FirkinFest III – 2011 – Beerelzebub

After the successes of 2009 & 2010 FirkinFest Grayshott Beer Festival returned in 2011

FirkinFest III, was another outstanding success and attracted over four hundred festival goers who came to enjoy the many treats on offer.


Beats Working on FirkinFriday night were superb and their rendition of Focus’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ was amazing. As Tim Benson (Lead Guitar) mentioned on Facebook he’s not had the pleasure of hearing Thom (Bass and Lead Vocalist) ‘yodelling’ before. View 44 Photos


Binky’s Dixie Demons, accompanied by Mike Deighan, were as excellent as ever offering a wonderfully relaxing afternoon of FirkinJazz for the audience. View 19 photos


Rhapsody were brilliant, ‘Is this the Real Queen’ is a fitting description of their performance. ‘Freddy’ was back and gave the FirkinFinale crowd an amazing performance along with the rest of the band. View 63 Photos

The beers and ciders were all in great condition and very much enjoyed by all who attended – along with the FirkinCommittee!! See 65 More Photos

The Smoke Shack’s BBQ offering went down a treat with all, and much needed.

A big thank you to Grayshott Village Hall for supporting the event, our main sponsor The Fox and Pelican all the local businesses who supported us as FirkinSponsors, our box office Grayshott Books, all our volunteers and everyone who brought a ticket and enjoyed one or more of the sessions.

We hope you are able to join us at FirkinFest IV in 2012


The Same FirkinFour

Peter Hatch, David Phillips, Tony Legat, Graham Pullen

18 FirkinBeers

1648 Brewery – Signature (4.4%)
Very pale, light crisply refreshing ale with a pleasing bitter back taste.

Sponsored by Signature at Moorlands Lodge

Crouch Vale Brewery – Blackwater Mild (3.7%)
Smooth and malty dark mild for drinking in quantity! Fruity and full.

Sponsored by Grayshott Books

Dark Star Brewery – Oktoberfest (5.2%)
A cask version of the classic Oktoberfest-Märzen. Brewed with specially imported German malts, including Carahell and Cara-Munich for depth of colour and flavour. Noble hop varieties are added at three stage stages during the boil.

Sponsored by Kaighin & Daughter

Dark Star Brewery – Original (5.0%)
The brewery’s eponymous former Champion Beer of Britain. A dark, strong and bitter beer that defies classification. It has a complex malt flavour with a hint of burnt flavour from the mixture of Crystal and Chocolate grist.

Sponsored by The Smoke Shack

Fuller’s – Bengal Lancer (5.0%)
The beer is pale in colour, full-bodied with a distinctive hoppiness that marks it out as a true India Pale Ale.

Sponsored by Fox & Pelican

Great Heck Brewery – Super Dave (5.0%)
Specially brewed to celebrate Great Heck’s 100th batch of ale, Super-Dave is a stronger version of the best-selling, award winning Dave. A smooth, very dark velvety bitter made with finest Maris Otter malted barley and copious quantities of chocolate and crystal malts.

Sponsored by Simpsons Chartered Accountants

Langhams Brewery – Sundowner (4.2%)
“An alcoholic drink taken at sunset” OED. Truly a great beer to sup of a summer’s eve. A deep, golden beer. The nose has tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus notes with a smooth maltiness in the background. There is a balanced dry & bitter finish with floral hop aroma.

Sponsored by Ski Peak

Milestone Brewery – Olde Home Wrecker (4.9%)
Full bodied winter warmer with a pleasing nutty finish.

Sponsored by

Mole Brewery – Rucking Mole (4.5%)
A chestnut coloured premium ale, using the traditional Maris Otter English malt, with Fuggles & Goldings hops, fruity & malty with a smooth bitter finish.

Sponsored by Adrian Blyth

Nethergate Brewery – 3.9 (3.9%)
This beer does exactly what it says on the tin! Three-point nine by name, 3.9 by strength. A superb session bitter. Amber in colour, with a distinctive Nethergate finish.

