Harbury Beer Festival 2016

Date: 2 & 3 September 2016

Theme: 25th Festival Celebration

We were back for our 25th Festival!

We revisited past beers of the festival and fastest sellers mixed with “silver” beers marking the anniversary and introduced some new breweries and beers from Warwickshire that had not been seen at Harbury before. Some old favourites such as Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild, Elland 1872 Porter and Enville Ale were back for your repeat enjoyment.

The 25th Harbury Beer festival provided the opportunity to look on in Rapture as Mary Jane appeared on a High Wire or ended up Dazed and Confused following a sample of Pendle Witches Brew which left her astride a Silver Stallion which bolted after it saw a Silver Adder but perhaps all that sounds too much like you had to pay a Silver Dollar to watch it on the Silver Screen.

Yes, that was another beery fantasy based on a selection of the ales featured in 2016.


  • Winner: Highland(Swannay) – Orkney Blast 6.0%
  • Second: Sarah Hughes – Ruby Mild 6.0%
  • Joint third: Elland – 1872 Porter 6.5%
  • Joint third: RCH – Chocolate Slug 4.5%


As ever the Hereburgh Morris danced on Saturday lunchtime. In the evening Strumtroopers were the first festival band to exploit the new Village Hall permanent stage.


BreweryBeerStyleABVTasting NotesArea
AnarchySublime ChaosStout7.0A dark, voluptuous breakfast stout infused with Ethiopian Guji natural coffee beans from Stafford based coffee roaster Hasbean. Velvety and vicious, it is balanced delicately with New Zealand hopsNorth East
AtomicAtomic BombStrong Ale5.2A big rich fruity taste hits the right spot. Powerful with a full aromatic nose and a well hopped increasingly bitter finishWarwickshire
AtomicGrapefruit BeerSpeciality3.9Previous festival special recreated. This beer is made with fresh grapefruits and will be cloudyWarwickshire
Beerd (Bath ales)Silver TipPale Ale4.7A pale ale with a fruity aroma, hints of white wine and a fresh quick bitter finish. Made with New Zealand hopsSouth West
Burton BridgeFestival AleFruit5.5A strong bitter, slightly darker than Bridge Bitter, with a fruity barley wine flavour and a bitter after palate.West Midlands
Burton BridgeBridge BitterBest Bitter4.2A traditional amber bitter with a distinctive dry hop aroma and a fruity background.West Midlands
Church EndHop GunPale Ale4.1Green Bullet hops make this a very distinctive, bitter pale ale. Yellow in colour, with clean bitter hop flavoursWarwickshire
Church EndCutting AleBest Bitter4.8Pale hoppy bitter with Centenial hops from the States. Lots of citrus flavour and aroma. Brewed originally for Harbury Beer Festival in the late 90’sWarwickshire
Church EndBats in the BelfryWheat Beer5.6A soft, full flavoured wheat beer made with real grapefruit.Warwickshire
Church EndKarl's BergLager3.6A re-creation and improved version of a previous festival special. As you might guess this is a real lager!Warwickshire
Church EndRest in Clove-rSpeciality7.0A rich, strong, full flavoured ale with an additional kick of this distinctive spice.Warwickshire
Church FarmBlack IPABlack IPA6.5Brewed with caramel malts from Gernmanym the beer has hints of vanilla and caramel followed by a citrus finish from the hopsWarwickshire
Clouded MindsHazel NutterBrown Ale5.0A deep red American Brown Ale with a nutty malt aroma with a taste of chocolate and nutWarwickshire
Clouded MindsLuppolGolden Ale4.2A hoppy straw coloured beer with a dry taste of tropical friuts and spiceWarwickshire
CotleighCotleigh 25Bitter4.0An explosion of flavours originating from American Cascade hops gives this brilliant pale golden beer a fresh aroma and fruit filled finish. Originally brewed to celebrate the brewery's 25th Anniversary in June 2004.South West
Dancing DuckAbductionIPA5.5A 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!West Midlands
Elland1872 PorterPorter6.5Rich, complex and dark porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate. The ideal beer for chilly Autumn evenings and winter nights. Champion Beer of Great Britain 2013.Yorkshire
EnvilleEnville AleBest Bitter4.5A traditional pale yellow fruity beer with an initial sweetness progressing to a complex dry hoppy taste.West Midlands
ExmoorSilver StallionBest Bitter4.3Exmoor’s 25th anniversary in 2005 was celebrated in style with this chestnut-coloured bitter. A complex mix of four hops - Goldings, Bramling Cross, Northdown and WGV - plus a pinch of chocolate malt joining pale malt in the mash, produced a robustly flavoured beer with a fresh and fruity nose (hints of blackcurrant), plus biscuity maltiness in the background. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and malty at the starting post with a hint of blackcurrant, while citrus and spice overtones join in the race; the initial grainy malty finish is followed by a growing and lingering bitterness.South West
GoachersSilver Star AlePale Ale4.2Goacher's palest ale! First produced in 2008 to celebrate their 25th anniversary, this summer ale is hopped with choice Kent Fuggles.South East
HambletonVillage Brewer White Boar BitterBitter3.8Light, hoppy session bitter with a fruity after tasteYorkshire
Highland (Swannay)Orkney BlastStrong Ale6.0A very refreshing, easy drinking Orkney light ale. Hopped with American, Polish and New Zealand hops early and late in the copper.Scotland
IlkleyMary JaneGolden Ale3.5Made with high quantities of Amarillo hops this pale crisp beer has refreshing citrus aromas, perfect for a summer evening. According to the song Mary Jane was courted on Ilkley Moor bah Tat!Yorkshire
