from a single variety of apple, namely Court Royal! The cider is finished off in Port barrels to give it that lovely taste.
MillersAmber Nectar
MillersMillers Fancy
PerryPerryMedium Dry
RousRous 12013 Batch matured in whisy barrels for nine months. Lighter coloured cider is an Eastern Counties style cider made from a blend of Sharps and Sweets from traditional Worcestershire orchards.
RousRous 22013 Batch matured in whisy barrels for nine month.
TardebridgeTardebridge 1Mediumish
TardebridgeTardebridge 2Dryish
Scroll to Top