If you love real Ale and Cider, you are in for a fabulous treat this month. Wetherspoons are launching what is being dubbed as “the world’s biggest real ale and cider festival”

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When & Where

This 12-day extravaganza will run from Wednesday, March 14, to Sunday, March 25 at Wetherspoon pubs up and down the country.

 Festival Details

Several award-winning breweries will be featured showcasing their delicious ales, including 24 British brewers and 6 international brewers, as well as 5 cider makers.

All of the festival beers and ciders will be priced from £2.09 to £2.49 a pint, or alternatively, you can try any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

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Brand New Ale

Many of the ales featured are being brewed for the first time especially for this festival, giving you the opportunity to taste these new beers first-hand.

Here’s a list of what will be available along with their tasting notes!

 

Ale

ST PETER’S TWISTED EDGE – 4.3% ABV

St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1996

This new golden beer, brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is a vibrant pale ale, with hoppy notes in the aroma and palate, leading to a subtle lemon twist and zesty finish.

St Peter’s Brewery

SHEPHERD NEAME EARLY BIRD- 4.3% ABV

Shepherd Neame Brewery, Kent. Est. 1698

This golden seasonal ale has hoppy, citrus and grapefruit notes in the aroma, leading to a gentle bitterness, balanced by light biscuit malt flavours and resulting in a zesty, dry finish.

Shepherd Neame Brewery

CONWY RIPTIDE – 4.3% ABV

Conwy Brewery, Conwy. Est. 2003

This black IPA combines the best qualities of dark malt flavours and the refreshing, fruity hop flavours of American IPAs with grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas, along with a clean finish, balanced by roasted malt notes.

Conwy Brewery

OTTER SPRINGFEST- 4.0% ABV

Otter Brewery, Devon. Est. 1990

This is a new seasonal beer from this popular brewery, available during this festival before its main release. It is deep golden in colour, with a sweet, fruity aroma, crisp, refreshing and balanced flavour and that spicy hop finish.

Otter Brewery

EXMOOR WHAKATU – 4.2% ABV

Exmoor Ales, Somerset. Est. 1980

This new amber beer is brewed using maize, alongside pale and crystal malts, to deliver a subtle spiciness, with floral, lime and vanilla hints, leading to a long, refreshing finish.

Exmoor Ales

ADNAMS GUNHILL – 4.0% ABV

Adnams Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1872

This ruby-coloured ale is described as a cross between a dark mild and a brown ale, with the blend of four malts providing toffee, chocolate and spicy flavours, balanced by a subtle bitterness.

Adnams Brewery

WADWORTH GAME OF STONES – 3.8% ABV

Wadworth Brewery, Wiltshire. Est. 1885

This new golden beer, brewed especially for this
Wetherspoon real-ale festival has hoppy, citrus
aromas, leading to a light, refreshing character,
with a fine malt and hop balance.

Wadworth Brewery

COACH HOUSE ELDERFLOWER – 4.1% ABV

Coach House Brewery, Cheshire. Est. 1991

The use of elderflowers in this blond-coloured beer provides a floral aroma, enhancing the citrus hop notes and hints of grapefruit, resulting in a refreshing character and slightly sweet finish.

Coach House Brewery

 

SAMBROOK’S FLAT WHITE STOUT – 4.5% ABV

Sambrook’s Brewery, London. Est. 2008

This new dark russet-brown stout has been brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. A complex aroma of milk, coffee, nuts and roasted notes leads to a smooth, creamy flavour, with a sweetness which is balanced by its roasted character.

Sambrook’s Brewery

SALTAIRE ONYX – 3.8% ABV

Saltaire Brewery, West Yorkshire. Est. 2006

This is a refreshing black IPA, with a tropical aroma and hop notes in the flavour, balanced by a subtle dark beer character of rich malts, resulting in a refreshing finish.

Saltaire Brewery

 

HYDES CALIFORNIA RED ALE – 5.2% ABV

Hydes Brewery, Manchester. Est. 1863

This ruby-coloured ale is brewed with a range of five malt varieties, all adding their unique characteristics to create a complex, malty flavour, with toasted malt, toffee and fruit notes, complemented by a moderate bitterness.

