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Music, Beer and Cider

The week after the week before

So it is the week after last week’s Beer, Cider, Folk and Blues Festival.
Thanks to all who came, helped, played, drank, listened, danced and made it a big success.
After what were an exhausting few days I, Duncan, set about firming up a load of bookings for musicians to play at the club over the coming months. I also started the next round of beer planning. We’ve now got a host of great music acts booked, and great beers.
I was about to look at the various email lists I have (Ale Mail, festivals, Music) and decide what to put in several different emails, when my wife got called in to hospital for an operation she has been waiting for. So, I decided that rather than trying to decide who gets what, and some of you getting more than one email. I would put the whole lot into this!
So below you will find information for real ale (and cider) drinkers. Then for Jazz, Folk, Blues, Roots, Country and Bluegrass fans. for those who enjoy all of it, you are in for a treat.

Cheers!

Beer and Cider

What’s on, and what’s coming

Below, from Perfect Pint, is what we have currently on the bar, each beer/cider is a clickable link. These range from Adnams Southwold Bitter at 3.7% right up to Kissingate Six Crows at 6.6% 
Coming up on the bar soon we have: Gyle 59 Happy Daze Wheat Beer 4.1%, Adnams Jack Brand Mosaic 4.1%, Tonbridge Rustic 4/0%
Scroll down for real ale events – we’ve got a few planned!

ON THE BAR

East Kent Green Hop Breweries Tour

10 October 2015

A day out on the East Kent Green Hop Breweries Tour.
The plan is to take the train to Canterbury, and then get the Green Hop Breweries tour
bus round the Five breweries in east Kent that have arranged to open their doors to the public on Saturday 10th October for tours, music, food & Kent Green Hop beers.
Due to works on the railways that weekend, we will be travelling from St. Mary Cray to Canterbury East. From Canterbury East station it’s about a half mile walk into town
to The Foundry Brewpub, from where we will catch the tour bus. The tour will end back at the Foundry, where there will be a beer festival, barbecue and the Rugby World
Cup being screened. We will be meeting from 9.00 am at St Mary Cray station, in order for people to purchase group save tickets (as required). We are aiming to catch the 09.21 train to Canterbury East, arriving 10.36 am.

Please book and pay for your brewery bus ticket(s) below (£10 + booking fee), and email orplibclub@gmail.com to let us know you are coming so we can meet you at St Mary Cray Station.

CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year Presentation

24 October 2015

Bar opens 6pm, event starts 7.30pm
What it says on the tin! We are delighted to win this for a second time. We’ll have great beer, food, probably a bit of music, a presentation and some fun. Free entry. But non members should register using the link at least 48 hours in advance to keep it legal! 

Eventbrite - CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year presentation

Meet the Brewer – Musket Brewery

11 November 2015

Musket Brewery is a microbrewery based at Loddington Farm, Linton in the heart of the Kent countryside brewing very traditional Kentish style beers.

Non members should register using the link at least 48 hours in advance to keep it legal! 

Eventbrite - Meet the Brewer - Musket Brewery

Bromley CAMRA Fifth Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

7pm for 7.30pm start
Open to CAMRA members.
Free pint and buffet.
Please bring your CAMRA membership card

Music at OLC

OFF is coming to an end with a bang – but the show goes on

After 28 years Orpington Friday Folk will be coming to an end on 30 October, but they are going out with a bang, with a string of guest nights and a big farewell night.

But the show goes on, and as well as the excellent Orpington Folk n Blues nights, the club has booked some superb acts for Friday and Saturday nights from the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Blues and Country. Scroll down to book tickets for Hank Wangford, Mick Groves, Jo Fooks, Mississippi MacDonald, Tred and Ange Hardy.

Orpington Folk n Blues

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month – upcoming dates 8 September, 22 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November.
£2 pay at the door

OFnB ran our beer festival music. OFnB sessions are open for players and listeners, but if you plan to come and play get there early as the list fills up quickly. The emphasis is on upbeat songs in the Roots, Blues, folk and Bluegrass genres.

