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Introduction to the Festival Beers

Wetherspoon is once again showcasing an unbeatable selection of beers, sourced from 30 award-winning breweries in the UK and overseas, at the world’s biggest real-ale festival.

This fantastic collection of UK beers, as well as those from overseas brewers to complement our superb home produce, represents the very best available – for your enjoyment.

Among the UK award-winners to look out for are Salopian Lemon Dream (4.5% ABV), Acorn Darkness (4.2% ABV) and Titanic Cappuccino (4.5% ABV).

Among numerous other awards, Lemon Dream was named SIBA’s (The Society of Independent Brewers) 2012 National Champion Speciality Beer. Brewed by Shropshire-based Salopian Brewery, this shimmering golden ale is made using Amarillo, Brewer’s Gold and Challenger hops, as well as organic lemons – adding beautiful, subtle, zesty aromas and a citrus-filled fruity finish.

Darkness (4.2% ABV), winner of a bronze medal at the 2016 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival, is brewed in South Yorkshire by Acorn Brewery.

Made with Challenger and Fuggles hops, this deep-red-coloured beer has an aroma of roast malt and hops, leading to a deep malty flavour, balanced by a mild bitterness.

Cappuccino (4.5% ABV), by Titanic Brewery in Staffordshire, is a black beer combining the dry character of this brewery’s award-winning stout with the warm, enveloping flavour of cappuccino.

The initial nutty coffee aroma leads to a smooth coffee, chocolate and roasted malt flavour. With Goldings, Northdown and Willamette hops, this brew has achieved several awards, including SIBA Midlands Champion Speciality Beer, in 2012.

Other ales not to be missed include Cambridgeshire-based Oakham Brewery’s Enough Rope (4.3% ABV) – a pale amber seasonal beer, bursting with tropical fruit and citrus flavours. Comprising Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, its flavours lead to a powerful, yet balanced, bitterness and a dry, refreshing finish.

The pale straw-coloured Union (4.8% ABV), from Butcombe Brewery, in Somerset, is a new beer. Brewed with a blend of New Zealand hops, namely Pacific Jade, Pacifica, Rakau, Waimea and Wakatu, the result is generous fruit aromas and a smooth, fruity and easy-drinking character throughout.

Cheshire-based Robinsons Brewery (established in 1838) has produced a rare brew again, especially for our festival. Trooper Red ’n’ Black (5.8% ABV) is a deep-ruby-coloured porter-style beer.

The blend of malts used provides a roasted malt and caramel backbone, with hints of liquorice and honey. Cascade, Goldings and Styrian Goldings hops have also been used to produce this beer, with its rich, warming character.

You will be able to enjoy three one-third-of-a pint beers for the price of a festival pint, to be sure not to miss out on any of these fabulous brews.