Beers

Beers & other beverages

The 2017 beer and cider list is now finalised. Have a look below and familiarise yourself with the selection that will be available.

We offer a broad range of real ales and ciders from local producers and from around the UK.  We also have a dedicated Pimms tent area which also offers Prosecco, G&T's, red and white wine. Soft drinks are also available around the festival.

2017 Beer List

1MeditationTurpins Brewery, Cambridge4.3%
Easy drinking and refreshing pale ale with floral and citrus notes.
2Light BlueTurpins Brewery, Cambridge3.4%
Lemony citrus, a bit spiced, blackcurrant and loganberry, light amber colour. Light beer for a hot day!
3Dragons DenTurpins Brewery, Cambridge3.9%
Light amber colour, brewed with Mosaic hops, this golden ale has a citrus and blueberry aroma, tropical fruit and pine with citrus flavours and a dry hoppy finish.
4Cambridge BlackTurpins Brewery, Cambridge4.6%
The Cambridge Black is a tribute to all things Cambridge. Its bold flavours, dark colours and smooth finish create a beer that emulates that Cambridge perfection we all know and admire. A combination of coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate provide a refreshing beer that we believe all the great minds of Cambridge will enjoy.
5Whispering GrassPapworth Brewery, Papworth3.8%
A classic English Golden Ale with a subtle malt aroma and strong hop finish from Golding hops.
6PapillonPapworth Brewery, Papworth4.1%
A light bodied IPA combining sweet malty notes and a lingering and fruity hop finish with hints of strawberries.
7Red KitePapworth Brewery, Papworth4.7%
A full bodies ruby IPA - a long and strong hop finish bursting with tropical fruit flavours from gartuitous overuse of hops.
8Golden AleSt Peters Brewery, South Elmham, Suffolk4.0%
English Pale malts coupled with Challenger and Goldings hops provide the bitterness and aroma. The result is a highly distinctive light, golden ale similar in character to a full-bodied Czech lager. Contains Barley (Gluten).
9Gold RushSt Peters Brewery, South Elmham, Suffolk4.3%
A truly golden ale with a noticeable orange citrus bitterness courtesy of blending Admiral and Cascade hops. The late addition of progress hops then gives a tail of grassy and spicy aromas. An explosion of taste in your mouth.
10Ruby Red AleSt Peters Brewery, South Elmham, Suffolk4.3%
An auburn red ale with subtle malt undertones and a pleasing aroma of vine fruits. This ale brewed with Rye Crystal malt in the mash has distinctive spicy peppery and pleasant woody flavours. Won Silver at The Global Beer Masters – The drinks Business Awards 2016!
11Without - Bottles onlySt Peters Brewery, South Elmham, Suffolk0.1%
A delicious full-bodied alcohol free craft ale, which has a distinctive malt flavour, combined with a refreshing delicate bitterness. Brewed with skill and patience at one of Britain’s finest small breweries.
12Loney Snake Amarillo & CentennialThree Blind Mice Brewery, Little Downham, Cambs.3.5%
A special edition, Amerillo & Centennial hopped version of one of our most popular pale ales.
13Black Bank BitterThree Blind Mice Brewery, Little Downham, Cambs.4.2%
Traditional English bitter. Does what it says on the cask
14Wilburton WobblerMilton Brewery, Cambs.5.6%
Festival special, not available elsewhere, deceptively potent!
15DionysusMilton Brewery, Cambs.3.6%
Straw coloured bitter, powerfully hoppy with a fine citrus finish
16MedusaMilton Brewery, Cambs.4.6%
Strong mild. Cocoa, vanilla and fruitcake aromas are backed by a satisfying yet subtle bitterness.
17JustinianMilton Brewery, Cambs.3.9%
Crisp pale gold coloured bitter, attractive orange flavours persist in a lasting finish
18PegasusMilton Brewery, Cambs.4.1%
Award winning complex copper coloured beer. Long fruity, malty finish, very moreish!
19NeroMilton Brewery, Cambs.4.3%
A satisfying, full-flavoured black brew with a good balance of malt, roast and fruit. Bittersweet flavours carry through to a dry finish.
20Electric LandladyBakers Dozen, Ketton5.0%
Electric Landlady is a strong Pale Ale, brewed with American Mosaic hops and then double dry hopped to add big citrus & tropical fruit.
21JentacularBakers Dozen, Ketton3.5%
Award winning 'Breakfast Beer’. An abundance of American Cascade, Centennial & Simcoe hops, crammed inside a pale malt base. A summer session ale perfect for beer gardens large or small.
22Trumpington TippleMoonshine Brewery, Cambridge3.6%
A deep amber ale which has medium malt flavours. Boasts a fragrant hoppy aroma and a pleasant hop bite from the addition of  Challenger, Columbus and Cascade hops.
23Cambridge Best BitterMoonshine Brewery, Cambridge4.1%
Copper coloured, English best bitter; the malt and hop aromas carry through to the taste and the finish is rounded with a growing hop bitterness. 
24Hog HopperMoonshine Brewery, Cambridge4.1%
The first speciality brew of 2016 is a welcome return of Hog Hopper.A light amber coloured beer, with an abundance of hop aromas on the nose leading to a long, growing, lingering bitter finish from three varieties of antipodean hops. 
25Sweeney ToddColchester Brewery4.2%
A full flavoured best bitter with a deep red hue. Roasted malt flavours and a subtle dry spiciness provided by crystal rye.
26Snake OilTydd Steam Brewery, Cambridge4.8%
Strong amber bitter, heavily fortified with New Zealand Rakau and Comet hops giving a complex bittersweet spicy bitterness and grapefruit and passionfruit flavours and aroma. A miracle elixir!
27Spiffing WheezeLord Conrad Brewery, Cambridge3.9%
Pale white with lemongrass
28Lobster LickerLord Conrad Brewery, Cambridge4.2%
A red ale with a hint of America hops
29Tangerine DreamLord Conrad Brewery, Cambridge3.8%
A hazy dry pale with orange
30Horny GoatLord Conrad Brewery, Cambridge4.8%
A English golden bitter ale with green nettles
31Brill GoldVale Brewery, Buckinghamshire3.5%
A golden session ale made from the finest Maris Otter malted barley and English hops.
32WhychertVale Brewery, Buckinghamshire3.9%
A reddish brown traditional Thames Valley bitter. Excellent woody flavours are notable in this strikingly malty beer with a finish of port and berries on the nose
33Black Swan MildVale Brewery, Buckinghamshire3.9%
Dark and smooth with hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose and a soft rounded malt finish.

