1. AVERY 3 POINT 5 SESSION ALE 3.5% ABV Avery Brewery, Colorado, USA. Est. 1993 Adam Avery and Steve Breezley have travelled to Adnams Brewery, in Suffolk, which is hosting an international brewer for us for the first time, to collaborate in brewing this beer specially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Although brewed at a session-beer strength, this beer is hopped like a true IPA, including dry-hopping in the cask, creating a pine-like and citrus aroma and a full-on hop character throughout the flavour and finish. Hops used: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe Beer style: bitter 2. BANKS’S HOWLING WOLF 3.8% ABV Banks’s Brewery, West Midlands. Est. 1890 This deliciously dark mild is brewed with a blend of pale, crystal and black malts and roasted barley, resulting in rich smoky aromas and complex malt flavours, balanced with a pleasing citrus bite in the finish. Hops used: Cascade, Northdown, Progress Beer style: mild 3. COACH HOUSE GUNPOWDER MILD 3.8% ABV Coach House Brewery, Cheshire. Est. 1991 This very dark beer, the winner of an impressive number of awards, has a full, rich flavour, with plenty of dark malt character and a pleasing, slightly bitter finish. Hops used: Pilgrim Beer style: mild 4. SHEPHERD NEAME RED SAILS 3.9% ABV Shepherd Neame Brewery, Kent. Est. 1698 This new beer, brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is named after the sailing barges which were used in the Swale, Medway and Thames estuaries. It is a full-bodied, fruity ale with a moderate bitterness, hopped at three stages of its brewing process to deliver a thirst-quenching flavour and a stunning aroma and palate. Hops used: Cascade, Styrian G 3 oldings, Tettnang Beer style: bitter 5. CAMBRIDGE BREWING HEATHER ALE 4.0% ABV Cambridge Brewery, Massachusetts, USA. Est. 1989 Will Meyers has travelled to Wadworth Brewery, in Wiltshire, to collaborate in brewing this unusual beer specially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This deep-golden-coloured ale, inspired by the ancient gruit beers of the British Isles and northern Europe, contains Scottish heather fl owers and other traditional brewing herbs, offering subtle notes of fruity spiciness and wildfl ower honey, complemented by the interplay of the hops and the toasty-sweet British malt. Hops used: Fuggles Beer style: speciality 6. HARVIESTOUN WILD HOP GOLD 4.0% ABV Harviestoun Brewery, Clackmannanshire. Est. 1985 This wildly aromatic and refreshing golden ale has citrus and spicy aromas from the Citra and Simcoe hops, perfectly balancing the underlying background of earthy English hop flavours. Hops used: Challenger, Citra, Simcoe Beer style: golden ale 7. HOOK NORTON COTSWOLD LION 4.0% ABV Hook Norton Brewery, Oxfordshire. Est. 1850 This mid-coloured beer is brewed with a blend of four malt and four hop varieties, resulting in a wonderful aroma of dark fruit and a perfectly balanced, fresh and fruity flavour. Hops used: Bramling Cross, Cascade, Fuggles, Goldings Beer style: best bitter 8. TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH ALES SILVER MIST 4.0% ABV Traditional Scottish Ales, Stirlingshire. Est. 2005 This light and smooth ale has an enticing golden appearance and creamy head, with a rich, fruity aroma, resulting in a well-rounded finish and refreshing full hop aftertaste. Hops used: Centennial, Nugget, Pilgrim, Willamette Beer style: best bitter 9. TRING SQUADRON SCRAMBLE 4.0% ABV Tring Brewery, Hertfordshire. Est. 1992 Brewed to commemorate the Battle of Britain, this ale is characterised by a debonair medium-light colour and daredevil maltiness, complementing a courageous hop aroma imparted by the Mount Hood hops. Hops used: Mount Hood, Progress Beer style: best bitter 10. BIRRA DEL BORGO TUTTO FA BRODO 4.2% ABV Birra del Borgo Brewery, Italy. Est. 2005 Leonardo de Vincenzo brewed at Everards Brewery, in Leicestershire. This pale ale is brewed with bergamot peel, orange peel, dried pineapple, dried rose and dried raisin. The fruity character and balance of spice, hops and bitterness give an intense and rich flavour. Hops used: Cascade, Simcoe Beer style: speciality 11. BUTCOMBE RARE BREED 4.2% ABV Butcombe Brewery, Somerset. Est. 1978 This beer is pale amber in colour and brewed with the fi nest West Country ingredients, creating a refreshing and clean-tasting ale, packed full of delicious hoppy and citrus characteristics. Hops used: Challenger, Chinook, First Gold Beer style: best bitter 12. CALEDONIAN DEVIL’S ADVOCATE 4.2% ABV Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh. Est. 1869 This deep, dark cask lager has a soft, elegant hop aroma, with subtle fruit in the initial flavour, leading to clean, bittersweet notes of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and vanilla, along with a pleasing, dry finish. Hops used: Hallertau Hersbrücker, Tettnang Beer style: speciality 13. EXMOOR FOX 4.2% ABV Exmoor Brewery, Somerset. Est. 1980 This cunningly crafted beer contains a slight, initial maltiness, followed by a burst of hops, leading to a lingering bittersweet finish. Hops used: Goldings, Progress Beer style: best bitter 14. THEAKSTON DOUBLE CROSS IPA 4.2% ABV Theakston Brewery, North Yorkshire. Est. 1827 This full-bodied, satisfying golden pale beer is brewed in the style of the original export ale, using English hops married to traditional malts, giving a clean and fresh-tasting flavour. Hops used: Goldings Beer style: golden ale 15. EVAN EVANS FULL CRY 4.3% ABV Evan Evans Brewery, Carmarthenshire. Est. 2004 This rich amber-coloured seasonal brew has a distinctive full-bodied and rich flavour, with both malt and fruit emerging on the palate, complemented by a spicy hop aroma. Hops used: Progress, Styrian Goldings Beer style: best bitter 16. ISHII BREWING MINAGOF PALE ALE 4.3% ABV Ishii Brewery, Guam. Est. 2010 Toshi Ishii is probably our most popular visiting international brewer, originally from Japan and now based in Guam. This is his fourth visit to brew for us since 2008, this time returning to Marston’s Brewery, in Staffordshire, to collaborate on a version of his fl agship ale. This beer is copper in colour, with a moderate maltiness and residual sweetness, counterbalanced by the citrus and floral character of the hops. Hops used: Ahtanum, Warrior Beer style: best bitter 17. ROOSTER’S FRANKLIN 4.3% ABV Rooster’s Brewery, North Yorkshire. Est. 1993 This beer, specially brewed for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is a celebration of the modernstyle pale ale, pioneered by Rooster’s founding brewer, Sean Franklin, with aromas of citrus fruits and grapefruit giving way to a quaffable level of bitterness. Hops used: Cascade, Chinook Beer style: golden ale 18. THWAITES CRAFTY DEVIL 4.3% ABV Thwaites Brewery, Lancashire. Est. 1807 This seasonal ale has a reddish hue in its colour and aromas of spice, coffee and malt, leading to a delicious, rich malty flavour, balanced by the devilish late-hop character. Hops used: Bramling Cross, 4 Challenger, Goldings Beer style: best bitter 19. VALE HOPOCALYPSE VALE 4.3% ABV Vale Brewery, Buckinghamshire. Est. 1996 This is an epic ale, brewed by those who love the smell of the mash in the morning! It is a goldencoloured best bitter, with a crisp citrus and grapefruit aroma, leading to a full-bodied bitterness and clean, crisp finish. Hops used: Chinook, Northdown Beer style: best bitter 20. WOODFORDE’S NORFOLK HAWKER 4.3% ABV Woodforde’s Brewery, Norfolk. Est. 1980 This new copper-coloured beer has been brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival and is a well-balanced bitter, with an inviting aroma of tropical fruit and a complex palate of rich fruit, malt and spice. Hops used: Goldings, Kohatu, Savinjski Goldings Beer style: best bitter 21. BATEMANS COMBINED HARVEST 4.4% ABV Batemans Brewery, Lincolnshire. Est. 1874 This beer contains a unique, multigrain blend of malted barley, oats, wheat and rye, creating a light-coloured, refreshing beer with a dry-sweet character, plus hints of citrus. Hops used: Challenger Beer style: best bitter 22. COTLEIGH KOOKABURRA 4.4% ABV Cotleigh Brewery, Somerset. Est. 1979 For this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, this is a special brew of this occasional seasonal beer. It is an amber-coloured bitter with a characteristic bitterness from the Australian hops used, imparting a delicate, lemony aroma and a full flavour, with hints of spice. Hops used: Pride of Ringwood Beer style: best bitter 23. WELTONS AUTUMN SHADES 4.4% ABV Weltons Brewery, West Sussex. Est. 1995 This distinctive seasonal beer is a beautiful burnished gold colour, with an impressive, full aroma, followed by a flavour dominated by a citrus hop character and a peppery background. Hops used: Magnum, Zeus Beer style: best bitter 24. ADNAMS FISHERMAN 4.5% ABV