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.
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
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
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
Peter Hatch, David Phillips, Tony Legat, Graham Pullen
Superbly balanced with a floral hop aroma from plenty of traditional English Goldings and Fuggles hops.
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Brewed with dwarf Hilary hops, the initial fruitiness is complimented by a pronounced hoppiness in the finish.
Complex and satisfying, the malts evident but giving way to the triple hop addition to give a spicy and slightly citrus finish
A well rounded traditional bitter – clean tasting with a slight bitterness on the palate.
Distinctive hoppy aroma. Smooth easy drinking beer, but be careful of it’s strength
Strong chocolate malt nose. Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness.
A thirst quenching session bitter with excellent flavours. A strikingly hoppy beer with a finish of citrus fruit on the palate.
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.
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.
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!!!
Amber beer with a slightly spicy taste and a citrus finish from the late addition of Cascade hops
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.
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.
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.
An English Pale Ale brewed with the Pale, Wheat, Crystal and Biscuit malts, with the addition of sweet chestnuts in the mash
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.
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!
Deep red, full bodied, medium dry beer brewed with American cascade hops to give a spicy and floral character.
A Golden Light Beer infused with a combination of hops giving it a refreshing floral taste.
Voted Runner-up FirkinBeer of the festival
Take the opportunity and go for the low hanging fruit, this sumptuous beer really is a plum!
A fruity medium cider bursting with the flavour of apples. A true Farmhouse Cider with a smooth finish.
A traditional farmhouse dry cider.
Black Rat Cider
A strong dry premium blend cider full of flavour with a clean apple bite
A fine unfiltered cider with a rich haze produced from a blend of specially selected apples.
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
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.