With the Audlem Beer Festival well underway, It's likely to be especially busy today in the village's three pubs.
And just in case you haven't yet picked up one of the splendid printed programmes, here's a reminder of the wonderful array of beers and ciders being laid on by Audlem's three pubs, working with ASET, the Audlem Special Events Team.
The printed programme includes the tasting notes and space for you to rank the beers and ciders. The 2011 Audlem Beer Festival glass tankard is also an excellent souvenir of what should be a fabulous weekend. Our thanks to Phil Baker for the photograph.
The Festival runs right through to Monday night.
There's an amazing 57 different ales from 36 different brewers and 14 craft ciders to choose from – and many local delights from Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire:-
Banks Sunbeam (4.2% ABV): A gloriously zesty blonde, releasing tangy citrus and grapefruit overtones. Creating an easy drinking refreshing beer with a clean long finish. It's at the Bridge Inn.
Beartown Brown Bear (4.1% ABV): Traditional dark russet coloured brown ale, with malt and soft toffee flavours, with a full bodied hoppy finish and notes of molasses. Available at the Lord Combermere
Beartown Peach Melbear (4.4% ABV): Refreshing blonde summer ale. The hoppy bitterness is balanced by the sweet aroma of peaches and elderflower. A real peach of a pint! At the Lord Combermere
Black Dog Rhatas (4.6% ABV): A dark, rich bitter which is creamy and very smooth to the palate. At the Shroppie Fly
Beartown Oracle (4.5% ABV): Golden Pale Ale. Floral scented and packed with the flavours of summer fruits and lemon, ending with a smooth dryness. At the Lord Combermere.
Brakspear Oxford Gold (4.0% ABV): Late hopping with goldings and fermentation by the brakspear yeast creates a remarkably zesty aroma, a full fruity flavour and a golden colour. At the Bridge Inn.
Buffy's Mucky Duck (4.5% ABV): This dark smooth beer with it's understated chocolate and roasted tones is brewed using Maris Otter and Pale malts, coupled with Willamette and Styrian Golding hops to give a wonderfully balanced and subtle combination of flavours. Easy drinking beer with a little more flavour than most. At the Shroppie Fly
Charles Wells Bombardier (4.1% ABV): A burnished copper colour, it has a rich, tempting aroma of peppery hops and raisins, while the palate is dominated by more dark fruit, juicy malt and tangy hops. At the Lord Combermere
Cheddar Ales Gorge Best (4.0% ABV): The intricate blend of hops used this distinguished Best Bitter provides a clean bitter taste that complements the warm malt flavours perfectly. It is brewed using the best quality Maris Otter and Crystal malts and hopped with a blend of English whole hops. At the Shroppie Fly
Courage Best Bitter (4.0% ABV): Pale in colour, fully balanced with a malty flavour and distinctive hop character, makes for an easy drinking session beer. At the Shroppie Fly
Dorset Piddle Jimmy Riddle (3.7% ABV): Light brown and refreshing, Jimmy Riddle if full of flavour. Both hoppy and malty, fruity with a hint of chocolate. A lot of beer for a little ABV. At the Shroppie Fly
Fuzzy Duck Cunning Stunt (4.3% ABV): Dark stout, slightly sweet with chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt. At the Shroppie Fly
Grafters Wobbly Gob (4.6% ABV): Deep ruby coloured beer made with pale & dark crystal malt with added torrefied wheat. A blend of hops gives this beer a slightly floral and roasted taste. Not to be under estimated! At the Shroppie Fly
Greene King IPA (3.6% ABV): The beer's hoppy taste and aroma comes from two varieties of English hops, which are combined with pale and crystal malts. At the Lord Combermere
Heritage Ales Roman Ale (4.9% ABV): Recreated by analysing residues found in Roman pots found at archaeological digs at Roman sites dating from around 100AD near and other research. Original ingredients including oats, rye and bog myrtle make this is a real taste of ale as the Romans brewed it in Britannia around the time of Christ’s birth. At the Lord Combermere
Hop Back Brewery Summer Lightning (5.0% ABV): The original summer ale, brewed all year round, using East Kent Goldings aroma hops. An extremely pleasant straw coloured golden beer with an intense bitterness, leads to an excellent, long dry finish. At the Shroppie Fly
Jennings Snecklifter (5.1% ABV): An incredibly flavoursome beer which boasts compelling characteristics. Chocolate and amber malts enhance the complex flavours of this beer. At the Bridge Inn.