Hydes Brewery

OAKHAM ATTILA – 7.5% ABV

Oakham Brewery, Cambridgeshire. Est. 1993

This golden ale has been cask aged for six months, in preparation for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. The rich elderflower aroma leads to ripe red berry and citrus flavours, resulting in a long, smooth, full-bodied and fruity finish.

Oakham Brewery

PURITY WARLORD – 5.0% ABV

Purity Brewery, Warwickshire. Est. 2005

This amber-coloured beer, brewed again especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, pine and tropical fruits, leading to a full, complex, fruity flavour and pronounced lasting bitterness.

Purity Brewery

TITANIC NINE TENTHS BELOW – 5.9% ABV

Titanic Brewery, Staffordshire. Est. 1985

This golden beer, brewed again especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, has an initial sweetness which rapidly fades as the powerful citrus hops take over, leading to a refreshing taste above the waterline, while the boldness and strength lurk beneath.

Titanic Brewery

GREENE KING HERITAGE – 5.0% ABV

Greene King Brewery, Suffolk. Est. 1799

This new golden beer is brewed using Chevalier malt, originally grown in Suffolk around 1820 and, after near extinction, recently resurrected. It is a refreshing pale ale, with a crisp, refreshing, full flavour.

Greene King Brewery

 

ELGOOD’S WARRIOR – 5.5% ABV

Elgood’s Brewery, Cambridgeshire. Est. 1795

This chestnut-coloured beer, brewed again especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, has a predominantly hoppy aroma, leading to a deep, rich flavour, with a rich malt balance.

Elgood’s Brewery

WYCHWOOD HOBGOBLIN IPA – 5.6% ABV

Banks’s Brewery, West Midlands. Est. 1890

This deep golden beer, previously available in bottles only, has been made available in cask, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. It is generously hopped to provide an explosion of tropical fruit aromas, leading to a juicy bitterness, balanced by a malty sweetness.

Banks’s Brewery

CALEDONIAN PORT OF LEITH IPA – 5.0% ABV

Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh. Est. 1869

This copper-coloured ale is brewed in the style of a traditional IPA, with a powerful hop aroma continuing into the flavour, balanced by caramel and malt flavours, before resulting in a bold malt and bitter hop finish.

Caledonian Brewery

MORDUE STERLING – 4.5% ABV

Mordue Brewery, Tyne & Wear. Est. 1995

This new straw-coloured cask lager has been brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Herbal and citrus notes in the aroma continue through to the flavour, balanced by a clean malt background, resulting in a long, dry finish.

Mordue Brewery

SALOPIAN BERTZA – 5.5% ABV

Salopian Brewery, Shropshire. Est. 1995

This new black rich stout, brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, contains a mélange of chocolate, cocoa and mocha, with hints of vanilla, complementing the smooth, roasted character and leading to a smooth, creamy finish.

Salopian Brewery

 

HILDEN IRISH RED RYE – 4.8% ABV

Hilden Brewery, County Antrim. Est. 1982

This new red beer, brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is generously hopped with American and European varieties, delivering a hoppy aroma and pleasing bitterness, balanced by its rye and blend of malts.

Hilden Brewery

HARVIESTOUN OLD ENGINE OIL – 4.5% ABV

Harviestoun Brewery, Clackmannanshire. Est. 1983

This black porter, made available especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is wickedly smooth, with a rich flavour dominated by chocolate and balanced by a bitter, hoppy finish.

Harviestoun Brewery

TRING AMERICAN BROWN – 4.5% ABV

Tring Brewery, Hertfordshire. Est. 1992

This occasionally brewed nut-brown ale is a progressive take on a classic British style, with fragrant fruity aromas from its American hops merging with a strong, malty background and dry, nutty finish.

Tring Brewery

BLACK SHEEP MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS- 4.5% ABV

Black Sheep Brewery, North Yorkshire. Est. 1992

Brewed by the ministry of silly hops, this new amber-red IPA has a full-bodied flavour, with crisp, peachy and spicy notes throughout, leading to a long, refreshing finish.

