Beer, beer, more beer. Oh and cider, perry, music and awards



Before all the fun, let’s go through what’s on the bar:

Nearly gone

Siren Soundwave 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. Berkshire. £3.00

Replacing it

Franklins Mama Knows Best 4.1% Postponed from last week. Always listen to mother! Inspirational traditional English Best Bitter made entirely with English malt and showcasing Mosaic hops, rich in Mango, Lemon and Earthy pine. Hops: Bramling Cross, Goldings, Challenger, Mosaic. Sussex. £2.70

Freshly on

Pig and Porter Ashburnham Pale 3.8% A classic English Pale Ale brewed with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops late in the boil and then dry hopped with EKG’s to add a spicy finish. Tunbridge Wells. LocAle. £2.40

Three Sods Mud Puddler 4.5% Second beer from this new and tiny East London brewery. Black IPA. Despite being pitch black in colour with burnt malt taste, its not heavy at all. In fact its a light and fruity ale. Bethnal Green. LocAle. £2.70.

Coming soon

Adnams/Magic Rock The Herbalist 4.8% A new 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

We have two casks of The Herbalist, the second will join the Bexley Brewery beers and a Gyle 59 beer at our 23 May celebrations…

Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year and Beer of the Festival Night!

You’ve all got the 23 May in your diaries already, haven’t you?

6pm Evening bar opens.
8pm Beer of the Festival presentation to Cliff Murphy of Bexley Brewery for Golden Acre (unfined) followed by Meet the Brewer with Cliff.
8.45pm Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year presentation to OLC.
9pm Music from New Levee Breakers.

There will be food available (foot long hot dogs in baguettes…)

Real ales on the night:

Gyle 59 Unite Red Ale 4.6% One of many versions of this beer brewed by brewsters from around the world on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day read more here – this one is from Gyle 59, so is also unfined and vegan friendly. Gyle 59 donate 10p a pint from this beer to Endometriosis UK.

Adnams/Magic Rock The Herbalist 4.8% (see above)

Bexley Brewery pump takeover:

GOLDEN ACRE 4.0% (unfined) Golden ale, named after the small green next to St Johns Church in Bexley Village. Special unfined cask.

A single malt golden ale made from Maris Otter barley and combined with US and Australian bittering hops to produce a refreshing ale with a zesty citrus flavour. Ideal for any occasion.  Cyclops tasting information –

BLACK PRINCE PORTER 4.6% Originally a seasonal ale, now an occasional. 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  –

REDHOUSE PREMIUM ALE 4.2% One of Bexley’s core session ales and named after the famous Red House in Bexleyheath,  home of William Morris, one the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement. REDHOUSE is a darker Pale Ale combining Crystal malts with English Goldings hops for a richer flavour. This ale has a very clean finish and late-hop bitterness. Cyclops tasting information –

BOB PALE ALE 4.2% One of Bexley’s core session ales, BOB (Bexley’s Own Beer) is a deliciously smooth pale ale. This ale is made with a combination of Crystal malts together with UK and New World hops, giving a floral aroma with a well balanced flavour of gentle bittering and a lingering subtle sweetness. Cyclops tasting information –


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


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

Showcase night with the String Theory Quartet featuring Matthew Sear

May 22 @ 8:00 pmNo entry charge – hat collection

Formed in 2013 – ‘String Theory’ perform original jazz/blues, world music, as well music in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli and The Hot Club Of Paris! Plus other acts

Crimes Against Taste present ‘Tenor and Baritone – a musical comedy’ featuring an eclectic mix of well-known comic songs.June 6 @ 7:30 pm

Graham Neal (tenor) and Jon Openshaw (baritone) are budding young opera singers dreaming of superstardom. But when their accompanist Robert Webb brings them down to earth with a few home truths, their plans for a proper classical concert go firmly out of the window… perhaps some more diversity could hold the key to success…?

As well as some original compositions and adaptations, ‘Tenor and Baritone’ features a smorgasbord of well-known musical delights: from Donizetti to Dolly Parton, there really is something for everyone!

Crimes Against Taste are one of the UK’s finest (and only) classical-comedy-cabaret-crossover-acts! Here’s what the audience and reviewers have had to say about them:

“Absolutely brilliant”

“Witty and fun evening”

“…exemplary renditions of many of my comedy favourites… I’m already looking forward to your next performance”

“.. a lewd sense of humour can lurk beneath the proper exterior… The performance was slick and well paced … murmurs of approval heard from the outset and some extremely positive audience feedback at the end”

Tickets: £8 on  the bar from Friday night

£8.80 on the door from

£10 on the door

The Allen Family Band

June 19 @ 8:00 pmOrpington Liberal Club and Orpington Folk n Blues are delighted to have the Allen Family Bandplaying at the club on Friday, 19 June. Doors open 6pm. Performance from 8pm.

“The Allen Family” are a bluegrass and old time music playing family.

They are the latest of a line of Allen Family bands. The Allen family started in North Carolina in the late 1800’s, moving to Missouri in the 1930’s, New Mexico in the 1940’s, California in the 1960’s and Pete then in 1989 started a family in England.

The Allen Family’s youngest member is Geary 16, playing guitar and banjo, is a close follower of Earl Scruggs style on banjo and Doc Watson and Merle Travis on guitar. Toby 19 plays double bass and also plays many other instruments including guitar, clarinet and flute and is a highly accomplished jazz and rock musician, also working with “Lapis Lazuli” and “Cairo”. Ruby, 21 sings in her own unique style and says Johnny Cash is her biggest influence. Josh 23 who sings and plays guitar, banjo and fiddle in the old time way. Josh is a student of the styles of Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger and others. Pete 59, from New Mexico, started his musical career around 1970 playing fiddle, guitar and singing in a trio called the “Allen Brothers” with his brother Phil Allen on banjo and Earl Pitman on bass. Pete was also a founding member of a bluegrass band with Robert Earl Davis, of “The Earl Brothers”. In 40 plus years of playing, Pete has the great fortune and opportunity to have played bluegrass, country, blues and Cajun music with some of the best players in the US that include Phil Allen,

Jim Nunally, Robert Earl Davis Steve Pottier Ida Guillory (Queen Ida), Al Lewis (Al Rapone), Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown, Bela Fleck and David Byrne to name just a few.

Tickets available now over the bar

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