EBF23 – Spring 2016


Last updated: 22nd March 2016  / Steve

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Ascot Ales, Camberley, Surrey (2007)

Last of the Blue Devils #26 8.0% (Festival Special)
One-off Imperial Stout with Almond – 26th in a special series to remember the passing of USC member Alan ‘AJ’ Dunton in February 2011.

Ashdown Ales, Withyham, E.Sussex (2016)

Morning Dew 4.3%
Refreshing aromatic ale bursting with orange and citrus backed up by a full complement of fragrant hops.

Sussex Sunset 4.5%
Traditional Ruby Ale floods the mouth with a luxurious sweetness of carefully blended caramel malts and a hint of chocolate. Its fruity background combines well with the crisp, clean aroma of English hops

Forest Fire Oak Smoked Porter 4.6%
Smooth, silky rich porter. Its blend of forest-fire smells and charcoal flavours is created by a gradual infusion of oak-smoked barley from a local smokehouse.

Skyline – Bright’n Early! 4.9%
Marketed under the Skyline Brewery brand. Brand new hoppy American Pale Ale.

Skyline – Bright’n Breezy! 5.2%
Marketed under the Skyline Brewery brand. Brand new hoppy English IPA.

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

Down Under 4.7%
Full of Aussie and Kiwi hops, this one has punchy tropical fruit flavours and a smack of citrus on the nose. dry hopped with Australian Galaxy for intense aromas bringing a little piece of southern sun to our gloomy, cold English shore.

CH-47 4.7%
The CH-47 Chinook is the world’s most versatile Cargo Helicopter. Built since the early 1960s and still in frontline service! This single hopped beer uses the heavy hitting Chinook hop throughout, giving a great refreshing citrus hoppy lift.

Black Cat Brewery, Palehouse Common, East Sussex (2011)

Tip Top 3.2%
A chestnut and orange coloured beer. Smooth tasting with a perfect balance of Maris Otter and Goldings hops finishing with a hint of Cascade. Perfect as a session beer

Tzar Imperial Stout 6.8%
Imperial Stout with a complex flavour and a chocolate undertone.

Bond Brews, Wokingham, Berks (2015)

Goldi-Hops 3.9%
English style Pale Ale brewed using two blends of malted barley and wheat to provide a light golden hue. While two varieties of hop add a moderate bitterness level and a refreshing hint of citrus on the tongue.

Best of British 4.0%
Brewed using three blends of malted barley and wheat to provide a full bodied, rich copper coloured, nutty and biscuity session bitter. Two whole leaf hop varieties are used to provide a good bitter-sweet balance and a subtle fruity aroma, giving way to a lingering chocolate malty finish.

Railway Porter 4.5%
Brewed using five blends of malted barley and wheat to carry a deep brown colour. While two varieties of hop hold a low bitterness level followed by a hint of rich, dark fruit.

Brew Shack, Wimborne, Dorset (2016)

Amber Bitter 4.0%
Brewed with Maris Otter Barley, Crystal malt, Challenger and First Gold hops. Traditional balanced Amber Ale with a subtle hop bitterness.

Pioneer EPA 4.5%
Brewed with 100% Maris Otter barley and Pioneer hops. Pale Golden English Ale with a bright hoppy character and a smooth hop bitterness.

Crafty Brewing, Loxhill, Surrey (2015)

Dark Sessions 4.0%
Deep amber best bitter brewed with English Challenger and First Gold hops that give rich and toasty flavours.

Crafty One 4.2%
Fresh and citrus golden ale with lemon notes from the Chinook and Sorachi hops.

Hop Tipple 4.2%
Dry-hopped golden ale with pineapple and lemon citrus notes, brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops.

Dark Star, Partridge Green, West Sussex (1994)

Hophead Dry 3.8%
In our annual meddling with our most popular session beer, we’ve subjected it to some dry hopping treatment to produce a beer with plenty of grapefruit notes and citrus over flora (well that’s how our head brewer described it).

Decent Brewery, Addlestone, Surrey (2015)

Propeller 3.5%
A classic English pale ale recipe using the finest Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops. Subtle in strength and flavour. Fuller body than many ales of this ABV, balanced by a dry finish. Brewed in a former World War 2 propeller factory!

Walrus 5.3%
Named after the legendary Walrus seaplane which took test flights on the River Wey near the brewery. Maris Otter malt with a pinch of Chocolate malt for deep colour and rich flavour. Subtle use of Goldings hops balance the fruity, full body.

Downlands, Small Dole, W. Sussex (2012)

Northern Hemisphere 4.8%
A Citra, Amarillo and Centennial hopped American Pale.

CamRaa 2015 6.4%
A Mosaic hopped twelve malt porter.

Eight Arch Brewing, Wimbourne, Dorset (2015)

Session 3.8%
One-off brew! Crisp and refreshing pale ale hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Chinook and Summit. Hoppy yet easily drinkable!

