EBF20 – Spring 2015

Thursday 02nd to Sunday 05th April

Live Music from 20:30, Fri/Sat

  • Fri 3rd – THE COURTELLES – This absolutely top class, high performance 4-piece band emulate a truly authentic sound from the most famous of decades ‘the Sixties’. They guarantee to have you up dancing from the moment they kick-off!
  • Sat 4th – JOE JAMMER BAND – The Chicago rock guitar legend makes a welcome return with his band to the EBF.
  • Sun 5th – JAMIE MARSHALL – the excellent home-grown singer/songwriter/guitarist makes a rare venture to Blighty from his adopted home in Prague.


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Last updated: 29th March 2015  / Steve

Aylesbury Brewhouse (ABC), Aylesbury, Bucks (2011)

Binary 4.1% (Limited Edition)
Fresh, crisp, zesty citrus real ale brewed with New Zealand hops and English malt.

New Holland 4.9% (Limited Edition)
Super hoppy dry-hopped Australian IPA! Big, fruity, juicy bitterness with a wonderful aroma and flavour from only the finest Aussie hops!

Ascot Ales, Camberley, Surrey (2007)

Last of the Blue Devils #22 8.0% (Festival Special)
One-off Imperial Stout with Blood Orange – 22nd in a special series to remember the passing of USC member Alan ‘AJ’ Dunton in February 2011.

Single Hop Amarillo 4.6% (Festival Special)
Specially dry-hopped EBF version of their monthly copper IPA.

Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, W. Midlands (2008)

Blonde 4.1%
Citrus and pine nose, with a dry, crisp and hoppy taste

Betteridges Brewery, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hants (2014)

Old Chap 3.8% (New)
A traditional, easy drinking amber bitter with a fresh, light but flavoursome malt and lightly hopped with English East Kent Goldings and First Gold.

Private Sector 4.2%
A full flavoured amber coloured ale, brewed with traditional English hops.

Jenny Wren 4.2%
A golden, single hop pale ale.  Using Nelson Sauvin, a hop from New Zealand this beer is light in colour, has a distinctive hoppy flavour and deceptive body for its appearance.

Serious Black 4.2%
A thoroughly complex and enriching Cream Stout using dark malts and roasted barley to give coffee and chocolate notes alongside burnt toast.

Bexar County Brewery, Peterborough, Cambs (2013)

Punch in the Face 4.5% (Festival Special)
Coffee session IPA. Pale, hoppy and bitter with a serious coffee hit.

Black Country Ales, Lower Gornal, W. Midlands (2004)

Pig On The Wall 4.3%
Refreshing chestnut brown beer with a complex flavour of light hops; suggestions of chocolate and coffee undertones.

Canopy Beer Company, Herne Hill, London SE24 (2015)

Full Moon Porter 5.0% (New)
This Porter offers rich flavours of chocolate, caramel and coffee from dark crystal and black malts, with light notes of East Kent Goldings hops on the finish.

Ruskin Wheat Beer 5.4% (New)
A German style hefeweizen beer, brewed with Hersbrucker hops and has the classic haziness and fruity flavours of this style.

Brockwell IPA 5.9% (New)
Straightforward, smooth and easy drinking IPA hopped with Cascade and Citra for fruity, bubblegume flavours.

Milkwood Amber Ale 5.9% (New)
Full-bodied, fruity, spicy, smooth and robust, this Belgian style amber ale is brewed with Saaz and Styrian Golding hops for an authentic Belgian taste.

Castor Ales, Castor, Cambs (2009)

Afterburn 2 4.1% (Festival Special)
A 4.5 gallon pin of the light and hoppy ‘Customer Service’ specially infused with two types of chilli. The resultant beer has a modest initial burn, but with a grassy perfume.

Camping on the Comet 4.5% (Festival Special)
Castor’s ‘Dark Side of the Comet’ with a generous amount of Camp Coffee added to further enhance the coffee overtones of this silky stout, plus add a slight smoky background courtesy of the chicory.

