2010 Festival

The 27th Rugby Beer Festival

The festival was held as usual at Rugby Thornfields Indoor Bowling Club from the 13th - 15th May.  Opening times:

Thursday  5:00pm -11pm
Friday      5:00pm -11pm
Saturday  11am   - 11pm

Again this year the entry fee was £1.00 every session making us one of the most competitive festivals going.

2010 Festival featured

·         52 beers

·         Choice of ciders and perries

·         Selection of bottled beers will be available to take home or drink at the festival

·         Theme for this year’s festival spotlit local breweries within our locale.

·         Strong emphasis on new breweries that have been set up in the last twelve months

·         Selection of ales from around the country

·         Pub Games

·         Live Band Saturday evening

·         CAMRA membership offers

·         Champion Beer of Britain West Midlands Judging

·         Great Food

·         Tombola

·         Festival Glasses

·         Cheap entry fees



At this year’s festival we were asked to organise the champion beer of the west midlands strong bitters category.

We hosted this on the Thursday evening with a panel of judges blind tasting the six finalists.  The winner was announced at the festival.

As always our infamous tombola was up and running with our auction taking place on Saturday afternoon

Food was available at all sessions in the form of a pig roast and various other options.

Saturday night we had live music starting at approximately 8.30 pm.  This year from ‘The Net’ (Covers band).

A selection of traditional pub games were in the games area for anyone wishing to chance their skills (these were free).

For the drivers - tea, coffee and soft drinks were on sale at the bowls club bar.  Children were allowed up until 8.00pm if accompanied by an adult and remain in the bowls green area of the club.

Our chosen charity this year was ’Help for Heroes’.

2010 Beer List

Local Ales 

Beer No. Brewery   Beer ABV Tasting Notes Location
1   Alexandra Ales   Petite Blonde   3.90%   A pale lightly hopped session beer brewed for the pub   Rugby, Warwickshire   2006  
2   Atomic   Half Life   5.00%   A robust aromatic pale ale with a sharp refreshing taste followed by a clean bitter finish.   Rugby, Warwickshire   2005  
3   Atomic   Disaster   9.00%   A full bodied tawny coloured ale with a rich morish finish   Rugby, Warwickshire   2005  
14   Church End   Gravediggers Mild   3.80%   Dark black and red in colour, with a complex mixture of chocolate and roast flavours.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire   1994  
15   Church End   Much A Brew About Nothing   3.80%   Golden, hoppy and with a citrus flavour   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire   1994  
16   Church End   Hop Gun   4.10%   Green Bullet hops make this a very distinctive, bitter pale ale. Yellow in colour, with clean bitter hop flavours.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire   1994  
17   Church End   Pooh Beer   4.30%   A delightful pale honey beer, made with honey from a local apiarist.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire   1994  
18   Church End   Fallen Angel   5.00%   A sharp, full flavoured pale bitter. Bucket fulls of American hops, give it that lemony edge.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire   1994  
20   Dow Bridge   Bonum Mild   3.50%   Complex dark brown full flavoured mild   Catthorpe, Leics   2002  
21   Dow Bridge   Centurion   4.00%   Traditional bitter dry hopped with Goldings.   Catthorpe, Leics   2002  
22   Dow Bridge   Dark   4.40%   Strong and dark with roast malt flavours   Catthorpe, Leics   2002  
23   Dow Bridge   Fosse Ale   4.80%   Strong premium bitter   Catthorpe, Leics   2002  
27   Frog Island   Fire Bellied Toad   5.00%   Straw coloured bitter with a unique bitterness derived from New Zealand hops. Very refreshing   Northampton, Northants   1994  
28   Great Oakley   Wagtail   3.90%   The 'House Ale'   Great Oakley , Northants   2005  
29   Griffin   Golden Griffin   4.90%   Light golden bitter and fairly hoppy   Shustoke, Warwickshire   2008  
34   Langton   Inclined Plane   4.20%   A straw coloured bitter with a citrus nose and long hoppy finish.   Thorpe Langton , Northants   1999  
41   Nobby's   T'owd Navigation   6.10%   Delightfully dark strong ale from years gone by! Rich malt and hop balance   Guilsborough, Northants   2004  
42   Patriot   Missile   3.60%   Light and refreshing with a citrus finish   ,   2009  
51   Weatheroak   Light Oak   3.60%   Aurburn Bronze, Gratefruit hoppy, warming soft and fruity   Studley, Warwickshire   1998  

