2011 Beer Festival

Rugby CAMRA 29th Beer & Cider Festival
Fri. June 15th  – Sat. 16th 2012

50+ Real Ales. Range of Ciders, Perry & Foreign Beers

We have beer from 21 counties from Cumbria to Sussex

Thornfield Bowling Club
Adj. to Ken Marriott Leisure centre, Hillmorton Rd, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5LJ

• CAMRA Membership deals
• Great Food all sessions
• Free entry for CAMRA Members
• Opening times Fri 3:00 –11pm  Sat 11am –11pm
• Children Welcome until 8pm
• Pub Games, Tombola,  Auction Saturday afternoon
• New Breweries from around the UK
• Live Music 8:30pm - Saturday Featuring Dave Pepper, guitarist/ singer
• Supporting local charities

Beer List:

Local Ales

Beer No. Brewery   Beer ABV Tasting Notes Location
3 Atomic   Celebration   6.00%   Golden coloured Pale Ale. Hint of honey, malt and rum flavours. Sweet fruity notes lead to a long satisfying finish   Rugby, Warwickshire  
5   Atomic   Strike   3.70%   A pale golden ale with a sharp fruity aromatic aroma and a good sharp bitter finish.   Rugby, Warwickshire  
17   Church End   Gravediggers Mild   3.80%   Dark red with a mixture of chocolate and roast flavours.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire  
18   Church End   Luvilee Jubilee   3.90%   Very pale and well hopped.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire  
19   Church End   Pooh Beer   5.00%   A delightful pale honey beer, made with honey from a local apiarist.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire  
20   Church End   Rugby Ale   5.00%   The use of several coloured malts ensures that the rich complex malt flavours dominate. It is made with a single English hop.   Ridge Lane, Warwickshire  
23   Dow Bridge   Bonum Mild   3.50%   Complex, dark, full flavoured traditional mild. Strong malt & roast flavours leading to a long, satisfying finish.   Catthorpe, Leicestershire  
24   Dow Bridge   Centurion   4.00%   Copper-coloured, well rounded best bitter. Good balance of malt & hops in the flavour.   Catthorpe, Leics  
25   Dow Bridge   Jubilaeus   4.50%   A golden well hopped ale   Catthorpe, Leicestershire  
26   Dow Bridge   Praetorian Porter   5.00%   Dark, rich, full bodied porter. Slightly sweet with hoppy undertones.   Catthorpe, Leicestershire  
29   Gun Dog Ales   Jack's Spaniels   3.80%   Blonde session ale. Smells like nectar with a fruity, floral aroma. The hoppy combination creates a sweet taste with a bitter twist. A refreshing, perfect summer pint.   Woodford Halse  
46   Warwickshire   Ball Stitcher   5.00%   A proper IPA with good strength but an easy drinking golden bitter. Hops Used: Progress, Challenger, Goldings.   Cubbington, Warwickshire  
47   Wood Farm   1823 Mild   3.50%   Mild. Refreshing in taste, smooth on the palate.   Willey Nr Rugby, Warwickshire  
48   Wood Farm   No. 8   5.00%   A heavy weight Amber Ale full of hoppy aroma which leads to a strong malty finish.   Willey Nr Rugby, Warwickshire  
49   Wood Farm   Union   4.60%   Dark premium strength hoppy beer   Willey Nr Rugby, Warwickshire  