Crafty Brewing, Loxhill, Dunsfold, Surrey (2015)

Loxhill Biscuit 3.8% (New)
Golden with sweet floral notes and a subtle Orange finish.

Heady Steady Go 4.5%  (New)
American Pale Ale with a hint of herbal fruitiness and a hoppy finish.

Downlands, Small Dole, W. Sussex (2012)

Bramber 4.5% (New)
Powerfully hopped American style amber ale with plentiful tropical, citrus and grapefruit aromas on top of a solid malt base.

Old 4.7% (New)
Resinous pine, burnt caramel and roasted coffee flavours.

Old Enough To Warrant A Bus Pass  4.7% (Festival Special)
We’ve added a splash of honey to our popular Old to remind you of sweet little old ladies on the bus!!!

First Gold IPA 5.6% (New)
Traditional English IPA lead by First Gold hops. Orange, citrus, sweet and tropical aromas abound.

CAMRAA 2  6.1% (Limited Edition)
The little brother of last year’s CAMRAA. 10 malts used to create a beer so dark it absorbs light from the rest of the bar!

Pyecombe All Ye Faithful 7.4%
A strong dark ale with nutty, chocolate and smokey flavours complimented by a hoppy backbone. An aged Christmas ale – just in time for Easter!!

East London Brewing, London E10 (2011)

Cowcatcher 4.8% (New)
American Pale Ale generously hopped with Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe and Citra.

Gipsy Hill Brewing, London, SE24 (2014)

Dissident 4.8% (New)
Smoked porter. with a bitter, dry, roasty finish

Gloucester Brewery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire (2011)

Priory Ale 3.7%
Crisp pale ale.

Black Citra 4.0%
Roasted malt with a bitter citrus kick from the infamous American Citra hop.

Cascade 4.2%
A well balanced pale session ale with a fresh zesty finish.

Gyle 59, Thorncombe, Dorset (2014)

Mighty Hop’s Happy Daze 4.1% (New)
A classic and refreshing wheat beer. A hit of banana and spice from the yeast and subtle addition of coriander make put this beer in a class of its own. Recipe inherited from the now defunct Mighty Hop Brewery.

Unite Red Ale  4.6% (New)
Rye Red Saison brewed for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, this Saison has the classic Belgian yeast flavours enhanced with rye malt flavours and the fruity aromas and taste of Willamette hops. With English and German malts, Belgian yeast and American hops this is truly an international brew!

Halcyon Daze 5.0% (New)
Happy Daze’s funky big sister! This wheat beer has a depth of flavour to satisfy any wheat beer lover. The gentle spicy kick from the coriander combines beautifully with the rich fruity notes produced by the yeast and hops.

Heathen Brewers Partnership, Haywards Heath, W.Sussex (2014)

Heathen Rhubarb 4.5% (New)
A Best Bitter brewed with rhubarb and honey, and bittered with Centennial and Fuggle hops. Maris Otter and Crystal malts impart a rich brown colour. The result is a beer that tastes like a smooth bitter, but with an interesting dry mouthfeel imparted by the rhubarb.

Heathen Honey 5.5% (New)
Honeyed West Coast IPA which is a refreshing rich and balanced pale ale brewed with Pilsener, Munich and Crystal malts, locally sourced honey and West Coast yeast. The floral hoppy notes and bitter finish result from the addition of a ‘pot pourrie’ of four New World hop varieties.

Hop Art Brewery, Farnham, Surrey (2015)

Hoppy Blonde 4.3% (New)
Blending Ahtanum, Simcoe, Admiral and Citra hops to produce a refreshingly spicy, citrus tasting beer with a satisfying dry, bitter finish. The brewers’ take on a Belgian blonde. Light in colour but big on taste

Rood 4.4% (New)
Rood, pronounced  ‘ROWT’, is Belgian for red. A harmonious blend of malty, subtle spicy and candied fruit flavour notes are to be found in this beer which tastes as good as it looks! A skilful blend of Admiral, Bramling Cross and Simcoe produce a hoppy red with a malty balance.