Friday Folk – Phil Hare

11 September 2015
£6 pay at the door

Phil’s solo music career began almost 25 years ago and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the current UK acoustic / folk music circuit.

http://orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/event/friday-folk-phil-hare/

Friday Folk – Special Guest from New York – Steve Suffet

25 September 2015
£6 pay at the door

Born Stephen Lawrence Suffet in 1947, Steve Suffet is best described as an old fashioned folksinger. His repertoire is a mixture of railroad songs, trucker songs, cowboy songs, union songs, old time ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel, bluegrass, topical-political songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy. He takes songs from whatever sources he wishes and then he sings them his own way, maybe rewriting the lyrics on the spot, flatting a 7th, or changing a major key to a mountain modal.

http://orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/event/special-guest-from-new-york-steve-suffet/

Friday Folk – The Legendary Skynflynt Big Band

9 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

Skynflynt is a Kent based band presenting a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music using a wide variety of instruments. Well known throughout the county’s music clubs with a relaxed style that involves the listener and gives them wide appeal.

Friday Folk – McGillivray Burke Trio

16 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

http://franmike.com/

Friday Folk – Jinski

23 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne JINSKI are two highly individual guitarists/musicians with strong distinctive voices. JINSKI have a wealth of great original songs that draw upon acoustic roots and country music whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI play songs that tell stories of love, joy, loneliness and longing. Intricate, soulful, beautiful songs, foot stomping, sing-a-long, raucous songs; music for the head and the heart, full of passion and originality.
http://orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/event/friday-folk-jinski/

Friday Folk – the Final Fling

30 October 2015
FREE

After 28 Fun filled years, OFF closes on Friday, October 30th 2015 – but Live music will continue at Orpington Liberal Club. The evening will be a singers format featuring as many of OFF’s friends as we can fit in. Starting at 6.00 with 24 acts, ending at midnight.

Eventbrite - Friday Folk - the Final Fling

Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

21 November 2015
£12.50

Hank has joined up with his old musical buddy and saddlepal Brad Breath aka Andy Roberts. Together they have been touring round the village halls that Hank loves so much and doing the smaller gigs that are too small or low paid for the whole Lost Cowboys posse. Misery and melody, raw emotion and open ribcages continue to be their trademark whatever form they take.

http://www.hankwangford.co.uk/hanks_brad_page.html

Eventbrite - Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

Mick Groves
4 December 2015
£6.40

Former singer and guitarist with top 60s/70s folk band The Spinners, Mick Groves, plays at Orpington Liberal Club. 

For more about Mick Groves go to http://mickgroves.co.uk/

Eventbrite - Mick Groves - former singer with The Spinners

Jo Fooks Quartet
15 January 2016
£9.50

Top Jazz saxophonist Jo Fooks, formerly in Humphrey Littleton’s band, brings her quartet.

Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’. Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.

After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Eventbrite - Jo Fooks and her band

Mississippi MacDonald
22 January 2016
£5.00

Mississippi MacDonald is a blues musician from London. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled extensively on the US blues trail. He has met BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Lucky Peterson. 

Eventbrite - Mississippi MacDonald

Tred
13 February 2016
£8.50

Tred first played at Orpington Friday Folk in 2014, but their music crosses into jazz. A trio consisting of :

Elle Rees – Flute & Vocals
Pete Thomas – Double Bass
David Delarre – Acoustic Guitar

When they played here before they lured people in from the bar who had just come in for a beer and they will be hugely popular with jazz and folk (as well as Ian Anderson!) fans alike.

Eventbrite - Tred in Concert

Ange Hardy
18 March 2016
£10.00

Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.

Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you’re likely to encounter.

Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” and since then Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK. She released her third studio album ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ to a packed theatre audience in September 2014.

The album went on to receive international acclaim and was one of only three folk albums last year to be awarded 5-stars by The Telegraph. Bringing the story full circle it was in January 2015 awarded FATEA’s most prestigious award of all, Album of the Year, in the same week that Mike Harding referred to Ange Hardy as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of the last couple of years”.

Eventbrite - Ange Hardy

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Real ale, cider and perry on the bar and coming soon

On the bar:

Tonbridge Coppernob 3.8% Fairly dry summer ale with a light maltiness and delicate bitterness. The fruity taste and aroma is provided by Kent grown Fuggles, Challenger and Golding hops. £2.70. LocAle.

Tring Kotulu 4.0% Hoppy beer brewed with New Zealand Hops and rye crystal malt. £2.70. Hertfordshire.

Downlands Dark 4.1% A dark malty beer – a sweeter, fruity, malty palette. £2.70. Sussex.