Black Sheep Brewery

GRAPES & GRATIFICATION OLD WORLD NEW ENGLAND IPA – 5.0% ABV

Grapes & Gratification, Heraklion, Crete. Est. 2015

Kjetil Jikiun has travelled to Banks’s Brewery, in the West Midlands, to brew this golden beer, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. A fresh, fruity hop character is evident in both the aroma and flavour, with generous citrus and tropical fruit notes throughout, while the moderate bitterness is balanced by a full-bodied, multigrain malt base.

Grapes & Gratification

FOGLIE D’ERBA HOT NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE – 5.0% ABV

Birrificio Foglie d’Erba, Forni di Sopra, Italy. Est. 2008

Gino Perissutti has returned to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to brew this mahogany beer again for us. Brewed in the style of a traditional English porter, this has notes of coffee, chocolate and liquorice in the flavour, leading to a refreshing, slightly herbal finish.

Birrificio Foglie d’Erba

GREEN BEACON 3 BOLT PALE ALE – 4.5% ABV

Green Beacon Brewing, Brisbane, Australia. Est. 2013

Johann van der Walt has travelled to Wadworth Brewery, in Wiltshire, to re-create this light golden pale ale, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Citrus, mango and pine notes are present in both the aroma and flavour, combining with a refreshing bitterness to create a distinctive, balanced character.

Green Beacon Brewing

SIXPOINT LO-RES – 4.5% ABV

Sixpoint Brewing Company, New York, USA. Est. 2004

Keir Hamilton and Eric Bachli have travelled to Adnams Brewery, in Suffolk, to brew this light golden beer, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. The initial citrus blast provides an inviting aroma and juicy flavour, with plenty of tropical notes, resulting in an easy-drinking character and a clean, dry finish.

Sixpoint Brewing Company

STRANGE FELLOWS TALISMAN – 4.0% ABV

Strange Fellows Brewing, British Columbia, Canada. Est. 2014

Iain Hill has travelled to Caledonian Brewery, in Edinburgh, to re-create this light golden beer, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits lead to an assertive hop flavour, with an underlying malt balance, plus a crisp, lasting finish.

Strange Fellows Brewing

BRÚ RED ALE – 4.2% ABV

Brú Brewery, County Meath, Republic of Ireland. Est. 2013

This amberRepublic of Ireland. Est. 2013-red beer is this brewery’s interpretation of a traditional Irish red ale, with a sweet aroma leading to its hoppy flavour, balanced by caramel notes which continue through to the finish.

Brú Brewery

Cider

BROADOAK MOONSHINE – 7.5% ABV

Broadoak Cider, Somerset. Est. 1984

This medium-sweet cider has a crisp, light, refreshing, fruity flavour, supplied by dessert and culinary apples, resulting in a very drinkable character, despite its strength.

Broadoak Cider

COCKEYED PEAR MANIA – 7.0% ABV

Cockeyed Cider, Devon. Est. 2015

This is a medium-sweet apple-pear hybrid, made by blending a variety of fruits to give a full, fruity aroma and a smooth, crisp flavour which packs a mad punch.

Cockeyed Cider

HUNTS WOBBLER – 6.0% ABV

Hunts Cider, Devon. Est. 1805

This is a classic, traditional, still, medium-sweet cider, with tannins, sweetness and acidity all evident in the pleasing, complex flavour.

Hunts Cider

TEMPTED ELDERFLOWER – 4.0% ABV

Tempted Irish Cider, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Est. 2009

This award-winning, medium-dry cider is very light and fruity, with distinctive tones of elderflower, which complement (rather than overpower) the juicy red-apple flavour.

Tempted Irish Cider

SNAILS BANK RHUBARB – 4.0% ABV

Snails Bank Cider, Herefordshire. Est. 2008

This medium real apple cider is infused with tart rhubarb and blended with vanilla, resulting in a pleasing, smooth and complex flavour.

Snails Bank Cider

You can get further information about the festival on Snizl and on Wetherspoon’s Website

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