13th Colchester Winter Ale Festival Programme

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Colchester

CAMRA

& North East Essex

Colchester

13 th WINTER

ALE

FESTIVAL

COLCHESTER

ARTS

CENTRE

church street. colchester. Co1 1NF

WEDnesday 29TH JANuary -

SATurday 1st FEBruary 2020

12 NOON-10:30PM


LOCAL BREWERS

and

CIDERS

10 Hand Pumps & 6 Ales On Gravity

Make the most

of summer in our lovely

walled secluded garden

FRED & PAULINE WISH THE COLCHESTER REAL ALE

& CIDER FESTIVAL THE BEST OF SUCCESS

82 BUTT ROAD

COLCHESTER

BT Sports | Bar Billiard Table


Welcome

All you need to know...

The Bars

Beers and ciders are from across the

country. The beer is sorted alphabetically

by brewer, split between the two real ale

bars. See the map for more info on where

to find everything.

Cider Bar

Ciders and perries are available at the bar

to the left of the stage

Belgian Bar

Belgian bottled beers are available from

the bar to the left as you come though the

main door.

CASK v. keykeg

We’ve a selection of beers available in cask

and keykeg on the Graveside bar to the

right as you come though the main door.

Compare and contrast the two different

methods of delivering and dispensing real

ale.

Food

See the board for today’s choices. Crisps,

nuts and other snacks are available from

the bars.

Additional Beer

Cards

Available from the Belgian bar,

membership bar and front door

Join CAMRA

Here

Join at the festival and we’ll give you

two free pints.

Festival Polo

and T-Shirts

Available from the Membership Bar

Beer and Cider

of the

Festival

Don't forget to vote. It helps us pick

the beer and cider for next year. Voting

forms are available on the back of your

beer cards.

Last glass and

beer card

refunds

Final refunds at 10.45pm each day.

Don't Drink &

drive

Soft drinks are free. CAMRA

promotes responsible drinking.

Importantly:

Our VolunteerS

Everyone involved in the planning,

prep and running of the festival is an

unpaid volunteer.

Martin

Beer Festival Organiser

Please note, the adverts contained in this programme

and views contained in them are the individual

advertiser's point of view and not necessarily those of

Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA or

CAMRA Nationally.



C H U R C H S T R E E T

BC

Belgian

Bar

English

Wine

Purchase Beer Cards

where you see this symbol.

CIDER &

PERRY

REAL ALE BAR

BREWERS M-Z

BELGIAN

BAR

BC

STAGE

SEATING

MEMBERSHIP

BAR

BC

REAL ALE BAR

BREWERS A-M

CASK V.

KEYKEG

BAR

FOOD

Membership

Bar

Soft Drinks

Join CAMRA

here for

FREE BEER

T-Shirts and

Polo Shirts

G R A V E Y A R D

Map

Glass and

card refunds

until

10:45pm

MAIN

ENTRANCE

FOOD

Food

Varies -

See

board for

details


T H E

35th

Colchester

Real Ale

Cider

A N D

Fesitval

WILL TAKE PLACE

27TH - 30TH MAY 2020

AT C O L C H E S T E R A R T S C E N T R E

Colchester

CAMRA

& North East Essex


What I hope to bring to the party is an

appreciation that CAMRA is a hobby, but

with a very important role in supporting

real ale and local pubs.

Like all hobbies some people have more

time than others to put into it but every

little bit really assists and even if you are

not a CAMRA member, by just visiting

our festivals really helps as a pint from a

real ale brewery is a pint sold to help the

business owner - and you just might

remember the pint of "Hop Zombie 7"

you had at the festival when you visit

some of our truly excellent pubs in

Colchester and have another!

If you would like to get more involved

your contribution can take many forms.

It can be giving up some days of your

annual leave to help at the two Colchester

beer festivals, or it could equally be just

sparing a few hours to work on the bar or

at front of house. Other volunteers have

distributed branch magazines, filled in a

pub survey, submitted a beer score,

lobbied their local councillors,

prospective Parliamentary candidates or

MPs. All of these contributions are

equally valuable and are vital to ensuring

the good work of the Campaign for Real

Ale continues.

CAMRA is about to launch a new

campaign aimed at highlighting the

important role that pubs and clubs play

Tell us your story

Has your local pub helped you

make friends in your area? Or

improve your mental health and

wellbeing in some way? Spread the

word – you can email us or share

on social using the hashtag

#mypubstory

Hello, I’m John, the new Chairman of Colchester CAMRA,

having taken over short term in the autumn and formally

elected for this year at the AGM in November.

My background is as a Civil Servant but I have been heavily

involved in Steam Railway preservation most of my adult life.

I was a Director at the North Norfolk Railway in Sheringham

for 14 years and also took on the role of Volunteer Director for

much of that time and was responsible for over 400 volunteers.

in ending loneliness and social isolation.

According to the Campaign to End

Loneliness, social isolation is as bad for

your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes

a day. I know that pubs are at the

forefront of helping fight social isolation,

and often this

hard work by

licensees isn't

recognised. At

this time of

year, when we

spend time

with our

friends and

family, it's easy

to forget that

not everyone

has someone

to go down

the pub with.

These

establishments

provide

wonderful

places to meet

new people

and renew old

acquaintances.

I would

therefore like

to ask you all

to help

CAMRA is supporting

Tryanuary, a

nationwide campaign

to support the beer

industry throughout

January. Rather than

swearing off pubs for

a month, participants

are encouraged to try

new venues in order to

help local businesses

during what can be a

challenging month for

retailers.

address the issue of loneliness by taking

someone new to your local. As well as

possibly addressing the problem of

loneliness, you will also be helping

support the Great British pub. If you are

out enjoying the delights of a pint and

you spot someone sitting alone, why not

go over and have a chat. You never know,

you might just make a new friend!

Cheers!

John Durrant

chairman



or ask for a voting form at the bar.

Your votes really are important and it's

great to celebrate a good local pub! It

really is an honour to present the

awards to hardworking staff who fully

deserve to be recognised. It also gives

the winner a chance to progress to the

Essex and East Anglian Pub of the

Year competitions, and the branch was

lucky enough to see the 2019 PotY

winner become the 2019 Essex Pub of

the Year.

Alongside your votes, try to remember

to register your beer scores on

WhatPub.com or by post - a

combination of these factors helps us

decide which pubs in our area need to

be surveyed and published in the Good

Beer Guide for the following year.

These are both ways to get your

opinions heard and to help influnce

CAMRA on a local, regional and

national basis.

