Beers

Beers & other beverages

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.

We are currently working on our 2017 beer and cider list and are planning an expanded local craft beer selection as well as some other exciting changes to provide more variety. Please see below for a beer and cider list from a previous year to whet your appetite while you wait.

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2015 Beer List

1. Shefford Bitter Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 3.8%
A pleasant and well hopped session beer.
2. Dragon Slayer Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 4.5%
Refreshing sharp light golden beer with excellent body. Originally brewed for St. George’s day.
3. Fruit Bat Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 4.5%
Raspberry flavoured hoppy fruit beer
4. Golden Fox Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 4.1%
Golden refreshing beer with fruity overtones.
5. Shefford Pale Ale Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 4.5%
A well balanced beer, with hops, fruit and malt flavours
6. Dragon's Gold Banks & Taylor Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire 5.2%
A powerful golden beer with a fruity flavour balanced with a hoppy finish
7. Ilkely Black Ilkley Brewery, Ilkley, West Yorkshire 3.7%
Dark velvety mild, with chocolate and roast malt flavour
8. Solstice Leeds Brewery, Leeds, West Yorkshire 3.5%
Straw coloured beer with a crisp clean and light hoppy finish
9. Rivet Catcher Jarrow Brewing Company, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear 4.0%
A light smooth and satisfying golden bitter
10. Castle Arundel Brewery, Nr. Arundel, West Sussex 3.8%
Tawny fruity bitter with a dry hoppy finish
11. New Moon IPA Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Devon 4.4%
Refreshing hoppy amber ale with spicy notes
12. Uncle Sam Cotleigh Brewery, Wiveliscombe, Somerset 4.3%
Copper coloured American hopped beer with a citrus finish
13. Wizard Robinsons Bewery, Stockport, Chesire 3.7%
Amber ale with five English hops giving a zesty flavour
14. Wilburton Wobbler Milton Brewery, Cambs. 5.5%
Festival special, not available elsewhere, deceptively potent!
15. Dionysus Milton Brewery, Cambs. 3.6%
Straw coloured bitter, powerfully hoppy with a fine citrus finish
16. Minerva Milton Brewery, Cambs. 4.6%
Golden ale. Brewed with US, NZ and British hops for a powerful hop punch and satisfying bitterness. First brewed in collaboration with Prof. Mary Beard when it was felt that a some feminine wisdom could usefully be added to our range
17. Justinian Milton Brewery, Cambs. 3.9%
Crisp pale gold coloured bitter, attractive orange flavours persist in a lasting finish
18. Pegasus Milton Brewery, Cambs. 4.1%
Award winning complex copper coloured beer. Long fruity, malty finish, very moreish!
19. Sparta Milton Brewery, Cambs. 4.3%
Refreshing pale bitter. Packed with hop flavours and crisp bitterness.
20. Best Bitter Potbelly Brewery, Kettering, Northhants. 3.8%
Brewed using a mixture of 4 different Malts together with Goldings hops to give a traditional Chestnut coloured Bitter
21. Hop Trotter Potbelly Brewery, Kettering, Northhants. 4.1%
Golden in colour, spicy aromas with citric notes from the hops, balanced by warm malt and a wonderful burst of zest
22. Cambrinus Solstice Liverpool Organic Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside 3.8%
Cambrinus is the King of Beer, and today is the solstice! A golden dry perfumed bitter, with a herbal hint.
23. Liverpool Pale Ale Liverpool Organic Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside 4.0%
A delicately hopped light ale, with a refreshing citrus finish.
24. Best Bitter Isle of Purbeck Brewery, Swanage, Dorset 3.6%
A dark amber traditional best bitter with an earthy finish.
25. Equinox Isle of Purbeck Brewery, Swanage, Dorset 4.0%
Pale English hopped session ale. Elderflower and citrus flavours
26. Fossil Fuel Isle of Purbeck Brewery, Swanage, Dorset 4.1%
A light amber best bitter with a fresh malt & peppery hop aroma
27. Ultra Pale Ale Three Blind Mice Brewery, Little Downham, Cambs. 4.4%
Hopped with citra and mosaic to give sharp refreshing citrus notes nicely balanced with the malt leading to a lingering bitterness.

 

Cider

1. Crazy Pig (the main 'pickled pig') Pickled Pig, Stretham 6.5%
Medium cider, very "applely" but be careful...
2. Sweet Little Pig Pickled Pig, Stretham 5.0%
Sweet and fruity cider, slips down easily. A good 'beginners' cider...
3. Toffee apple Pickled Pig, Stretham 6.0%
Sweet cider with a distinctly toffee aftertaste
4. Will's Perry (Pear) Pickled Pig, Stretham 6.0%
Crisp and refreshing, winner of silver and bronze medals 2015
5. Monk and Disorderly Spinney Abbey, Wicken, Cambs 5.9%
Sweet cider brewed at Spinney Abbey Farm, close to the old abbey with its connections to the Cromwell family.
6. Virgin on the Ridiculous Spinney Abbey, Wicken, Cambs 5.9%
Medium-sweet cider brewed at Spinney Abbey Farm, close to the old abbey with its connections to the Cromwell family