EBF24 – Summer 2016


Last updated: 03rd Aug 2016  / Steve


The festival programme (with tasting notes)  is available to download here.


Anarchy Brew Co, Morpeth, Northumberland (2012)

Straight Jacket 3.6%
Session Pale packed with flavour, punching well above its weight. Big American hops bring this beer to life.

Citra Star 4.1%
This hoppy blonde ale is loaded with grapefruit, lemon and lime flavours but is light bodied enough to keep you coming back for more. Highly hopped with a big, bitter finish.

Anti-Venom 6.0%
An IPA with attitude is the best way to describe this beer – alcoholic tropical fruit juice. Anarchy Citra Star on steroids!

Ascot Ales, Camberley, Surrey (2007)

Last of the Blue Devils #27 8.0% (Festival Special)
One-off Imperial Stout with Butterscotch – 27th in a special series to remember the passing of USC member Alan ‘AJ’ Dunton in February 2011.

Bad Co Brewing, Thirsk, N. Yorkshire (2014)

Whiter Shade of Pale 3.2%
Oatmeal Pale Ale

Comfortably Numb 3.8%
Golden pale ale packed with hops – with notes of tangerine, mango, grapefruit & pineapple.

Summer Breeze 4.5%
Lime & Mint Pale Ale with a great colour and punchy citrus notes from all the fresh juicy limes.

Wild Gravity 5.2%
Bold hoppy IPA with a rich malty backbone.

Dazed & Confused 5.5%
Dark and rich modern milk stout with hints of cherries, chocolate, coffee and almonds.

Brew Shack, Wimborne, Dorset (2016)

Single Batch – Vienna IPA 5.0% (Limited Edition, Unfined)
A deep amber malty ale with hoppy bitter citrus flavour.

8 Grain Porter 5.0% (New, Unfined)
Sweet brown porter brewed with 8 different grains plus English hops to give a smooth, complex roasted malt flavour.

5 A Day IPA 5.5% (New, Unfined)
Traditional English style IPA with a big bitter hoppy flavour, brewed with Maris Otter barley and bucket loads of English hops.

Sump Oil Stout 6.0% (New, Unfined)
Rich, full-bodied stout with big roast flavours and a smooth hoppy bitter finish. Brewed with Maris Otter barley, a blend of roasted malts and English hops

Brewsmith, Ramsbottom, Lancs (2014)

Amarillo 3.8%
Light golden beer with floral, citrus and orange aromas.

Bitter 3.9%
A pale session bitter. Moderate bitterness, pronounced floral/citrus hop aromas.

Pale 4.2%
A refreshingly bitter and hoppy pale ale.  Big floral hop aroma, medium body, long dry bitter finish.

APA 5.0%
A pale ale brewed with American hops with resinous pine, grapefruit and pine aromas.

Brightside Brewing, Radcliffe, Manchester (2011) / XT Brewing, Long Crendon, Bucks (2011)

North /South Collide 4.0% (Limited Edition)                                                                            Super pale hoppy beer brewed with very low colour crystal malts and Ella & Styrian Cardinal hops. First collaboration between these 2 breweries, brewed in Manchester.

Decent Brewery, Addlestone, Surrey (2015)

Concord 4.2% (Festival Special)
SPECIAL IN CASK: Old World meets New in this crisp pale ale. Concord means living in harmony and this mix of British and European malts plus English and American hops is doing just that.

804 English Lager 5.3% (Festival Special)
SPECIAL IN CASK: The Napier 804 was a specially modified car that broke the world 24-hour speed record in 1907, legendary driver Selwyn Edge achieving this feat at Brooklands, the famous racing circuit close to the Decent brewery. Their 804 lager is engineered with a blend of lager and Munich malts plus English and continental hops.

Downlands, Small Dole, W. Sussex (2012)

Hop Contract 4.2% (Limited Edition)
Version 4: An explosion of citrussy hops atop a sweet buttery malt base, hopped with Cascade, Apollo and Marynka.

Papa Jr. 4.4% (Limited Edition)
Session strength Passionfruit APA hopped with Columbus, Comet, Mosaic and Simcoe.