Quarterjack 4.8%
Our porter brewed with seven different malts resulting in a full bodied porter with roasted aromas of coffee and chocolate.

Frontier Brewing, Derby, Derbyshire (2014)

Rye IPA 5.9%
Strong and hoppy, rye IPA

Gyle 59, Thorncombe, Dorset (2014)

Take It Easy 2.5%
UNFINED – Aromatic, refreshing and satisfying. Big on citrus flavour but low in alcohol, a beer to quench your thirst

Venus Weizen 5.1%
UNFINED – Smooth & velvety with a hint of wheat this celebration of women in beer is an unusual dark and interesting variation on the classic Weizen style. Collaborative brew from the brewsters at Gyle 59, Wildcard, Gadd’s, Hall & Woodhouse & Triple fff.

Elderbeery Stout 7.3%
UNFINED – Matured for 6 months, this beer is dark, strong & complex. Roasted malts, fruity and spicy hops combine with the fresh elderberries to give a flavour reminiscent of burnt toast, jam and dark chocolate spread.

High Weald Brewery, East Grinstead, W. Sussex (2012)

Chronicle 3.8%
Sweet malt balanced with clean lasting bitterness from English Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Greenstede 4.0%
English and American hops combine to bring crisp citrus flavours and a fresh hoppy aroma to this golden ale.

First Gold IPA 5.4%
Brewed with only English First Gold hops. Punchy and zesty, this IPA has a fantastic bitter-orange flavour and aroma with a long smooth finish. One for the hopheads.

Indigenous Brewery, Chaddleworth, West Berks (2014)

Moonstruck 4.8%
Brewed in the classic 1850 ‘London’ Porter style, this beer has plenty of chocolate and coffee notes, complimented by a subtle bitterness and smooth finish

Double Warp 5.8%
A rich dark full flavoured brown stout, which delivers plenty of deep chocolate notes with a hint of spice.

Old Prentonian, Worthing, W. Sussex (2016)

‘Ello Treacle Stout 4.0%
As the name suggests, made from treacle this ale has good body not too sweet with lovely coffee overtones on the palate.

Smokey Joe Dark Ale 4.5%
Named in honour my Father-in-Law- a Master Engineer at Pilkington Glass, St Helens.  This ale is dark amber in colour, with a lovely balance of flavours of grain and Fuggles Hops leaving a smoky finish.

WMD Strong Ale 9.3%
Very strong, malty amber ale. Not for the faint hearted! Brewed with traditional East Kent Goldings Hops coupled with a unique brewing technique, all lead to a truly mighty Ale.

Paradigm Brewery, Sarratt, Herts (2015)

Anniversary Ale 3.5%
A pale ale, hopped with 12 different hops, one for every month they’ve been brewing. They’ve only brewed 12 casks of it too! Hops used are: Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Challenger, Cascade, Columbus, Motueka, Mount Hood, Calypso, Centennial, Pacific Gem and Willamette.

Winter Warmer 6.0%
Award-winning strong mild designed to provide insulation from within. Made with a combination of five dark malts. Smooth, slightly sweet and smoky and as black as your hat. Deceptively easy drinking despite its strength, so be warned.

Park Brewery, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (2014)

Spring Pale 3.5%
Light pale ale malty back bone. Lightly dry hopped with Azacca, slightly fruity.

Azacca & Waimea Pale 4.1%
Dry hopped with Waimea, New Zealand hops. Citrusy/floral.

Partners Brewery, Hightown, West Yorkshire (2011)

Cascade 4.0%
American style pale ale made with Willamette, Cluster and Cascade Hops, creating a beer with an excellent bitterness and a fabulous hoppy aftertaste.

Triple Hop 4.2%
A light and refreshing beer with citrus and blackcurrant notes.

Red Cat Brewing, Winchester, Hants (2014)

Gyle 113 4.3%
A one-off brew. A dry hopped Blonde beer, brewed with Sterling and Tettnang hops.

Feral 6.2%
From the Red Cat “Untamed Range”, a Vienna IPA. Dangerously drinkable.

Reunion Ales, Hanworth Park, West London (2015)

Opening Gambit 3.8%
Opening Gambit is a fully rounded and well balanced session ale.  Its hoppy nose is followed by a smooth, malty, big mouthfeel which plays very nicely alongside the hop aromatics.  All this before the hop-derived bitterness brings the organoleptic journey to a gratifyingly dry conclusion.

Frost Fair 4.5%
Frost Fair is as complex in taste as it is comforting in winter.  The interplay between the rich, malty texture and the subtle hint of oats serves as an impressive stage for an opera of hop flavours and aromas.  You’ll get berries, pine, floral and spicy notes.  In appearance Frost Fair is as dark as the nights it should be enjoyed upon.

