Ale Mail!

Welcome to a fresh, hot off the press Ale Mail.

For those of you who missed last week’s festival, the News Shopper carried a short report:

Orpington’s Beer and Cider festival had more than 30 real ales and ciders on offer

For all of you who enjoyed last week’s festival we’ve got some delights you will recognise. As always we carefully sealed some casks to finish later (after testing them). So on the beers front we’ve got:

Festival Pale 4.1% £2.00 A blend of hoppy pale ale cask ends decanted into one cask until there was no air in it and then sealed. It tastes great. It includes (all unfined) Bexley Golden Acre, Wild Beer Bibble, Brixton Reliance Pale. Hazy hopiness.

Pitfield Shoreditch Stout 4.0% £2.40 Roast aroma. Roast flavour with coffee and chocolate. Heavy rich malts. Essex.

Canopy Brockwell IPA 5.9% £2.40 Hoppy, heady, easily drinkable pale ale. Using Cascade and Citra hops and British Maris Otter malts. Herne Hill. LocAle.

Hastings Handmade 23 American Stout  6.0% £2.40 A twist on Hastings Brewery’s recently launched extra black stout. Sussex. Very limited quantities.

Kissingate Undertaker’s Varnish 7.0% £2.40 A strong dark trappist style ruby ale. Very smooth and drinkable despite the strength. Fruity berry flavours from the hops give this beer a dangerous drinkability. Sussex. Very limited quantities.

There will be some other festival beers making appearances over the weekend, plus a session bitter.

Next week we will have a whole new exciting list for you. Probably featuring beers from Wold Top, Siren, more Bexley Golden Acre (fined this time) and more Moncada.

On the cider and perry front we have (all £3.00):

Window sticker v003 outlineDorset Nectar. Dorset. Organic Artisan. Award winning traditional cider from a Soil Association approved organic orchard with 3000 cider apple trees and 11 varieties. 5.5%

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

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

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

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

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

Gyle 59 bottles available from Monday – off sales only.

From Monday, at £2.50 for 500ml, we will have a small range of Gyle 59 bottles available for off sales only. We have 6 bottles each of:

Toujours Saison 4.0%, Starstruck Star Anise Porter 6.6%, Green Hop Wheat 4.8%, Elderbeery Stout 7.0%, and Nettle IPA 4.8%. You can read about all but the Nettle IPA here

Cheers!

Only a week to the Beer and Cider Festival!

Just a week to go until our February festival! Nearly half the beers have already arrived. Every supplier has, subject to last minute hiccups, confirmed their beers. There is a wizzy new listing of the beers on the festival page where you can sort the beers by brewer, name, ABV and style (and also by description… though why you would want to do that we are not sure. There is also a listing of the ciders and perries we have planned, most of these are ones that aren’t heard of much, what would be known as “tickers” ciders/perries.

On the beer front we may have an extra special cask of a fined beer interloping with all of the unfined beers…

There will be music in the evenings and hot food.

Don’t forget you MUST buy your tickets in advance, either over the club bar or on the Festival web page.

On the bar now we’ve got:

Exeter Lighterman Despite its low strength, this ale is full of flavour and has character beyond its ABV. Medium golden amber in colour, it has a well balanced flavour enhanced with lots of English Goldings hops. 3.6% £2.40. Devon.

Triple fff Pressed Rat and Warthog Complex mild perhaps not in the traditional sense but Triple fff like their beers hoppy! Ruby coloured, roast malt aroma with hints of blackcurrant and plum leads to a soft yet full roast flavour, fruit and malt vying with the rounded hoppy bittersweet finish. Not only for the mild fanatics but the bitter lovers too. Both will be left satisfied and wanting more. 3.8% £2.40. Hampshire.

Surrey Hills Collusion 3 A fun collusion between the good folk of Cobbett’s Real Ales Dorking and Surrey Hills Brewery. An inordinate, eclectic collection of aromatic & flavoursome hops deftly melded to a solid pale malt backbone. 5.2% £3.00. Dorking. LocAle.