IPA 5.6% (New)
Strong IPA brewed with Liberty, Delta, Sterling, Cascade and Waiti hops.

Elusive Brewing, Finchamstead, Berks (2016)

Starship Fleet (Wave 2) 4.2% (New)
English Pale Ale with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Southern Cross hops. Late hop additions of New Zealand hops give notes of gooseberry and white grape against a clean malt base.

Level Up (Level 1) 5.0% (New, Unfined)
A heavily hopped American Red Ale that balances six different malts against heavyweight American hops Citra and Simcoe, to produce a beer with great depth of flavour and aroma.

Thai Yum Wit 5.0% (New, Unfined)
A Belgian style wheat beer with Galangal, Ginger, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Lime Zest. Inspired by staple ingredients of Thai cooking, this Wit has a pronounced aroma of Lime and Galangal which carries through to the flavour, leading to a refreshing zesty finish.

Shadow of the Beast 5.0% (New, Unfined)
A Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA), black in colour but low in roasted malt profile. American hops provide notes of pine and citrus.

Errant Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear (2015)

Knight 3.5%
Errant’s work horse. A golden-brown classic with British hops perfect for any session.

Future Sailor 4.2%
A naturally cloudy wheat beer with juniper berries and Pacifica hops. Aroma of Juniper, Clove and Banana which convert to a citrus taste.

Dillon 4.8%
NZ Pale Ale brewed with New Zealand’s finest Cascade, Pacifica and Dr Rudi hops.

Fallen Brewing, Stirling, Scotland (2014)

Chew Chew 6.0%
Salted Caramel Milk Stout. A sweet, briney, chewy trouble maker, brewed with EKG, dark belgian candi syrup, lactose and Hebridean sea salt. Dominant flavours/aromas: Sweet, salty, rich, caramel, fudge, chocolate.

Gyle 59, Thorncombe, Dorset (2014)

Session Pale 3.7% (New, Unfined)
Easy drinking fruity, hoppy, citrus pale.

Legless Liz 3.8% (New, Unfined)
Brewed for The Queens Arms, Corton Denham to celebrate the pub’s 170th birthday, the Queen’s 90th birthday. This beer is a Saison with a twist, combining the earthy, spicy, traditional Saison flavours with a punchy American citrusy zing.

Vienna Session Lager 4.2% (New, Unfined)
Bready, honeyed, with a bitter finish.

Rye Expression 4.6% (New, Unfined)
Dark Saison.

Hillfire Brewing, Aylesbury, Bucks (2016)

California Gold 4.3% (New)
Well balanced single hop golden beer. Subtle citrus and resiny notes, with hints of biscuity malt.

Nighthawk 5.0% (New)
An American style stout, with dark roasty malt and a distinctive hop character.

Husk Brewing, Silvertown, London E16 (2016)

Old School Bitter 4.5% (New)
Combining great malty sweetness with hoppy citrus notes in this no frills, easy drinking bitter.

Pale Ale 5.1% (New)
Golden coloured pale ale with plenty of stone fruit on the nose, refreshing citrus notes and a clean bitter finish. Brewed using US and Australian hops – Cascade (USA) to add grapefruit, citrus and gooseberry and Summer (Australia) which adds melon and apricot aromas. European hops give it a crisp bitter finish to this balanced, flavoursome beer.

Longdog, Basingstoke, Hants (2011)

Red Runner 4.2% (New)
Soft fruit and citrus flavours and aromas come from American hops, with a firm bitterness following. An easy-drinking, refreshing ale.

Cranberry Lamplight Porter 5.0% (Festival Special)
Made in the style of the London Porters of the 19th century with plenty of brown malt adding complexity of flavour. Chocolate and coffee flavours come through together with a robust bitterness from English hops and Cranberries added to give it a fruity twist.

Northern Monk, Leeds, W. Yorkshire (2014)

Eternal Darkness 4.1% (New)
Session Black IPA. Roasted aroma leads to a plethora of citrus fruits and a moderate bitter finish. Eternal Darkness is the twisted cousin of their award winning Session IPA Eternal. The same malt bill was used with the exception of the Carafa III which was used for the colour of this dark beast, and the hops upped a touch as well using Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennail and Comet.

