Chew Valley Beer Festival
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This Year's Beers

Here's what it's all about - the beers! - they are selected based on feedback from previous years, new beers introduced by our local brewers, beers that have done well in national competitions and of course some of the favourites of the committee members. 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 beers for 2018 include more beers in the bitter/best bitter category than last year as some felt we had followed fashion too far with the number of pale hoppy ales on offer.

The range of beers we enjoyed in 2017 can be seen here:

The list for 2018 is shown below and is hopefully 90% accurate now (there may be 2 or 3 last minute changes beyond our control).

Beer Brewery ABVsort descending Type Description
Grave Diggers Mild Grave Diggers Ale Church End 3.80 Mild Dark black and red in colour, with a complex mixture of chocolate and roast flavours. The use of two different hops, gives the beer a complex feel and smooth finish
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
Same Again Same Again Milk Street 3.90 Session Bitter Full bodied session bitter with hints of tropical fruit
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
Hops and Honey Skinners 4.00 Bitter Honey ale - floral beneath a delicate, spicy tangerine scent with a touch of toffee
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
Green Swan Green Swan Swan 4.10 Green Hop Beer Pale gold beer made with fresh hops
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
Espresso Martini Espresso Martini Bristol Beer Factory 4.50 Stout This is a special coffee milk stout, brewed with coffee beans to create a stout of sweet lactosey smoothness with coffee overtones and a kick of bitterness
Dorset Gold Dorset Gold Palmers 4.50 Gold Lightly hopped, golden premium ale
Night Jar Night Jar Quantock 4.50 Hazy Packed with NZ hops with a flavoursome and fruit-filled finish
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
Great Dane Stonehenge 4.60 Lager light golden premium cask lager brewed using only the finest quality of Stonehenge Spring Water, barley and light crystal malts, whole lager hops and lager yeast
Blue Top Blue Top Old Dairy 4.80 IPA a satisfying bitterness smoothly balanced with caramel flavours from the Crystal and Maris Otter malts, finished with a refreshing hint of citrus.
Elderflower Elderflower Ale Incredible 4.80 Special An Elderflower ale with a maltiness balanced with a delicate floral finish.
Lizard Storm Lizard Storm Cornish Chough 4.80 Bitter A rich amber colouring with an opulent malt and hop aroma and an underlying spice and fruit flavour.
Big Up Wai-iti Electric Bear 4.80 Pale An abundance of bright, sweet and zesty citrus in the form of lemon and lime blend into a mellow bitternes
Pecker Wrecker Tomos Watkin 5.00 Best bitter A full flavoured amber ale produced using the finest malted barley. A rich fruity beer with a gentle hop finish.
True Grit Millstone 5.00 Strong Pale A very pale and hoppy strong ale. Well hopped using only Chinnook hop; the mellow bitters make way for a distinctive citrus/grapefruit aroma
Stag Exmoor 5.20 Best bitter hop and biscuity aromas with malty flavours with hints of chocolate and toffee
Deep Red Croft Ales 5.50 Red IPA Biscuit, burnt raisins, caramel, berry and lychee flavours all blended in a beer you simply cannot miss.
Black IPA Incredible 5.60 Black IPA Smooth reddish hue of malts and chocolate notes balance with an intense clean citrus finish
Revelation Dark Star 5.70 Best Pale A blend of Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Crystal and Warrior aroma hops by the sack full - then dry hopped during conditioning.
Shergal Farkey New Bristol Brewery 6.00 Porter An oak-aged version of this porter - an easy drinking ale with blackcurrant flavours and soft malty backbone
Rocketman IPA Rocketman IPA Arbor Ales 6.00 IPA Full flavoured American IPA, brewed with a very simple malt bill and a few heavy handed additions of Mosaic and Citra hops