Golden IPA 5.2% (New)
English style of strong, powerfully hopped ale inspired by American craft beer approach of massive hop aroma – Pale and Crystal malts provide a golden biscuity canvas for the hops: Simcoe, Ahtanum, Admiral and Cascade combine here with late dry-hopping to deliver a hedonistic, hoppy hit.

Indigenous Brewery, Chaddleworth, West Berks (2014)

Forager’s Gold 4.0% (New)
A crisp golden ale with a slight amber finish, from a small amount of crystal malt. The Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, produce a very drinkable, smooth and refreshing beer with slight caramel notes.

Nutcracker 4.2% (New)
Great brown ale, that delivers a flavoursome mix of roasted malts and fruity hops.

Monocle 4.6%
A very smooth well balanced stout. The fine blend of speciality malts used gives this beer a fantastic malty aroma, with a slight dry finish.

Ammo Belle 5.6% (New)
A well hopped American Pale Ale, which is slightly hazy in appearance. Generously hopped with Cascade and Citra, it delivers a great floral aroma, lots of fruity notes, and a moderately dry finish.

Lyme Regis Brewery, (ex Town Mill), Lyme Regis, Dorset

Dorset Pearl 4.3% (New)
Made to celebrate the re-launch of Town Mill Brewery as Lyme Regis Brewery, this is a classic amber ale with a refreshing floral aroma and gentle bitterness. Brewed in collaboration with Gyle 59 at Lyme Regis Brewery.

Park Brewery, Kingston-upon-Thames (2014)

Dark Hill 5.8% (New)
Black ale brewed with Polaris and Summit hops. This hoppy, refreshing but somewhat dry ale has an aroma of leather and floral hops.

Spankers IPA 6.0% (New)
Bold, straw coloured IPA brewed with Centennial and Chinook hops to give a citrusy taste with the aroma of lychees and pine leading to a bitter/sweet finish.

Two Storm Ruby 7.1% (New)
Robustly hoppy but fruity, ruby beer brewed with Munich malt, dark crystal and crystal rye plus Columbus and Pacific Jade hops. There is a taste of Liquorice, Toffee, Plum and Dried Fruits leading to a malty finish.

Pig & Porter, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (2013)

Ashburnham Pale Ale (Dry Hopped) 3.8% (Festival Special)
A classic English Pale Ale brewed with Fuggles and EKG. Specially dry hopped for Egham with EKG to add a spicy finish.

Harry T’s 10k 5.2% (Festival Special)
Old school IPA brewed with EKG and First Gold Hops and specially dry hopped plus the addition of Kentish honey to celebrate Harry’s Tabeart’s 10,000th tick!

Pope’s Brewing, Worcester, Worcs (2012)

Hop Market 3.8%
Moreish pale, fruity, hoppy ale brewed using Cascade, Magnum & Dana hops.

Worcester Gold 4.0%
A balanced golden ale with a twist. Late hop additions of Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado give off stone fruit, watermelon and tropical aromas, complimented by a rounded bitter finish.

Hive 4.2%
Balanced fruity, golden ale – malty and hoppy with a smooth bitter finish.

American Pale Ale 4.7%
Light & Hoppy – a subtle malt bill allows big American hop flavours to dominate.

Red Cat Brewing, Winchester, Hants (2014)

Scratch 4.0% (New)
Brand new amber ale with fruity American hops.

Sperrin Brewery, Ansley, Warwickshire (2012) BREWPUB

Band of Brothers 4.2%
Smooth, hoppy and full flavoured golden ale with long lasting smooth citrusy and refreshing overtones.

Surrey Hills, Dorking, Surrey (2005)

Gilt Complex (4.6) (Festival Special)
A huge hop aroma introduces the “King of the Golden Beers”. There is a hint of spice in the fruity flavour and a long finish that completes this classic beer. Specially dry-hopped with Amarillo.

