Chew Valley Beer Festival
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This Year's Beers

Here's the business part of the festival, the most important and hotly debated aspect of the festival. The beer list is selected based on feedback from previous years, from the voting in the best beer competition, new beers introduced by our local brewers, beers that have done well in competitions and of course some of the favourites of the committee members who work tirelessly during the year to ensure your pleasure. You can help influence the beer list for future festivals by letting a festival member of staff know during the event, and of course completing your entry for the best beer of the festival competition.

The range of beers we enjoyed in 2016 can be seen here:

The list for 2017 is shown below - a few changes will be inevitable as the breweries seem ever keener to introduce new beers - which is great, but means availability is much less predictable.

Beer Brewery ABVsort descending Type Description
New Forest Ale New Forest Ale Downton 3.80 Best Bitter Bronze coloured best bitter with a well rounded flavour and a distinctive hoppy bitterness
Prescott Hill Climb Hill Climb Prescott 3.80 Pale Fruity and refreshing IPA - Cascade and Bobeck hops are combined with Maris otter pale malt and Torrified wheat.
Red Top Old Dairy 3.80 Bitter Classic English ale brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts
Bristol Blonde Bristol Blonde Dawkins 3.80 Blonde Pale ale with a citrus aroma full of fresh lemons and zest, vanilla malt flavours and a long satisfying bitter finish
Prophecy Prophecy Bath Ales 3.80 New World Pale Pale ale with a fruity yet pine-like aroma and a keen bitter finish
Same Again Same Again Milk Street 3.90 Session Bitter Full bodied session bitter with hints of tropical fruit
Innocence Innocence Plain Ales 4.00 Gold Golden colour, refreshing taste - multiple award winner
Hank Golden Ale Hank Tiny Rebel 4.00 American Pale Ale Pale ale with tropical and citrus aromas and a low-to-medium bitterness, floral flavours with slight caramel and biscuit notes
Funky Monkey Funky Monkey Milk Street 4.00 Pale Multi award-winning best seller Funky is a great drink for any occasion
Boltmaker Boltmaker Timothy Taylor 4.00 Bitter Traditional Yorkshire bitter - Champion Beer of Britain 2014 and Bitter of Britain 2016
Red Bear Red Bear Electric Bear 4.00 Red Ale Toffee, biscuit and red apple aromas and a mellow body with roast malt character and balanced bitterness
Louis's Pale Ale Louis's Pale Ale Stratford upon Avon 4.00 Pale Ale Heavily hopped and full bodied pale ale with strong floral flavours.
Gem Gem Bath Ales 4.10 Best bitter Traditional English ale with a rich aroma of hops and malt and a long, deep, bittersweet finish
Ubley Bitter Ubley Bristol Beer Factory 4.20 Amber Amber special for Chew Valley Beer Festival
Landlord's Best Landlord's Best Ashley Down 4.20 Best Bitter Full flavoured best bitter from Bristol - prize-winner at 2017 Bristol Beer Festival
Inntrigue Inntrigue Plain Ales 4.20 Best Bitter Ruby best bitter with hints of succulent winter berries, dark chocolate and freshly baked bread
Mosaic Mosaic Dawkins 4.50 Unfined Pale Hazy amber pale ale - aromatic with soft, tropical fruit flavours, light and refreshing
Dorset Gold Dorset Gold Palmers 4.50 Gold Lightly hopped, golden premium ale
Jager Weisen Jager Weisen Grey Trees 4.50 Wheat Beer A delicious pale beer that is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day and has light citrus flavours
Proper Job Proper Job St Austells 4.50 IPA An award winning modern IPA, packed full of citrus pineapple, grapefruit resinous flavours with a fine crisp bitter finish
Cattle Shed APA Cattle Shed Old Dairy 4.50 American Pale Ale An extremely hoppy and delicious pale Ale, light in colour with distinctive citrus hop character from a blend of New Zealand hops
Hoptwister Salopian 4.50 Pale Fresh, piercing and focused, with soft malt overtones and pronounced citrus flavours - lemony, grapefruit balanced by a dry bitterness
Cwtch Cwtch Tiny Rebel 4.60 Deep Amber Champion Beer of Britain 2015 - a perfect blend of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American hops
Bristol Rye Bristol Rye Bristol Beer Factory 4.90 Rye Ale Heavily mashed with rye malt to give a full bodied, spicy rye-bread richness and a fresh fruity finish
Oatmeal Porter Oatmeal Porter Bristol Beer Factory 5.00 Porter Brewed using rolled oats and traditional brown porter malt to produce a rich bodied and full flavoured beer
Aviator Aviator Cotswold Spring 5.00 Lager A Cologne Kölsch-style lager - cool, crisp and refreshing
Immortal Immortal Stratford upon Avon 5.00 Amber Ale A deep amber beer, fresh with subtle hints of grapefruit and tropical fruits
Grand Prix Grand Prix Prescott 5.20 Amber Ale Rich smooth dark amber ale. Pale, crystal, roasted and chocolate malts combined with Fuggles, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Afghan Pale Ale Afghan Pale Ale Grey Trees 5.40 American Pale Ale Has a light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full tropical aroma of the hops
Chocolate Orange Delight Chocolate Orange Delight Downton 5.80 Stout A speciality old ale - pronounced chocolate flavours and a pleasant orange addition combine perfectly in this delightfully different offering
Yakima Valley Yakima Valley Arbor Ales 7.00 American IPA IPA packed with American hops - big citrus flavours
Dark Side of the Moo Dark Side of the Moo Old Dairy 7.00 Porter Full bodied Imperial Porter with a bright fruity character and punchy aroma from Amarillo and Chinook hops, spicy chocolate flavours and a wonderfully smooth bitterness
Super Deluxe Stout Super Deluxe Stout New Bristol Brewery 7.00 Stout Full-bodied stout with rich flavours of french pressed coffee and vanilla - creamy, but not heavy - prize winner at 2017 Bristol Beer Festival