Coming next:

1648 Triple Champion An old fashioned style, Chestnut coloured Bitter – deeply
flavoured, and full bodied, with a malty finish. A traditional style English ale. 4.0%. Sussex

Cider and Perry on the bar:

Duddas Tun Greenhorn 5.5%. Made with Katy apples (nearing end) 5.5% £3.00

Duddas Tun Perry 5.5% £3.00

Cornish Orchards Pear 5.0% (nearing end)

Lots more Cider and Perry arriving for the festival next week! See the Beer and Cider festival page!

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Ale Mail – just two weeks to go until the Beer Festival

This Ale Mail is being sent to you from a chilly Norfolk where my car has been sat in a garage all week… but still the beer is flowing at OLC.

In two weeks we’ll all be enjoying ourselves at the Beer and Cider Festival. The list gets more confirmed every day. Don’t forget you must pre book. There is no entry charge, you do however need to buy a ticket to cover the cost of your first couple of pints. You will also need to pay a deposit for a glass on the day. All details are on the Beer and Cider Festival web page.

On the bar now we’ve got:

Box Steam Chuffin Ale 4.0% – Full flavoured bitter, chestnut brown in colour with a fruity and smooth rich taste. Fuggles hops. Wiltshire. £2.40

Siren Driftwood. Medium bodied dark mild with a roasted flavour and a bitter finish. 4.3%. £2.70. Berkshire.

Surrey Hills Shere Drop. Pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma. The wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry. 4.2%. £2.70. Dorking. LocAle.

Coming up:

Exeter Lighterman. Despite its low strength this ale is full of flavour and has character beyond its ABV. Medium golden amber in colour, it has a well balanced flavour enhanced with lots of English Goldings hops. 3.6% £2.40. Devon.

 

Ale Mail – it’s back!

After a short break, the Ale Mail is back!

Straight in to what is on the bar. Three beers from microbreweries less than 30 miles away to keep you happy:

Dartford Wobbler Brewery Peddler’s Best. Formerly known as Millis Kentish Best. 4.0%. Been through a bit of a rebrand. Seems a bit more hoppy than in the past. A decent traditional session bitter. 4.0%. £2.40. LocAle. Dartford.

Surrey Hills Greensand IPA. Surrey Hill’s hop monster. Despite a relatively modest ABV for an IPA, this beer delivers an explosion of hops in every sense. 4.6%. £2.70. LocAle. Dorking.

Clarkshaw’s Curse of Cthulu. Made with Bramling Cross hops to add blackberry notes to a rich mix of caramel & coffee. 4.9%. £2.70. LocAle. Dulwich.

Coming up:

Box Steam Chuffin Ale. Full flavoured bitter, chestnut brown in colour with a fruity and smooth rich taste. 4.0%. £2.40. Wiltshire.

Siren Driftwood. Medium bodied dark mild with a roasted flavour and a bitter finish. 4.3%. £2.70. Berkshire.

Surrey Hills Shere Drop. Pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma. The wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry. 4.2%. £2.70. Dorking. LocAle.

Siren Soundwave.  A 5.6% west coast IPA: golden, immensely hoppy and alive with grapefruit, peach and mango flavours. Soundwave carries her drinker to the west coast, to the golden shores of California where craft ale is nectar. She is the driest of Siren’s ales – full with flavour but subtle with bitterness. Her resinous finish will pull you off balance. £3.00. 5.6%. Berkshire. LocAle.

Triple fff Pressed Rat and Warthog. Complex mild perhaps not in the traditional sense but we like our beers hoppy! Ruby coloured, roast malt aroma with hints of blackcurrant and plum leads to a soft yet full roast flavour, fruit and malt vying with the rounded hoppy bittersweet finish. Not only for the mild fanatics but the bitter lovers too. Both will be left satisfied and wanting more. £2.40. 3.8%. Hampshire.