Northern Star 5.9%
Northern Star Mocha Porter has ground coffee beans blended into the brew, full of bitterness and hazelnut hints, along with rich dark chocolate and milk sugar to balance this full bodied dark ale. A collaboration with Leeds’ North Star Coffee Micro Coffee Roasters, Northern Star will guide you to a new taste experience.

Paradigm Brewery, Sarratt, Herts (2015)

Watercress Ale 3.6% (Limited Edition)
Sarratt is famous for its watercress, with the last remaining watercress bed on the River Chess being in the village. What better combination than a full-bodied, locally brewed beer made with the natural ingredient synonymous with the village in which it is brewed? Freshly picked organic watercress that went from the watercress beds directly into the brew in twenty minutes.  The watercress adds a refined, distinctive and interesting peppery flavour.

Low Hanging Fruit 3.7%
Pale and fruity ale.

Touch Point 3.9% (New)
Light, delicate pale ale. Brewed with a touch of Munich malt and hopped with Pacific Gem & Southern Cross hops from New Zealand.

Juxtaposition 4.0% (New)
Gloriously hoppy. Bittered using Summit hops and late and dry-hopped using Mosaic hops. Easy-drinking and silky smooth.

Park Brewery, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (2014) / Kew Brewery, East Sheen, SW14 (2015)

Dove Tree 5.8% (Limited edition, Unfined)
A very pale and complex White IPA. 1 of 7 casks produced in a collaboration brew with Kew Brewery.

Red Cat Brewing, Winchester, Hants (2014)

Gyle 132 3.1% ABV (One-off Special)
Combining a low ABV with lots of hops, this is a refreshingly dry pale ale with an amazing hit of hop flavour and aroma for its strength.  A superb beer for the warm summer months.

Kairos 4.4% ABV (Untamed Range)
Kairos, from ancient Greek, describes a moment of opportunity, new possibilities, and change. The first beer in Red Cat’s untamed range, Kairos is a session IPA, highly hopped and with an infusion of fresh lemon zest. It is golden, light and very refreshing.

Redwillow, Macclesfield, Cheshire (2010)

Seamless 3.6%
Low gravity Pale Ale with a full hoppy character from Centennial and First Gold hops.

Headless 3.9%
Light, hoppy and refreshingly honest

Stateless 3.9%
A classic English session ale brewed with three classic American hops, producing a rounded pale ale packed with the citrus, pine and grapefruit notes that you expect from Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops.

Feckless 4.1%
Classic English bitter – only more so!

Wreckless 4.8%
Award winning orchestrated cacophony of hops and malt.

Weightless (Citra) 4.2% (Newish)
Session IPA. The fourth in the Weightless Series of single hop beers. What can we say… big juicy tropical fruit and citrus notes from the Citra hops.

Reunion Ales, Hanworth Park, West London (2015)

Talwar 4.5%
Talwar is engineered to sit very well with spicy food.  Employing just a smidgen of Vienna malt, Talwar is very pale with the appearance of sun-parched straw.  They have paired freshly ground coriander seeds with the Pioneer hop for a zingy, citrus finish. Some will get coriander, others lemongrass or citrus fruit.

Siren Craft Brew, Finchampstead, Berks (2013)

Vermont Tea Party 3.6% (Limited Edition)
Loose leaf Pale Ale combining hops with Earl Grey Tea and lemon zest with a crisp malt base.

White Tips 4.6% (Limited Edition)
Seasonal White beer, hopped to IPA proportion and brewed with zest of grapefruit, orange and lime.

Sonnet 43, Coxhoe, Durham (2012)

Abolition 3.8%
For all its relatively low alcohol, this Amber Ale’s malt bill delivers a full body. The coloured malts also add a slight sweetness as well as the ale’s warm amber hue. British hops alone give an earthy aroma and mid-range bittering.

Seraphim 4.1%
This light beer is true to a traditional Blonde style – a light malt base delightfully balanced with delicate hops. Generous amounts of wheat malt provides Seraphim’s velvet smoothness. The finish is crisp and dry with a slight sweetness. An easy-drinking light ale.