2017 Cider List

1Festival Special (the main 'pickled pig') Pickled Pig, Stretham6.5%
Medium cider, very "applely" but be careful...
2Sweet Little PigPickled Pig, Stretham6.5%
Sweet and fruity cider, slips down easily. A good 'beginners' cider...
3Oak CaskPickled Pig, Stretham6.5%
Sweet cider with a distinctly toffee aftertaste.
4Nun Beehaving BadlySpinney Abbey, Wicken, Cambs5.0%
Medium-sweet with honey
5Monk and DisorderlySpinney Abbey, Wicken, Cambs5.6%
Sweet cider brewed at Spinney Abbey Farm, close to the old abbey with its connections to the Cromwell family.
6Virgin on the RidiculousSpinney Abbey, Wicken, Cambs5.6%
Medium-sweet cider brewed at Spinney Abbey Farm, close to the old abbey with its connections to the Cromwell family.
7Downham TickleDownham Cider, Downham6.2%
Is a medium cider made using three varieties of apple's grown in Downham Market.
8Wood HallDownham Cider, Downham5.4%
Created in 2015 a refreshing medium dry cider with a sharpness and distinctive flavour a must try to give your tongue a taste workout.
9JonagoldDownham Cider, Downham5.8%
Using single variety of apple  we only make this cider in a year when the fruit is really good. 
10Bourbon CaskDownham Cider, Downham5.8%
Appley on entry, nice smoke on the release.