Jennings Lakeland Stunner (3.9% ABV): Stunning! One of many words used to describe Britain's favourite view, here in the Lake District. This light golden, easy drinking ale with its delicate floral and citrus aroma, is as inspiring as the view we celebrate. At the Bridge Inn
Jennings Cumberland Ale (4.0% ABV): A carefully balanced hop character combined with residual flavours from the malt, gives this beer its refreshing taste and unique characteristics. At the Bridge Inn.
Mansfield Cask Ale (3.9% ABV): A clean, lightly fruity beer with a subtle bitterness. Amber coloured with a satisfying hoppy aftertaste. At the Bridge Inn
Marstons Burton Bitter (3.8% ABV): It is crafted using only the finest, barley, hops, yeast and famous Burton spring water to deliver an exceptionally clean tasting beer combining malty biscuity flavours with a delicate hop character and finish. At the Bridge Inn
Marstons Pedigree (4.5% ABV): A premium mahogany beer uncompromisingly brewed using natural Burton spring water and traditional varieties of barley and hops (Maris Otter Barley, Fuggles and Goldings hops). It is still brewed in the oak casks of the Burton Union to preserve it’s unique character, consistent quality and taste. At the Bridge Inn and the Shroppie Fly
Marstons EPA (3.6% ABV): A light, golden beer bursting with a fruity hop aroma and refreshing zesty hop finish. At the Bridge Inn
Marstons Long Hop (4.0% ABV): Light Coloured refreshing beer with English hops to give a crisp bitterness and fresh hoppy aroma. At the Bridge Inn
Merlin Spellbound (4.0% ABV): Spellbound is a premium English ale, full-flavoured and bitter. Very quaffable, it’s an excellent session beer and rewards repeated sampling. Light chestnut in colour, it has a subtle citrus aroma and a dry finish with excellent levels of bitterness in the English style. At the Lord Combermere
Ministry of Beer Red Tape (3.8% ABV): Unnecessary and pointless red tape is strangling pubs. Endless form-filling, permits and license renewals burden finances and occupy time that should be spent productively. This is a ruby ale brewed using a bit of common sense. At the Lord Combermere
Offbeat Brewery Odd Ball Red (4.2% ABV): A delicious ruby red ale with columbus hops giving a spicy flavour and finish. At the Lord Combermere
Offbeat Brewery Outlandish Pale (3.9% ABV): Session beer drinking above its strength with a burst of fresh, lemony hoppiness. At the Lord Combermere
Peakstones Rock Brewery Black Hole Porter (4.8% ABV): A dark bitter, brewed with chocolate malt giving it plenty of body and flavour without being heavy. At the Lord Combermere
Peakstones Rock Brewery Chained Oak (4.2% ABV): A copper coloured beer, use of flaked maize gives it a smooth flavour and good aroma. At the Lord Combermere
Ringwood Old Thumper (5.6% ABV): A copper coloured full-flavoured strong ale. Its distinctive taste has made it a winner nationally and internationally. The brewery's most iconic beer. At the Bridge Inn
Robinsons Dizzy Blonde (3.8% ABV): Straw coloured Summer Ale with distinctive herbal or perfume like hop aroma. This light refreshing beer has a clean zesty hop dominated palate complimented by a crisp dry finish. At the Lord Combermere
Rudgate Ruby Mild (4.4% ABV): This dark cherry, ruby red ale has a sweet aroma, with a hint of strawberries and slightly smokey. It is soft, rich and complex to the palate. At the Shroppie Fly
Salopian Oracle (4.0% ABV): The intention of the hop character is to be pronounced but not all encompassing, dry but not overtly bitter and a tiny hint of sweetness to add body. Its one of the most expensive of the Salopian beers to brew as it relies heavily on expensive hops from the US. At the Lord Combermere
Salopian Darwins Origin (4.3% ABV): Darwin's Origin is an eclectic mix of hops from across the world but this blend produces a beer that offers something to everyone. Crisp, tart, fruity and refreshing but also with a juicy malt background. At the Lord Combermere
Salopian Lemon Dream (4.5% ABV): A wheat beer very much in the modern English style – served bright and top fermented. The recipe uses a small amount of fresh lemon to compliment the citrussy flavours produced by the wheat malt. Each of the Hops used, Goldings, Saaz and Cascade add fresh lemony flavours to the brew. At the Lord Combermere
Shardlow Narrow Boat (4.3% ABV): A pale amber bitter with a short crisp hoppy aftertaste. At the Shroppie Fly.