As a branch, we hold various branch

and committee meetings which, as

members, you can attend to voice your

Hi all. I'm Dan, the new branch Vice Chairman. My job is to

support John in his role as Chairman, plus I have the

responsibility of overseeing our work on Pub of the Year

(PotY) awards and our Good Beer Guide entries!

You may have noticed that voting for the branch Pub of the

Year and Cider Pub of the Year is currently open. If you

haven't already done so, please vote for the best pubs (in your

opinion) within our branch; you can do so on the branch website

views and hear what the issues are

facing the branch. It's also a great

excuse to visit a pub and have a couple

of drinks!

On that note, we also have a range of

social events held throughout the year -

just popping along for a couple of

beers/ciders helps to contribute to the

branch and local pubs, and you are

most welcome to join our merry band!

If you hear of any beer, pub or

brewery news that you think we should

know about, you can let us know at a

meeting, on a social trip, via our

website (www.colchestercamra.org.uk),

on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/colcamra) or on

Twitter (@colCAMRA); we'd love to

hear from you!

All that's left for me to say is that I

hope you all enjoy the 13th Colchester

Winter Ale Festival, and here's to

another great year for ale in Colchester

and North East Essex!

Dan Young

Vice-Chairman

VICE-chairman

Beer Score at whatpub.com

Members! Vote for

your Pub of Year

colchestercamra.org.uk/vote

or pick up a voting form

from the bar



There’s lots of events going on in

and around Colchester, keep

updated on our branch website at

colchestercamra.org.uk

Pub Event: 100th Purple Dog

Film, TV & Music Quiz

Monday, February 3 @ 7:30pm

£2 per head entry, with all proceeds

going towards Invasion Colchester

2020, to be donated to St Helena

Hospice and the Colchester &

Ipswich Hospitals Charity.

Pub Event: Beer and Sausage

Festival at the Live and Let Live,

Stanway

Friday, February 7-Sunday, February 9

Beer festival with 10+ varieties of

beer and 20+ varieties of sausages!

Branch Event: Second Sunday

Seasonal Stagger:

Woodbridge/Melton

Sunday, February 9

Meet at North

Station at 11am to

arrange tickets for

the 11:20am train.

Our Sunday Staggers

take advantage of

public transport to

visit different towns

and pub in the area.

@

Branch Event: Real Ale Runabout

# 106 East Bergholt, Wenham

Magna, Langham

Thursday, February 13 @ 7:00pm

Runabouts are evening minibus pub

crawls. Places for the bus MUST be

pre-booked - please email

bus.ale@colchestercamra.org.uk to

book your place on the bus.

CAMRA Member? Are you

getting our monthly events

round-up email? If not drop

an email to

membership@colchestercamra.org.uk

Branch Event: Good Beer Guide

Selection Meeting at Ye Olde

Albion, Rowhedge

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 3:00pm

The annual Good Beer Guide

selection meeting to vote on the

pubs to be entered into the GBG.

Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival

Wednesday, February 19-Saturday,

February 22

More details at cbcf.info

11th Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Friday, February 28-to

Saturday February 29

More details at

chappelbeerfestival.org.uk

Branch Event: Last Friday Pub

Crawl.

Friday, February 28. 8pm - Queen

Street Brewhouse / 9pm - Castle

Inn / 10pm - Three Wise Monkeys

Our regular 'last Friday' pub crawls

around Colchester.

Branch Event:

Second Sunday

Spring Stagger:

Billericay

A pub crawl around

Billericay. Catch the

71C bus at 10:10am

from Colchester Bus

Station.

Branch Event: Real

Ale Runabout #

107 Coggeshall, Feering

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Running, or know of an event?

Let us know about it - tweet

@colcamra, message us on

Facebook or email

events@colchestercamra.org.uk

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The sad life of Jumbo the

elephant... Jumbo was born around

Christmas 1860 in Sudan and after his

mother was killed by hunters, the male

infant calf was captured and sold. In

1865, at the age of 5, he moved from

Paris Zoo to London.

It was here that he

was given his name

and Jumbo became a

crowd favourite due

to his size and the

rides he’d give to

children on his back,

including those of

Queen Victoria.

Concern grew over

Jumbo's growing

aggression and

potential to cause a

public disaster. In

1882 despite public

outcry the

Superintendent of the

London Zoo, decided to sell Jumbo to

the American entertainer, PT. Barnum

of the Barnum & Bailey Circus for

£2,000 (£214,000 in today’s money).

The sale of Jumbo sent the citizens of

London into a panic. 100,000 school

children wrote to Queen Victoria

begging her not to allow the sale of

Jumbo. Even so he was sold and sent

across the Atlantic to America with his

keeper Matthew Scott.

Jumbo died in September 1885 at a

railway yard in Ontario, he was 25.

Descriptions of the tragedy vary but

Barnum’s version tells that Jumbo was

struck by a freight train trying to save

a young elephant called Tom Thumb.

People in Great Britain and America

were stunned at the news and greatly

mourned the passing of this favourite

giant.

Barnum had Jumbo’s skeleton

articulated and mounted with his hide

and still continued to tour ‘Jumbo’. He

had the skeleton extended and skin

stretched to make Jumbo a foot taller

than he was when alive. The skeleton

eventually ended up in the American

Museum of Natural History.

Jumbo’s skeleton was

examined for the TV

programme

'Attenborough and

the Giant Elephant'.

It was found that:

• His molar teeth

were malformed and

misaligned as a result

of a long-term soft

diet that didn't wear

his molars down

enough.

• Jumbo's nightly

rages were probably

caused by toothache,

rather than 'musth', as

his keeper, Matthew Scott thought at

the time. Scott was giving Jumbo

alcohol in the evening to calm him

down.

• A post mortem photograph shows

abrasions consistent with the freight

train hitting him on the hip. The post

mortem also showed metallic objects

in the elephant's stomach, including

–English pennies, keys, rivets, and a

police whistle.

• He was still growing at the time of

his death (as is normal for African

male elephants of his age) and might

eventually have reached the size

claimed by Barnum.

• Attenborough suggested that some

of Jumbo's behaviour could have been

caused by loneliness, since elephants

are naturally pack animals.

Cathy Fitzgerald

JUMBo 1...


2019-20

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Stroke changes lives in an instant,

but the brain can adapt. And so can

you. We're the Stroke Association,

here to support people to rebuild

their lives after stroke.

When stroke strikes, part of your

brain shuts down. And so does a

part of you. That's because a stroke

happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do.