The Raven 4.3%
Bourbon Milk Stout. Six malts as well as oats give this sweet stout its sumptuous base. Expect bitter yet silky chocolateyness from cocoa nibs and chocolate malt which
gives way to smoky sweetness from bourbon liquor and oak.

Aurora 4.4%
Pale Ale – going back to basics to get the hop and malt balance just so, making make use of four malts and three hops, each from different countries. Black malt to add complexity, Crystal malt to add a slight sweetness and improve body

Impressment 5.4%
American Pale Ale chock full with six big, bold American whole-leaf hops for an intense flavour of tropical and citrus fruits with a slight pepperiness and dry finish. The complexity and vibrant fruitiness is held up nicely by the bittering and the higher alcohol volume. A full and intense flavour.

Thames Side Brewery, Staines, Surrey (2015)

Wryneck IPA 5.5% (Festival Special)
Typically spicy Rye IPA, complemented perfectly by Cascade and Nugget hops in the boil, and dry hopped with Chinook for that classic US West Coast rye IPA flavour.

Uprising (Windsor & Eton), Windsor, Berks (2014)

White Riot 5.3% (Limited Edition in cask)
Pale ale brewed with new world hops and a handful of orange zest – not a pure IPA – not a pure Wheat Beer!

Weird Beard, Hanwell, London W7 (2013)

7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower 6.5% (Limited Edition)
Collaboration brew with Anspach & Hobday – brewed in the style of the US ‘Lawnmower’ or Cream Ale brewed with Sorachi Ace.

Five O’Clock Shadow 7.0%
American IPA

Windsor & Eton, Windsor, Berks (2010)

Firefly 4.0% (New)
Seriously blonde summer ale brewed with predominantly lager malt – light and hoppy.

PepperTree 4.0% (New)
Brewed in the classic style of a French Saison beer, the flavour is sharp and slightly sour with distinct lemon notes and a peppery finish along with the classic Belgian beer “funkiness”

XT Brewing, Long Crendon, Bucks (2011)

See Brightside above.


Abrahall’s (Celtic Marches), Herefordshire    

Cracklin’ Rosie 4.5% PERRY  Medium. The taste is fine and delicate, with a pale colour and a slight green hue.

Gwynt y Draig, Wales    

Black Dragon 7.2% Medium Dry. Renowned and award winning cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh, fruity aroma.

East Stour, Kent

Lemon Cider 6.8% Medium. Hazy yellow amber… Dry zesty lemon pith nose… Massive lemon hit.

Hecks, Somerset

Hendre Huffcap 6.0% PERRY.  A medium sweet still single varietal perry made from the Hendre Huffcap pear.

Sandford Orchards, Crediton, Devon

Shakey Bridge 6.0%  Medium Sweet sparkling cider. All the body and bite of a scrumpy, with a fresh apple finish which makes for a distinctly moreish and enjoyable cider. Named after a local landmark in years gone by ‘Shaky’ was a deadly right of passage accross the raging torrent of a local stream, a true test of character, putting the rope bridges of the high Himalayas to shame.

Thistly Cross, Dunbar, Scotland

Elderflower Cider 4.0% Dry. Flavoursome cider packing a serious taste punch; blended with fresh elderflowers. Fruity nose and dry on the palate; refreshing, distinctive and zesty.

Whisky Cask 6.9% Dry. Matured in ex-Glen Moray (previously Glenglassaugh Distillery) whisky casks this is a dry & subtle cider. Infused with mellow, vanilla oak of the cask – a refreshing, complex drink to be savoured.

West Croft, Highbridge, Somerset

Janet’s Jungle Juice 6.0% Medium Dry. West Croft Cider is one of the very few pure juice, craft cidermakers left in the Country. In 2007 West Croft Janet’s Jungle Juice was voted Champion Cider of Great Britain by CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival (from a blind tasting of over 150 ciders). In 2008 JJJ was runner up for the same award. JJJ had also been Champion Cider in 1997. No other cider has been been so successful.

Mr Whitehead’s, Colemore, Hants

Strawberry Cider 4.0%  Medium Sweet. Light pink coloured strawberry flavoured cider.