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Beer Festival 2011 Lord Combermere

This year's Audlem Beer Festival is at the Lord Combermere and the focus for the event this year will be local. Most of the 32 beers on offer will be from local micro brewers based within 30 miles of Audlem.

There will also be some Cheshire Ciders included with the 18 craft ciders and perry. All of the entertainment will be supplied by local talented acts.

The 2012 Audlem Beer Festival is on August 25th, 26th and 27th, the Bank Holiday weekend.

But, to help build up a thirst, here's a preview of some of the beers on offer. More over the coming days:

Beartown Black Bear Ale: Award winning dark ruby coloured strong mild ale. Subtle roast and malt flavours fill the taste, completed by a mellow sweetness.

Beartown Pale Zesty Bear Ale: The second in the Congleton brewery's series of single hop variety beers is now available. The name says it all. They say: "As with the first of the series we have have used New Zealand hops, this time Motueka , resulting in a pronounced fruitiness in the aroma and a full, hoppy, citrus taste."

Blackwater Rat Race Ale: Straw coloured with a style described as: "A field of hops, breeze with hints of of orange, citrus and lime. Hints of biscuit and wheat give depth and balance and a powerful finish."

Frodsham Buzzin Ale: Bronze medal winner for Best Bitter 2007 Great British Beer Festival. Golden fruity bitter with a hint of honey. A single hop beer with good hop flavours and a dry finish. Named after the brewer's wife Hazel.

Greene King IPA Ale: John Bexon, Head Brewer ar Greene King says: "One of the reasons Greene King IPA is very popular is that it's easy drinking, slightly bitter and hoppy rather than sweet, which makes it moreish.

"It's a fantastic quaffing ale that tastes stronger than its alcohol by volume suggests, because of the great flavours you get from the range of roasted malts and hops that go into it."

Lymestone Stone Faced Ale: From nearby Stone, the brewery says: "Pale and Dark Crystal Maris Otter malts unite to embrace a motherland of chewy toffee while fruits and berry flavours rush in.

"Styrian Goldings from the East and Nugget Hops from the West are allied in perfect harmony as pine and citrus hop flavours caress the taste buds."

Lymestone Stone the Crows Ale: As the name suggests, also from Stone: "A rich red to black beer carefully crafted from the finest crystal and chocolate malts.

"Chewy juicy fruit flavours give way to a deep lingering bitterness provided by an abundance of Styrian Goldings, Millenium and Nugget hops.Merlin Excalibur Ale."

Merlin Kings Ale: A light coloured bitter brewed in Sandbach. More when we know a little more about this beer!

More beers, ciders and perries over the coming days.