Adnams Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1872 This beer has been brewed again, after a few years’ break, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. It is a deep coppery red colour, with a flavour which, although clean and refreshing, conjures up roasted nuts and dark chocolate, with a lingering taste of liquorice and dark fruits. Hops used: Boadicea Beer style: best bitter 25. EVERARDS TERRA FIRMA 4.5% ABV Everards Brewery, Leicestershire. Est. 1849 This occasionally brewed beer has been brought back especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival and is dark amber in colour, with ruby tones, a subtle, roasted character and distinctive toffee notes, balanced by a fresh, floral bitterness. Hops used: Tettnang Beer style: best bitter 26. LIBERATION ROUGE 4.5% ABV Liberation Brewery, Channel Islands. Est. 1871 This refreshing autumn ale is a deep ruby colour with a slightly citric aroma, leading to a nutty, bitter flavour and resulting in a unique, robust and well-balanced beer. Hops used: Nelson Sauvin, Summit Beer style: best bitter 27. MORDUE LUBELSKI 4.5% ABV Mordue Brewery, Tyne and Wear. Est. 1995 This blond ale has been brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival and showcases perfectly the characteristics of the Lubelski hops used, giving a floral aroma and a spicy, peppery flavour, leading to a long, dry finish. Hops used: Hersbrücker, Lubelski, Marynka Beer style: best bitter 28. RHYMNEY IRON BREW 4.5% ABV Rhymney Brewery, Merthyr Tydfi l. Est. 2004 This full-bodied, premium bitter is a deep brown colour, with its pleasing, fruity aroma and rich, malty flavour excellently balanced by a smooth citrus character in the finish. Hops used: Cascade, Goldings Beer style: best bitter 29. MOORHOUSE’S RUBY WITCH 4.6% ABV Moorhouse’s Brewery, Lancashire. Est. 1865 This dark ruby-coloured beer has an inviting hop aroma which leads to a full-bodied flavour, with subtle roast notes and hints of spice and tangerine. Hops used: Cascade Beer style: strong ale 30. B & T SHEFFORD ARAGON 4.7% ABV B & T Brewery, Bedfordshire. Est. 1981 This distinctive, golden-coloured seasonal brew has a strong, floral hop aroma and a well-balanced flavour, imparting a delightful fruitiness on the tongue and leading to a long, lingering, bittersweet finish. Hops used: Fuggles, Goldings Beer style: strong ale 31. BATH HEFEWEIZEN HARE 4.7% ABV Bath Ales, Bristol. Est. 1995 This beer was first brewed exclusively for the autumn 2009 Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Through customers’ feedback, it makes its return in the more authentic, naturally hazy form. Brewed with an imported yeast strain, this is a citrusy beer, with malted wheat flavours and hints of banana and spice. Hops used: Saaz Beer style: speciality 32. MAXIM DOUBLE MAXIM 4.7% ABV Maxim Brewery, County Durham. Est. 2007 This beer was first brewed in 1901 and is the oldest-surviving example of a traditional northeastern brown ale. The full, welcoming aroma leads to a good balance of ripe grain and spicy hops in the flavour, resulting in a long, bittersweet finish. Hops used: Goldings Beer style: strong ale 33. ST PETER’S FRUIT BEER 4.7% ABV St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1996 This golden-coloured wheat beer is brewed using zesty-pithy grapefruit which works in perfect harmony with the hops and malt used, resulting in a floral nose, refreshing flavour and a fruity character emerging in the finish. Hops used: Challenger, Goldings Beer style: speciality 34. TITANIC GOLDEN PORTER 4.7% ABV Titanic Brewery, Staffordshire. Est. 1985 This special brew, for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is something a little different: a beer using the ingredients designed to create the characteristics of a traditional porter, yet light in colour. The result is a golden beer, with a robust sweetness balanced by swathes of American hops, giving a smooth and powerful flavour, with a crisp finish. Hops used: Cascade, Northdown, Yakima Galena Beer style: strong ale 35. BOX STEAM GHOST TRAIN 4.8% ABV Box Steam Brewery, Wiltshire. Est. 2004 This full-bodied premium bitter is deep brown in colour, with an inviting fruity aroma and plenty of malt characteristics in the flavour, fi nely balanced by a smooth citrus finish. Hops used: Cascade, Goldings Beer style: strong ale 36. BREWSTER’S ANDROMEDA 4.8% ABV Brewster’s Brewery, Lincolnshire. Est. 