By Audlem Webteam - 21st August 2012 7:09am
Over recent days, Audlem Online has been describing many of the beers available at this coming weekend's Audlem Beer Festival.
It's all happening at the Lord Combermere on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
The emphasis this year is on local beers — although some favourites from further afield are also on the list of fifty beers, ciders and perries.
We finish our review of the beers, in (roughly) alphabetical order, with all the Ws:
Weetwood Mad Hatter Ale: A red — brown beer with fruity and malty flavours throughout. Brewed with US Amarillo hops to give spicy and floral notes.
Weetwood Ambush Ale: An amber beer with a smooth, fruity foretaste finishing with the distinctive aroma and flavour of Styrian Goldings. Warning: Take care, it creeps up on you. Winner of Nantwich Beer Festival 2004.
Wincle Old Hag Ale: Brewed by a man with very local connections, Giles Meadows. He was brought up just over the road from the Lord Combermere and many of his family live in Audlem. This 18th Century style beer uses lashings of chocolate malt and subtle fuggles hopping to make a dark, sumptuous and comforting ale.
Wincle Wibbly Wallaby Ale: A full bodied golden beer with fruity 'hoppy' overtones and a dry, slightly biscuity finish. Very moorish. The Roaches, near to the Wincle Brewery, are (possibly were) famous for wallabies.
Wincle Nimrod Ale: Nimrod is named after Shackleton's Antarctic expedition vessel. Why? Well, local Wincle man Sir Philip Brocklehurst Bart. of Swythamley Hall was assistant geologist and in charge of current observations on Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. This copper-coloured 3.7%ABV beer is a tribute to those pioneering men with a thirst for adventure!
Woodlands Red Squirrel Ale: An exceptional dark red session beer with a hint of blackcurrant. Added to the Woodlands range a few months ago, Red Squirrel has quickly become their best seller and will be available all year round.
Woodlands Oak Beauty Ale: A mid-colour bitter with just a hint of acorn brewed nearby at Meadow Lane Farm near Nantwich.
Woods Wild Shropshire Ale: From the popular Shropshire brewery, a new brew 'launched' at Nipstone Rock near the Stiperstones to commemorate 50 years of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Woods Quaff: The most recent arrival of all the Wood's year-round beers. Brewed for those who enjoy a great pint that is not too strong (it's 3.7%ABV). A pale and refreshing light bitter with a clean, hoppy finish.
Tomorrow, we turn our attention to the Ciders and Perry choice.
Monday 20th May
Audlem Methodist Church
Audlem Town Hall