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Ale Mail – Get your festival tickets now!

Tickets are now available both online and over the bar for our 20/21 February Beer and Cider Festival. Tickets cost £6 over the bar or £6.40 online and are prepayment for two pints of real ale/cider/perry/items of food. Tickets are divided to allow purchase of third, half or pint measures. We’ve managed to get a pretty impressive line up of diverse beers, ciders and perries which is growing all the time. So book now! For the current provisional listings of real ales, ciders and perries and also to purchase tickets go to the festival page here.

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There won’t be another Ale Mail for a couple of weeks.

On the bar now we’ve got:

Gadds No7 3.8% A pale bitter ale brewed with Goldings hops for a little bitterness, Fuggles hops for flavour and some crystal malt for colour and body. Kent. £2.40.

Bexley Black Prince Porter 4.6% Black Prince Porter combines brown, chocolate, black and crystal malts to produce a dark rich ale with a toasty flavour balanced with Bramling Cross and Goldings hops. Erith. LocAle. £2.70.

Pig & Porter Neither Nor 5.0% Hybrid Blonde Ale. A beer made with pale ale malt but fermented with lager yeast and lagered for six weeks in a conditioning tank. The hops are Chinook, Centennial and Columbus but the accent is on the yeast rather than the hop profile. Tunbridge Wells. LocAle. £3.00

Truman’s/Caveman Christmas Cave 4.8% Ignore the Christmas name, This isn’t a dark treacle affair. Collaboration between Truman’s (Hackney) and Caveman (Greenhithe). Brewed with a complex collection of malts (including rye and oats) and four hops (Bramling Cross, First Gold, Admiral and a new experimental hop from the US). Hackney LocAle £2.70.

Beers that are coming up over the next couple of weeks are:-

Session beers at £2.40 a pint:

Wantsum More’s Head 3.5% A chestnut coloured Bitter providing malt and roasted grains balanced by fruit and floral hop bitterness with a hint of citrus. Kent.

Millis Kentish Best AKA Dartford Wobbler Brewery Peddler’s Best 4.0% Copper coloured best bitter which has gone through a bit of rebranding. Dartford. LocAle.

Best bitters at £2.70

Tirril 1823 4.1% This very popular beer is darker than the average bitter with plenty of character, but not heavy. Many pubs enjoy this as a house beer, giving a contrast from the many light ales on offer. Cumbria.

Bristol Beer Factory Seven 4.0% Traditional English Best Bitter. Toffee malt flavours from Maris Otter malt, the King of barley balanced by traditional English Fuggles hops, which give a smooth hop bitterness and aroma. Bristol.

Surrey Hills Shere Drop 4.2% Pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma. The wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry. Dorking LocAle.

Stronger beers at £2.70

Clarkshaws Curse of Cthulu 4.9% Unfined. Made with Bramling Cross to add blackberry notes to a rich mix of caramel. Dulwich. LocAle.

Surrey Hills Greensand IPA 4.6% Surrey Hills’ hop monster. Despite a relatively modest ABV for an IPA, this beer delivers an explosion of hops in every sense. Dorking. LocAle.

Ciders and Perries on the bar:

Mike’s Eltham Gold 7.8% – Cider of the Festival Eden Park.
Duddas Tun Greenhorn 5.5% – Cider Made with Katy Apples. Kent
Duddas Tun Cheery Old Dudda 5.5% – with added cherries so not real cider under CAMRA guidelines
Duddas Tun Pear O’ Dudda 5.5% – Perry of the Festival at Eden Park. Kent
Cornish Orchards Pear Cider 5.0% – Perry Cornwall

TONIGHT Wednesday night… 6 beers… 4 from Brodies… Early opening…

20150106_222030What’s that you say Lassie? OLC have gone mad! Six stunning real ales on in the middle of the week. Four from Brodies. One from Surrey Hills and one from Truman’s/Caveman. And opening early! Quick Lassie, take me there. Rarely has Orpington had such a great selection of beers on a Wednesday night.

