That’s all FirkinFolks!

After ten long years the FirkinFest committee have decided to throw in the bar towel and quit whilst the beer still has its head.

FirkinFest X, as it turns out, therefore concludes the unbroken series of annual Grayshott beer festivals in the village hall which started out with beer & beatles in 2009 and quickly established itself with the popular combination of great real ales and dodgy entertainment.

Like Party in Grayshott that went before, FirkinFest proved to be extremely successful and popular in the short run yet ultimately FirkinFest too ran out of froth only to be consigned to the drip tray of history – with no more than a sideboard full of FirkinGlasses and a small roundabout on the A333 to remember it by.

Chairman FirkinPete, surprised to find out he was Chairman at the final meeting, mumbled “Our motto ‘Veni Vidi Parti‘ has stood us in good stead over the years, even as the FirkinEmpire threatened to crumble around us.  The final straw though was the uncertainty over Brexit and we were determined that FirkinFest should not miss out on being part of project Fear, so we pulled the plug just in time”

FirkinEXIT, as it may now be remembered, drew on the popularity of social club jazz regulars Binky’s Dixie Demons being unplugged once again and local talent I Witness to pull in more punters, ensuring that the final FirkinFest ended on a high note.

A final big thanks to all the committee and helpers that made FirkinFest happen. In particular the founding FirkinFour;  FirkinDavid who did all the spreadsheets, FirkinTony who used his experience to select, prepare and empty the firkins & FirkinGraham who like the Chairman was only really in it for the beer.


Firkin X marks the spot!

The spot to be this weekend is in Grayshott Village Hall as FirkinFest X, the 10th annual Grayshott Beer & Cider festival, gets underway.  Doors open at 6pm TONIGHT for FirkinFriday with a selection of 17 superb real ales & 6 scrummy ciders to choose from.

Firkin X marks the spot!

The FirkinCommittee have checked them all and are looking forward to another successful festival.  Tonight we have a special lineup of Binkys Dixie Demons to Jazz things up and on Saturday evening I Witness will really get the FirkinParty started.

The FirkinCommittee quality control department

Tickets for both session are still available to order online and they will be waiting for you to collect on the door.

Hope to see you later. X

FirkinTickets please!

Planning to come to our tenth annual Grayshott Beer Festival next weekend?  Then time is running out to get your FirkinTickets before they too run out!

The easiest way to get FirkinTickets is to order them online from FirkinTony who has set up a lovely sparkly web-page just for the purpose  Options displayed are FirkinFriday £5, FirkinParty £10 or FirkinBoth £15 and you can buy as many as you FirkinWant.  Pay securely using paypal or a card and they will be waiting for you on the door – FirkinGuaranteed! – click here to visit our lovely sparkly webpage and buy your FirkinTickets now.

Alternatively, if you are in the village, drop into Light lines or Grayshott Social Club and buy them in person – and whilst you are at it you could pick up a light bulb or a pint of heavy.

Buying your FirkinTickets in advance is always highly recommended.  Yes, they will also be on sale at the village hall door, but for an extra £2.50 each, and there is no guarantee at all that there will be any left when you get there.  So don’t leave it TooFirkinLate!


Two FirkinWeeks to FirkinFest X

Only two weeks to wait for our tenth Firkinfest in Grayshott – have you got your FirkinTickets yet?

We now have 17 amazing FirkinAles coming this year for you to taste, including the bonus of a firkin of ‘Hophead‘ donated by The Fox & Pelican and Fullers who have recently acquired the Dark Star brewery in West Sussex.

Six FirkinCiders complete the lineup and this year we have a full house of FirkinSponsors – and many thanks to all of them for their continued support.

Last year’s quality control department ensuring that it was safe to go in the water

As there are only two evening sessions available to try all 23 many FirkinFolk sensibly spread the task out over both.  If you have to choose just one session to go to, you have the option of a relatively quiet FirkinFriday early beers with acoustic jazz – so you can hear yourself drink – or our FirkinParty with talented local band I Witness playing popular covers to get you dancing à la Theresa.

FirkinTickets are £5 and £10 respectively if bought in advance online or from Light lines or Grayshott Social Club.  They will also be available to buy on the door but will cost you an extra £2.50 – that is if there are any left – bearing in mind we sold out last year and had to turn away a disappointed few who had left it too FirkinLate.

You are equipped with a commemorative pint or half FirkinGlass and FirkinGuide when you arrive and remember to get your FirkinTokens in the small hall before heading impatiently for the bar in the main hall.  Half pint tokens are £1.75 or you can buy three pints worth for a tenner.  Bargain! No refunds!

There is also a tricolour of FirkinWine and various soft drinks available at the FirkinFayre along with a small range of absorbent snacks to keep you going before visiting the FirkinNosh+ burrito street wagon for some serious grub.

Here at FirkinFest we embrace the latest technology and FirkinJohn has once again made his FirkinApp available in advance to help you choose your drinks to sample and record your findings.

If you haven’t joined our FirkinList already, ensure you don’t miss all the latest FirkinNews by visiting our FirkinWebsite and signing up today.

Finally, whilst you are there, don’t forget to get your FirkinTickets and we’ll hopefully see you in just a couple of weeks!

Last year’s FirkinSurfin’ safari

FirkinBrexit! FirkinAle!

Forget FirkinBrexit – take a look at the FirkinAles and FirkinCiders we’ve ordered and book your FirkinTickets for FirkinFest X, now just 4 weeks away.  Or push the boat out and become a FirkinSponsor and get four complimentary tickets.


This year we will have 16 new real ales to sip and savour – all carefully selected after countless sampling sessions, and expertly prepared by our in house beermeister FirkinTony.  Unlike most beer festivals we never repeat an ale at FirkinFest, and search far and wide to find the very best Britain’s breweries have to offer.  We also have an excellent quality control department.

Here is our order for this year…

Horbury West Yorkshire
Down The Hatch
Blonde Ale
This blonde beer has a fruity citrus nose. Brewed using American Cascade hops as it’s main hop. It has a citrus taste with a hint of lemon. Although it has a good hoppy taste remains a great session beer.

Horbury West Yorkshire
Tell No Tales
Dark Mild
This delicious dark mild has a faint coffee nose, and the addition of a little crystal and dark chocolate malts provide a mild coffee finish.
FirkinSponsor: Grayshott Village Cafe & Restaurant

Our first brews of this stout in 2008 were very roasty and we soon realised that we would have to reduce the quantity of roasted barley malt. The flavours of chocolate, liquorice and coffee were then more pronounced and also giving more sweetness. In 2013 we first bottled this stout and it confirms how good it is.

Birkenhead Wirral
Red Rocks
Ruby Ale
Rich malt flavours combine with Bramling X hops for a wonderful beer with fruity overtones. The brewer’s favourite. This is a typically english ale combining the best of British malts and hops.

Newark Notts
American IPA
Pale Ale
Powerful American hops give this pale ale floral and citrus notes.

Rochdale Lancs
Alchemists Ale
Straw Ale
A refreshing straw coloured ale, with crisp malt flavours and a robust hoppy finish.

Piddlehinton Dorset
Strong Blonde Ale
Strong, Blonde and fruity. Plenty of wheat to give a smooth mouthfeel balanced with a fruity punch and gentle floral aroma.
FirkinSponsor: Trusted PC Man

Reedley Hallows
Burnley Lancs
Nook of Pendle
Amber Ale
An Amber warming ale, with a dried fruit and a malty aroma.

Strathaven Ales
Strathaven Lanarkshire
Old Mortality 80/-
Chestnut Ale
A chestnut coloured ale with a well-rounded malty aroma and a rich dried fruit flavour.
FirkinSponsor: Gould & Chapman – Funeral Directors

Three Brothers
Stockton Teeside
Pale Ale
Lemongrass infused, Hoppy Session IPA  This beer was designed to hold it’s own in flavour but at a noticeably lower ABV.

Three Brothers
Stockton Teeside
The Ex-Wife
Chestnut Fruity Bitter
An all English traditional chestnut bitter with a slightly modern fruity twist.

Tring Herts
Side Pocket For A Toad
Straw Hoppy Ale
It’s a toad not a frog! Unmistakable citrus and floral notes from only the best American Cascade hops balanced with a crisp dry finish make this straw coloured ale a fantastic session beer. All that flavour in a 3.6%. Oh Yes.

Pampisford Cambridge
Meditation Pale
Pale Ale
A beautiful pale ale with blackcurrant, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours, complex taste of bitterness, hints of apricot, herbs and punchy floral notes. It is easy drinking and refreshing. So kick back, relax and meditate responsibly.
FirkinSponsor: Coloured Courts Ltd – Tennis Courts Construction & Maintenance

Besthorpe Norfolk
Sirius Dog Star
Red Ale
A complex blend of malts and american hops combine to produce this Smooth, fruity Red Ale.

XT Brewery
Long Crendon Bucks
XT3 West Coast IPA
Pale Ale
An American style IPA – packed with Chinook, Columbus and Cascade hops from the American North West – crisp, clean and refreshing with a lasting hoppy bite.

Yorkshire Heart
Nun Monkton York
Hearty Bitter
Chestnut Brown Bitter
Chestnut Brown Ale with bitter toffee flavours. Classic Yorkshire Bitter


FirkinFest has always been a celebration of beer and cider so each year we send out our scout FirkinKaren to research the increasing wide selection of ciders and perrys and to choose six of the best for your delectation.

Here is our order for this year…

Celtic Marshes
Cracklin’ Rosie Perry
Light refreshing and delicate perry

Countryman Cider
Medium smooth mellow slightly tangy real farmhouse scrumpy

Meon Valley
Dry & hint of bittersweets – CAMRA South England champion cider 2018

Angels Leaf

Medium premium cider infused with garden mint

Snails Bank
Fruit Bat
Apple cider blended with Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant

West Milton
Midnight Stumbler
Medium dry using traditional cider apples from West Dorset


You will need a FirkinTicket to get in but we always let you out for free.  FirkinTickets are now available to buy from Lightlines or Grayshott Social Club or online.  Buying your tickets in advance is recommended to avoid potential disappointment and to save £2.50 per ticket towards your FirkinTokens.  FirkinFriday is £5 and FirkinParty is £10  or you can buy FirkinBoth for £15.  If not sold out they will also be available on the door for an extra £2.50 each, but please don’t count on it.  Last year we did sell eventually out!!!


We are still looking for more FirkinSponsors

For a £50 donation receive

  • 2 complimentary tickets for each session worth £30
  • Your company name/logo above your Firkin at the festival
  • Listed as the sponsor of your Firkin in the FirkinGuide
  • Listed on our website under your Firkin with a link to your own website

If you would like to become a FirkinSponsor please contact: –  FirkinDavid by email at

Ten out of Ten for FirkinFest

FirkinFest, the ever popular Grayshott Beer Festival, returns for its tenth year at Grayshott Village Hall on Fri 19th & Sat 20th October 2018.

FirkinFest X will feature another 16 exceptional real FirkinAles carefully selected from around Britain and 6 FirkinCiders plus wine, soft drinks and hot food from nosh+.  We never repeat a beer.

FirkinFriday night entertainment comes in the guise of Binky’s Dixie Demons playing their acoustic Jazz set, specifically requested so you can still hear yourself drink.  Grayshott Jazz Club regulars will appreciate the finer qualities of Binky’s unplugged.

This year we have chosen a young local upcoming band to entertain us on Saturday evening. IWitness will really be getting the FirkinParty started with their covers set once the first few beers have been tasted, but you’ll need to be there to see it.

Please visit our website for more information and to book your FirkinTickets which include entry to the festival, 2018 commemorative FirkinGlass, and helpful FirkinGuide and tasting notes.

Do come along and enjoy this years FirkinFest – we feel sure you will give it full marks!

Welcome to the new FirkinWebsite

FirkinFest has recently launched a new website in preparation for the tenth Grayshott Beer Festival being held at Grayshott Village Hall on Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October 2018. has all the latest information about FirkinX and there is also a look back over all of the previous nine years, FirkinFest I to IX, with photos and all the beer and cider lists.

In addition there is a new FirkinList, which FirkinFans can subscribe to on the new website, to receive email notifications of the very latest FirkinNews as it is posted.

Festival goers who bought tickets online in the past, or voted for a favourite beer, and gave us their email address, have already been added to the FirkinList on the basis that they are probably still interested and if not there is an unsubscribe link in the emails they receive.

Please take a look around our new website and if you haven’t already received an email subscribe to our FirkinList so you don’t miss another FirkinThing.

FirkinFest is also on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Flickr even