Oakleaf Brewery – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bitter (4.9%)
Champion Beer of Britain Awards 2011. Gold Champion, Speciality Beer Category. Clean and crisp with a fruity aftertaste. The use of Saaz hops gives this lager a citrus finish that lingers on.

Sponsored by Video Dynamics

Red Squirrel Brewery – Redtail Citra (3.6%) BEER OF THE FESTIVAL
Dominant citra-hop aroma. Floral, fresh style, with citrussy overtones & smooth satisfying mouth feel.

Sponsored by The Chocolate Frog Furniture Company Ltd

Red Squirrel Brewery: London Porter (5.0%)
A gold medal winning London Porter made with 2 pale malts and 3 coloured malts, dark brown/black colour, showing a balance of chocolate and roasted barley, full bodied on the palate with bittersweet liquorice and rich chocolate flavours supported by a lovely creaminess on the finish.

Sponsored by Buy in Grayshott

Rother Valley Brewery – Boadicea Ale (4.6%) – NOT AVAILABLE
SUBSTITUTE IS Whitstable Brewery – Winkle Picker – see below

Nice best bitter, hoppy with toffee and a little citrus.

Sponsored by LightLines

Salopian Brewery – Shropshire Gold (3.8%)
Golden, with a flora aroma and a full hoppy flavour that is balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a rich finish

Sponsored by The Bayleaf

Thornbridge Brewery – Jaipur IPA (5.9%)
A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

Sponsored by Chilli Nights

Thornbridge Brewery – Lord Marples (4.0%)
Surprisingly smooth with light toffee and caramel characters, a mixture of floral and spicy hop notes and a pleasing bitter finish.

Sponsored by DJC Plumbing & Electrical Services

Triple FFF Brewery – Beerelzebub (4.8%)
A Devilish brew with awesome feedback! It will no doubt bring out the Bohemian in you making you want to break free and live forever!!

Sponsored by Grayshott Social Club

Whitstable Brewery – Winkle Picker (4.5%)
An amber-coloured best bitter with an orange pomander aroma and a smooth, predominantly malty flavour.

Sponsored by LightLines

8 FirkinCiders

Gwynt y Ddraig – Black Dragon – Medium Dry – 7.2%
Matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.

Sponsored by Iris Garden Maintenance

Gwynt y Ddraig – Dogdancer – Medium – 6.5%
Produced from bittersweet cider apples blended with a true sharp cider apple, it is a light straw coloured cider with a medium dry, smooth, crisp, slightly sharp characteristic.

Sponsored by The Bath Room

Gwynt y Ddraig – Farmhouse Dry – Dry – 6.5%

A true traditional farmhouse dry cider that was made in homage to our friends on the home farm in Wales.


Gwynt y Ddraig – Farmhouse Scrumpy – Medium – 5.5%
Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.

Golden Valley Poultry

Gwynt y Ddraig – Farmhouse Vintage – Dry – 6.5% – NOT AVAILABLE
SUBSTITUTE is Farmhouse Scrumpy

A dry oak finished cider as dry as they come, definitely for the cider connoisseur and one who knows what a dry cider should be.

Golden Valley Poultry

Gwynt y Ddraig – Happy Daze – Medium – 4.5%
A new cider in our range, fruity, apply aroma, well balanced finish. A light and very easy to drink medium cider.

Sponsored by Grayshott Pottery

Gwynt y Ddraig – Two Trees Perry – Medium – 4.5%
A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate.

Sponsored by Peter Leete & Partners

Mr Whiteheads – Boxing Dog – 7.5%

A strong cider made from apples with a high sugar content, including Worcester and Cox.

Mr Whiteheads – Midnight Special – Dry – 6.5%
Midnight Special Perry uses a unique blend of fresh dessert and perry pears, and contains no added sugar, preservatives or flavouring. Midnight Special was awarded a Bronze medal by CAMRA as “Champion Perry of Britain 2006”