Downlands PAPA Passionfruit American Pale Ale 6.1% Bold hoppy aromas and a bittersweet passionfruit finish leave you wanting more of this intriguing APA. £3.00. Sussex

Coming soon

RCH Blackberry Slug 4.5% A variation on a traditional black porter. Full-bodied with tastes of chocolate and coffee, but with a touch of blackberry flavouring. £2.70. Somerset.

Elland Pacifica 4.6% A golden beer brewed with New Zealand Pacific Jade and Pacifica hops producing hints of orange marmalde and black pepper with a citrus aroma. £2.70. Yorkshire.

Exeter Ferryman 4.2% A copper coloured Premium ale. Beautifully well balanced flavour enhanced with generous handfuls of English Goldings hops. £2.70. Devon.

Cider

Dorset Nectar. Organic Artisan. 5.5% Award winning traditional cider from a Soil Association approved organic orchard with 3000 cider apple trees and 11 varieties. Dorset. £3.00

Harry’s Cider. 6.0% Made on Harry’s farm with 100% cider fruit blended together to give a distinctive refreshing taste with heaps of flavour and aroma.Somerset. £3.00

West Milton Cider Company. West Dorset Real Cider 5.0% – Medium. Traditional. Dorset. £3.00.

Orchards of Husthwaite Cooperative. Galtres Gold 6.5% – Medium. Traditional. Yorkshire. £3.00

Perry

Duddas Tun Pine Trees Farm. Pear O’Dudda’s Perry. 5.5% A medium to medium sweet perry made with a blend of pear varieties. Kent. £3.00

Tutts Clump Perry. 6.0% Medium dry unfiltered fermented pear juice. Perry. Berkshire. £3.00

Mick Groves – former member of The Spinners – Friday, 4 December

grovesMick Groves, the former Spinners members, will be playing at Orpington Liberal Club on Friday, 4 December.

Tickets will be £6 each in advance over the bar, £8 on the door or can be purchased online now for £6.40.

For more about Mick Groves go to http://mickgroves.co.uk/

Please note, if buying online, our payments are handled by Paypal, but you do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets.

Click here to buy tickets:

You will not be posted a ticket, please bring your PayPal receipt to collect your ticket.

New Brew Buddies Beer this Monday

New Brew Buddies Beer this Monday

This Monday night we have the second beer from our new nearest brewer – Brew Buddies PA01 Hallertauer Hersbrucker Pale Ale 3.5%. All but two pints of the last Brew Buddies went in a night, so you had better get in on Monday to try this one.

Brew Buddies PA01 is a very light and refreshing pale ale; ideally suited to the warm summer months. Brewed with Challenger bittering hops, Hallertauer Hersbrucker aroma hops and dry hopped with a mixture of Mosaic and Hersbruker it exhibits subtle bittering with a mild, floral and slightly fruity taste.

We’ve got three very varied real ales new on the bar::

Mauldons Mole Trap 3.8% A traditional mid-brown bitter coloured beer. Well balanced beer with a crisp bitterness, and malty flavours in the finish. Suffolk. £2.70.

Tonbridge Ebony Moon 4.2% A rich porter with a pronounced maltiness balanced with a mild bitterness. Blackcurrant notes from Kent grown Bramling Cross hops enhance the flavour whilst Golding hops give a delicate typically English aroma. East Peckham.LocAle. £2.70

Salopian The Bends 5.2% A fresh field of grapefruit and tropical fruit cascade across the pallet and descend to a long fruit filled finish. Shropshire. £3.00

Ale Mail: Beer festival tickets now available over the bar

Beer festival tickets now available over the bar

Tickets for the 29 August Beer Festival are available now! Paper tickets can now be purchased over the bar for £6.00, or tickets can be bought online for £6.40. this includes the pre purchase of 2 pints – there is no entry charge. See below for further details

On the bar:

Pig and Porter Elders and Betters 3.5% A crisp, refreshing golden pale ale with a lemony flavour and a subtle hint of elderflower towards the finish. LocAle. Tunbridge Wells. £2.70

Musket Flintlock 4.2% A stunning best bitter which evokes a taste of an old English woodland, with shafts of dappled sunlight striking through green cedar trees. Flintlock will ignite your tastebuds with its spicy orange undertones and just a hint of marmalade. LocAle. Linton. £2.70