Other Uk Ales

Beer No. Brewery   Beer ABV Tasting Notes Location
4   Barrowden   Pilot   2.60%   Fruity, husky malt, sweet lingering digestives. More hop and malt character than plenty of beers twice its strength.   Barrowden, Rutland   1998  
5   Barrowden   Hop Gear   4.40%   Soft palate. Very mild hops. Smooth light malt. Easy drinking.   Barrowden, Rutland   1998  
6   Bath Ales   Barnstormer   4.50%   Rich in fruit with hints of chocolate, this full-bodied dark ale is a complex but deeply satisfying   Bristol   1995  
7   Bathams   Bitter   4.30%   A straw-coloured bitter which initially seems sweet, but a complex dry, hoppy taste soon predominates.   Brierly Hill, W/Midlands   1877  
8   Birds   Old Burcot Bitter   3.80%     Bromsgrove, West Midlands   2009  
9   Box Steam   Cog   4.00%   Dark amber best bitter with a light fragrant nose   Colerne Wiltshire   2004  
10   Braydon   Gibbles   3.80%   It's pronounced "jibbles", named after a spring onion. Pale copper coloured full bodied bitter with a gentle hop aftertaste.   Preston, Wiltshire   2009  
11   Burton Bridge   Top Dog Stout   5.00%   Strong Chocolate malt. Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness. Uses Challenger hops and Pale & Chocolate malt.   Burton On Trent , Staffordshire   1982  
12   Castor   Roman Gold   3.70%   A refreshing summer bitter, well hopped, with a light nutty after taste.   Caster, Cambridgeshire   2009  
13   Castor   Serene Nene   4.50%   A rich full flavoured bitter with a hint of toffee.   Caster, Cambridgeshire   2009  
19   Corvedale   Normans Pride   4.30%   Aurburn Bronze, Gratefruit hoppy, warming soft and fruity   Craven Arms, Shropshire   1997  
24   Enville   Simpkiss   4.00%   Old brew recently revised   Stourbridge, W/Midlands   1993  
25   Enville   Checkmate Saaz   4.20%   A full-flavoured single hop variety beer. Clean, refreshing flavours produced from Pilot hops   Stourbridge, W/Midlands   1993  
26   Fat Cat   Marmalade Cat   5.50%   Mid-brown strong bitter, with a markedly bitter finish from the use of Styrian hops. Smooth finish.   Norwich, Norfolk   2005  
30   Halfpenny   Century Ale   3.80%   Recent brew celebrating their 100th ale   Lechlade, Glocs   2008  
31   Hobsons   Old Henry   5.20%   Complex malty flavours gives a richness that is balanced by the clean hoppy finish.   Cleobury Mortimer , Shropshire   1993  
32   Kinver   Half Centurion   5.00%   Pale premium bitter with hop and chive flavours   Kinver, Staffordshire   2004  
33   Kinver   Over The Edge   7.60%   A winter warmer, specially brewed for the Christmas season   Kinver, Staffordshire   2004  
35   Lions Tail   Lionbru   4.10%   Floral and hop aromas. Golden and hoppy with some sweetness and dryness in a crisp malt finish.   Cheswardine, Shropshire   2006  
36   Ludlow   Boiling Well   4.70%   Uses Marris Otter pale malt, Fuggles & Goldings hops with a bit of crystal malt, which provides a maltier flavour.   Ludlow, Shropshire   2006  
37   Lymestone   Stone Cutter   3.70%   A fusion of Maris Otter malts and Pilot and Fuggles hops explode on the palate as biscuit and juicy fruit flavours give way to citrus and berry hops.   Stone, Staffordshire   2008  
38   Marstons   Old Empire   5.70%   Strong hoppy taste .Comprises all the genuine characteristics of a true India Pale Ale   Burton On Trent , Staffordshire   1869  
39   Milestone   Lion's Pride   3.80%   A Copper coloured Session Ale. Well balanced Light & refreshing.   Newark Nottinghamshire   2004  
40   Morton   Forever In Darkness   4.00%   A mild beer brewed for May   Essington, Staffordshire   2007  
43   Pitstop   Bitumen   10.00%   Black with tan head. Heavy stout with sweet, tongue coating, fruity flavours and a little tarry, bitumen flavour.   Grove, Oxfordshire   2008  
44   Prescott   Track Record   4.40%   Best bitter with a full-bodied flavour   Cheltenham, Glocs   2009  
45   RCH   East Street Cream   5.00%   Full bodied with malty hoppy fruit bitter with a sweet taste premium chestnut coloured ale.   Weston Super Mare   1982  
46   Rowton   Golden Mild   3.50%   Brewer of organic ales   Telford, Shropshire   2008  
47   Salopian   Golden Thread   5.00%   A triple hopping of English First Gold powerful citrussy flavours. Malt grist of barley, wheat and lager gives plenty of body and sweetness.   Shrewsbury, Shropshire   1995  
48   Shotover   Prospect   3.70%   Pale hoppy beer brewed with 2 English and 2 new world hops big mouthfeel and flavour   Horspath, Oxfordshire   2009  
49   Thame   Spring Hop   4.20%   Light golden and hoppy   Thame   2009  
50   Tipples   Lazy Summer   4.30%     Acle, Norfolk   2004  
52   Wood   Quaff   3.70%   Spring seasonal ale. A brown mild with sumptuous Crystal malt flavours.   Wistanton, Shropshire   1980  

Ciders and Perrys

Cider Maker   Cider/Perry ABV Tasting Notes Location
1   Clives Fruit Farm   Dry Cider   6.50%     Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire    
2   Clives Fruit Farm   Dry Perry   6.50%     Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire    
3   Hartlands   Medium Cider   5.50%     Tirley, Gloucestershire    
4   Hartlands   Medium Perry   5.50%     Tirley, Gloucestershire    
5   Knights   Medium Cider   6.00%     Storridge, Herefordshire    
6   Knights   Sweet Cider   6.00%     Storridge, Herefordshire    
7   Olivers   Dry Cider   6.70%     Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire    
8   Olivers   Dabinette Cider   6.50%     Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire