FirkinFest II – 2010 – The Return

After the outstanding success of the original FirkinFest, Grayshott’s Real Ale & Cider Festival, returned for a second year at Grayshott Village Hall at the end of October 2010


The beer festival started on FirkinFriday 29th October with 22 superb beers and ciders on offer at £2.80 per pint with musical entertainment during the evening from the Vic Cracknell Band – Grayshott’s music maestro Vic Cracknell on keyboards, Sim Cracknell on drums view 37 photos


On Saturday 30th October the festivities continued during the afternoon with FirkinJazz from Binky’s Dixie Demons David Doel (double bass), Richard White (clarinet, saxaphone, vocals), Denny Illett (trumpet), Billy Gyford (banjo, vocals)  view 10 photos


FirkinFest concluded on Saturday evening with the FirkinFinale starring top tribute band The Rollin Clones view 86 photos

There was be BBQ food from the Kapadokya and choice of wine and soft drinks available throughout the festival.

Tickets for each of the three sessions included a FirkinFest souvenir glass, festival guide and tasting notes

The festival is supported by Grayshott Village Hall and main sponsors The Fox & Pelican and local business and organisations as FirkinSponsors

In case you are still wondering what a Firkin is, it’s a nine gallon cask traditionally used to transport ale and cider and the inspiration behind Grayshott’s FirkinFest.

We hope you are able to join us at the next FirkinFest

The FirkinFour

Peter Hatch, David Phillips, Tony Legat, Graham Pullen

16 FirkinBeers

Acorn Barnsley Bitter 3.8% Chestnut in colour, having a well rounded, rich flavour, it retains a lasting bitter finish.

Sponsored by Grayshott Pottery

B & T Shefford Mild 3.8%  A dark beer with a well balanced, roast malt taste

Sponsored by Grayshott Books

Bath Gem 4.1% Gem has a rich aroma of hops and malt, with a long, deep, bitter-sweet finish. An exceptional best bitter.

Sponsored by The Bath Room

Beartown Bruin’s Ruin 5.0%  Full of malty character, and a palate of smooth sweet fruity flavours

Sponsored by Applegarth

Breconshire Ramblers Ruin 5.0%  Dark amber, malty and well hopped with a beautifully balanced aftertaste with malt/biscuit undertones.

Sponsored by Kaighin & Daughter

Burton Bridge Old Expensive 6.5%  Smooth & bitter with a barley wine taste

Sponsored by GP Accountants

Dark Star Over the Moon 3.8%  Traditional dark mild ale, fully hopped and very quaffable

Sponsored by Grayshott Football Club

Fullers Trafalgar Ale 5.0%  A spectacular deep brown ale, brewed with molasses for a sweet, satisfying flavour. First brewed specially to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s famous victory at the battle of Trafalgar.

Sponsored by Fox & Pelican

George Wright Drunken Duck 3.9%  A light citrus ale combining 3 hops from the Americas. Perfect for the hop lover.

Sponsored by Golden Valley Poultry

Hexamshire Whapweasle 4.8%  “Whapweasle” doesn’t have tasting notes because its name simply describes exactly what you do just after finishing your pint. From “Tales of a Northumberland Scrote” – “… Oi don’t care what eee says, maaaaster Chisolm, oi’d rather a point o’ zoider ‘n that bitter there. It makes oi want to waaaaap a weasel, and quoit loikely fondle a ferret roight aaaaterwards.”

Sponsored by Adrian Blyth sports and performance cars

Mile Stone Black Pearl 4.3%  Dark, mysterious and full of flavour.

Sponsored by The Gurkha Durbar Nepalese Restaurant

Potbelly Crazy Daze 5.5% A very light golden Bitter with hidden strength. Champion Strong Ale at SIBA National Beer Competition 2007

Sponsored by Something for the Weekend Band

Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale 3.6%  A delightfully refreshing pale ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malt with a delicate combination of Pioneer, Styrian Goldings and Lubelski hops.

Sponsored by Grayshott Social Club

Skinners Keel Over 4.2% A classic Cornish bitter, mid strength, amber in colour, beautifully balanced with a smooth finish.

Sponsored by Visual Assets

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler 6.0%  Strong, dark, luscious & notorious. Our multi-award winning beer. Probably the best vegan beer in Britain.

Sponsored by

Summer Wine Teleporter 5.0% A seriously smooth, rich porter, brewed with ten different grains, to give immense depth & character

Sponsored by Polo4

7 FirkinCiders

Moles Black Rat 6.0%  A strong dry premium blend cider, full of flavour, and with a clean apple bite.

Sponsored by Blaze House Art

Mr Whitehead’s Devils Device 8.4%  Quite clear and golden in colour with a full bodied smell, nutty earthy flavours are dominant in this cider, rich with a good deep body it is medium with a dry aftertaste

Sponsored by Trusted PC Man

Thatchers Cheddar Valley 6.0%  The colour of this unique cider gives it a vibrant character all of its own for those who want an alternative refreshing drink with a touch of natural sparkle.

Sponsored by The Chocolate Frog Furniture Company Ltd

Thatchers Traditional Dry 6.0% A hazy, unfiltered and uncarbonated cider, but has a natural, subtle sparkle.

Westons Traditional Scrumpy 6.0% A hearty and wholesome cloudy cider. Sufficiently strong to satisfy but not too sweet to smother the mature flavour of traditional bittersweet apples.

Westons Country Perry 4.5% Free from all artificial colouring, flavouring and sweetening it retains its natural pale colour. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

Westons Bounds Brand Scrumpy 4.8% A crisp, dry, fruity, traditional, cloudy Scrumpy