Rudgate York Chocolate Stout 5% A deeply rich and satisfying premium stout with complex balanced flavours and a warm subtle chocolate finish. Yorkshire. £3.00

Pig and Porter/Weird Beard Weird Pig 5.6% Collaboration with Gregg from Weird Beard. A California common, fermented with a lager yeast but at ale temperatures while the grist is Pale Malt, Vienna, Caramalt and some Crystal. Kettle hops used in the brew are Magnum for bittering, Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus in late on. Dry hopped with an experimental hop never before used commercially in the UK, EXP431. LocAle Tunbridge Wells. £3.00

Coming soon:

Ilkley Summer 4.0% A dark-golden coloured, light refreshing beer with orange, citrus, mango and vanilla flavours leading to a dry finish. You could say it was sunshine in a glass. You could describe it as Umbongo for adults… Hops: Citra, Chinook and Galaxy. Yorkshire. £2.70

Later Next Week:

Mauldon’s Mole Trap 3.8% A traditional mid-brown bitter coloured beer. Well balanced beer with a crisp bitterness, and malty flavours in the finish. Suffolk. £2.70

Brew Buddies SH01 Mosaic Pale 4.5% We helped launch this beer from our new nearest brewer last week. Apart from 3 pints, we sold out in one night. If you didn’t get a chance to come in, watch our website and come and try it, when it is gone it is gone! Brewed with pale ale malt and a touch of crystal malt, this single hop beer is packed with the full on flavour of Mosaic hops. This beer exhibits multiple flavours from fruity tropical, mango and citrus to pine. Unfined. Swanley Village. LocAle. £2.70

Elland Pacifica 4.6% A golden beer brewed with New Zealand Pacific Jade and Pacifica hops producing hints of orange marmalade and black pepper with a citrus aroma. Yorkshire. £2.70

RCH Blackberry Slug 4.5% A variation on a traditional black porter. Full-bodied with tastes of chocolate and coffee, but with a touch of blackberry. Somerset. £2.70

Tickets for our August Bank Holiday Beer and Cider Festival are available now.

The festival is for one day only from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, 29 August.

The theme this time is that there is no theme! There will be local beers and beers from far away. Golden beers, pale beers, tawny beers, dark beers. Bitters, IPAs, Stout, Porter, Mild (hopefully) and probably the odd Saison. Fined beers and unfined beers.The planned list of beers can be seen by clicking on the buy tickets link below (don’t worry, you can read the list without buying tickets.

There will be live music from Orpington Folk & Blues and we are hoping for the Ravensbourne Morris Men. And of course we will be striking up the barbecue.

Tickets for the Saturday can be bought using the link below. Tickets are £6.40 each online or £6.00 over the bar. This includes purchase of your first two pints (you all know the format by now). A £3 glass deposit will be taken on the day.

Buy tickets for Saturday now!

TONIGHT: New beer from new local brewer Brew Buddies, Swanley

TONIGHT New beer from our new nearest brewery Brew Buddies from Swanley Village – and we’ll get a visit from the brewers
Plus your usually weekly Ale Mail!
Tonight, we have the first cask beer from our new nearest brewery – Brew Buddies in Swanley Village. Brew Buddies SH01 Single Hop Mosaic Pale Ale 4.3%. Starts at 8pm and at least one of the Brew Buddies will be along.
Don’t forget, you can see an up to date list of what real ale, cider and perry we have on by going to the listing on our website. This is powered by Perfect Pint and clicking on any beer/cider will bring up more details.
Click here for our beer and cider page

Also new on the bar:

Musket Fife and Drum 3.8% A Golden Ale which produces tantalising tastes and aromas of spice, honey, marmalade, floral and the merest hint of wild blackcurrant growing in the hedgerows of Kent. An ale which is akin to taking a refreshing stroll in the garden of England. LocAle. Linton. £2.70

Nearly gone:

Tonbridge Traditional 3.6%  Easy drinking and refreshing ale with a light fruity taste and aroma from traditional Kent grown Golding and Challenger hops. LocAle. £2.70

Pig and Porter Summer Stout 4.2% Something a little different. Summer Stout is black and roasty as you’d expect but with a clean tasting yeast and some beautiful resinous American hops that we think work particularly well in a dark beer. LocAle. Tunbridge Wells. £2.70

Coming on (probably tonight):

Musket Muzzleloader 4.5% Our Kentish Ale envokes the faint spicy aroma of well-seasoned, smoked cedar logs and orange drifts from this full-bodied bitter. LocAle. Linton. £2.70.