It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is

tough, but with the right specialist support and with courage and determination,

the brain can adapt.

Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the

courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and

support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.

Donate by placing any partially used beer cards in the box to donate or

find out more at stroke.org.uk

Paul's Story

“My job before was as an English

teacher. But now I can't read or write.”

Paul was 40 years old when he had a

stroke in 2016. He was an actor and

teacher at the time: "I was going to show

my wife Suzi something on my phone

but I couldn't move my right-hand side.

She looked at me and said, 'What's wrong with your face?' At first, she thought I was

joking around."

The hospital gave Paul a 10% chance he'd survive his operation. But he received the new

thrombectomy treatment and pulled through. “I remember having a conversation in my

head with myself. A list of things I'd do afterwards – lose weight, get fit, get better, do

things, change my life, change my habits. And that's pretty much what I've followed

since.

"My job before was as an English teacher. But now I can't read or write, so my job is to

help other stroke survivors. I work with stroke survivor groups and talk to people about

how to find hope in the little bits and pieces." Paul saw fantastic progress with his speech

after attending our Communication Support Service and soon became a volunteer Stroke

Association Ambassador.

our festival charity

Two years post stroke, he trekked an incredible 791 km across northern Spain and

France to fundraise for us and help other stroke survivors rebuild their lives.

Paul features in our Rebuilding Lives campaign. Find out more about the campaign and

watch the film here. www.stroke.org.uk/rebuilding-lives



The branch has had quite a few social

events recently, visiting Beccles beer

festival in Suffolk, our branch Christmas

social, and we had a pub crawl around

some of the finest pubs Norwich has to

offer earier this month! Plans are already

afoot for trips to a few brewery tap

rooms, a London pub crawl, and the

Crouch Valley Rail Ale Trail is in our

plans for the summer months.

Of course, we have our usual regular

social events; our monthly 'Real Ale

Runabouts' which take place on the

second Thursday of each month and cost

just £6 to attend and whisk you off to

various villages and rural pubs in Essex

and Suffolk. Our 100th Runabout took

place in August of last year – an indicator

of how successful they have been!! The

'Last Friday' crawls are also a monthly

event, predictably taking place on the last

Friday of every month! Complimenting

the Runabouts, these crawls take you

around pubs in Colchester town,

showcasing and supporting what is on

offer. There are approximate times for

each pub, so you can join us in whichever

ones suit you best. Schedules for both are

on our online calendar and can be found

Hi everyone - I hope you are all enjoying the 34th

Colchester Summer Ale Festival!

My name is Dan, the branch Social Secretary. A few of

you may already know me from attending various

Colchester CAMRA socials, beer festivals, or even just

from one of the many pubs in the area!

elsewhere in this programme.

Soon enough the weather will begin to

warm up (or at least that's the plan!), and

more social events start to kick in! Our

'Second Sunday Staggers' run from

February until October and make use of

public transport to visit towns in Essex

and Suffolk for an afternoon, plus the

cyclists among us (collectively known our

CycAle group) begin leading various rides

around East Anglia once the weather has

improved. There may also be a 'Sunday

Cider Stagger' planned for CAMRA's

Cider Month, so look out for that one

too!

As you can see there is something for

everyone on our social calendar, with

plenty of local beer festivals and other

events to be added. To keep informed be

sure to check our website

(www.colchestercamra.org.uk) on a

regular basis, 'like' our Facebook page

(www.facebook.com/colcamra) and

'follow us' on Twitter (@colCAMRA).

Hopefully we'll see you at one of our

events soon. Until then, keep supporting

your local pubs

Daniel Y

Social Secretary

SOCIAL SECRETARY

Photo: A. Wareham


Join here at the membership

bar - to the right of the stage


Victorian Colchester was poorly served

for clean water, most coming from

unsanitary wells and a few large

cisterns. One of these cisterns was

located inside the Balkerne Gate. The

Waterworks Company supplied water

to wealthy customers for a few hours a

day, and eventually took over these

cisterns and built a large reservoir.

Throughout the first half of the 19th

century several fires broke out in

central Colchester, and the time it took

water to arrive at a fire meant that

many businesses and private houses

were badly damaged. In 1849 an

outbreak of cholera emphasised the

need for safe drinking water. In 1875

the Public Health Act made local

Councils responsible for public health;

and in 1880 the

Council purchased the

Waterworks Company.

A new water tower, was

proposed to supply all

of Colchester. This

was the brainchild of

Charles Clegg, the

Borough Surveyor.

The prime mover,

however, was

Councillor James

Wicks, his opponents

called the plan 'Wicks'

Folly'. Plans were

approved in 1881.

Reverend John Irvine

was annoyed that the

tower would dwarf his

nearby rectory at St Mary-at-the-

Walls. He wrote a scathing letter

to the Essex Standard calling the tower

a 'Jumbo'. This struck a chord with

readers, for Jumbo the elephant had

recently been sold, causing great public

outcry.

Despite Irvine's objections, contracts

were awarded in 1882 for construction

60 feet from his rectory. Building took

around 20 months, the same as the

gestation period for an elephant calf.

The name Jumbo stuck and the council

placed a gilded elephant shaped

weathervane on top. However, the

finished tower could only supply water

for 6 rather than 24 hours a day.

A serious fire broke out in 1883 testing

Jumbo's water supply. It took much

longer for water to arrive than before

the tower was built. Worse, the tank

wasn't strong enough to be filled to

capacity. Charles Clegg, perhaps

sensing trouble, accepted a large bonus

and left for America. An earthquake

the following year caused cracking to

the structure, so in 1888 the chairman

of the Water Committee, James

Paxman, reinforced the tank. It still

couldn't be filled to capacity though. In

1895 Paxman oversaw

construction of new

pumps and pipes that

finally provided running

water to Colchester, all

day. Jumbo remained in

operation until 1984.

Private companies tried,

unsuccessfully, to get

permission to convert

the tower to luxury flats.

In 2006 a charity, the

Balkerne Tower Trust,

tried and failed to

purchase Jumbo in

order to

preserve it.

Undaunted,

the Trust has

developed

plans to make

the tower a public attraction and

exhibition space with guided tours.

The long-term future of the tower is in

doubt, but people can still marvel at

this Victorian feat of engineering. An

icon of historic Colchester, our very

own Jumbo, which should be

preserved.

Cathy Fitzgerald

FESTIVAL

JUMBo 2...


The gakkul vat, the gakkul vat!

The gakkul vat, the lamsare vat!

