Friday, 31 July 2009

Whittingtons Brewery - S.P.A

4% SPA, a most drinkable beer. A definite for those lazy summer days and still enjoyable by the fireside on those winters nights. This golden beer will deliver the Real Ale flavour without any overpowering hops and bitterness.

With all bottle conditioned beers poor carefully as to make sure the sediment stays in the bottle and doesn't join the beer in the glass.

Bottle conditioned Beer.

The Cotswold Beer Festival - Postlip

I was welcomed to the 33rd CAMRA Cotswold beer festival on 25th July 2009. This is the 5th year I have been. Set in the grounds around the Manor Houses Tythe Barn at Postlip Hall nr Winchcombe you couldn't ask for a better setting for a beer festival. There was again a very good selection of beer regional and from all over the country. Entertainment Saturday evening was by Anything Goes an entertaining upbeat live jazz band.

Friday 7pm -11pm
Saturday "Lunch time" then 6:30pm to 11pm

On arrival you get given a program and can buy beer tokens as you approach the Tythe Barn where all the beer is housed. On entry you are given a glass in exchange for your ticket.

Food comes in the form of a BBQ burger and hot dogs.

What did I drink???
3 pints Bays Best 3.7%
(2 for the walk back to the campsite)
1/2 pint Brass Monkey Best Bitter 3.8%
1 pint Cotswold Spring Olde English Rose 3.9%
1/2 pint Half Penny Halfpenny Ale 4.0%

1/2 pint Nailsworth The Artist's Ale 3.9%

1/2 pint Oakham J.H.B 3.8%
1/2 pint Severn Vale Severn Springs 4.4%
1/2 pint Skinners Betty Stogs 4.0%
1/2 pint Stanway Stanney Bitter 4.5%
1/2 pint Stroud Tom Long 3.8%
1/2 pint Wickwar Rite Flanker 4.3%

Glass sponsorship was by Stroud Brewery. This years glass showed the rooks, which constantly circle Postlip Manor and Tythe barn (well they do when its not raining)

Whittingtons Brewery - Cats Whiskers

Whittingtons Brewery was established in early 2003 as part of the Three Choirs estate, which is set in 75 acres of rolling vineyards in the Gloucestershire countryside. The brewery is named after one of Gloucestershire's most famous sons, Dick Whittington. Legend has it that Dick was born in the hamlet of Pauntley, near to the site of the vineyard, and lived in nearby Gloucester before embarking on his adventurous life in London. Our beer names concentrate on Whittington's cat, Puss, who became as famous as Dick Whittington himself!

It is a bright, medium-bodied beer, with a gentle sparkle and delivers a rich hop flavour to give a refreshing and characterful pint. This tawny coloured ale was 4.2%abv it has now very recently changed to 4.6%abv.

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Bottled conditioned Beer.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

July's Tipple to Try

Purity - Pure Gold 3.8%
Brewed by Purity Brewing Co.
A light golden ale prefect for those summer evening sessions. I first found this bottled ale in the local supermarket and after the first sip i knew i was on to a winner, it's extremely refreshing and crisp, offers a slightly bitter after-taste that draws you to sample it over and over again. Highly recommended deserves 5 stars, enjoy!

Buy online from Purity Brewing Co.'s website -

Pure Gold 3.8% ABV is a refreshing Golden Ale. Made with English Maris Otter & Cara Gold malts plus Northern Brewer, Fuggles, Hereford Golding and Styrian Golding Hops. Creating an easy drinking beer with a lovely dry and bitter finish.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

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