Greensand IPA (4.6) (Festival Special)
Strong flavoured and easily drinkable IPA with intense grapefruit and hops in the aroma plus a soft citrus finish. Even more of a real hop monster than usual! Specially dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Top-Notch Brewing, Haywards Heath, W. Sussex (2014)

Hop Festival 3.9% (New)
Light & refreshing Summer Ale, with  a ‘hoppy’ citrus flavour & floral aroma. Maris Otter & Vienna Malts, Cascade & Amarillo Hops.

Thurston’s Brewery, Horsell, Surrey (2012)

Horsell Hooker 4.0% (Limited Edition)
Full bodied amber bitter using Target and Challenger hops with a balance between the bitterness and the smooth malty flavours (Crystal and Cara Gold). Limited edition rugby themed amber ale brewed for the 6 nations.

Inmanz 60 6.0% (Festival Special)
Strong, dark, ruby mild brewed to commemorate an impending milestone next Tuesday when somebody officially becomes an old git!

Vale Brewery, Brill, Bucks (1994)

Band Wagon 4.5% (New)
Big bitter citrus flavours – think the love child of VPA and Gravitas – crazy, outlandish, quirky, offbeat, extraordinary. Oh … and it’s hoppy!

Waylands Sixpenny, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset (2007)

Big Bob 4.2%
A traditional deep chestnut coloured best bitter, rounded malty and with notes of chocolate and caramel.

Whitstable Brewery, Grafty Green, Kent (2003)

Single Hop Centennial 4.4% (Limited Edition)
The Centennial hop is one of brewing’s big beasts! It’s a Pacific Coast monster which gives lip-tingling citrus flavours with an enticing floral aroma.

Single Hop East Kent Goldings 4.4% (Limited Edition)
These quintessentially English hops are England’s most famous and by law can only be grown in East Kent. Since 1790 they have been delivering their characteristic notes of spices, sweet citrus and a wonderful floral aroma to the grateful drinkers of the world. With plenty of EKG added to this beer it’s sure this Golden Ale will be full-flavoured, smooth and utterly drinkable!

XT Brewing, Long Crendon, Bucks (2011)/ Moog Brewing, Taplow, Bucks (2014)

XT Animal & Moog – Bastard Bunny 7.2% (Limited Edition)
Collaborative brew. A true American style double IPA thumping in at a hefty ABV – very generously hopped  with truckloads of American greenery – Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Summit on pale malts.

Xtreme Ales, Turves, Cambs (2013)

All Black IPA 5.0%
A black IPA brewed with 3 different New Zealand hops. Lots of complex flavours with a smooth finish.




Double Vision (Kent) – ‘Vision in Pink’ 5.3% (Med) – A grown up cider, not too sweet!

Green Valley (Devon) – ‘Rum Tiddley Tum’ 8.3% (Dry) – Beautifully dry and full-bodied with warming dark rum notes.

Hancocks (Devon) – ‘Cider’ 6.0% (Med/Sweet) – Six generations of cider know-how!

Honey & Daughters (Somerset) – ‘Midford Cider’ 6.5% (Med/Dry) – Well-balanced, carefully made clean cider apple cider

Merry Moon (Kent) – ‘Dark Cider the Moon’ 6.0% (Med) – Irresistable!

Pine Trees (Kent) – ‘Duddas Tun’ 7.5% (Med) – Sackfuls of apple aroma and flavour – far too easy to drink!

Uncle Stoats (East Sussex) – ‘Cider’ 6.0% (Dry) – Like drinking an apple!

West Milton (Dorset) – ‘Cider’ 5.0% (Med) – Glorious body, rich dark colour, brimming bags of fruit…!


Nempnett (Somerset) – ‘Piglets Choice’ 6.0% (Med/Dry) – From very rare 100 year old perry pear trees- top notch perry!

W.M.Watkins & Sons (Monmouthshire) – ‘Lazy Days’ 5.2% (Med) – Crisp & clean; a fine example of a farmhouse perry.