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So, at the time of writing this post, it is less than 39 days until the opening of the 19th Braintree Real Ale Festival.

The beer/cider list is currently being finalised and it is hoped that a provsional list will be published soon.

Please keep an eye on this website for updates..

UPDATE 29/04/2024 - The initial beer list is now available

UPDATE 05/05//2024 - Minor beer changes plus addition of ciders.

UPDATE 20/05/2024 - Addition of sponsors

 

Brewery

Beer

Type

ABV

Description

Sponsor

1

Bishop Nick,

Braintree, Essex

1555

Bitter

4.3%

Now this is a seriously full-bodied ale. No messing. Bishop Nick wasn’t burnt at the stake in 1555 so we could sit quietly and sip weak ale. Not a chance. This rich tawny beer is a tribute to defiance. With an unmistakably sweet nutty taste underlined by the ginger and fruit of Styrian goldings, 1555 shall not be moved.

Lambert Chapman LLP (Maldon)

2

Bishop Nick,

Braintree, Essex

Heresey

Golden

4.0%

Bishop Nick was executed a heretic because he wouldn’t renounce his faith, so we’re not compromising either. Heresy is the holy grail of golden ale. Top-notch pale ale malt and Challenger hops commit the brew to spicy bitterness before Goldings set about delivering citrus and florals. This is resolute refreshment.

Essex Motor Factors

3

Colchester,

Colchester, Essex

Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale

Golden

4.0%

A golden ale with a hoppy finish

Chequers Motor Company

4

Colchester,

Colchester, Essex

Sweeney Todd

Bitter

4.2%

A full flavoured best bitter with a deep red hue. Roasted malt flavours and a subtle dry spiciness provided by crystal rye. Delicate hop flavours from late additions of U.S Willamette hops.

Econoprint (UK) Ltd

5

Courtyard,

Gosfield, Essex

Blues

Golden

5.9%

A smooth full bodied Ale. Very easy to drink all year round, but deceptively strong.

G & B Finch Ltd

6

Courtyard,

Gosfield, Essex

Dark

Porter

5.0%

A true 5% porter with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. A rich silky brew for the discerning palate.

Dancingbear Consulting

7

Mighty Oak,

Maldon, Essex

Old Man & The Sea

Stout

4.1%

Rich black creamy stout with satisfying malt flavours of espresso coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.

G. Collins & Sons Funeral Directors

8

Mighty Oak,

Maldon, Essex

Saxon Strong

Bitter

6.5%

A deep tawny ale brewed with Bramling Cross Progress and Goldings hops giving full bodied fruity flavours along side a complex malt character, reminiscent of barley wine.

Lambert Chapman LLP (Braintree)

9

Moody Goose Brewery,

Braintree, Essex

Tequila Mockingbird

Golden

4.2%

A rich gold bitter with fruity hoppy aromas. Smooth with slight malt and tequila lime finish.

King William IV

10

Pumphouse Brewery,

Toppesfield, Essex

Allied Amber

Amber

3.8%

Created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. It is a smooth, easy drinking traditional bitter, made with chocolate, pale and wheat malts and WGV hops. Amber in colour and with malty and biscuit flavours.

Boddingtons Electrical Ltd

11

Pumphouse Brewery,

Toppesfield, Essex

Pumphouse Black

Black

4.0%

Smooth and smoky, black and toasty, with a subtle but distinct bitterness, the complex flavours that derive from the combination of roasted barley with chocolate malt form the backbone of this stout.  Surprisingly easy to drink, black is the new blonde for winter!

 

12

Wharf (Witham, Harwich And Red Fox),

Essex

Lion Tamer

Golden

4.3%

A spiced up version of "Pale Racer", Golden ale with Amarillo. BRAF Festival Ale 2024.

 

13

Wharf (Witham, Harwich And Red Fox),

Essex

Parkeston Porter

Porter

4.5%

More heavily hopped robust porter in the new-world style. Influenced by US brewers, this porter combines the noble hops of Middle Europe with the best of US hops to create a smooth beer.

The Booking Hall Café

14

Wharf (Witham, Harwich And Red Fox),

Essex

Wily Ol' Fox

Strong

5.2%

A very aromatic, amber beer made from English Boadicea hops and East Anglian Pale Maris Otter malt.

 

15

White Hart - Halstead,

Halstead, Essex

Gold Hart

Golden

4.0%

A Golden Ale made from the most traditional, Maris Otter Barley & Goldings East Kent Hops. Golden Hart has a smooth easy drinking tatse with a crisp bitter finish.

Patrick Menzies (Opticians)

16

Buntingford,

Buntingford, Hertfordshire

Hurricane Copper

Bitter

4.0%

A traditional bitter, caramel hint with hedgerow fruit.