Other Uk Ales

Beer No. Brewery   Beer ABV Tasting Notes Location
1   Abbeydale   Absolution   5.30%   Sweet all the way through, balanced by some bitterness at the finish. Flavours are fruity with toffee apples and bananas.   Sheffield  
2   Acorn   God Save The Queen   4.50%   A light golden ale brewed with a touch of rye for a smooth creamy body. English hops including the aptly named 'Sovereign'   Barnsley  
6   Aylesbury   Not Euro Fizz   4.50%   Pilsner style ale. A limited edition!   Aylesbury  
7   Banks & Taylor   Dunstable Giant   4.40%   This Beer is brewed using Pearl Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Dark Crystal Malt, Roast Barley, Golding Hops.   Shefford  
8   Banks & Taylor   Edwin Taylors Extra Stout   4.50%   A pleasant bitter beer with a strong roast malt flavour   Shefford  
9   Bath Ales   Summer Hare   3.90%   Golden straw, with a honey, lemon and orange smell and tropical fruit, zesty spice taste   Bristol  
10   Bespoke   Over A Barrel   5.00%   richly coloured fruity strong ale with generous peppery finish of goldings hops   Mitcheldean. Gloucs  
11   Bespoke   Saved By The Bell   3.80%   refreshing beer with a spicy hop bite and and a light floral aroma from the late hop addition   Mitcheldean. Gloucs  
12   Bingham   Space Hoppy IPA   5.00%   Space Hoppy IPA is a pale golden ale and the hops impart a citrus flavour    
13   Boggart Hole   Cascade   4.00%   Citric aroma and main taste. Fresh peanut nuttiness. Rich malts which are not overly sweet.   Newton Heath, Manchester  
14   Botanist   Humulus Lupulus   3.90%   A hoppy, dry but aromatic Pale Ale.   Richmond, London  
15   Brew Star   Blonde Star   4.10%   Session ale, a light and refreshing blonde ale giving a balanced, smooth but bitter, fruity character.   Stannington, Morpeth  
16   By The Horns   Diamond Geezer   4.70%   A big bold, in your face, malty beer! A touch of sweetness to start, nuttiness to follow and hoppy-ness to finish.   Wandsworth, London  
21   Culler Coats   Jack TheDevil   4.50%   Rich, a dark chestnut coloured ale. Perfect balance of malty nuttiness and a fresh hoppy aroma.   Culler Coates, Tyne & Wear  
22   Dark Star   American Pale Ale   4.70%   Light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops. SERIOUSLY FULL OF HOPS   Ansty, W. Sussex  
27   Eden   Gold   4.20%   Light golden colour, with a distinctive hop character and a very pleasant citrus aroma.   Brougham, Penrith  
28   Geeves   Coco Canal Mild   3.60%   A smooth, dark mild with a hint of chocolate. Aromas are cocoa, dark fruits and berries with a subtle but lingering bitter finish   Barnsley S.Yorks  
30   Leeds   Pale   3.80%   An easy drinking pale ale. Light and hoppy with delicate floral notes.   Leeds  
31   Lords Conrad's   Her Majes Tea Jubilee Ale   3.80%   Jubilee celebration is brewed with First Gold and Bramling Cross hops and cold-infused with our Empire-building special ingredient, organic Fair Trade Earl Grey! The name was chosen from 100's submitted by folk in a competition to name the beer. The winning name was created by Rod Perkins (A Rugby Branch CAMRA member)   Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire  
32   May Hill   Well Good   4.70%   Amber ale. Crafted with Maris Otter malt and balanced with Crystal malt to provide richness. Fruity overtones created by Fuggles and Northdown late hops. Fresh taste that lingers after each sip.   Longhope  
33   Milltown   Golden Hop   3.80%   A combination of Maris Otter and Crystal malts give this ale a pale golden colour with slight caramel flavours. A combination of English and American hops give nice balance of bitterness and flavour to this delicious session ale.   Milnsbridge, Huddersfield  
34   North Star   Pathfinder   5.40%   Amber special ale.   Ilkeston, Derbyshire  
35   Oakham Ales   Green Devil IPA   6.00%   Hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit bursting through. Smooth and fruity starting with passion fruit, pineapple, and mango developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness   Peterborough, Cambridgeshire  
36   Orkney   Dark Island   4.60%   On the palate, this resolves into beautiful, silky-smooth, coffee-and-chocolate flavours, followed by figs, dates and dried fruits, with a very appealing, lingering aftertaste of fruits and hop bitterness.   Orkney  
37   Osset   Pale Gold   3.80%   Pale Gold is a refreshing golden ale, designed for the discerning session drinker. A spicy, floral aroma is derived from American Cascade hops.   Osset, W. Yorkshire  
38   Outstanding   Pushing Out   7.30%   A pale golden ale with a very strong distinctive dry, bitter flavour, and a powerful unforgettable hop aroma.   Bury, Lancashire  
39   Reedley Hallows   Filly Close Blonde   3.60%   A very well balanced ale. Fruity and bitter with a spicy finish.   Burnley Lancashire  
40   Sherfield Village   Threesome   3.00%   A surprisngly tasty (long) session beer, pale golden in colour with not too much malt but plenty of hop.   Sherfield on Lodden, Hants  
41   Treboom   Drum Beat   3.80%   A traditional session Bitter, copper coloured with an excellent balance of malt and Northdown hops.   Shipton-by-Beningbrough, York  
42   Trent Navigation   Traditional Bitter   3.80%   Traditional style, amber-coloured, smooth malty beer that is well balanced giving a mellow, malty finish.   Nottingham  
43   Unsworth Yard   Crusader   4.00%   Crisp and refreshing golden ale   Cartmel, Cumbria  
44   Vale   Diamond Reign   4.40%   A golden ale brewed with English hops for the Jubilee   Brill, Bucks  
45   Vale   Two Halves   4.00%   Straw coloured, packed with hops and maris otter malt. Refresh tasting bitter full of flavour   Brill, Bucks  
50   York   Centurions Ghost   5.40%   Dark ruby in colour, full tasting with a mellow roast flavour balanced   York  

Ciders and Perrys

Cider Maker   Cider/Perry ABV Tasting Notes Location
  Dewchurch Cider   Dry cider   6.50%      
  Gillow Cider   Yarlington Mill Cider   6.50%      
  Gillow Cider   Tom Putt Dry Cider   6.50%      
  Hartlands Cider   Perry   6.00%      
  Ross On Wye Cider   Whisky Cask Dry Cider   7.40%      
  Ross On Wye Cider   Perry (Medium Dry)   7.00%      
  Upper House Farm   Nehau Medium Cider   6.50%      
  Upper House Farm   Stoke Red Dry Cider   6.50%      

Foreign Beers

With this year’s festival falling in the middle of Euro 2012 and England playing in Asia it is unlikely that many of us will be able to attend. So we have the next best thing, footy on the telly and beers from the Ukraine, Sweden and France so you can drink your way around the group while England struggle to qualify!