Salopian Hop Twister 4.5% The palate is fresh, piercing and focused, with soft malt overtones and pronounced citrus flavours. A strong focus of taut, lemony, grapefruit on the finish which is balanced by a dry bitterness. Awards: SIBA National Champion Premium Beer Silver 2015, Bronze Golden Beer Category Champion Beer of Britain 2014, West Mids CAMRA Golden Beer of the Year 2013. Silver Best Bitter Category CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2012. Shropshire. £2.70.

Coming soon:

Musket Flintlock 4.2% A stunning best bitter which evokes a taste of an old English woodland, with shafts of dappled sunlight striking through green cedar trees. Flintlock will ignite your tastebuds with its spicy orange undertones and just a hint of marmalade. LocAle. Linton. £2.70

Pig and Porter Elders and Betters 3.5% A crisp, refreshing golden pale ale with a lemony flavour and a subtle hint of elderflower towards the finish. LocAle. Tunbridge Wells. £2.70

Cider

Dorset Nectar. Organic Artisan. 5.5% Award winning traditional cider from a Soil Association approved organic orchard with 3000 cider apple trees and 11 varieties. Dorset. £3.00

Harry’s Cider. 6.0% Made on Harry’s farm with 100% cider fruit blended together to give a distinctive refreshing taste with heaps of flavour and aroma.Somerset. £3.00

West Milton Cider Company. West Dorset Real Cider 5.0% – Medium. Traditional. Dorset. £3.00.

Orchards of Husthwaite Cooperative. Galtres Gold 6.5% – Medium. Traditional. Yorkshire. £3.00

Orchards of Husthwaite Cooperative. Galtres Blush 6.5% – Medium with strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Yorkshire. £3.00

Perry

Duddas Tun Pine Trees Farm. Pear O’Dudda’s Perry. 5.5% A medium to medium sweet perry made with a blend of pear varieties. Kent. £3.00

Tutts Clump Perry. 6.0% Medium dry unfiltered fermented pear juice. Perry. Berkshire. £3.00

Tickets for our August Bank Holiday Beer and Cider Festival are available now.

The main festival is for one day only from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, 29 August.

The theme this time is that there is no theme! Follow the buy tickets link to see how the beer list is taking shape.

There will be live music from Orpington Folk & Blues and we are hoping for the Ravensbourne Morris Men. And of course we will be striking up the barbecue.

Tickets for the Saturday can be bought using the link below (but keep scrolling to read about our invitation only preview night). Tickets are £6.40 each online and can be bought now. Paper tickets will be available over the bar at £6.00 each soon. This includes purchase of your first two pints (you all know the format by now). A £3 glass deposit will be taken on the day.

Click here to buy tickets for Saturday now!
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Five really different real ales this Friday

Something for everybody

Five very diverse beers

This Friday night we have five very diverse real ales going on. We’ve got a near sell out audience in the hall for the Allen Family so it will be a busy night. On the bar we will have (in descending order of strength):

Firebrand Up to Tricks 46 Chocolate Chipotle Stout 6.5% A smooth velvety, chocolate body with hints of smoke from the Chipotle chillis lending a subtle yet lingering heat to this dark beer. Cornwall. £3.00

Adnams Jester 4.8% A single hop golden beer brewed with Pale Ale Malt and hopped with a new British hop called Jester. The beer has aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruits partnered with a complex bitterness, subtle herbal notes. Suffolk. £2.70

Downlands Best 4.1% A traditional and interesting malty, fruity, best bitter. Sussex. £2.70

Clarkshaws Archer Pale 4.0% Light and fruity, made with another new UK hop – Archer. Unfined. Vegan. LocAle. Loughborough Junction. £2.70

Clarkshaws Archer Cloudy Wheat 3.9% More UK Archer hops. Cloudy wheat beer with a crisp lemon flavour. Unfined. Vegan. LocAle. Loughborough Junction. £2.70

Coming next: Hackney Golden, Pitfield Ocean Warrior, Kissingate Smelter’s Stout.