The gakkul vat, which puts us in a happy

mood!

The lamsare vat, which makes the heart

rejoice!

The ugurbal jar, glory of the house!

The caggub jar, filled with beer!

The amam jar, which carries the beer from the

lamsare vat!

The troughs made with bur grass and the

pails for the dough!

All the beautiful vessels are ready on their pot

stands!

May the heart of your god be well disposed

towards you!

Let the eye of the gakkul vat be our eye, and

let the heart of the gakkul vat be our heart!

What makes your heart feel wonderful in

itself also makes our hearts feel wonderful in

themselves!

We are in a happy mood, our hearts are

joyful!

You have poured a libation over the fated

brick, and you have laid the foundations in

peace and prosperity — now may Ninkasi

dwell with you!

Thelate,greatNeilInnes

enjoyingsometastingsat

theColchesterBeerFestival

in1999

RIPNeil

(StillfromBBCOut+About).

She should pour beer and wine for you!

Let the pouring of the sweet liquor resound

pleasantly for you!

In the troughs made with bur grass, there is

sweet beer.

I will have the cupbearers, the boys and the

brewers stand by.

As I spin around the lake of beer, while

feeling wonderful, feeling wonderful, while

drinking beer, in a blissful mood, while

drinking alcohol and feeling exhilarated,

with joy in the heart and a contented liver —

my heart is a heart filled with joy!

I clothe my contented liver in a garment fit

for a queen!


The Sumerians lived in the region of

Mesopotamia (now modern day Iraq)

about 4,000 years ago.

They drank beer, in pubs, just like we

do, albeit with a few subtle differences.

Each tavern brewed its own beer - the

original micro-breweries - (in fact, there

were no other breweries). For brewing

you’d need 3 vessels, the gakkul vat, the

lamsare vat and an ugurbal jar.

Tavern keepers were exclusively women,

they brewed the beer too as it was seen

as ‘household’ work.

Cashless payments - this was a barter

society so you probably paid in barley,

or maybe a piglet if you ran up a serious

bar tab.

What if you didn’t get a full measure of

beer in return for your barley payment?

Punishments were slightly more

draconian - short pints were punishable

by the drowning of the landlady.

The beer itself? A wide variety of styles

were brewed - barley, wheat, brown,

dark, light, red, sweet - though you’d

probably only have that day’s brew to

There are 20 words in the list to do with a places in the

world theme. 19 are in the grid, one is not. They can read

left, right, up, down and diagonal.

G A B A M O N B E R A M Z E A D A N

N Y R E T T I B Y E L S N R A B Z B

I D L O G Y A W O L L A G S F E Q D

M A E Y O Y A L A D N A M A D R M L

A R L T G O D L B L S E G N A G Y O

E G O M R P I D A U O P O T X P E G

R N M M N O O P O L I L F A Q Z G D

D I E R N A I I N I B E R F Z K Y N

A N L X A A S T Y T J K F E L C P A

I E A Y S P U Z S A A Z M O N A T L

N L S U Y J F A K O T V I O L J I A

R O U N B R O Z E J U Q U A Z S A E

O S R T W C F L P K L R A M P A N Z

F P E S T W A I K I K I C J X X C W

I R J S F W A L T A I D N I D E R E

L R E B M A N O Z A M A P O T T E N

A W B E I J I N G B L A C K A Y A Z

C B Z L O D I P O H N A C I R E M A

choose from - adding hops to preserve

beer was centuries away.

No glasses, clay communal vessels called

amam jars were used probably one

between two and always served with

straws.

A straw? Yes, bright clear beer wasn’t a

thing - you needed a straw to dip

through the floating layer of fizzy

porridgey barley on top of the beer and

reach the delicious nectar below. You

could have filtered beer, but you’d be

paying piglets rather than ears for it.

The atmosphere? Jovial, convivial,

friendly - like a good modern pub. They

liked drinking games and they liked a

joke.

There’s excellent evidence that the

Sumerians liked a good drunken sing

song and the words of one still survive -

see left (try it to the theme tune to

Postman Pat!)

Inspired by ‘A Short History of Drunkeness’

by Mark Forsyth - available from all good

book shops.

AMERICAN HOP IDOL

AMAZON AMBER

BARNSLEY BITTER

OREGON PALE

BEIJING BLACK

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

DETROIT SOUR CITY

EGYPTIAN CREAM

GALLOWAY GOLD

GANGES

RED INDIA

JERUSALEM

SANTE FE

TEXAS JACK

LENINGRAD

USA IPA

MANDALAY

NEW ZEALAND GOLD

WAIKIKI

WEST COAST BLONDE

BY TED TED

The pub in 2000bc

WORDSEARCH


THE BEER MENU

Not every beer will be on in all

sessions. Look for the cask

cards on the casks behind the

bar to see which beers are

available.

B - Bitter

BB - Best Bitter

SB - Strong Bitter

G - Golden

M - Mild

S - Stout / P - Porter

O - Old Ale

V Vegan Friendly

IPA - India Pale Ale

BW - Barley Wine

SP - Speciality

Abbeydale Sheffield, Yorkshire

Reveller . . . . . . . IPA █. . . . 3.9%

Latest in the “Beer Heads” series with

a trio of big US hops (Cascade,

Summit and Simcoe) for a punchy

fruity bite and citrus bitterness.

Wanderer. . . . SP █ V . . 5.5%

Kaffir lime & lemongrass saison.

Acorn Barnsley, Yorkshire

Barnsley Bitter. . B █. . . . 3.8%

Brewed using the finest quality Maris

Otter malt and English hops. Chestnut

in colour, with a well rounded, rich

flavour; it retains a lasting bitter finish.

Gorlovka . . . . . . . ST █. . . . 6.0%

A deep malt and hoppy aroma with

liquorice throughout. Roast malt, fruit

and hops also carry through this full

bodied stout.

Adnams Southwold

Old Ale. . . . . . . . . . O █. . . . 4.1%

Dark red/brown in colour with an

aroma of caramel and nutty chocolate.

A traditional speciality winter warmer

Southwold . . . . . . . B █. . . . 3.7%

A copper coloured, late hopped beer

with fuggle for a distinctive lingering

hoppiness

Tally Ho . . . . . . BW █. . . . 7.2%

A dark mahogany red coloured beer,

with rich, fruity aromas and a warming

sweet raisin & biscuit palate

Ampersand Bungay, Suffolk

Bidon . . . . . . . . G . . 3.9%

█ V

Cask v. Keykeg

A session ale brewed to be light, crisp

and easy drinking with lots of late

Citra and El Dorado hops. Available

in Cask and KeyKeg.