Econoprint (UK) Ltd

17

Buntingford,

Buntingford, Hertfordshire

Twitchell

Golden

3.8%

A golden fruity bitter with a floral aroma and malty / hoppy aftertaste.  Brewed with Maris Otter pale & wheat malts, and English Goldings hops, plus Cascade hops from the USA.

GBBF 2013 Overall - Silver

A. G. Glass

18

Green Jack,

Lowestoft, Suffolk

Lurcher Stout

Stout

4.8%

Lurcher is a rich smooth English Stout, roasty, malty and dark with a fruity aroma. Fruity hop notes of blackcurrant quickly give way to blackberry in the finish.

A. G. Glass

19

Green Jack,

Lowestoft, Suffolk

Trawler Boys

Bitter

4.6%

Trawlerboys Best Bitter is a full-bodied, copper-coloured, premium bitter brewed with English whole cone hops, rich and malty with fruity hop flavours. 100% British Beer

Holmes & Hills

20

Mauldons,

Sudbury, Suffolk

Black Adder

Stout

5.3%

A dark stout. Roast malt is strong in the aroma and taste, but malt, hop and bitterness provide an excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Chandler Material Supplies Ltd.

21

Mauldons,

Sudbury, Suffolk

White Adder

Bitter

5.3%

A pale brown, almost golden, strong ale. A warming fruity flavour dominates and lingers into a dry, hoppy finish.

Screw Centre

22

Milton Brewery, Cambridge,

Waterbeach, Cambridge

Marcus Aurelius

Stout

7.5%

Imperial Roman Stout — an enormous, luscious and velvety stout. Bursting with dark, roasty flavour with an underlying vanilla richness.

 

23

Milton Brewery, Cambridge,

Waterbeach, Cambridge

Minerva

Golden

4.6%

Golden ale. Brewed with US, NZ and British hops for a powerful hop punch and satisfying bitterness. First brewed in collaboration with Prof. Mary Beard when it was felt that a some feminine wisdom could usefully be added to our range.

Boddingtons Electrical Ltd

24

Moonshine Brewery, Cambridge,

Fulbourn, Cambridge

Cambridge Best Bitter

Bitter

4.2%

Copper coloured, English best bitter; the malt and hop aromas carry through to the taste and the finish is rounded with a growing hop bitterness.

Copybest (Essex) Ltd

25

Moonshine Brewery, Cambridge,

Fulbourn, Cambridge

Cellarman Stout

Stout

6.0%

A sweet stout with a rich malt profile. Dark roasted malts are blended together with large quantities ofoats to create a mellow, silky smooth juisy rich stout.

John Mitchell Electrical

26

Nethergates,

Pentlow, Essex

Eon's Milk Stout

Stout

5.0%

  

27

Nethergates,

Pentlow, Essex

Stour Valley Gold

Golden

4.2%

With a perfectly balanced combination of hops and malts, this light beer is crisp, clean, and goes down smooth as silk. Whether you're relaxing on the patio or kicking back with friends at a summer BBQ, Stour Valley Gold is the perfect way to brighten up your day.

Essex Timber

28

New River Brewery,

Hoddesdon

Chadwell

Bitter

4.2%

Pale chestnut british best bitter.

Phil Bibby Ltd - Car/Commercial Repairs

29

New River Brewery,

Hoddesdon

Lost River

Golden

4.0%

Sometimes described as one of London’s “lost rivers”, the New River glides silently into London, often hidden from passers-by, particularly where it tunnels beneath the streets. This delicately dry hopped, pale straw coloured beer is, similarly, wonderfully discrete and easily swallowed up, so we think the name is a perfect fit!

Indy Consultancy Ltd

30

Old Cannon,

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Gunner's Daughter

Strong

5.5%

A well-balanced strong ale with a complexity of hop, fruit, sweetness and bitterness in the

Signs 'N' Such

31

Old Cannon,

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Gunport Stout

Stout

6.5%

A soft, mellow and mild stout with hints of chocolate on the nose and oatmeal on the palete.Smooth not yet too heavy making it an easy drink alternative to our normal beers.

 

32

Roughacre,

Clare, Suffolk

Ashdon Amber

Golden

4.4%

Our flagship cask ale proved so popular with the local real ale enthusiasts we decided to bottle it too!  A delicious amber ale packed with flavour, refreshing bitterness and a delicate hoppy finish imparted by a late addition of East Kent Golding and Progress hops. Contains BARLEY.

Kings Property

33

Roughacre,

Clare, Suffolk

L'abbaye Grand Cru

Bitter

8.4%

Our very special Belgian 'Tripel' style premium pale ale brewed with pilsner malts and armfuls of aromatic, fruity hops. Abbey yeast provides additional notes of fruit and spice. Vegan - Contains Gluten (Barley)

 

34

Celtic Marches,

Bishop's Frome, Worcester

Pear

Perry

4.0%

A tantalising blend of fresh pressed cider and the delicately sweet afternotes of pear combine effortlessly with the aromas of our Herefordshire cider apple harvest. An alluring twist of palate pleasing taste will lure you back for more of this thirst quenching drop.