IlkleySummerPale Ale4.0A dark golden-coloured light refreshing summer beer with orange citrus, mango and vanilla flavours leading to a dry finish. A Totally Tropical Tipple !Yorkshire
Lock 34English Pale Ale (PIN)Pale Ale4.5A light and refreshing blonde ale with British malted barley and American hops.Warwickshire
Magic RockHigh WirePale Ale5.5A tribute to America West Coast pale ale beers unapologetically hop forward in character. Mango, Lychee and lip-smacking grapefruit flavours harmonise against a smoothly composed malt base, which develops into a crisply bitter finishNorth East
Magic RockRapture (Red Hop Ale)Best Bitter4.6A hoppy red beer with 5 types of malt and 6 types of hops make for a truly elating experience. Uplifting aromas of grapefruit and pine, combine with pithy orange and tropically citrus flavours which are balanced against a deeply rich and malty body. A satisfyingly dry and crisp finish offers your taste buds redemptionNorth East
MauldonsSilver AdderGolden Ale4.2Originally brewed to celebrate Mauldons 25 years of brewing. Silver Adder is a light coloured bitter with a fine hop and malt combination giving a refreshing crisp finish.East of England
Moorhouse'sPendle Witches BrewBest Bitter5.1A full malty flavoured beer with a strong fruity hop aftertaste.North West
MordueWorkie TicketBest Bitter4.5A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying, bitter finish.North East
MordueRadgie GagdgieBest Bitter4.8A strong, easy-drinking, Northern ale with balanced hops, fruit and malt and a long, lingering finish.North East
Newby WykeBanquoGolden Ale3.8Blonde session beer full of hops with gooseberry and passion fruit aromaEast Midlands
OssettSilver KingBest Bitter4.3A lager style beer with a crisp, dry flavour and citrus fruity aroma is ideal for drinking anytime, but is particularly well suited to the spring and summer months.Yorkshire
ProspectSilver TallyGolden Ale3.7A clean, pale golden beer with citrus aromas and full hop flavour, and a dry bitter finish. A silver tally was used by a miner in exchange for a lamp prior to going down into a coal pit. As such, it was used as an early form of a mine management system.North West
RCHChocolate SlugPorter4.5A variation on a traditional black porter. Full bodied with flavours of coffee and, of course, chocolate.South West
RudgateRuby MildMild4.4A nutty, rich ruby ale, stronger than the average mild. CAMRA Champion Beer of Great Britain in 2009.Yorkshire
SalamanderSilverbackPale Ale4.0Pale and dry with a clean citrus hop tasteYorkshire & Humber
SalamanderSilver ScreenPale Ale3.8Cirus flavour with a dry, clean hoppy finishYorkshire & Humber
SalopianOracleGolden Ale4.0A crisp, sparklingly sunflower gold ale with a striking hop profile. Dry and refreshing with a long citrus aromatic finish.West Midlands
Sarah HughesRuby MildMild6.0This strong, absolutely black ale has a good balance of fruit and malt on the palate leading to a pleasant, lingering finish.West Midlands
SlaughterhouseThird Degree (HIPA)Warwickshire
SperrinAnsley MildMild3.5An old traditional recipe that develops a smooth, dark and very moreish finish!Warwickshire
StonehengeDanish DynamiteIPA5.0Light golden, dry and strong ale. Slightly fruity with a well-balanced hop flavour and bitterness.
StratfordLewis's palePale Ale4.0It is heavily hopped at the end of the boil process which allows the brew to lock in all of the essential oils to create a powerful flavour and aroma. Full bodied with strong floral flavoursWarwickshire
StratfordImmortalBest Bitter5.0A deep amber beer, fresh with subtle hints of grapefruit and tropical fruitsWarwickshire
Triple FFFDazed & ConfusedPale Ale4.6Brewed with pale and lager malts to create a light straw coloured beer. Highly refreshing with a suggestion of Elderflower, and moderate bitterness.South East
Twisted Barrel25 Minute IPAIPA6.8An intensely hoppy IPA, hopped continuously for the last 25 minutes of the boil with a blend of British, American and Kiwi hops. Waves of tropical fruit, berry and citrus flavour, with a wonderful dank aroma thanks to a generous dry hop of Simcoe, Azacca and Summit hops.West Midlands
TynebankSilver DollarAmerican Pale4.9Brewed using US alpha hops with a decent I.B.U. of 45 for its strength of 4.9% ABV it has the characteristics of the style with a strong grapefruit and citrus aroma leading to a clean slightly dry bitterness that lasts! Not as in ya face as your typical brash American but certainly no shrinking violet either.North East
Urban HuntsmanSilver Convention (Special)Pale Ale5.5A strong pale ale produced especially for our anniversary containing three hops - Galena, Sterling and Sylva to really bring out the aroma.Warwickshire
Urban HuntsmanIslanderPale Ale4.0Ultra pale and dry, slight biscuit malt tones provide the canvas and huge quantities of super New World Hops give a juicy citrus forward body, which is equally impressive on the nose.Warwickshire
WeatheroakWhatGolden Ale4.4Weatheroak’s Harbury Anniversary Tipple is a golden coloured, easy drinking, traditional British ale brewed especially for this year.Warwickshire
West BerkshireMaggs Magnificent MildMild3.8A traditional dark mild, not too sweet and very popular.South East
XT25 (Special)Golden Ale4.2A wonderful bend of four hops and fruit to add a little sweetness. A great beer for a summer’s day. Brewed especially for our 25th anniversary.South East
Yorkshire HeartSilverheart IPAIPA4.0The rich malts and wheat that are blended with gorgeous aromatic hops all go in to brewing this IPA – a superb drink.Yorkshire

