10th Redhill Beer Festival

Thursday 30th, Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November
At Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED

The planning process has just started and details will be added here as they are confirmed. It will be similar to last year’s festival whose details are below.

9th Redhill Beer Festival

Thursday 31st October, Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November
At Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
150 metres west of Merstham Station and close to 405 Croydon/Redhill bus route

Thursday 31st Oct: 12 noon – 11.00pm
£2.00 before 4.00pm, then £3.00 until 11.00pm
Friday 1st Nov: 12 noon – 11.00pm
£2.00 before 3.00pm, then  £4.00 until 11.00pm
Saturday 2nd Nov: 12 noon – 6.00pm (while stocks last) Free
(£2 returnable deposit for glass at all sessions)
£1.00 discount for CAMRA members at all fee-paying sessions.
Programme included with admission
Food and soft drinks available at all sessions

The theme this year marked the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, which was partly planned by villains who lived locally, and drank in the Jolly Brickmakers in Frenches Road, Redhill. Today that pub is managed by Dick Holland, who was one of the festival’s Bar Managers. He helped to look after 72 different beers and 10 ciders and perries that were sampled by the 1154 real ale drinkers who attended over the festival’s 3 days.

This year, the stillage had a new layout with the beer arranged alongside one wall and across the front of the stage in an “L” shape (with a break at the corner). This allowed more freedom of movement around the hall and significantly reduced the necessity to queue at the peak time of early Friday evening when capacity was finally reached.  On Saturday, the final day, about half of the beers were available at opening time, and there were still 20 or so remaining when the festival closed.

The Beer of the Festival (as decided by the highest number of votes received from those attending) was Langham’s Dark Swallow. The programme described it as “A black IPA fermented two weeks longer for a deliciously smooth malty taste with generous hopping of Cascade, Bravo and Summit. The name is derived from sailors’ tattoos as swallows never stray far from land which means you’re nearly home safe.”  The Langham brewery is in Lodsworth, West Sussex, based in an 18th century granary barn nestling in the rolling Sussex Downs between Midhurst and Petworth on the A272.

Beer list for 2013 (subject to availability) updated 25/10/13

Brewer Beer Style Strength
Redemption Trinity Bitter 3.0%
Bowman Elderado Bitter 3.5%
Dark Star Age of Darkness Bitter 3.5%
Kissingate Storyteller Bitter 3.5%
Langhams Halfway to Heaven Bitter 3.5%
Nelson Helmsman Bitter 3.5%
Branscombe Vale Mild Mild 3.6%
East London Orchid Vanilla Mild Mild 3.6%
Pilgrim Quench Bitter 3.6%
Anchor Springs Mild Mild 3.8%
Bowman Swift One Bitter 3.8%
Clarence + Fred Golden Ale Bitter 3.8%
Filo Crofters Bitter 3.8%
Irving Frigate Bitter 3.8%
Surrey Hills Ranmore Bitter 3.8%
Downton Quadhop Bitter 3.9%
Bowman Wallops Wood Bitter 4.0%
Dark Star Partridge Best Bitter 4.0%
Hackney Golden Ale Bitter 4.0%
Highland Dark Munro Mild 4.0%
Nelson Cutlass Bitter 4.0%
Tillingbourne Area of Natural Beauty Bitter 4.0%
Windsor + Eton Canberra Bitter 4.0%
Clarence + Fred Best Bitter Bitter 4.1%
Hastings Best Bitter Bitter 4.1%
Ramsbury Silver Pig Stout Stout 4.1%
Highland Scapa Special Bitter 4.2%
London Fields Hackney Hopster Bitter 4.2%
London Fields Love Not War Bitter 4.2%
By The Horns Mayor Garrott Bitter 4.3%
Nelson Jammin Jack Bitter 4.3%
Pilgrim Quest Bitter 4.3%
Pilgrim Vulcan Alia Bitter 4.3%
Williams Bros. Cock of the Walk Bitter 4.3%
Rudgate Ruby Mild Mild 4.4%
Burton Bridge Damson Porter Porter 4.5%
East London Nightwatchman Bitter 4.5%
Filo Old Town Tom Bitter 4.5%
Hackney American Pale Ale Bitter 4.5%
Hastings Porter Porter 4.5%
Loddon Boozy Floozy Bitter 4.5%
Loddon Russett Bitter 4.5%
Titanic Chocolate & Vanilla Stout Stout 4.5%
Redemption Urban Dusk Bitter 4.6%
Surrey Hills Greensand IPA Spl Dry Hopped Bitter 4.6%
Hepworth Old Ale Old 4.8%
Leeds Midnight Bell Mild 4.8%
Williams Bros. March of the Penguins Stout Stout 4.9%
Beartown Black Bear Mild 5.0%
Binghams Coffee Stout Stout 5.0%
Binghams Vanilla Stout Stout 5.0%
Dorking Red India Ale Bitter 5.0%
Kissingate Chennai IPA Bitter 5.0%
Rectory Bonfire Toffee Bitter 5.0%
Rectory Old Ale Old 5.0%
Windsor + Eton Conqueror Black IPA Bitter 5.0%
By The Horns Lambeth Walk Porter 5.1%
Bristol Brewing Exhibition Bitter 5.2%
Dorking Winter Ruby Bitter 5.2%
Irving Captain B Spiced Rum Ale Bitter 5.3%
Baseline Dark Matter Bitter 5.5%
Anchor Springs Old Mothers Ruin Bitter 6.0%
Langhams Black Swallow Bitter 6.0%
Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild Mild 6.0%
Gribble Pigs Ear Old 6.1%
Burton Bridge Old Expensive Bitter 6.5%
Downton Chimera IPA Bitter 6.8%
Highland Old Norway Bitter 9.0%
Downton Endeavour Bitter 10.0%

Provisional Cider and Perry. Updated 21/10/13

Producer Cider or Perry ABV Style
Cornish Orchards Cider 4.8% Medium Dry
Oakwood Farm Perry 5.0% Organic Dry
Dudda’s Tun Cider 5.3% Medium
Pook Hill Cider 5.5% Medium
Palmer Hayes Scrumpy (Cider) 6.0% Medium
Hancocks Cider 6.0% Sweet
Hecks Red Pear Perry 6.5% Medium
Double Vision
Cider 7.4% Dry
Biddenden Cider 7.5% Bone Dry
Little Red Rooster Cider/Perry 8.4% Sweet



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