Cider

Dorset Nectar. Organic Artisan. 5.5% Award winning traditional cider from a Soil Association approved organic orchard with 3000 cider apple trees and 11 varieties. Dorset. £3.00

Harry’s Cider. 6.0% Made on Harry’s farm with 100% cider fruit blended together to give a distinctive refreshing taste with heaps of flavour and aroma.Somerset. £3.00

West Milton Cider Company. West Dorset Real Cider 5.0% – Medium. Traditional. Dorset. £3.00.

Orchards of Husthwaite Cooperative. Galtres Gold 6.5% – Medium. Traditional. Yorkshire. £3.00

Orchards of Husthwaite Cooperative. Galtres Blush 6.5% – Medium with strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Yorkshire. £3.00

Perry

Duddas Tun Pine Trees Farm. Pear O’Dudda’s Perry. 5.5% A medium to medium sweet perry made with a blend of pear varieties. Kent. £3.00

Tutts Clump Perry. 6.0% Medium dry unfiltered fermented pear juice. Perry. Berkshire. £3.00

Possibly the best beer we’ve ever served

 

 

First the bad news

No more £2.40 a pint

We have been struggling to buy beers under 4% in the lower end of the purchase price range we had set. So we’ve had to make a change. From now on, all real ale under 5% will be £2.70 a pint, and all real ale at 5% or higher is £3.00 a pint. £2.70 is 10p more than we charged 8 years ago for Greene King IPA!

As a write this I am nearly two hours into my birthday, and there is no way I was not putting my favourite UK brewed beer this weekend.

So on the bar we have Siren Liquid Mistress. A 5.8% Red IPA. Californian style. Malty, hoppy, everything but the kitchen sink in this quite marvellous beer (well in my opinion…) Brewed in Berkshire and only £3.00 a pint (I’ve paid double that for it!)

The brewers description: A 5.8% west coast bright red ale: burnt raisins and crackers balanced by citrus. Liquid Mistress is our femme fatale – mysterious, seductive and disarming. She draws and charms drinkers with her full, red colours. You will soon desire her biscuit-and-burnt-raisin malt base, and peach and grapefruit spark. Her devious hop hit will steal your breath.

We’ve got some other great real ales on for those with differing tastes to me…

Westerham Summer Perle. 3.8%. This golden ale is dry hopped with Hallertauer Perle hops which impart a spicy and refreshing finish to this summer ale. Locale. £2.70

Hackney New Zealand Pale. 4.5%. Not the same as the one last year. Hopped with Nelson Sauvin. Locale. £2.70.

Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout. 5.0%.  Colour: Black. Nose: Strong Chocolate malt. Taste: Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness. Hops: Challenger. Malt: Pale & Chocolate. Staffordshire. £3.00.

Coming next:

Franklins Pale 4.0% Britain meets America in this flavour packed Pale ale. Franklins have used their  favourite ingredients from both countries to produce a hop forward pale ale bursting with flavour and aroma. Hops: Mosaic, Cascade, Challenger. Sussex. £2.70

Hackney Best Bitter 4.4% A traditional ale inspired by the British classic. Locale. £2.70.

Adnams/Magic Rock The Herbalist 4.8% A collaboration beer brewed in Southwold by Fergus Fitzgerald of Adnams and Stuart Ross of Magic Rock. A homage to Saison du Buff (a three way collaboration beer brewed by Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory breweries) this beer has plenty of complex, spicy flavours from the use of Saison yeast, which are balanced by bags of citrus and tropical fruit aromas from the bold New World hops. To back up these fruity flavours, and because it seemed like fun, they’ve added pineapple sage (a herb much-loved by North American hummingbirds) and pineapple weed (otherwise known as false chamomile), both of which add even more fruity flavours to this bold beer. Style: Saison ABV: 4.8 Colour: Golden IBU: 30 Malts: Pale Ale Hops: Galaxy, Citra Adjuncts: Lemon verbena, lemon thyme, pineapple sage, pineapple weed. Suffolk. £2.70

Firebrand Black Saison 5.0% This beer combines great British and Belgian beer heritages to make a beer that takes elements from British stouts and Belgian farmhouse saisons. Dark and full of roasted malt flavours, with a smoothness from the high wheat content, delicately hopped with European hops adding a hint of floral hop, and then fermented with a saison yeast filling the beer with complex funky fruity flavour that complement the rich malt notes. Cornwall. £3.00