Yes all, tonight we’ve got an event on in hall (a quiet one…) so we’ve got a really stunning line up of real ales on the bar from Brodies, Surrey Hills, and Truman’s/Caveman. Plus two real ciders and two real perries.

BAR OPENS 6.30pm tonight!

The line up of beers is:

Surrey Hills Ranmore 3.8%

A straw coloured extremely moreish session beer that has a surprisingly full flavour for its strength. A pleasant and distinctive aroma is followed by a moderate hop bitterness. The fresh finish leaves you wanting another… Dorking. LocAle. £2.40.

Brodies London Fields Pale Ale 4.0%

The lightest of English malts and a absolutely massive helping of English Pioneer Hops. Lemon sherbet in a glass! Leyton. LocAle. £2.70.

Brodies Bethnal Green Bitter 4.0%

Maris otter and crystal malt come through. Aroma of caramel malt, bread and some fruity hops. Flavour has toast, caramel, refreshing fruit and mild bitterness. Leyton LocAle £2.70.

Truman’s/Caveman Christmas Cave 4.8%

The twelve days of Christmas have gone, so we have put on this Christmas branded beer. Quite frankly any Christmas beer with plums or figs or turkey in it wasn’t going to get on the bar, Ignore the Christmas name, This isn’t a dark treacle affair. Collaboration between Truman’s and Caveman. Brewed with a complex collection of malts (including rye and oats) and four hops (Bramling Cross, First Gold, Admiral and a new experimental hop from the US). Hackney LocAle £2.70.

Brodies Old Street Pale 5.0%

An American pale ale with citrus in the aroma. Medium sweet flavour with strong citrus coming through, along with pine and grass. Fairly sweet finish with modestly sticky pine, grass, toast and zesty citrus. Leyton LocAle £3.00

Brodies Leytonstone Stout 6.0%

Based on our tasting tonight, because there aren’t any other descriptions around, a nice coffee stout. Leyton LocAle £3.00

Ciders and Perries – all £3.00

Mike’s Eltham Gold … (Mike’s bringing some of a new batch in tonight, nothing definite about quantity, strength etc)
Duddas Tun Greenhorn 5.5% Cider Made with Katy Apples. Kent
Duddas Tun Cheery Old Dudda 5.5% with added cherries so not real cider under CAMRA guidelines
Duddas Tun Pear O’ Dudda 5.5% Perry Kent
Cornish Orchards Pear Cider 5.0% Perry Cornwall

Probably an early ale mail next week… or maybe a second one this week (but there are going to be a few weeks coming up without one….)

Cheers…

P.S. Don’t forget to get the beer festival in to your diary – 20/21 February.

A Wild New Year Ale Mail

Hope you’ve had a great Christmas, and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Many people talk about Dryanuary, but how about giving Tryanuary a go instead. Details are here http://www.tryanuary.co.uk/

Where better to try out all those different beers than OLC. By the time we get to tomorrow night we will have had 213 different real ales in 2014! That will make 436 different real ales in the three years since we broke away from Greene King.

And what better time to try out some of those beers than at our New Year Celebrations tomorrow night. We’ll have five great beers on. Book either online NOW or come in to the club tonight and buy some tickets (more info here).

We have three real ales on now:

Pilgrim Quest 3.6%

Lighter on the palate with a restrained hop structure. A mix of hops from both the Continent, America and New Zealand give the beer a floral, lime note. £2.40. LocAle. Reigate.

Hammerton N7 5.2%

A refreshing pale ale with six different hops from the US and New Zealand giving a complex citrus aroma. The subtle sweet malt flavour balances the fresh bitterness. Brewing legend JK (James Kemp) formally Head Brewer of Buxton and Senior brewer for Thornbridge helped develop the recipe for this Hammerton’s very first beer. £3.00. LocAle. Islington.

Hop Stuff Gunners Porter 7.4%

Yes, that does say 7.4%! Gunners Porter is Hop Stuff Brewery’s take on a traditional English porter, and a nod to their home at the Royal Arsenal and its rich military heritage. Made with roasted and chocolate malts and blended with pilgrim hops from the UK and a little Willamette from over the pond to add spicy notes- a perfect winter warmer. £3.00. LocAle. Woolwich.

Joining these three tomorrow night will two really WILD Beers

Adnams Wild Hop Amber 4.8%

Brewed with Pale Ale, Malted Wheat and Acidified Malts and hopped with locally (to Adnams) gathered Wild and Garden hops including Fuggles, Goldings, Bramling Cross and Sovereign. £2.70. Suffolk

Wild Beer Bibble 4.2%

This is one of the best beers we’ve tried all year and it just had to go on for New Year’s Night. Brewed with Vienna Malt and Oats, an unusual mouth filling malt base. Hopped with beautiful Mosaic hops, renowned for their tropical fruit beauty, helped along with some nice orangey Amarillo hops both at the end of the boil and in the dry hop. It is unfined, so naturally hazy. A moreish bitterness is complimented by tropical fruit tastiness. Somerset. £2.70

(Duncan’s note: The best beer I had all last year was Siren Liquid Mistress. There’s a cask hidden in our stockroom which will go on late in January after we return from holiday!)

Replacement beers:

Quite what and when the replacement beers go on depends on what gets drunk the quickest.

When the Hop Stuff Gunners Porter goes we should have:

Bexley Black Prince Porter 4.6%

Duncan went to two secondary schools, both were approved. Cray Valley Technical High School for Boys at Crittalls Corner and BETHS in Bexley. BETHS is next to what was the Black Prince pub and is now the Holiday Inn. So he is looking forward to this one.  Black Prince Porter combines brown, chocolate, black and crystal malts to produce a dark rich ale with a roasted, vanilla aroma and a sweet chocolate, coffee flavour. Cyclops tasting information – http://www.cyclopsbeer.co.uk/beer.asp?beer_id=5974 £2.70. LocAle. Erith.

What else goes on this week is in the beer drinkers hands. Possibilities depending on deliveries and when casks end are:

Pilgrim Progress 4.0%, Gadds No7 3.8%, Truman’s/Caveman Christmas Cave 4.8%.

(all these beers will be on at some point soon).

Next Wednesday we will have five exciting beers on. Four from Brodies and one from Surrey Hills. Plus some new Cider and Perry (we always have a range of real cider and perry in stock). Watch out for an early Ale Mail next week.

Cheers and Happy New Year.

 

 

Deck the Hops with Boughs of Holly…

coppernobMerry Christmas, and welcome to the last Ale Mail before Santa arrives with his sack.

If you’ve been bad this year and think he may not come, don’t forget we have mini casks of Tonbridge Coppernob and Tonbridge Union Pale for sale. A bargain at just £19.50 each for 5 litres/8.8 pints. This is proper real ale in a cask!

Also don’t forget our New Year’s Night celebration. Live music, hot buffet, fireworks, toasting glass at midnight. We should have a great line up of beers that night. The provisional list (this may change significantly) is: Pilgrim Quench, Wild Beer Bibble, Truman’s/Caveman Christmas Cave, Pig & Porter Neither Nor and Bexley Black Prince Porter. Click here for more information and how to get tickets.

On the bar:

Otley O4 Colombo 4%

Pale golden ale with high bitterness and aromas Of green grass and herbs. All American hops. Champion Beer of Wales 2011 – Golden Ales.  £2.40. Wales

Binghams Brickworks Bitter 4.2%

A malty bitter which is chestnut in colour with a slightly nutty hint. Hops balance the maltiness to provide a well rounded best bitter. £2.70. Berkshire.