1998 This beer, golden in colour, has been brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. It has tropical fruit floral aromas, leading to a light malt flavour, with balancing hop notes and a rich, zesty finish. Hops used: Galaxy, Stellar Beer style: strong ale 37. MANSFIELD OLD BAILY 4.8% ABV Marston’s Brewery, Staffordshire. Est. 1834 This beer’s production ceased in April 2000, but was brought back especially for our autumn real-ale festival in 2008, at which it enjoyed great success, so we thought it about time that it was brewed for us again. Re-created to the original recipe, at Marston’s Brewery, exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, this rich brown beer has a robust, yet highly drinkable, character with a gentle bitterness which interweaves with a biscuity malt flavour and fruit notes. Hops used: Admiral, Challenger, Fuggles Beer style: strong ale 38. WHITE HORSE WAR HORSE 4.9% ABV White Horse Brewery, Oxfordshire. Est. 2004 This special brew of this beer, for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, commemorates these noble animals. It is a strong, robust, dark beer, with full, malty, caramel flavours and a toffee aftertaste, giving a sweet finish on the palate. Hops used: Jade, Pacific Beer style: strong bitter 39. OAKLEAF LIBERTY BOAT 5.0% ABV Oakleaf Brewery, Hampshire. Est. 2000 This smooth, golden-coloured ale, brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, has hints of berry on the nose, leading to a spicy berry flavour which culminates in a lingering bitterness. Hops used: Marynka, Pilgrim Beer style: strong bitter 40. OKELLS STEAM BEER 5.0% ABV Okells Brewery, Isle of Man. Est. 1850 This deep golden beer has an aroma with hints of citrus, herbs and resin, leading to an initial taste of spice, sherbet and lemon and resulting in a full-bodied flavour, with an initial sweetness and a spicy, bitter finish. Hops used: Cascade, Northern Brewer Beer style: strong bitter 41. TREE BREWING THIRSTY BEAVER 5.0% ABV Tree Brewery, British Columbia, Canada. Est. 1996 Dave Goekiert has travelled to Caledonian Brewery, in Edinburgh, to collaborate in re-creating this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. We consider this very apt, as beavers have recently been reintroduced to Scotland. This amber-coloured beer has a slightly sweet malt aroma, leading to a distinct malt character, with caramel and nut undertones in the flavour, resulting in a beer with a clean finish and bursting with flavour. Hops used: Cascade, Palisade, Perle Beer style: strong bitter 42. WADWORTH BLUNDERBUSS 5.0% ABV Wadworth Brewery, Wiltshire. Est. 1885 This rich, ruby autumn ale is bursting with red berries and spices from the rye crystal and elderberries used, resulting in a full body which rolls gently to a crisp, decisive finish from the late addition of Cascade hops. Hops used: Bramling Cross, Cascade, Fuggles Beer style: strong bitter 43. GREENE KING IPA RESERVE 5.4% ABV Greene King Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1799 This warming, full-bodied ale has a reassuringly rich appearance, with grapefruit and citrus notes combining with the floral and herbal hop characteristics to deliver a dry, bitter finish. Hops used: Styrian Goldings Beer style: strong bitter 44. FERAL AUSTRALIAN IPA 5.5% ABV Feral Brewery, Perth, Australia. Est. 2002 After his impressive début at our 2011 spring real-ale festival, Brendan Varis, from Feral (Australia’s reigning champion brewery), has returned to brew another beer for us, this time collaborating with Banks’s Brewery, in the West Midlands. This impressive IPA is brimming with recently released Australian-grown-and-bred hop varieties, providing an intense tropical fruit aroma and flavours of pineapple, mango and passion fruit. Hops used: Galaxy, Stella, Topaz Beer style: strong bitter 45. ŠVYTURYS BALTIJOS RED ALE 5.5% ABV Švyturys Brewery, Lithuania. Est. 1784 Dzuljeta Armoniene has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to collaborate in re-creating this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This red-coloured beer has an aroma which strikes a good balance of caramel, malt and hops, while the flavour is full bodied, with notes of toast, malt and sweetness, balanced by a subtle, low-hop bitterness. Hops used: Magnum Beer style: porter 46. BROUWERIJ’T IJ IJBOK 6.0% ABV Brouwerij’t IJ, Holland. Est. 1985 Patrick Hendrikse and