Ciders & Perries

MakerCiderTypeABVTasting Notes
WilkinsFarmhouse CiderDry6.0Dry, Slightly cloudy, zesty traditionally produced cider
West Croft FarmJanet's Jungle JuiceMedium Dry6.0Full bodied tastey medium dry cider. In 2015 won CAMRA cider of the year gold award for 3rd time since 1997. “We use traditional English cider apples from our own orchards and those brought in from local farms. The apples are pressed and the juice blended, which is then fermented in oak casks. These methods are the same as used by cider makers over many centuries.
MillwhitesRum Cask ciderMedium6.0Premium cider made from west country cider apples and aged in barrels from the Jamacia rum company. This cider was champion cider in east anglia in 2009.
MillwhitesHadgelayer CiderMedium4.8My father tells a story of a hedgelayer who would take 24 pints of cider in a stone far to work daily, just for refreshment, all before going to the pub in the evening! This medium cider , light and refreshing, pays homage to that legendary gentleman
MillwhitesAngry Goose PerryMedium Sweet5.0Here at MillWhites we are realy excited to announce that having harvested some Perry Pears for the first time we will be launching a MillWhites perry in the spring of 2016. A clear golden colour, rich toffee apple smell and oh so easy drinking. A good job it comes in at 5%.
CrossmansPrime Somerset CiderMedium6.0Easy drinking traditionally produced cider. Ben Crossman is fourth generation of Crossmans to make cider at their own orchards.
Rich'sFarmhouse ciderMedium6.0Easy drinking “Session” cider.
NempnetsPiglets choiceMedium Sweet6.5Medium sweet perry. Dull straw yellow, slightly cloudy, delicate pear aroma. Traditionally produced blended perry with all local pears sourced within 5 miles of the farm. 108 year old orchard planted with many rare varieties including “Helen Green” and “Claret”. Won several awards at CAMRA festivals including Oxford and Stockport in 2015.
Church FarmClint, the cider with no nameMedium Dry6.0First production of this "Not too dry" cider. Lingering apple aftertaste. As local as you can get
Windmill HillAmber NectarMedium Dry8.5Medium dry blend from four apple varieties and laced with whisky
Windmill HillMerryMedium6.5A blend of perry pears and mulberries
Windmill HillMillers FancyDry6.5A dry cider with lasting aftertaste, made with a mix of cider and crab apples.
Windmill HillPerryMedium6.0Made from locally grown Perry pears
Windmill HillPyderMedium6.0blend of Cider apples and Perry pears
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