Pulpit Pale . . . G █ V . . 5.0%

A classic pale ale which isn't

overpowered with hops.

Ayr Ayr, Ayrshire.

Jolly Beggars Best Bitter . . .

BB █. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.2%

A traditional best bitter style beer with

a malty backbone and the flavours of

toffee, fruit and citrus hops. Hopped

with German Brewers Gold.


Leezie Lundie Pale Ale

G █ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.8%

A pale golden session ale with the

flavours of sweet citrus and soft fruits

and a floral aroma. Hopped with

Slovenian grown Styrian Golding.

Rabbies Porter . . P █. . . . 4.3%

A robust and full bodied porter style

beer with a rich flavour of dark treacle

and fruits and a slightly smoky edge.

Hopped with UK Challenger and

Progress.

Backyard Brewhouse

Brownhills, W. Mids.

January S'Ale. . . . B █. . . . 4.2%

A light, vibrant beer. Lager malt and

subtle yet complex hops give a

balanced mild bitterness

Project Snowball G . . 4.9%

Lots of orange and lemon character

with a balanced candied peel, sweet yet

refreshing palette. Background notes

of green tea and melon.

The Hoard . . . . . . B . . . . 3.9%

Golden straw bitter. Light citrus floral

aroma. Refreshing crisp dry flavour.

SIBA National Award Winner.

Bad Seed Malton, N. Yorkshire

Beta Function G . 4.0%

█ V

South Pacific Pale. A refreshing,

hoppy pale ale with heaps of Topaz,

Motueka and Waimea delivering

flavours and aromas of peach,

passionfruit and fresh citrus.

█ V

Flare Star . . . . G . . 4.2%

This beer is light and golden in colour

and packed full of US Comet hops

which gives it a big hit of citrus and

grapefruit.

Bishop Nick Braintree, Essex

Divine. . . . . . . . . . BB █. . . . 5.1%

A festival of English flavours

featuring spice, nuttiness & caramel,

nicely balanced with a mellow

hoppiness

Multi award winner! English Fuggles

& Goldings balance crystal & pale ale

malts

A floral amber ale with grapefruit and

pine aromas with a long hoppy finish

Ridley's Rite . . . . B . . . . 3.6%

Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . B . . . . 3.8%

Blue Bee Sheffield, Yorkshire

Mango & Passion SP █5.0%

Hazy pale ale brewed with equal

quantities of passion fruit & mango

along with oats, citra & Ekuanot hops.

A truly tropical tasting pale ale

Stout n About . . ST █. . . . 5.7%

Creamy with prominent cocoa and

orange with a dry finish.

Bowland Sawley, Lancs.

Hoppy, golden bitter filled with

grapefruit flavours & aromas

Citrus & peach flavours are

intertwined in this golden ale

Copper coloured bitter with rounded

berry flavours

Bowland Gold . . G . . . . 3.8%

Hen Harrier . . . . G . . . . 4.0%

Pheasant Plucker B . . 3.7%

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Hazelnut Mild M █ V . 4.4%

A luscious 5-malt nut-brown mild with

a delicate hazelnut aroma overlaying

coffee notes.

Malton Amber B █ V . . 4.0%

Light amber ale brewed in

collaboration with Malton's Woodhams

Stone historical society

Colchester Wakes Colne, Essex

Light and refreshing golden ale,

Brass Monkey . . G . . . . 4.0%

brewed using Tettnanger hops

Brazilian. . . . . . . . . P █. . . . 4.6%

Cask v. Keykeg

Multi award winner! Coffee & Vanilla

porter. Not at all shy on flavour, but

beautifully balanced. Available in cask

(4.6%) or KeyKeg (6%)

Old King Coel. . . P █. . . . 5.0%

Rich dark ale brewed the original way

with brown malt

THE BEER MENUBrass Castle Malton, N. Yorkshire

Dorset Brewing Co.

Dorchester, Dorset

Dorset Knob . . . . B █. . . . 3.9%

Zesty light amber ale with a malty

character and a hoppy, floral bouquet

Jurassic. . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.2%

Crisp, golden ale with hints of apricot.

Lasting bitterness with a clean citrus

aroma

Peckish?

Crisps, Peanuts, Scratchings available

behind the bars.

Fat Cat Norwich, Norfolk

Marmalade Cat . BB █ . 5.5%

A classic English strong bitter, with

Maris Otter Pale malt, Munich-Style

malt and classic Goldings hops. Fullflavoured

and satisfying, with a burnt

citrus finish.

Tom Cat . . . . . . . . IPA █ . 4.1%

A session IPA showcasing the tropical

flavours of the mosaic hop delivering

bold and fruity flavours. A hoppy

thirst quencher

Wild Cat . . . . . . . . . . G █ . 5.0%

An extra pale ale, which balances

Norfolk barley with a blend of hops

from Britain, Europe and the

Americas. Full-bodied and eminently

drinkable

Fuzzy Duck Poulton, Lancs.

Cunning Stunt . . B █. . . . 4.3%

Amber coloured single-hop beer

brewed with American Willamette

hops. The rub of the hops gives an

estery/blackcurrant/herbal aroma

Mucky Duck. . . ST █. . . . 4.0%

Dark stout, slightly sweet with

chocolate and coffee notes from the

roasted malt

Rum Porter. . . . . . P █. . . . 4.0%

A dark porter with coffee and

chocolate notes plus a hint of rum

Grain Harleston, Norfolk

Black Spruce . IPA █. . . . 4.7%

Cask v. Keykeg

A black beer which is light on the

palate with subtle malt flavours. A

well rounded and easy drinker.

Available in cask and keykeg.


Three One Six . . B █. . . . 3.9%

Extra pale and dry with a grapefruit

hop aroma

Green Jack Lowestoft, Suffolk

Ripper. . . . . . . . . BW █. . . . 8.5%

A multi award winning brew inspired

by Belgian tripel ales. Dangerously

drinkable!

Trawler Boys . . BB █. . . . 4.6%

A full-bodied, copper coloured bitter,

brewed with English whole cone hops

Worthog. . . . . . . BW █ . . 11.5%

This barley wine is a rare find and not

for the faint hearted!

Half Moon York, Yorkshire

Dark Masquerade M █ 3.6%

A rich ruby, brown ale which is packed

with dark chocolate and liquorice

flavours. Warm, smokey and

intriguing.