Bart Obertop have travelled to Batemans Brewery, in Lincolnshire, to collaborate in brewing this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This ruby-coloured ‘bock bier’ contains highlights of maltiness and a touch of roast in the flavour, while the German hops combine to provide a smooth bitterness. Hops used: Hallertauer Tradition, 4 Northern Brewer Beer style: bock 47. STEENBRUGGE BLOND 6.0% ABV Brouwerij Palm, Belgium. Est. 1747 This is an imported, lower-strength, cask version of the authentic Belgian abbey ale, brewed on behalf of St Peter’s Abbey, in memory of its founder St Arnold, the patron saint of brewers. The beer’s full and slightly smoky yeast aroma leads to a highly distinctive, spicy flavour, created by the use of ‘gruut’ – a mixture of spices typical of the nearby city of Bruges. Hops used: Magnum Beer style: speciality 48. STEENBRUGGE DUBBEL BRUIN 6.0% ABV Brouwerij Palm, Belgium. Est. 1747 This beer, the second from this brewery to feature in this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is also a cask version of an authentic Belgian abbey ale. Also brewed using ‘gruut’, providing the subtle, spicy accent, this beer has a fruity, yeasty aroma and a pronounced, malty flavour, with hints of cinnamon. Hops used: Goldings, Target Beer style: speciality 49. FREEMINER DEEP SHAFT 6.2% ABV Freeminer Brewery, Gloucestershire. Est. 1992 Owing to rave reviews, after being featured in the spring 2011 Wetherspoon real-ale festival, we have commissioned another special brew of this classic stout. This is as big as a stout can be, brewed with more black malt than is sensible and huge amounts of hops, resulting in a dry, roast malt flavour and full-on oats, finishing with burnt toast and floral hop notes. Hops used: Fuggles Beer style: stout 50. JW LEES MOONRAKER 6.5% ABV JW Lees Brewery, Manchester. Est. 1828 This classic, strong bitter was first brewed in 1950 and has recently had its strength decreased to a more drinkable, yet still potent, level. This is a reddish-dark-brown beer with a strong, fruity aroma and powerful, rich, sweet flavour. Hops used: Goldings, Styrian Beer style: strong bitter Ciders: 51. SANDFORD ORCHARDS STRAWBERRY LANE 4.0% ABV Ripe red strawberries are juiced and blended with aged cask cider and a healthy squeeze of fresh lime. Delicate, sweet and naturally pink in colour, this cider is blessed with all of the charms of summer and a pleasing citrus kick. 52. WESTONS TWIST MULLED CIDER 4.0% ABV A festive, spicy blend of full-bodied Herefordshire cider, matured in oak vats and blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and citrus. 53. WESTONS TWIST RASPBERRY 4.0% ABV A delicious fusion of refreshing cider, with a twist of raspberry juice. This light, fresh and fruity sensation will delight the taste buds and quench the thirst. 54. WESTONS COUNTRY PERRY 4.5% ABV This Herefordshire perry is fermented and matured in oak vats to develop an exquisite, delicate, light and fruity character. It’s softly floral, with a clear, natural pale straw colour. 55. MR WHITEHEAD’S FESTIVAL SPECIAL PERRY 6.0% ABV This natural perry ‘pear cider’ is made with a blend of dessert and perry pears. It has a pleasant fruity aroma, a subtle, but full-bodied, medium taste, a good strength and a light straw colour. 56. THATCHERS TRADITIONAL 6.0% ABV This is a mellow, naturally hazy, smooth, refreshing, well-balanced medium cider, produced from a blend of English bittersweet apples. 57. WESTONS TRADITIONAL SCRUMPY 6.0% ABV A hearty and wholesome cloudy still cider, this is matured in old oak vats. Satisfyingly robust, with a hint of sweetness, it enjoys the mature flavour of traditional bittersweet apples. 58. GWYNT Y DDRAIG DOG DANCER 6.5% ABV Produced from bittersweet cider apples, blended with a true sharp cider apple, this is a light straw colour, with medium, dry, smooth, crisp and slightly sharp characteristics. 59. GWYNT Y DDRAIG BLACK DRAGON 7.2% ABV This award-winning Welsh medium-dry cider, from Glamorgan, is matured in oak barrels to produce a rich colour, body and flavour – with a fresh, fruity aroma. 60. WESTONS OLD ROSIE 7.3% ABV This still cider is allowed to settle out naturally, after fermentation, resulting in a truly old-fashioned, full-flavoured, cloudy scrumpy cider, with a well-balanced, medium-dry character and hints of citrus and spicy cloves.
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