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 provisional list for 2018 is shown below (details currently work in progress). There will inevitably be some changes by September as availability of beers is often uncertain until a couple of weeks before the festival.

Beer Brewerysort descending ABV Type Description
The Dude 3D 5.50 Best bitter Amber ale based on 4 malts and 2 Polish hops (and inspired by the Big Lebowski!)
Yakima Valley Yakima Valley Arbor Ales 7.00 American IPA IPA packed with American hops - big citrus flavours
Pocket Rocket Arbor Ales 3.90 Session Pale Pale ale, brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops. Nice balance of malt and fresh hoppy flavours and aromas
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Black IPA Incredible 5.60 Black IPA Smooth reddish hue of malts and chocolate notes balance with an intense clean citrus finish
Ludlow Gold Ludlow Gold Ludlow 4.20 Gold This has a golden ale complexion with a papaya, pineapple and lemon aroma - and a soft, full bodied creamy taste.
Funky Monkey Funky Monkey Milk Street 4.00 Pale Multi award-winning best seller Funky is a great drink for any occasion
Same Again Same Again Milk Street 3.90 Session Bitter Full bodied session bitter with hints of tropical fruit
Pendle Witches Moorhouse 5.10 Best bitter A bold, malty amber beer with spice fruit notes and crisp fruity aftertaste
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
Red Top Old Dairy 3.80 Bitter Classic English ale brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts
Flight of the Kiwi Old Dairy 4.50 NZ Pale unfiltered beer is made with Pacific Jade, Rakau and New Zealand Cascade hops, offering zesty aromas with a crisp finish
Dorset Gold Dorset Gold Palmers 4.50 Gold Lightly hopped, golden premium ale
East Street Cream East Street Cream Pitchfork 5.00 Best bitter Chestnut red strong bitter full of roast malt fruit flavours with a bitter sweet 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.
Ruby Mild Rudgate 4.40 Mild Nutty, deeply rich and satisfying ruby mild - consistent award winner
Hops and Honey Skinners 4.00 Bitter Honey ale - floral beneath a delicate, spicy tangerine scent with a touch of toffee
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
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
Boltmaker Boltmaker Timothy Taylor 4.00 Bitter Traditional Yorkshire bitter - Champion Beer of Britain 2014 and Bitter of Britain 2016
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
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.
Gaucho Twisted 4.60 Best bitter A ruby bitter produced with 4 malts and seasoned with some classic English hops that provide the balance - aroma of soft fruits, coffee and a hint of chocolate.
Summit Vibrant Forest 5.00 Gold Single hopped golden ale