Experior . . . . . . . BB █. . . . 5.7%

A premium English ale, with wellbalanced

malt flavours. Fruity from

the late addition of Cascade with a

smooth bitter finish.

Old Forge . . . . . . . B █. . . . 3.8%

An amber coloured ale with a soft

spiced lemon and honeyed flavour.

The hop character is well-balanced

with a mellow bitter finish.

Port Out . . . . . . . . . P █. . . . 4.6%

A classic English porter, dark in

colour and soft on the palate.

Holdens Dudley, W. Mids.

Black Country Mild

M █ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.7%

An easy drinking traditional black

country mild. It's a bold, chestnut-red

mild with nutty biscuit notes with a

hint of chocolate

Holdens XB. . . . . B █. . . . 4.1%

Golden in colour with a sweet and

fruity palate resulting in an

uncomplicated bittersweet finish

Hophurst Hindley, Wigan.

Debonair Stout ST █ . . . 4.9%

A robust stout with flavours of

roasted coffee and liquorice with a

pleasant bitter aftertaste

Porteresque . . . . . P █. . . . 5.5%

A sweet milkshake porter

Humpty Dumpty

Reedham, Norfolk

Christmas Crack BW █ 7.0%

A strong, dark brown ale with an

American hop profile

Red Mill . . . . . . . . . B █. . . . 4.3%

A crisp, hoppy red ale with caramel

and fruit notes

Swallowtail. . . . . . G █. . . . 4.0%

A refreshing pale amber thirst

quenching ale with a lively hop finish

Isle of Avalon Ashcott, Somerset.

Isle Ale . . . . . . . . . . B █. . . . 3.8%

Easy drinking bitter

THE BEER MENU


THE BEER MENU

Jake's Mild . . . . . M █. . . . 4.0%

Traditional mild with a roasted

chocolate and dark fruit aroma

Sunrise. . . . . . . . . BB █. . . . 4.3%

A hoppy, best bitter

Kirkby Lonsdale Kirkby

Lonsdale, Lancs.

Crafty Mild . . . . . M █. . . . 3.6%

A modern incarnation of the

traditional mild, brewed with rich,

dark malts and delicately hopped for a

very moreish beer

Jubilee Stout . . . ST █. . . . 5.5%

A powerful smooth stout brewed with

chocolate and black malts, and just a

hint of roasted barley

Monumental. . . . G █. . . . 4.5%

A golden ale brewed with extra pale

malt, blended with English &

Slovenian Golding hops for a distinct

floral aroma & mouth feel

Lacons Lowestoft, Suffolk

Audit . . . . . . . . . . BW █. . . . 8.0%

A dark copper barley wine with berry

and spice flavours with a smooth and

sweet finish

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Home of the

Internationally Famous

BEER & SAUSAGE

FESTIVAL

Next festival:

Friday 7th -Sunday 9th

February

Ten years in a row in the Good Beer Guide

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Leigh on Sea Essex

Kursaal Gold . . . G █. . . . 3.9%

An English style golden ale much

more lightly hopped than Legra but

still with a decent dash of Cascade

hops for a citrus finish

Legra. . . . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 3.8%

Cask v. Keykeg

A light, fresh, single hopped,

sessionable golden ale. Available in

cask and keykeg.

Lymestone Stone, Staffs.

Ein Stein . . . . . . . . B █. . . . 5.0%

A blonde continental style bitter

Mersea Island Mersea, Essex

Oyster Stout . . . ST █. . . . 5.0%

Dark and delicious, with possible

aphrodisiac qualities!

Yo Boy. . . . . . . . . . . B █. . . . 3.9%

A session bitter with balanced malt

and a long lasting bitterness on the

finish.

Millstone Mossley, Lancs.

Stout. . . . . . . . . . . . ST █. . . . 4.5%

Traditional dry stout with a smooth

bitterness provided by English

Phoenix hops

Tiger Rut . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.0%

A very pale and hoppy ale, brewed

with Chinook hops. A mellow

bitterness makes way for a distinctive

citrus aroma

Milton Cambridge, Cambs

Dionysus . . . . . . . . B █. . . . 3.6%

A straw coloured bitter, powerfully

hoppy with a fine citrus finish

Minerva . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.6%

Brewed with US, NZ and British hops

for a powerful hop punch and

satisfying bitterness

Nero. . . . . . . . . ST █ V . . 5.0%

A black brew with a good balance of

malt, roast and fruit

Moonshine Fulbourn, Cambs

Regenerator . . IPA █. . . . 4.2%

Cask v. Keykeg

A light coloured hoppy beer, made

with German malts and 5 different

hops to give it a distinctive, moreish

flavour. Available in cask and keykeg.

Wheat Wine Ale BW █10.2%

Caramelandrichdarkfruitslead

toasemi-dryfinish

Moorhouses Burnley, Lancs.

Black Cat . . . . . . . M . . . . 3.4%

A dark ruby coloured mild with a

distinct chocolate malt taste and a hop

fruit finish

Black Witch. . . . ST █. . . . 4.2%

A smooth, dark ale with a full round

distinct chocolate malt body and a

pleasant hop aftertaste

Witchfinder General

G █ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.4%

Full bodied with a strong fruit flavour

THE BEER MENU


THE BEER MENU

Neepsend Sheffield, Yorkshire

Ancillary On Sales G █ 5.2%

Simcoe and Citra RyePA brewed with

the Walkely Beer Co. It’s dry with

dominant citrus and pine with a hint

of rye spice.

Triton . . . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.5%

Dry hopped pale ale with big

additions of three of the American 'C'

hops - citra, cascade and chinook.

Expect tropical fruits, pine and citrus

Pub of the Year!

Members - have you voted?

Pick up a form at the bar.

North Riding

Scarborough, North Yorks.

Citra. . . . . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.5%

Easy drinking premium pale ale with a

grapefruit, mango and lemon taste and

aroma.

Taiheke . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.0%

Taiheke is the new name for Cascade

hops that are grown in New Zealand.

Pale, hoppy and citrussy.

Orkney Orkney

Red MacGregor B █ . . . 4.0%

Ruby red in colour. Rich hop fruits

give way to a clean dry refreshing

floral hop bitterness

Skullsplitter . . . . SB █. . . . 8.5%

Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, 7th

earl of Orkney. A reddish coloured

ale which is deceptively light and

dangerously drinkable

23rd-25th July 2020


Other Monkeys Colchester,

Essex

Dreaming of Evil

ST █. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2%

A light and smooth stout with strong

coffee flavours followed by hints of

vanilla

Shadow so Huge ST █ 5.2%

Roasted malt and coffee on the palate

with a lingering bitter finish

Swallow the Universe

IPA █ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.7%

This smoothly strikes the balance

between malt and citrus with a great

creamy texture, finishing with a bitter

hoppy punch

Phoenix Heywood, Lancs.

