Beers coming up between now and the end of April in rough chronological order

Late Knights Crack of Dawn 3.9
Adnams Oyster Stout 4.3
Clarence & Frederick’s Smoked Red 5.1
Brentwood IPA 3.7
Late Knight Old Red Eyes 4.5
Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9
Millis Gravesend Guzzler 3.7
Adnams Kristal White 4.2
Kent Brewery Porter 5.5
Dark Star Hophead 3.8
Oakham Citra 4.2
Skinners Ginger Tosser 3.8
Westerham Northdown 4.0
Ripple Steam Black IPA 5.8
Westerham Grasshopper 3.8
Wharfebank Tether Blonde 4.1
Kissingate Stout Extreme Jamaica 6.0
Tonbridge Orpington Buff Bitter 3.6
Pilgrim Progress 4.0
Pilgrim Templar 3.8
Pilgrim Excalibur 4.5
Gloucester Dockside Dark 5.2
Wharfebank Best Bitter 3.7
Late Knights Hairy Dog 6.0
Kissingate Gardenia 4.5
Hopback Taiphoon 4.2
Dark Star Carafa Jade 5%

Save Your Pint

Many thanks to Greg Mulholland MP and John Cryne, London Regional Director for CAMRA  for a great night tonight discussing the various issues hitting pubs and clubs.

The clear message was that pubs and clubs are at the heart of their communities and should be selling good British beer without the brewers, publicans and drinkers being robbed by the exchequer or the Pubcos or people being driven to drink at home by supermarket loss leaders.

Traditional small brewers, pubs and clubs contribute to the economy through ingredients, staff and other resources way beyond just taxing beer to death. The final comment goes to Greg…

Update on our beers and ciders for Greg Mulholland and John Cryne tonight

Our beers and ciders for tonight (Wednesday) for the Save Your Pint Public Meeting are a little bit different to previously advertised, we won’t shop the brewer that made a small mistake!

On the bar at the start of the night will be Adnams Lighthouse – with a free pint for card carrying CAMRA members as well as our own members. Please note we are a club and will require people to sign in on arrival, so (hopefully) we may get a queue to get in! We will also give a free pint to brewers and publicans, as quite frankly they deserve one.

Also on the bar at the start of the night is Westerham Progress Single Hop 4%. This is a a very drinkable session pint. The cask has been on since last night, and is already a good part drunk.

The third beer on at the start of the night is Ilkley Stout Mary 4.5%. A stout from the brewer in Greg Mulholland’s part of the country who brewed the special “Save the Pub” beer last year. It is a very quaffable beer for a stout, maybe too quaffable!

After everybody is in the meeting the Adnams Lighthouse will change to Late Knights Crack of Dawn Pale 3.8% – an easy drinking pale ale.

We expect the Westerham to run out early in the night and have another Locale, Clarence and Frederick’s Best Bitter 4.1% lined up to replace it.

Should you all drink the Stout Mary… there is a cask of Adnams Oyster Stout waiting!

We’ve got three ciders on. Multi award winning Janet’s Jungle Juice, Ben Crossman Medium Dry and locally produced Big Tree Walking Gingerly (with Ginger).

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.15pm meeting start. We are making sure that you won ‘t have to get up past more than one person to get to the bar during the meeting (but don’t all get up at once!)

We’ve got a lot of exciting news for all the real ale (and cider) drinkers this week!

  • Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year!
  • Beers of the Festival brewers coming to the Club!
  • Free beer at the Save Your Pint meeting next week!
  • Cider!
  • What beers are on, and what’s coming up!

Yes, you did read that correctly. Bromley CAMRA have introduced a Club of the Year award, and we’ve won it! 

But first…

Save Your Pint!
Next Wednesday, 13 March, we welcome Greg Mulholland MP and John Cryne to the club for our Save Your Pint Public Meeting, held jointly with Bromley CAMRA. The bar opens at 7.30pm and the event starts at 8.15pm. Come early, and bring your CAMRA membership cards. The first 65 people through the door who are CAMRA or club members will get a free pint of Adnams Lighthouse, courtesy of Adnams. This is a chance to hear two top campaigners and question them the week before the budget. We’ll have three other great beers on over the course of the night (two from the start and one replacing the empty Lighthouse cask…)

Club of the Year – the Hopscars!
As a club run and staffed totally by volunteers this is great news for a lot of hard work that everybody has put in over the past 14 months, though it shouldn’t be forgotten that we have been a real ale only bar since the mid 1980s with Greene King. But the switch to a more exciting range mainly from local and regional microbreweries has really made a difference.

Anyway, we will be celebrating our win and receiving our award at our own mini “Hopscars” (did you see what we did there?) ceremony on Saturday, 27 April. Bar opens 7pm, fun kicks off at 7.30pm. This will be held jointly with our beers of the festival awards…

That night we will be welcoming at least two, and possibly three, of the winning brewers from our beer festival last week to the club. They’ll do some mnigling with the drinkers, a bit of a question and answer session for 20-30 minutes, get their awards, and then mingle again.

Confirmed brewers coming are Gary Lucas from Kissingate and  Steve Keegan from Late Knights and we are also hoping that Paul Herbert from Kent Brewery can come along too.

We’ll have Kissingate Gardenia Mild, Late Knights Hairy Dog Black IPA and Kent Altered States, as well as a session beer, on the bar. Which brings us to the awards from the festival:

Hairy Dog Black IPAAltered States

Overall beer of the festival (taking into account all three category prizes below):
Joint winners:
Kissingate Gardenia Mild
Late Knights Hairy Dog Black IPA

Judge’s Prize
Before the festival all 20 beers were sampled by a judging panel, it was an arduous task, but somebody had to do it!
1st Late Knights Hairy Dog Black IPA
2nd Kissingate Gardenia Mild
3rd Cronx Mad-Ass Entire Chilli Porter

Quickest selling beers
1st Late Knights Hairy Dog Black IPA
2nd Kent Brewery Altered States American Brown
3rd Kissingate First Kiss*

Punter’s Choice
Voted for by people attending the festival
1st Kissingate Gardenia Mild
2nd Gadd’s Ramsgate Brewery Oatmeal Stout
3rd Cronx Mad-Ass Entire Chilli Porter
4th Kissingate First Kiss*

*A special mention has to go to Kissingate First Kiss. It went on late on Saturday but scored at such a high rate it nearly came third on the Punter’s Choice and looked likely to come top if it had been on all weekend, as shown by how quickly it sold.

Cider of the Festival
Westcroft Janet’s Jungle Juice

On the issue of cider, we still have all three festival ciders on the bar – Janet’s Jungle Juice, Ben Crossman Medium Dry and Big Tree Walking  Gingerly.

So what’s on and what’s coming up?
On the bar:    
Westerham Spirit of Kent 4.0% £2.60
Westerham Puddledock Porter 4.0% £2.60
Brentwood Marvellous Maple Mild 3.7% £2.60

Coming up in the next few days:
Cronx Kotchin 3.9% £2.60
Old Dairy Copper Top 4.1% £2.90

Then next week for Save Your Pint
Westerham Progress Single Hop 4.0% £2.60
Late Knights Old Red Eyes 4.5% £2.90
Adnams Lighthouse 3.4% FREE
Clarence & Frederick’s Best Bitter 

Complete Beer and Cider Festival list now online

It is important that people book their tickets in advance. This can be done by going to the festival webpage on our website here.

Marvellous Maple Mild
Popular with all who try it, this delicate dark brown mild has just a hint of maple syrup coming through in the finish. (Brentwood, Essex. Locale)
Gardenia Mild
Kissingate are launching their 2013 recipe Gardenia Mild at the festival. 
A mid amber mild with Rosemary and Rose petals added to the cask to give a floral and unique flavour. (Horsham, West Sussex)
Traditional English  bitters and IPAs
A Head in a Hat
Dinner Ale from 1923. You may well have never heard of a Dinner Ale. They are, after all, extinct. So what were they? Well the clue is in the name. They were lowish gravity beers designed to be drunk around the domestic table during the family meal. This recipe comes from tthe original Camden Brewery. (Herne Hill. Locale)
Orpington Buff Bitter

A classic english taste and aroma provided by Kent grown Golding hops, and a hint of citrus from Kent grown Challenger hops.
Our 100th real ale of 2012. House Bitter in The Crown, Otford (as Three in a Bed) and The Plough, Langley (as Plough Bitter). (Tonbridge, Kent. Locale)