Incredible 5.0%
Never before was it quite so apt to conjoin the words “Incredible”, “Pale” and “Ale”. From foundations of malted barley and wheat is built a towering structure of flavour, balm and aroma – bound to raise the spirits of even the most dolorous individual. The nose is at once resinous and fruity, the body light and appealing; the conclusion a cue for more.

Riverside Brewing, Upper Beeding, W.Sussex (2016)

Steyning Stinker 4.0%
Brewed with smoked and chocolate malts to achieve a distinctive smoky flavour.

Beeding Best 4.2%
Best bitter with a slight fruity / spicy edge to compliment the earthy and smoked flavour from the grain.

Sneaky Steamer 5.1%
Four different hops are used in this beer giving it a pine / floral characteristic with a hint of grapefruit.

Tubbers Tipple 5.6%
Strong ale with an earthy / spicy characteristic with just a hint of honey

Siren Craft Brew, Finchampstead, Berks (2013)

Proteus Vol.1 4.0%
A clean, crisp and slightly darker than average malt base provides a good body and backbone where Motueka, Amarillo and Citra are allowed to sing. The first of three brews of this hop combination.

Schnuckelputz 4.2%
A brand new pale ale – a crisp, clean and delicate pale ale, liberally dry hopped with Equinox and Amarillo to give lovely fruity overtones.

Southwark Brewing, Bermondsey, SE1 (2014)

Harvard APA 5.5%
Highly-hopped American Pale Ale brewed with English Malt giving a golden colour. Four American hops are added at various stages of the brew to produce an intense hoppiness, balanced with a fresh bitter aftertaste and citrus and floral overtones.

Druid Brew 4.9%
A triple-hopped Pale Ale brewed with Pale Ale Malt giving a blonde colour. Chinook, Cascade and Mosaic hops are added in the Kettle, Hop Back and then Dry Hopped in Fermentation Vessel for a grapefruit citrus flavour. The only cask in existence outside of the brewery!

Simcoe Single Hop 5.0%
Simcoe is a highly regarded American hop, noted for its bittering qualities and its aromas of passionfruit, apricot, intense pine, and woodsy aroma.

XXX Porter 4.6%
Based on a 1923 recipe. A traditional London Porter using English Pale, Crystal and Chocolate Malts, Target and Boadicea Hops to produce a very dark beer with malty body and bitterness balanced with a hint of cocoa beans and liquorice.

Tapstone Brewery, Chard, Somerset (2015)

Hop Wire 4.8%

Ninja Stout 5.0%
UNFINED – New Stout

Opium Wars 5.6%

Thames Side Brewery, Staines, Surrey (2015)

Heron Bitter 3.7%
A traditional English bitter, hopped with Fuggles and Goldings.

Harrier 4.2%
English session beer. Higher ABV than that seen previously at EBF22.

Windsor & Eton, Windsor, Berks (2010)

Secret Brew 5.0%
Classic English IPA includes Target hops with a late boil of new world hops and then dry-hopped. A robust beer with a citrus/marmalade aroma enhancing a satisfying full body with a bitter finish.

Uprising – Scumbag Maggot 8.5%
West Coast IPA, bronze in colour and with a big hop aroma that gives way to a lingering spicy bitterness. Normally only available in bottles.

XT Brewing, Long Crendon, Bucks (2011)

Animal – Big Foot 4.6%
A pale ale, using all European noble hops. Clean drinking with a slight caramel finish.

Animal – Shark 4.6%
Anglo-American Amber. Punchy North American Hops fight it out with England’s finest. Even the yeast is a special English and Californian Ale blend.



Hecks, Somerset

Browns 6.5%  Med/Sweet. A crisp, acidic cider with elderflower over-tones.

Port Wine of Glastonbury 6.5%  Medium sweet cider that gets its name from its ruby red colour. Finished off in Port barrels to give it that lovely taste.

Blakeney Red 6.5% PERRY.  Medium sweet so it is slightly sweeter than our other perries but has a delicious perry flavour.

Hendre Huffcap 6.5% PERRY.  A medium sweet still single varietal perry made from the Hendre Huffcap pear.

Newtons, Herefordshire

Gasping Goose 5.8% Med/Dry. Traditionally crafted Organic Cider.

Rich’s, Somerset

Dry Cider 6.0%  A dry, still, “Farmhouse” cider made from a blend of apple varieties. Rich’s Traditional draught ciders are made with Somerset Bittersweet/Bitter sharp apples, then matured in Oak Vats giving it a well balanced, Cloudy Cider with a fresh apple aroma.

Salt Hill, Berkshire

Autumn Gold 5.0%  Med/Dry. Cider blended with the new season fresh pressed apple juice.

Merry England 6.5%  Med/Sweet. Cider which is naturally sweetened with English sugar.

Urban Fox 6.5%  Dry. Organic 100% juice naturally dry cider made from Berkshire apples and with no additives