 

35

Cock Eyed,

Tiverton, Devon

Banana Bonobo

Cider

4.0%

Culinary apple cider, fermented with ripe bananas

Boddingtons Electrical Ltd

36

Cock Eyed,

Tiverton, Devon

Chilli Ginger

Cider

4.0%

Cider fermented from mainly dessert fruit with root ginger.

Screw Centre

37

Cock Eyed,

Tiverton, Devon

Strawberry Blond

Cider

4.0%

Strawberry Blonde – a brand new invention and flavour

 

38

Pulp,

Wyer Croft, Herefordshire

Pina Colada

Cider

3.4%

  

39

Pulp,

Wyer Croft, Herefordshire

Mango & Lime

Cider

4.0%

This zingy number is a smooth blend of mango and lime. Fresh and fruity, the zing of the lime meets the tropical sweetness of the mango to create this taste explosion. Suitable for Vegans

 

40

Pulp,

Wyer Croft, Herefordshire

Cosmo

Cider

3.4%

Crushed cranberries and a squeeze of lime, this vodka based lip smacking classic is reassuringly smooth, light and laidback. Sweet ripe fruit and the sour of lime will have you coming back for more! Suitable for Vegans

 

41

Snailbank,

Herefordshire

Sloe Gin

Fruit Cider

4.0%

Sloe Gin infused cider

 

42

Snailbank,

Herefordshire

Raspberry Ripple

Cider

4.0%

Sweet cider infused with tart raspberry rippled through with vanilla.

 

43

Snailbank,

Herefordshire

Spiced Rum

Cider

4.0%

Rum barrel aged cider carefully spiced with cinnamon and allspice.

 

44

Snailbank,

Herefordshire

Vintage

Cider

6.9%

 

Phil Bibby Ltd - Car/Commercial Repairs

45

Weston,

Much Marcle, Worcester

Old Rosie

Cider

7.3%

A triple gold winning cider named after a 1921 steam roller. This cider is alowed to settle out naturally afterfermentation which gives it the traditional cloudy appearance of true old-fashioned scrumpy.

Steve Mott & Co

Sponsor A Beer

Each year local businesses kindly sponsor our casks of beer and cider. It is through these generous acts that we are able to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like to sponsor a beer then it is just £70. This gets you your name on the cask; two entrance tickets, with glasses; and some beer tokens.

If you are interested please contact Lion Jim Cave info@braintreebeerfestival.co.uk

 

We can now announce that the 19th Braintree Real Ale Festival 2024 will be held on:
6th, 7th and 8th June.

Opening Times:

Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday 11am - 11pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm

Entrance cost is £2.00 ph (Free for CAMRA Members).

Glass cost £3.00, refundable unpon exit.

As always the festival will be at the The Braintree Insitute. (Formally known as Bocking Arts Theatre).

We look forward to seeing you there.

So Braintree Real Ale Festival 2023 is done and dusted, and put away in to storage for another year ☹️

A big thank you to everyone who attended and made the festival so much fun. It was a blast, and we hope you had a good time.

Thank you to our venue hosts at The Institute, to Hopleaf our caterers, to our Real Ale partners from CAMRA, and to all our wonderful sponsors who give us such amazing support each year.

Hopefully we'll be back again next year and look forward to seeing you all then, if not before. Don't forget you can keep up to date with everything else that we do as a club on our Facebook page, Braintree Lions Club

Much love,

Lions Club of Braintree

The 18th Braintree Real Ale Festival Is Ready To Go

It is that time of year. We have had all the beer and cider delivered. It is all racked and labelled. The cooling is on and we wait it all to settle and be ready to drink.

We open at 11am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. General admission £4 including a glass, £2 for Lion and CMARA members. £2 refund for return of the glass.

The final beer/cider list can be found here: Tasting-Notes-2023

Provisional Beer and Cider List

We now have the provisional list of Real Ales and Ciders that have been ordered for this year Festival. Below they are in table form and as a PDF to download.

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Do you want to be a Braintree Real Ale festival sponsor?

Braintree Real Ale festival relies not only on drinkers visiting the festival but also their sponsors.

We offer the opportunity to any business, organisation or individual to sponsor a barrel of beer or cider.

For £60 you would get your name on a barrel, two entry tickets and some beer vouchers. Your name will also appear on the festival booklet and website beer list.

If you are interested then please email us at sponsor@braintreebeerfestival.co.uk

 

We are now able to confirm that Sainsbury's Car Park is free after 6pm.

We can now announce that the 18th Braintree Real Ale Festival 2023 will be held on:
15th, 16th, 17th June.

Opening Times:

Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday 11am - 11pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm