FirkinFest V – 2013 – FirkinDogz

After the outstanding successes of 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 FirkinFest, Grayshott’s Beer Festival, returned for a fifth year at Grayshott Village Hall at the end of October 2013.

FirkinFriday

FirkinFest V started on FirkinFriday 25th October with 20 FirkinAles and 6 FirkinCiders on offer with musical entertainment during the evening from Beats Working View 28 photos

FirkinBuskers

On FirkinSaturday 26th October the festivities continued during the afternoon with Vic’s Buskers

Vic Cracknell, Toby Millard/Bryony Lewis, Wildlight, Leo Dymond, Vernon’s Friends, Becky McIntee, Ollie West, Nathan Churchill,The Ukeaholics, Claudia Arnold, Marga Riffs, Ellie Reidy & Dan Gordon (pictured below) View 60 photos

FirkinFinale

FirkinFest concluded on Saturday evening with the FirkinFinale featuring The Black Dogz Led Zeppelin tribute. View 41 photos

There was hot food from Nosh+ including their authentic pulled pork sandwiches & gourmet burgers both evenings+ a brunch menu for FirkinSaturday

Wine, soft drinks and snacks were also available throughout the festival.

Tickets were available for each of the three sessions from Grayshott Club or you could buy them online and include a FirkinFest souvenir glass, festival guide and tasting notes.

The festival was supported by our main sponsor Cherrywood Lofts & Kitchens, Grayshott.com, 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 VI

The FirkinFour

Peter Hatch, David Phillips, Tony Legat, Graham Pullen

20 FirkinAles

Allendale
Wagtail Ale

3.8%

Amber

Superbly balanced with a floral hop aroma from plenty of traditional English Goldings and Fuggles hops.

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Bank Top
Old Slapper

4.2%

Straw

Brewed with dwarf Hilary hops, the initial fruitiness is complimented by a pronounced hoppiness in the finish.

Battledown
Natural Selection

4.2%

Golden

Complex and satisfying, the malts evident but giving way to the triple hop addition to give a spicy and slightly citrus finish

Box Steam
Tunnel Vision

4.2%

Amber

A well rounded traditional bitter – clean tasting with a slight bitterness on the palate.

Burton Bridge
Stairway to Heaven

5.0%

Pale

Distinctive hoppy aroma. Smooth easy drinking beer, but be careful of it’s strength

Burton Bridge
Top Dog

Stout

5.0%

Strong chocolate malt nose. Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness.

Coastal
Hop Monster

3.7%

Golden

A thirst quenching session bitter with excellent flavours. A strikingly hoppy beer with a finish of citrus fruit on the palate.

Cotleigh
Commando Hoofing

4.0%

Golden

A pale golden beer, refreshing and slightly sparkling. Originally brewed to celebrate the Commando Royal Marines return from active duty in Afghanistan using Pale and Crystal malt and Northern Brewer, Cascade and Styrian hops. Five pence for every bottle and pint sold is donated to the charity “Go Commando” in support of the Royal Marines Family.

Elgoods
Golden Newt

4.1%

Golden

The beer has a prominent hop character; a blend of Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade has been used in the recipe to bring the delicate hop flavour and aroma to the fore. The use of Cascade gives a pleasing citrus aroma.

Elland
Old Skool

5.0%

Golden

Traditional golden-coloured strong ale. Using five malts and three hop varieties for a good malty character and a fruit hop nose. Definitely one from the Old Skool!!!

Fuzzy Duck
Pheasant Plucker

4.2%

Amber

Amber beer with a slightly spicy taste and a citrus finish from the late addition of Cascade hops

Hambleton
Nightmare

5.0%

Dark

This smooth, massively flavoured creamy drink is best served on the ‘warm’ side, allowing full appreciation of this four malt brew. Strong malts dominate, but hoppiness rears out of this complex blend.

Hop Back
Heracles

2.8%

Golden

This golden beer is truly strong in flavour while low in alcohol. Maris Otter gives its characteristic silky, biscuity maltiness, quickly followed up by the delicate spicy lemon of East Kent and Styrian Goldings. This is underpinned by the subtle orange flavours of coriander and the dry, clean bitterness of Challenger hops.

Kelham Island
Wild Rider

5.5%

Golden

IT’S MAD, IT’S BAD and IT’S BACK A strong full flavoured IPA brewed with a renegade blend of hops from the UK, USA, Germany and New Zealand for a massive, explosive hop aroma. Wickedly juicy, mouth watering and satisfyingly aromatic.

Little Beer Corp
Little Snug

5.4%

Pale

An English Pale Ale brewed with the Pale, Wheat, Crystal and Biscuit malts, with the addition of sweet chestnuts in the mash

Peerless
Storr Lager

4.8%

Golden

Though Continental in style, Storr gains its fresh citrus hop finish and pleasant malt backbone solely from the use of UK-grown lager malt & Sovereign hedgerow hops.

Skinners
Ginger Tosser BEER OF THE FESTIVAL

3.8%

Golden

A lovely hoppy golden ale, fused with Cornish honey, gives this session beer a superb round finish with a hint of ginger. First brewed for red headed pancake tossers!

Stewart
Copper Cascade

4.1%

Copper

Deep red, full bodied, medium dry beer brewed with American cascade hops to give a spicy and floral character.

Tillingbourne
The Source

3.3%

Golden

A Golden Light Beer infused with a combination of hops giving it a refreshing floral taste.

Voted Runner-up FirkinBeer of the festival

Titanic
Plum Porter

4.9%

Dark Porter

Take the opportunity and go for the low hanging fruit, this sumptuous beer really is a plum!

6 FirkinCiders

Gwynt y Ddraig
Haymaker

6.5%

Medium Cider

A fruity medium cider bursting with the flavour of apples. A true Farmhouse Cider with a smooth finish.

Gwynt y Ddraig
Ancient Warrior

6.2%

Dry Cider

A traditional farmhouse dry cider.

Moles
Black Rat Cider

6.0%

Traditional scrumpy

A strong dry premium blend cider full of flavour with a clean apple bite

Thatchers
Heritage Cider

4.9%

Cloudy Cider

A fine unfiltered cider with a rich haze produced from a blend of specially selected apples.

Westons
Old Rosie Scrumpy

7.3%

Cloudy Scrumpy

This still cider is allowed to settle out naturally after fermentation resulting in a truly old fashioned, full flavoured, appley, cloudy scrumpy, with a well balanced medium dry character

Westons
Country Perry

4.5%

Perry

English perry made in Herefordshire. Fermented and fully matured in old oak vats to develop an exquisite, delicate, light and fruity character. Softly floral with a clear natural pale straw colour.