FirkinFest VIII – 2016 – FirkinMadness

Grayshott’s eighth Beer Festival was as popular an event as the last seven years had been, featuring 16 real ales, 8 ciders, wine, BBQ food and superb entertainment at each of the sessions;

FirkinFriday with ‘Binky’s Dixie Demons’ A chance to relax, chat and swap tasting notes with friends to the accompaniment of acoustic Jazz. Friday 21st October – 6pm to 11.30pm

FirkinMadness with ’Mainly Madness’ – Madness/Ska Tribute Band A vibrant party atmosphere to dance and sway along to Mainly Madness. Saturday 22nd October – 7pm to 11.30pm

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The festival was supported by Grayshott Village Hall & our main sponsor R S Purdey Roofing Contractors

16 FirkinBeers

Beer name
Tasting notes

Yorkshire Pride
Light golden ale with well balanced creamy malt and good bitterness. Bags full of whole hops for the aroma impart a grassy, citrus aroma.
Sponsored by G Pullen Accountant

Bristol Beer Factory
Bitter Kiwi
Pale ale with aromatic NZ hops. Really strong tropical fruit aromas and a hugely refreshing drink (so be careful!)

Crouch Vale
A superb premium golden ale with wonderful aromas of Amarillo hops and a lasting spicy and orangy flavour. Cara malt provides a little burnished colour, but the light body belies its strength. Dangerously drinkable!

Dancing Duck
Pale ale
A great aroma and powerful upfront hoppy bitterness give way to an explosion of citrus and pine flavours. A full on hop attack not for the faint hearted!
Sponsored by Light Lines

Dancing Duck
Waddle it be?
This pale ale is packed full of five different New World hops giving a complex mouth-feel and intense fruity flavours of oranges, peaches and blackcurrants with a spicy black pepper kick. A great aroma and a balanced level of bitterness make this a very drinkable beer indeed!
Sponsored by The Gurkha Durbar

Dark Star
American Pale Ale
The yeast strain used for the brewing of this American style pale ale is specially imported from the USA, along with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops. The low colour Maris Otter malt provides a perfect light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops. SERIOUSLY FULL OF HOPS.

Dark Star
A chestnut bronze-coloured bitter with a smooth mouthfeel and freshness; a classic style strong bitter brewed as a Dark Star version of Festive, a former great Sussex beer from King & Barnes.

Great Heck
Voodoo Mild
Very dark mild brewed with addition of chocolate and black malt. In keeping with the beer style, hops don’t feature in the flavour profile of this beer as much as with other Great Heck beers but it’s no shrinking violet. Beautiful chocolatey, roasty flavours dominate this classic dark mild.
Sponsored by Yeomans Honda – Churt

Hop Art
US Amber
Full throttle, American style amber ale given the Hop Art twist. Admiral, Simcoe, Bramling and Rakau hops are combined to create a stunningly, fruity, zesty and refined US style craft beer. These hops deliver the intensity of dark fruits, piney flavours whilst Maris Otter Pale, Caraaroma and Crystal Malts provides the balancing malty sweetness and refinement.  The beer is further enhanced with a US yeast strain for a clean sharp finish.
Sponsored by Papillon Corporation

This dry session bitter has a light malt base carrying a wonderful display of New Zealand hops, notes of citrus and grapefruit. Brewed to have plenty of character for an everyday bitter.

Helter Skelter
A strong, golden ale with an intense hop aroma and character. Hops and fruit oscillate above a refined bitterness

Scarlet Macaw
Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that’s as sharp as a macaw’s screech!
Sponsored by

Rother Valley
Ruby Wheat Beer
A well balanced wheat beer brewed with First Gold and Cascade hops, which give this a unique chocolate-orange taste.

Cascadian Black
A black IPA with the roast malt flavours of a stout and the bitterness and fresh pine and citrus grapefruit flavours of the Cascade hop.
Sponsored by Grayshott Village Hall

Tiny Rebel
Beat Box
Big floral notes in this American inspired pale ale. A little bit of pithy fruit and a little bit of grass come through on the nose, with a lingering bitterness. First brewed in 2012, we bring this easy drinking little beauty back every now and again.
Sponsored by R S Purdey Roofing Contractors

Tiny Rebel
Champion Beer of Britain 2015. It isn’t your average bitter – the hops do more to this deep amber coloured beer than just provide bite. Any old hop can do that! We’ve selected some of the most aromatic and tangy hops from the other side of the pond to give this red a fresh hit that complements the caramel flavours of the malts that gives this beer its colour. Drinkability and balance makes this beer.

8 FirkinCiders

146 Cider
Hampshire Perry
With a floral nose and a mild fruity taste, there are acid notes with very little/no tannin. This perry is delicate and naturally medium dry.
Sponsored by Peter Leete and Partners

Dorset Nectar
Old Harry Rocks
Smooth and slightly bittersweet, clean, very appley with hints of oranges and peaches Certified Organic. Old Harrys Rocks Won the Champion British Organic Cider award 2015 at the largest cider competition in the world at Bath & West.
Sponsored by Grayshott Pottery

Dorset Nectar
Raspberry Kiss
Our vivacious sun kissed apple and raspberry cider for reminicing of summer afternoons of hedgerows and orchards. We blended and infused our award-winning cider with Raspberries from Devon to create this fantastic new cider a combination of tart and sweet that is truly thirst quenching and sinkable
Sponsored by Warren Powell Richards

Orchard Pig
Maverick (Ginger and Chilli)
A deliciously refreshing medium cider with a Maverick bite… real West Country Cider apples partnered up with a taste of the exotic. An initial nose into the glass reveals the scrumptious mix of citrus and orchard apple. Sweet ginger and honey layers saddle up to the fruit in the first sip, whilst the sneaky chilli moseys along shortly to set your trotters tingling…
Sponsored by Applegarth

Sandford Orchards
A fruity apple cider at 4% made with a sumptuous selection of summer fruits – strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and blackberries.
Sponsored by Gould & Chapman Ltd Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons

Thistly Cross Cider
A still clear golden, smooth, medium dry Scottish cider matured for 6 months to give balance, smoothness and a full fruit flavour.  A refreshing smooth classic farmhouse cider made with a blend of Scottish apples.

Tiny Rebel
Rock Steady
We dropped beer for cider and have worked hard (see what we did there?) with Hogan’s to create this 5.5% fruity number. Crisp, tangy and super drinkable. This is hard cider at its best. How do you like them apples?!

Tutts Clump
This medium/dry single variety real cider is lovingly crafted from 100% juice with no added water in West Berkshire from the finest Kent-grown Jazz apples. It’s probably the first ever cider made from this particular apple!   Created in New Zealand, the Jazz Apple variety is a cross between the UK’s two biggest selling varieties – the Royal Gala and the Braeburn.
Sponsored by Grayshott Social Club home of Grayshott Jazz Club