FirkinFest IV – 2012 – Mamma Beer

After the outstanding successes of 2009, 2010 & 2011 FirkinFest, Grayshott’s Beer Festival, returned for a fourth year at Grayshott Village Hall at the end of October 2012.

FirkinFriday

FirkinFest IV started on FirkinFriday 26th October with 18 FirkinAles and 8 FirkinCiders on offer with musical entertainment during the evening from Joe Jammer view 34 photos

FirkinJazz

On Saturday 27th October the festivities continued during the afternoon with FirkinJazz from Binky’s Dixie Demons  view 3 photos

FirkinFinale

FirkinFest concluded on Saturday evening with the FirkinFinale featuring top tribute bands UK Bee Gees & Abba Illusion view 133 photos

There was BBQ food from The Smoke Shack and choice of wine and soft drinks available throughout the festival.

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

The festival is supported by our main sponsor The Fox and Pelican, Grayshott Village Hall 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 FirkinFest V

Mamma Beer!

The FirkinCommittee

Peter Hatch, David Phillips, Tony Legat, Graham Pullen

18 FirkinAles

BLUE MONKEY
99 RED BABOONS – ABV 4.2%

An unusual combination of fruity hoppyness with a dark, malty side. This beer is distinctly difficult to categorise – is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild?
Sponsored by grayshott.com

COTTAGE
BROADGAUGE BITTER – ABV 3.9%

A light coloured session bitter, brewed with Progress, Challenger and Styrian Goldings hops to give a floral aroma and a balanced bitter finish.
Sponsored by DJC Plumbing & Electrical Services

COTTAGE
SOMERSET & DORSET ALE – ABV 4.4%

Named after the Somerset & Dorset Railway, S&D is a well hopped, malty beer with a deep red colour.

Sponsored by The Bayleaf

FLOWERPOTS
IPA – ABV 6.0%

Brewed with powerful North American Simcoe hops to give a strong fruity hop flavour which balances the weight of malt in a traditional 6% IPA – very full and rounded in the mouth.

Sponsored by Grayshott Pottery

FLOWERPOTS
PERRIDGE PALE – ABV 3.6%

A light straw colour with a subtle twist of citrus hop. A very refreshing beer with a perfect clean finish.

Sponsored by Peter Leete & Partners

FULLERS
GALES HSB – ABV 4.8%

HSB is brewed with the finest malt and hops for a well-balanced character. It is full bodied and silky textured, with a hint of Dundee cake that leads to a rich, fruity taste and a silky smooth finish. It has an ABV of 4.8% and is a beer to savour.

Sponsored by Fox & Pelican

GREAT YORKSHIRE
GOLDEN – ABV 4.2%

A refreshing golden beer with hints of caramel and a mouthwatering honey-like sweetness.

Sponsored by GP Accountants

ILKLEY
ILKLEY GOLD – ABV 3.9%

A golden session ale with floral aromas emanating from the blend of Celela & Cascade hops.

Sponsored by Rob Willis Painting & Decorating Services

MIGHTY OAK
OSCAR WILDE – ABV 3.7%

A wonderfully mellow, nutty, morish dark mild. Brewed using Maris Otter Pale, Crystal and Black malts and gently hopped with Challenger.

Sponsored by Adrian Blyth Car Specialists

OAKHAM
JHB – ABV 3.8%

A golden beer whose aroma is dominated by hops that give characteristic citrus notes. Hops and fruit on the palate are balanced by malt and a bitter base. Dry hoppy finish with soft fruit flavours.

Sponsored by Grayshott Books

RED SQUIRREL
CONSERVATION – ABV 4.1%

A chestnut brown, traditional bitter, with Pale, Crystal & Chocolate malts, underpinned by challenger hops, showing a nice mouth-filling texture of hoppy fruity bitterness with satisfying biscuity flavours with hints of spice and chocolate.

Sponsored by Grayshott Village Hall

RED SQUIRREL
HOPFEST – ABV 3.8%

Light golden ale with a floral/Citrus aroma & elderflower nose from the Casades hops underpinned by a good helping of Goldings. This beer is full-bodied & full flavoured, yet is perfect as a session beer.

Sponsored by Video Dynamics

RED WILLOW
FECKLESS – ABV 4.1%

A classic best bitter, rich toffee and malt balanced with the subtle flavours of Challenger, First Gold and Target hops.

Sponsored by The Smoke Shack

RED WILLOW
WRECKLESS – ABV 4.8%

This Pale Ale is loaded with Citra and Amarillo hops providing massive amounts of tropical fruit with a clean finish.

Sponsored by The Bath Room

THORNBRIDGE
KIPLING – ABV 5.2%

A soft, but full flavoured south pacific pale ale with flavours of passion fruit and kiwi.

Sponsored by Chilli Nights

TRIPLE FFF
MAMMA BEER – 4.2 ABV %

My, my how can you resist taking a chance on this ale. It’ll have your taste buds dancing like a queen with flavours that go on and on and on. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! Amber coloured best bitter with copious amounts of US Cascade hops. Wonderfully aromatic floral nose balanced by a gentle bitterness with a hint of sweetness.

Sponsored by Grayshott Social Club

WINDSOR & ETON
CONQUEROR – ABV 5.0%

Brewed with a blend of 5 malts with Summit and Cascade hops producing a combination of roasted flavours and fresh pine hop aroma.

Sponsored by The Chocolate Frog Company

WINDSOR & ETON
GUARDSMAN – ABV 4.2%

Brewed with premium Maris Otter pale malt and a blend of Pilgrim, Styrian Golding and Fuggles hops.

Sponsored by Gurkha Durbar

8 FirkinCiders

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
BLACK DRAGON – ABV 7.2%

Matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.

Sponsored by Allan Becker Garden Landscapes

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
FARMHOUSE SCRUMPY – ABV 6.5%

Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.

Sponsored by Light Lines

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
FIERY FOX – ABV 6.5%

Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.

Sponsored by Iris Garden Maintenance

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
HAPPY DAZE – ABV 4.5%

A new cider in their range, fruity, apply aroma, well balanced finish. A light and very easy to drink medium cider.

Sponsored by Cherrywood Lofts Ltd

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
FARMHOUSE PYDER – ABV 6.0%

An out of the ordinary blend of apple and pear juice fermented and matured in wood.

Sponsored by Trusted PC Man

GWYNT Y DDRAIG
TWO TREES PERRY – MEDIUM – ABV 4.5%

A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate.
Sponsored by Polo4

MR WHITEHEADS
STRAWBERRY CIDER – ABV 4.2%

Starting life as a light cider, fresh strawberries are added to the fermented drink giving the special (unique) light pink hue, with a medium to sweet taste.

Sponsored by San Marco

MR WHITEHEADS
TOFFEE APPLE CIDER – ABV 4.0%

A light apple cider gently infused with toffee. A toffee apple without the crunch, or the stick!

Sponsored by Applegarth Farm