Champion Beer of Britain
We are currently in the middle of the voting period where all members can vote for their favourite local beers in the first stage of the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) competition. If you haven’t gone online to make your nominations yet, DO IT NOW, voting closes at midnight on 1st November. A beer cannot reach the final judging stage without YOUR vote.
If you wish you can use this opportunity to support our local brewer Thames Side which has ales in most categories, as well as those from breweries around Surrey & Sussex. If you follow the link and log in you’re met with a page full of drop down boxes listing the beers by category. It might look a bit off putting, but you can vote for just one beer if you want, or for up to 5 beers in each category. That would be 55 beers, but you’d need to be a real ticker or have a much better memory than I to achieve that!! Click below to ……
Branch Brewery News
Unit 7, Timsway, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 3JY
Tel: 07749 204242
Set up by CAMRA Member Andy Hayward in the autumn of 2015. In 2016 won Beer of the
Festival at Ascot Racecouse BeerFest with Egyptian Goose, and Dark Beer of the Festival at Woking with Black Swan. In 2017 the awards keep coming, with Beer of the Festival at Kingston Beer Festival with Mallard Mild, and at Hampton Beer Festival with Black Swan. Well done Andy.
STOP PRESS: Thames Side now have a very unusual Brewery Tap, in the shape of a micro-pub sharing premises with a popular Staines town centre coffee shop Caffe Gusto. Very early days (Oct’17) and Andy needs our support, so lets get down there. Opening hours and other information is on WhatPub.
Thames Side ales are also regularly available in The George, London Stone, Two Rivers, Beehive and the nearby Riverside Club in Staines. Also the Barley Mow, Shepperton Green, the Thyme at the Tavern in Chertsey, and the Royal Marine in Lyne (and featured in recent beer festival). The Compasses in Egham has had a few, and the Armstrong Gun occasional, as well of course the Egham USC which featured Black Swan Porter at it’s Easter 2017 BeerFest. Also bottles on sale in the off-licence next to the Two Rivers, and Cape Wine and Food.
Further afield, The Sussex Arms and the White Swan in Twickenham are regulars, along with the Jolly Coopers and the Worlds End in Hampton, the Roebuck in Hampton Hill and the Masons Arms in Teddington. The Coronation Hall in Surbiton, and the Watchman and Woodies in New Malden have also had several deliveries, as has Staines Rugby Club in Hanworth.
Unit 5, Stroude Farm, Virginia Water, GU25 4BY
Following some trial brewing at a small site in Cobham, Marc and Andrew Sage moved Hedgedog Brewing to their current site in October 2014. In 2015 they won Beer of the Festival at Ascot Racecourse with Amber Ale. Had no response to e-mails or phone calls, and brewery if there is one always closed on my visits. However, allegedly had beers at the recent Hampton Beer Festival (Jun’17) any news any one?
The Good Old Days?
CAMRA definition of real ale in a bottle is that it is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process provides wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. A great hoppy example of this is is St. Austell Proper Job .
There are also many beers that do not fit this description as they have been pasteurised, but still taste brilliant in my book. An example of this is Oakham Ales Scarlet Mackaw which again is very hoppy. Doesn’t comply with CAMRA guidelines, but what do you think?
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