Truman’s Original Porter 4.5%

Based on the Porters made in Truman’s heyday. Bramling cross and Target hops. £2.70. LocAle. Hackney.

Triple fff Rock Lobster 5%

We kept this in our stockroom to mature, and it tastes exceptional as a result. A Red ale. The inviting floral and spice aroma pulls you into the glass; dive into passion fruit, apricot and orange flavours with sweet toffee malt. Waves of fruit flavours crash over your tongue leaving you refreshed and wide eyed. Brewed with Australian Ella and Galaxy hops. £3.00. Hampshire.

Coming next:

Pilgrim Surrey 3.7%

An easy drinking but full bodied bitter amber in colour hopped with Whitbread Goldings, Pioneer and Bobek Styrians. £2.40. LocAle. Reigate.

Adnams Wild Hop Amber 4.8%

Brewed with Pale Ale, Malted Wheat and Acidified Malts and hopped with locally gathered Wild and Garden hops including Fuggles, Goldings, Bramling Cross and Sovereign. £2.70. Suffolk

Hammerton N7 5.2%

A refreshing pale ale with six different hops from the US and New Zealand giving a complex citrus aroma. The subtle sweet malt flavour balances the fresh bitterness. Brewing legend JK (James Kemp) formally Head Brewer of Buxton and Senior brewer for Thornbridge helped develop the recipe for this Hammerton’s very first beer. £3.00. LocAle. Islington.

Hop Stuff Gunners Porter 7.4%

Yes, that does say 7.4%! Gunners Porter is Hop Stuff Brewery’s take on a traditional English porter, and a nod to their home at the Royal Arsenal and its rich military heritage. Made with roasted and chocolate malts and blended with pilgrim hops from the UK and a little Willamette from over the pond to add spicy notes- a perfect winter warmer. £3.00. LocAle. Woolwich.

Merry Christmas!

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Ale Mail – Tonbridge mini casks for Christmas. New Year. Beer Festival. On the bar…

Tonbridge Brewery mini casks for Christmas available now!*

These 5 litre (8.8 pint) barrels of beer are incredibly popular, especially so as we move in to the festive season.
We have two Tonbridge beers in stock, but we expect them to sell quickly. These are Tonbridge Coppernob and Tonbridge Union Pale. Just £19.50.

All are cask-conditioned beers which still contain a small amount of yeast – it is a proper live real ale, as you would get on the bar in the club. This means that the mini-casks have to be settled and have a shorter shelf-life than cans and bottles.

Coppernob 3.8%

A traditional Kentish Bitter. Fairly dry ale with a light maltiness and medium bitterness. A robust, fruity flavour is provided by Kent grown Golding and Challenger hops, plus some Fuggles from the Alsace.

Union Pale 4.7%

American hopped pale ale with a zesty citrus finish. Rich biscuity malt flavours balanced by citrus and tropical fruit aromas from four classic American hop varieties. SIBA South East Gold Medal winner Premium Bitters 2014.

Just £19.50 each over the bar! *While stocks last.

See in the New Year at OLC!

OK. This isn’t strictly a real ale event, but where else can you get all this and enjoy great real ale.

Seeing in the New Year seems to be a choice of extremes – between sitting at home in front of the TV or a loud party with a disco you can’t be heard over the top of.
New Year at Orpington Liberal Club is that bit different. The aim is to have somewhere to come, with some entertainment, food and drink but all in a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere.
We’ll have:
Live foot tapping music from the New Levee Breakers
Popular dance music in the breaks
Hot buffet
Glass of bubbly at midnight (or alternative toasting drink e.g. half of real ale or cider)
Fireworks!
All for the very reasonable price of just £12.50
Tickets are now available over the club bar, or can be purchased on line here.

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Don’t forget to put our 20/21 February Beer & Cider Festival in your diary. You can read more buy and tickets here.