Black Bee Porter P █. . 4.5%

A dark, rich traditional porter with the

addition of honey giving a pleasant

hint of sweetness in the finish

Monkeytown Mild

M █ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.9%

A traditional creamy dark mild

Wobbly Bob. . . . SB █. . . . 6.0%

A red/brown beer with a malty, fruit

aroma

Piddle Piddlehinton, Dorset.

Dorset Rogue . . . B █. . . . 3.9%

A smooth, easy drinking brew

A rich, ruby ale which is a little bit

sweet and a whole lot earthier thanks

to English Fuggle hops

Winter's Tail. . . BB . . . . 5.0%

Time for Wine?

Prospect Wigan, Lancs.

Nutty Slack . . . . . M █. . . . 3.9%

A multi-award winning ebony dark

mild with a smooth, smokey, malty

taste

A pale, straw coloured ale blended

with 4 different hop varieties

Whatever. . . . . . IPA . . . . 3.8%

Quartz Kings Bromley, Staffs.

Quartz Crystal . . B █. . . . 4.2%

A malty, lightly hopped, fruity aroma

which is full bodied in taste

A premium bitter with a sweet, malty

taste and a subtle hint of coffee

Quartz Heart . . . B . . . . 4.6%

Red Fox Coggeshall, Essex

Black Fox Porter P █ . . 4.8%

A Champion beer! Very malty with

smooth chocolate notes and hints of

liquorice

Coggeshall Gold G █ . . 4.0%

Another award winner! An intense,

hoppy beer with a lemon and lychee

aroma. Very easy drinking

Figgy Pudding Porter . . . . . .

P █. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7%

A velvety, rich, dark chocolate porter

infused with figs and raisins

Ruby Red Mild . M █. . . . 6.9%

A multi-award winning beer with low

hoppiness and malt supplemented by

rich caramel flavours to give a rich, red

mild.

English Wine from Mersea Island

- visit the Belgian Bar

THE BEER MENU


THE BEER MENU

Shalford Shalford, Essex

Hyde Bitter . . . . . B █. . . . 4.7%

A light amber coloured bitter brewed

with Optic malt and Target hops, full

bodied with a warm malty undertone

Levelly Gold . . . . G . . . . 4.2%

A refreshing golden coloured with a

pleasant finish, made with First Gold

hops. An agreeable alternative to

lager!

Six Nations. . . . . . B . . . . 4.0%

Amber/gold coloured with a slight

caramel and earthy aroma

Shortts Farm Thorndon, Suffolk

Blondie . . . . . . . . . G █. . . . 4.0%

A beautifully balanced blonde beer

with a refreshing fruity hop and

moreish biscuity malt flavours

Oud Bruin . . . . . . O █. . . . 5.2%

A Christmas old ale. A collaboration

with Old Chimneys brewery which is

warming, dark and malty

Two Tone . . . . . . . M █. . . . 3.8%

A satisfying dark mild with dark

chocolate and sweet biscuity malt

flavours

Shugborough

Shugborough, Staffs.

Coachman's Tipple B █4.7%

A ruby red and rich beer with

balanced hops and real depth of

character

Mi'Lady's Fancy G █ . 4.6%

Delicately hopped yet full bodied

The Chicken Sheds,

Upp Hall Farm,

Salmon’s Lane,

Coggeshall,

Essex. CO6 1RY

Phone: 01376 563123

Red Fox Brewery

Brewing Beer the Traditional Way

Founder of Red Fox Brewery, Russ Barnes, was the

brewer of Supreme Champion Beer of Great Britain

at the Great British Beer Festival two years running

as Head Brewer at his previous brewery. After

almost 6 years with them Russ left to start his own

brewery. The first beer brewed was Wily Ol' Fox,

swiftly followed by the CAMRA Gold Medal winning

Coggeshall Gold.

Regular Beers

Red Fox Mild 3.6%

Red Fox Bitter 3.8%

Black Fox Porter 4.8%

Red Fox IPA 3.7%

Hunter’s Gold 3.9%

Wily Ol’ Fox 5.2%

For further information please visit our

website or contact us at the brewery

Website: www.redfoxbrewery.co.uk

Email: info@redfoxbrewery.co.uk


Slater's Stafford, Staffs

1Hop Blonde Ale G █ . 4.0%

An award winning blonde beer with an

initial burst of bitterness followed by a

citrus finish

Premium. . . . . . . BB . . . . 4.4%

A rich amber coloured beer with hints

of caramel, malt and a complex fruity

hop aroma developing a bitter finish

Son of Sid Little Gransden, Cambs

Brewhouse Blues P █ . . 6.0%

A chocolate porter

Golden Shower G █ . . . 4.1%

A full bodied golden beer with a light

hop character and a defined maltiness

Muck Cart Mild M . . . 3.5%

Roasted malt and coffee flavours with

a chocolate aroma leading to a dry

finish

Three B's Darwen, Lancs.

Knocker Up . . . . . P █. . . . 4.8%

A beer with exotic ebony texture and

deep, rich taste of roast barley and

chocolate malt

Stokers Slake MildM █ . 3.6%

A traditional dark mild with roast malt

aromas and creamy chocolate note

If you’re wondering about the

backwards “13th” on your tankard, it’s a

nod to the 13th Summer festival logo

(in 1998) which

was back to

front on the

glasses.

Eyes peeled

though -there

are right-way -

round “13th’s”

tankards out

there.

and finally...

...3 more

Jumbos!

A JumboTron

A JumboJet

THE BEER MENU

Watson's Colchester, Essex

Feersum KittyST █ V 5.4%

Orange peel and marmalade in a

purrrfect brew.

Old Ale. . . . . . . . . . O . . . . 4.8%

Rich and full bodied old ale.

A Dutch Supermarket


REAL CIDER AND PERRY

Berties Braintree, Essex

Elderflower . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.5%

Pearf-Hic Perry . . . . . . . . 6.5%

Big Bear Stisted, Essex

Essex Gold 24K . . . . . . . . 6.9%

Bollhayes Cullompton, Devon

Vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%

Broadway Press Broardway,

Worcs.