Spitting Feathers Honey Trap (4.1% ABV): A pale amber beer brewed using honey from the brewery's own on-site beehives to produce a distinctive mellow flavour and aroma. At the Lord Combermere
Tatton Tatton Gold (4.8% ABV): A full-tasting, satisfying deep golden special ale. This is a beer with a generous maltiness backed up by a robust hop character. At the Lord Combermere
The Wood Brewery Shropshire Lad (4.5%): A strong well rounded bitter drawing from a fine blend of selected English malted barley, traditional English Fuggles and Golding hops. At the Lord Combermere
The Wood Brewery Parish Bitter (4.0% ABV): A light-coloured beer, hopped in the cask for a hoppy, refreshing flavour. At the Lord Combermere
Thornbridge Jaipur (5.9% ABV): A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish. At theShroppie Fly
Three Tuns XXX (4.5% ABV): A renowned beer from a recipe passed down by the Roberts family who owned the brewery for several generations; a pale-straw-coloured, premium bitter with simple, light malty-sweetness, delicately balanced with light bitterness of floral, earthy character. At the Lord Combermere
Three Tuns Clerics Cure (5.0% ABV): A light-tan beer presenting medium malty-sweetness with powerful, spicy, floral bitterness and hop character designed to re-create the iconic style of India Pale Ales of the 19th. Century. At the Lord Combermere
Timothy Taylor Landlord (4.3% ABV): Refreshingly reliable, nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale with a complex and hoppy aroma has real ""Pulling Power"" and stands out in any bar as the ideal regular. At the Lord Combermere and the Shroppie Fly
Titanic Brewery Mild (3.5% ABV): A mild of classic style full of roast malt and balanced by delicate hops. True to type it has a rounded sweetness and a smooth dry finish. At the Lord Combermere
Titanic Brewery Captain Smith's (5.2% ABV): A red/brown, full bodied beer hoppy and bitter with a sweetness and roast malt flavour and a good strong finish. At the Lord Combermere
Weetwood Eastgate Ale (4.2% ABV): A golden beer brewed especially for the Centenary of Chester's famous Eastgate clock. The fruity foretaste is followed by a mellow acceptable finish of hops. At the Lord Combermere
Weetwood Old Dog (4.5% ABV): A 'premium' bitter with a smooth, full bodied flavour. Dark roasted malt produces a deep colour and the use of the whole hops provide that extra flavour and aroma to what will be a memorable and lasting experience. At the Lord Combermere
Weetwood Cheshire Cat (4.0% ABV): A traditionally brewed blonde ale with a smooth foretaste and a fruity hoppy finish, making it an easy drinking ale of distinction. At the Lord Combermere
Wells Bombardier (4.3% ABV): Peppery aromas with the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana fruit on the palate; with a long, soft, spicy finish. At the Shroppie Fly
Wentworth Bumblebeer (4.3% ABV): Bumble Beer is a 4.3% honey beer! Subtle honey flavours with a pronounced hoppiness, very refreshing! At the Shroppie Fly
Wincle Rambler (4.0% ABV): A blend of amber and crystal malts give an amber/copper colour and a rich malt introduction balanced by a generous charge of brambling cross hops. At the Lord Combermere
Wincle Waller (3.8% ABV): This is a pale beer with plenty of hops at a quaffing ale strength. Ideal, they say, for quenching a thirst after a few hours stonewalling. At the Lord Combermere
Woodlands Oak Beauty (4.2% ABV): A mid coloured bitter with just a hint of acorn Lord Combermere Woodlands Generals Tipple 5.5% An Indian type beer with a medium hop content. At the Lord Combermere