Trappistes Rochefort 6 7.5% - brewery Rochefort - Double
Trappist beers are brewed in the monasteries of Trappist monks and the brewing operation is still controlled by the brothers. Rochefort brew some of the finest beers in the world with the 6 being the weakest of the range, it is a dark, dry relatively easy drinking double.

Gavroche 8.5% - brewery St Sylvestre - Biere de Garde
St Sylvestre is a well established brewery based in French Flanders, south of Dunkirk and close up to the Belgium border. The Belgium influence can be seen in this strong amber bottle conditioned ale.

Schlenkerla Rauchbier 5.1% - brewery Heller Trum - Smoked beer
Bamberg is a beautiful small town in the centre of Franconia in upper Bavaria, but what makes it special is the 10 breweries in the town and its own beer style, Rauchbier. Shlenkerla is the most famous brewer of Rauchbier and its beer is magnificent. It is impossible using just words to describe the intensity of the character that is imparted (from using malt smoked over beech wood) within the aroma and taste of the beer.

Huber Weissbier Hell 5.4    % - brewery Huber - Wheat beer
Huber is based in Freising near Munich airport but having been founded in 1160 it slight pre-dates the invention of manned flight. The Weissbier is a classic German wheat beer, citrus fruit on the nose, followed by a delicious quenching straw coloured cloudy beer. Perfect on a hot summer’s evening.

Celebration Stout 7.0% - brewery Porterhouse - Imperial Stout
Stout from Dublin it must be G.. Nope there is more to Irish breweries than clever adverts. Porterhouse are now a successful small chain with bars in London and New York but their reputation stems from the Dublin brew pub which was founded in 1996. This pitch black full bodied stout is big on roasted malt and licorice aromas and flavours making a delicious beer, Slainte as our Irish cousins say!

Tonica 5.1% - brewery Coral - Schwarzbier
OK I know Madiera is not famed for its brewing but Coral have been brewing since 1872 so they must be doing something right. Their main products are light lagers but this award winning malty dark lager is well worth trying.

Witbier 5.0% - brewery Emelisse - Wheat beer
Founded in 2005 in Kemperland, one of the Dutch island/peninsulas just north of the Belgian border. Their beer range is closer to a new wave American micro than a traditional low countries brewery, not that that is a bad thing! The wheat beer is brewed in the German style, despite using the Flemish name and is a refreshing top fermented hefeweizen. Fortunately the beer is not as mixed up as the description suggests!

India Ale 5.3% - brewery Nils Oscar - IPA
Scandinavian brewing has been going through a massive boom in the last decade with a number of great breweries producing some brilliant beers. Nils Oscar is one of these breweries, founded in 2006 just south of Stockholm its beers are widely available in Stockholm’s better bars. The IPA is a balanced hoppy amber coloured fruity beer and is very drinkable.

White 5.3% - brewery Chernigovskoe - Wheat beer
Light yellow coloured Belgian style wheat beer, the coriander is prominent in the aroma leading into a refreshing yeasty fruity beer. I can’t say I know a lot about the brewery but I believe it is based in Kiev and I think owned by InBev but the translation tool on my search engine could not master Ukrainian and personally I am not fluent so who knows. What I do know is that I don’t envy those English fans trying to work out how to order a beer before the game.

Anchor Steam 4.8% - brewery Anchor - Steam beer
Anchor brewery was founded in 1890 and survived prohibition. Before refrigeration reached San Francisco, brewers used lager yeast but brewed in shallow vessels at ale brewing temperatures and this process gave light to a new style of beer called steam beer. Anchor Steam  is the classic of the style. It has the roundness of a lager but the fruity ness of an ale with a characteristically high carbonation, hence the steam. An all malt beer with good hoppy aromas and flavours make this a superb drink.

Snake Dog IPA 7.1% - brewery Flying Dog - IPA
Originally started in 1990 in a brewpub in Aspen, Flying Dog has expanded and relocated a couple of times now being based in Fredrick, Maryland.  The beers labels are created by Ralph Steadman a British artist who came into contact with the brewery through his work with Hunter S Thomson; have a look at their website for more on this interesting collaboration. Like all good American IPAs this beer has big citrus hoppy aroma and flavour (they claim grapefruit) and has a malty body, if you can get through the hops! Flying Dog reckon it goes well with spicy foods so you could take one with you to drink with your Vindaloo!