Original Ice Cider . . . . . 6.0%

Crones Kenninghall, Norfolk

User Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

D. Souch Alresford, Essex

Apples & Pears Pyder . 6.5%

Dorset Sunshine

Brockhamton, Dorset

Festival Sunshine . . . . . . 6.0%

Dunkerton's Cheltenham, Glos.

Craft Organic . . . . . . . . . . . 5.0%

Hawkes SE1, London

Elephants on Ice . . . . . . 4.0%

Hunt's Stoke Gabriel, Devon

Pixie Juice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.8%

Wobbler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%

Kentish Pip Bekesbourne, Kent

Craftsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5%

Lawrence's

Corton Denham, Dorset

Lawrence's Sweet . . . . . . 6.0%

Lyne Down Much Marcle, Heref.

Kingston Black . . . . . . . . . 7.5%

Perry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5%

Mr. Whitehead's

Colemore, Hamps.

Rum Cask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.0%

Oliver's Ocle Pychard, Heref.

Classic Perry. . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%

Shazam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.5%

Orwell Ipswich, Suffolk

Red Devil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.0%

Scarlett O'Hara . . . . . . . . 7.0%

Sandford Orchards

Crediton, Devon

Slack Ma Girdle . . . . . . . . 5.8%

Saxby's Farndish, Northants.

Plum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,8%

Simon's Cambourne, Cambs.

Cox!!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.4%

Gibson's Perry. . . . . . . . . . 6.4%

Vice Versa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.4%

South Downs

Wilmington, E.Sussex

Strawberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.0%

Touchwood Mithian, Cornwall

Touchwood Sweet . . . . . 5.0%

Ventons Clyst St. Lawrence, Devon

Thirst Responder . . . . . . 6.5%

Wilce's Ledbury, Heref.

Wilce's Sweet . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%


At this year's Winter Festival we are

sourcing cider, perry and even Pyder

from the whole country not just East

Anglia. Real Cider or Perry (not

Pear cider) or Pyder (a blend of

both) simply consists of fermented

apple and/or pear juice.

You pick the fruit, press the fruit, allow

it to naturally ferment and mature, and

then enjoy. This produces a product that

is unpasteurised, uncarbonated and full

of flavour.

Only a few years ago, the government

and the HMRC had to stipulate what

the term “cider” could be applied to

and specify the minimum juice content

Wassail

Wassail is a Traditional Anglo-Saxon

celebrative greeting by the Lord of the

Manor (or now the cider producer)

made at the beginning of the year with

the Toast of Waes Hael. Meaning “Be

– a lowly 35% if you are interested!

Then there are the myriad of flavours

and colours being added to that apple

juice, but still being labelled and sold

as “Traditional” or “Real” cider, and

where do those apples come from?

Freshly picked from apple trees grown

in the UK – or imported concentrate

from around the world. Don't assume

that if it is served through a hand

pump that it is going to be a real cider.

Wassail

Ian Hammerton

Well” or “Be in good health” to which

the assembled masses would reply

Drinc Hael, “Drink Well”. The

Wassail Cup is generally a large 2 or 3

handled mug and passed on from one

person to the next with the traditional

“Wassail” greeting said with gusto.

These celebrations still take place,

generally on or around 12th night,

which is now 5th January. Where as,

the more traditional still insist in

celebrating Wassail on 17th January,

the original 12th night before the

introduction of the Gregorian

calendar messed things up in 1752.

These celebrations generally took

place in the orchard around the apple

trees. Cider soaked cake or toast would

be placed in the fork of the tree, guns

fired through its branches and the

banging of pots and pans whilst the

rest of the people sung “wassailing

songs”. This custom is said to ward

off bad spirits from the orchard and

encourage the good spirits to provide

a bountiful crop for the following year.

REAL CIDER AND PERRY


REAL CIDER AND PERRY

Regular visitors to the

festival will have seen

Colchester Winter

Beer Festival has been

increasingly

supportive of small

scale local breweries

with both Watts & Co

and Watson's beers

having success on the

real ale bars. This year

we have the return of

our 2018 Cider of the

Festival winner. -

Boarded Cottage

Cyder is pressed less

than five miles from

this festival on the

outskirts of Alresford.

In keeping with

traditional farmhouse

Cyder producing in

East Anglia, a mix of cooking and

eating apples has been hand-picked

North East Essex and South

Suffolk. Each apple is then washed

and checked for damage – (Dave

says that if he wouldn't put it in his

mouth, then he won't put it in

cider) - before scratting and

pressing in Dave's home made cider

press.

Dave then supplies small quantities

of Cyder to selected local pubs and

this festival, (as well as

keeping an amount for

personal consumption of

course!), due to the

unpredictable nature of

small batch production

each vintage has had a

unique character – this

years Cyder is no

exception with just under

half of the juice coming

from a couple of pear

trees in an old farmhouse

garden near Maldon

explaining the change to

this vintage name; Apples

& Pears Pyder.

As usual, the fruit juice

(about 80L this year) is

fermented, matured and

packaged with no added

water, additives,

stabilisers or preservatives. Due to

this uncompromising approach the

resulting drink may be 'drier' than

you are used to but very

representative of the traditional

local style.

If you are into traditional farm-gate

style ciders then you really should

give this one a go, compare it to the

other ciders available on our cider

bar, and don't forget to vote for

your cider of the festival.

Before 1800 ‘cider’ referred to any form of apple juice - whether fermented or

not. Unfermented juice was known as ‘sweet cider’, whereas the alcoholic

version was ‘hard cider’.

“Scratting” is the process of roughly grinding the fruit before pressing to help

release the juisce.

One of the first named varieties of apple, “Costard” dates from the 12th

century. It’s where the word ‘costermonger’, meaning a seller of fruit and

vegetables, is derived from.


Including beers from brewers such as:

Dolle Brouwers Orval

Liefmans St Feuillien

Westmalle Achouffe

De Ranke Rochefort

On the Belgian Bar

English Wine

from Mersea Island

Vineyard

(just a few miles East of here)

A wide range of bottled Belgian Beers are available on

the Belgian Bar.

Enform is a Colchester charity whose aim is to

encourage public involvement in safeguarding

and improving the environment.

They act as a collection point for a range of

waste items which aren’t handled by

Colchester Council’s kerbside collections. The

collected waste is sent for processing - both

earning funds for En-Form and reducing the

amount sent to landfill or for incineration.

Visit their website en-form.org.uk for details of

the items they accept.

Help support them by using the specific

waste bins for crisp, nut and pork

scratchings packets.

Belgian WINE RECYCLING


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& North East Essex

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