Wychwood Hobgoblin (4.5% ABV): Full bodied, ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and overall fruity, mischvious character. At the Bbridge Inn
Wychwood Scarecrow (4.2% ABV): Wonderfully refreshing Golden Ale evoking lazy, hazy days of summer in golden meadows & ripe barleyfields. A winning combination of tart citric fruit flavours perfectly balanced by a rich biscuity maltiness and rounded off with a spicy bittersweet finish. At the Bridge Inn
#Ciders and Perry
There's a great choice of Cider and Perry too. Thirst quenching and traditionally made, there's much to interest any cider enthusiast. And it's not just apples and pears that get in on the act – cherries, passionfruit and raspberries make an appearance:-
Glastonbury Cider (4.2% ABV): A traditional cider made with ripe summer berries giving a medium taste and blush appearance. It's at the Lord Combermere
Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon (7.2% ABV): Matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma. At the Lord Combermere
Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry (4.5% ABV): A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate. At the Lord Combermere
Gwynt Y Ddraig Pyder (6.0% ABV): An out of the ordinary blend of apple and pear juice fermented and matured in wood. At the Lord Combermere
Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury SV Cider (6.5% ABV): Traditionally made medium sweet somerset craft cider made from a single variety and matured in port barrels where it develops its blush appearance. At the Lord Combermere
Millwhites Whiskey Cask Matured Cider (7.5% ABV): A medium/dry cider aged in Sottish whisky barrels. A smooth cider with a subtle spirit finish. At the Lord Combermere
Mr Whiteheads Cirrus Minor (5.0% ABV): A light summer cider made from a varying blend of apples with a lower sugar content, including Royal Gala, Braeburn, Spartan and Lord Lambourne. Awarded 1st place cider at Wallington Beer Festival 2007. It's at the Shroppie Fly
Mr Whiteheads Boxing Dog (7.5% ABV): A strong cider made from apples with a high sugar content, including Worcester and Cox, coming in at an impressive 7.5% ABV. At the Shroppie Fly
Premium Drinks Cherry Perry (7.5% ABV): A delicious blend of ripe pears with a hint of dark Morello cherries. Medium sweet with a very easy drinking style, light pink in appearance. At the Lord Combermere
Premium Drinks Passionfruit Perry (7.5% ABV): A delicious blend of ripe pears with a hint of succulent Passion Fruit. Sweet with a very easy drinking style, light golden in appearance. At the Lord Combermere
Premium Drinks Raspberry Cider (7.5% ABV): A glorious fusion of sharp cider apples and ripe raspberries. Medium with a light pink appearance. At the Lord Combermere
Thatchers Cheddar Valley (6.0% ABV): The colour of this unique cider gives it a vibrant character all of its own for those who want an alternative refreshing drink with a touch of natural sparkle. Naturally fermented, Cheddar Valley is matured in oak vats to ensure the distinctive full flavour is retained. At the Bridge Inn
Westons Old Rosie (7.3% ABV): Award winning Old Rosie Scrumpy 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. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. At the Lord Combermere
Woodthorpe Hall Owd Barker Dry Cider (10.5% ABV): A real treat and a great rarety! Glorious quality cider made using traditional methods in Derbyshire. A light golden appearance with a strong dry apple aroma and finish. A must try for craft cider enthusiasts. At the Lord Combermere
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