Once again, Wetherspoon has lined up award-winning international brewers for the event, with ales from Italy, Greece, USA, Australia and Canada, brewed here in the UK, among the selection.
Keep an eye out for Talisman (4.0% ABV) from Strange Fellows (Canada), 3 Bolt Pale Ale (4.5% ABV) from Green Beacon (Australia), USA’s Sixpoint Lo-Res (4.5% ABV), Old World New England IPA (5.0% ABV) from Grapes & Gratification (Greece) and former festival favourite Hot Night at the Village (5.0% ABV) from Birrificio Foglie d’Erba (Italy).
Foglie d’Erba’s brewer, Gino Perissutti, said: “This is intended to be a very easy-drinking ale, just like our water from the Dolomites – soft and delicate, with a lot of character.”
Among the others to look out for is an imported Irish beer, Red Ale (4.2% ABV) from Brú Brewery, established in 2013 at Trim, in County Meath, Republic of Ireland.
This amber-red ale is this brewery’s ‘founding father’ beer and a modern take on the traditional Irish red ale, with a sweet aroma and hoppy flavour.
The festival will feature several beers not previously served in Wetherspoon’s pubs, including those brewed especially for the festival.
These include Irish Red Rye (4.8% ABV), a new red beer from Hilden Brewing Co, in Lisburn, County Antrim; Twisted Edge (4.3% ABV), a new golden ale from Suffolk-based St Peter’s Brewery; Bertza (5.5% ABV), a new black stout from Salopian Brewery, in Shropshire.
Tempted Irish Cider, also based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, is among the five cider-makers producing ciders for our festival, with its award-winning Elderflower (4.0% ABV).
As well as elderflower and, of course apples, our other four cider-makers, from Herefordshire, Devon and Somerset, have also thrown pear and rhubarb into the mix.
Customers will be able to enjoy three one-third-of-a-pint beers for the price of a festival pint – with tasting notes on all of the beers available to download below, as well in our pubs.
The real-ale and cider festival’s organiser, Rob Davies, said: “We have brought together another unrivalled selection of 30 beers, from the UK and overseas, together with five great ciders, which we believe will prove, once again, extremely popular with customers.”
Other festival highlights include:
Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (5.6% ABV) from Banks’s Brewery. A deep golden beer, previously available in bottles only, this has been made available in cask especially for this festival.
London-based Sambrook’s Brewery’s Flat White Stout (4.5% ABV) is a new dark russet-brown stout, brewed especially for the event.
A new golden beer from Suffolk-based Greene King Brewery, Heritage (5.0% ABV) is made using recently resurrected near-extinct malt, originally grown in Suffolk in the 1800s.
Oakham Brewery, in Cambridgeshire, has cask aged its full-bodied golden ale Attila (7.5% ABV) ready for this festival.
Somerset’s Exmoor Ales has produced a new amber beer using maize, Whakatu (4.2% ABV), for the event.
Brewed especially for the festival, Tyne & Wear-based Mordue Brewery has produced a cask lager – Sterling (4.5% ABV).