On the bar:

Kent Brewery Session Pale 3.7%

A light, refreshing and hoppy session beer. A balance of floral flavourings and aromas with a hint of citrus and elderflower. £2.40. West Malling. LocAle.

Twickenham Autumn Red 4.4%

A spicy red ale with fruity undertones. A taste with hints of caramel and roasted malts, a floral aroma from the Willamette hops and a clean lasting bitterness to finish. £2.70. Twickenham. LocAle.

Joining them tomorrow:

Truman’s Original Porter 4.5%

Based on the Porters made in Truman’s heyday. Bramling cross and Target hops. £2.70. Hackney. LocAle.

Binghams Brickwork Bitter 4.2%

A malty bitter which is chestnut in colour with a slightly nutty hint. Hops balance the maltiness to provide a well rounded best bitter. £2.70. Berkshire.

Replacing the Kent Session Pale when it runs out:

Otley O4 Columbo 4.0%

A very pale golden ale. A real hoppy beer packed with American Columbus hops – very bitter and thirst quenching with a satisfying herbal finish and massive aromas. £2.40. Wales

Replacing the Twickenham Autumn Red when it runs out:

Triple fff Rock Lobster 5.0%

A Red ale. The inviting floral and spice aroma pulls you into the glass; dive into passion fruit, apricot and orange flavours with sweet toffee malt. Waves of fruit flavours crash over your tongue leaving you refreshed and wide eyed. Brewed with Australian Ella and Galaxy hops. £3.00. Hampshire

 

Ale Mail – On the Bar, New Year celebrations, Beer and Cider Festival

Another fine line up of beers for you this weekend. On the bar this lunchtime (Friday) we’ve got:

Salopian Vortex 4%

Our 200th real ale of 2014. Aromas are biscuit malts with clean woody grapefruit and lemon. Flavours are sweet, mellow lemon with toasted, nutty malts and crisp, clean, woody light grapefruit hops. Dry and peppery on the finish. £2.40. Shropshire

Twickenham Autumn Red 4.4%

A spicy red ale with fruity undertones. A taste with hints of caramel and roasted malts, a floral aroma from the Willamette hops and a clean lasting
bitterness to finish. £2.70. Twickenham. LocAle.

Gyle 59 The Favourite 6.6%

Last few pints of this. A robust and fruity porter. Heavily hopped with Bramling Cross and Brewers Gold, it has a flavour and aroma which reminds you of dark fruits such as black cherries and blackcurrants. The rich mix of chocolate, black and crystal malts ensure that the taste of the hops are enhanced by a contrasting dark chocolate and roasted malt flavour. £3.00. Dorset.

Joining these tonight:

Twickenham Naked Ladies 4.4%

Outstanding hoppy beer using Pilgrim, Celeia and Chinook hops for full-flavoured satisfaction. Good body and luscious aroma. Inspired by the statues of water nymphs in York House gardens in Twickenham, known locally as the “Naked Ladies”. £2.70. Twickenham. LocAle.

Hop Stuff Oatmeal Stout 4.8%

Rich stout with light spicy hops. £2.70. Woolwich. LocAle.

Coming next week: Kent Session Pale, Bingham’s Brickwork, Triple fff Rock Lobster, Bexley Black Prince Porter.

2015

Seeing in the New Year seems to be a choice of extremes – between sitting at home in front of the TV or a loud party with a disco you can’t be heard over the top of.
New Year at Orpington Liberal Club is that bit different. The aim is to have somewhere to come, with some entertainment, food and drink but all in a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere.
We’ll have:
❖ Live foot tapping music from the New Levee Breakers
❖ Popular dance music in the breaks
❖ Hot buffet
❖ Glass of bubbly at midnight (or alternative toasting drink)
❖ Fireworks!
All for the very reasonable price of just £12.50
Tickets are now available here

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Don’t forget to put our 20/21 February Beer & Cider Festival in your diary. You can read more buy and tickets here.