Old Dairy
Red Top
A traditional English Ale but with a more relaxed taste. It is brewed using a combination of Maris Otter, Crystal and Brown Malt, with Challenger, East Kent Golding and Cascade hops. The result in a rich tan coloured beer, that is balanced on the palate,with a hint of citrus aroma. It shows all the characteristics of best English bitter. (Cranbrook, Kent)
Westerham Spirit of Kent
Launched in 2012, the first new permanent Westerham beer for 4 years, we had the first cask in Bromley. Spirit of Kent celebrates the Kent Spitfire, a Mark IX Spitfire housed at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Hopped with 9 different types of Kent bred and Kent grown hops in a total of 9 separate additions. (Crockham Hill, Kent. Locale)
Clarence & Frederick’s Best Bitter
A balanced aroma from three hops and four malt varieties. Brewed without the stalwart of crystal malt to create a unique sharp bitterness which develops into a spicy bitter aftertaste. (Croydon, Locale)
Old Dairy
Copper Top
A rich dark bitter that has a chewy toffee caramel body with chocolate undertones from the crystal and chocolate malts. A fruity bite from the Bramling Cross hops provides balance to this very drinkable ale. (Cranbrook, Kent)
Hop Fuzz
The Veteran
An English IPA, a Golden coloured traditional tasting ale, lifting its flavour from the East Kent Golding’s hops that go into it. A well balanced beer that leaves a smooth mouth feel and pleasant malt taste. (Hythe, Kent)
Golden beers
Clarence & Frederick’s
Golden Ale
Golden hoppy session beer. Bittered with German and American hops with more American hops for aroma. (Croydon. Locale)
Cronx Kotchin
Blonde ale brewed with cascade hops give a passionfruit and peach aroma. (Croydon. Locale)
Canterbury Foundry
Foundryman’s Gold
Hops: Magnum and Citra. A golden ale with strong aromas of citrus and elderflower with a subtle, lingering bitterness. (Canterbury, Kent)
Maris Otter Pale Ale with Caragold malts. Complex late hop additions gives citrus fruit flavours leading to a smooth and refreshing palate. (Notting Hill. Locale)
Westerham Progress Single Hop
Progress was bred in the 1960s as a wilt resistant Fuggle replacement. It does not have the earthy notes of Fuggles but a honey sweet smooth bitterness. Quadruple hopped. (Crockham Hill, Kent. Locale)
Kentish Gold
The only beer returning from our May festival, when it was the most talked about beer. A Golden Ale with a full chewy malt flavour and balanced with strong fruity English hops. The finish is clean, long and dry. (South Darenth, Kent. Locale)
Golden pale ale with flavours of biscuit malt balancing a long fruit hop. Winner of the Dover Winter Beer Festival – Feb 2010 Bronze Medal at the SIBA South East Regional Championship – July 2010 & 2011 (Canterbury, Kent)
Kissingate First Kiss
A very smooth amber beer. A careful infusion of Challenger hops and bay produce a citrus aroma. Deep and complex malt flavours and a lasting biscuit aftertaste. You’ll cherish the memory of this beautifully crafted ale. (Horsham, West Sussex)
American IPA
American IPA
A deep citrus bitterness, a fragrant citrus and floral aroma and lovely biscuit background flavours. Brewed using a Californian yeast strain, Pale Ale, Munich and Crystal malts, malted wheat and a blend of five American hops – Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Willamette. (Southwold, Suffolk)
American Brown Ales
Kent Brewery
Altered States
A new American Brown Ale launched last week, with hops, hops, malt and hops. (West Malling, Kent. Locale)
No4 American Brown Ale
New brewer. New beer. First batch!
This hoppy, mahogany-coloured beer, #4 uses primarily American hops for a generous citrus hit and blends it with the rich, caramel tones of dark malt.
Black IPAs
Canterbury Ales
Black IPA
A hoppy, zesty dark India Pale Ale. Racked by the brewer in November and he has a cask tucked in a corner maturing for us (probably a touch over 5.0% by the time we get it)… (Canterbury, Kent)
Late Kniights
Hairy Dog Black IPA
Coffee and Chocolate hints, but the big punch of a cracking IPA. Brewed by Late knights of Penge, unfortunately because of the recent snow the new brewery wasn’t completed in time to brew this locally, but it is a taste of what is to come.
Puddledock Porter
A traditional dark brown winter ale brewed with Crystal and Chocolate Malts, hopped with Kent Northdown, Bramling Cross and Goldings hops for flavour and aroma. (Crockham Hill, Kent. Locale)
Mad-Ass Entire Chilli Porter
Cronx’s dark robust porter spiced up with Naga Chillis for a warming kick and Chipotle Chillis for a slight smokiness. (Croydon. Locale)
Pudding Stout
A touch of oatmeal giving a dark and smooth silkiness. Also added are some coffee and vanilla essence providing this beer with an after dinner taste and rich aroma. (Bexhill, East Sussex)
Adnams Oyster Stout
Based on a traditional porter, it is a rich, nutty, mouth filling classic stout. Made from East Anglian Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt, Chocolate malt, roasted barley and English hops. (Southwold. Suffolk)
Gadd’s Ramsgate Brewery
Oatmeal Stout
Natural crushed oats, just like your Granny uses in porridge, help to create this deliciously smooth and flavourful dark ale. There’s a rich, luxurious chocolate maltiness perfectly balanced by a robust Fuggle hop bitterness in this warming brew. (Ramsgate, Kent)
Ben Crossman Farmhouse Medium Dry Cider - 20L Bag in a Box Ben Crossman Farmhouse Medium Dry
This traditional farmhouse medium dry cider has a fruity start and slightly dry finish. Its naturally fermented, unfiltered and smooth tasting. (Somerset)
Big Tree Walking Gingerly
Deriving from Mr Big Tree’s love of all things ginger, with its fiery after taste, this little beasty will warm the coldest of throats. Originally created as a winter drink, we’ve been delighted to be consistently informed that Walking Gingerly goes down well at any time of the year. A true original.. (Hartley, Kent. Local)
JanetsJungleJuice.jpg Westcroft Janet’s Jungle Juice
Only traditional varieties of Somerset cider apples like Kingston Black, Brown Snout, Sheep’s Nose and Yarlington Mill sre used. In 2007 West Croft Janet’s Jungle Juice was voted Champion Cider of Great Britain by CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival (from a blind tasting of over 150 ciders). In 2008 JJJ was runner up for the same award. JJJ had also been Champion Cider in 1997. No other cider has been been so successful. (Somerset)