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FESTIVAL Winter Ale Festival COLCHESTER ARTS Colchester CAMRA CENTRE & North East Essex

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Welcome All you need to know...

The Bars

All beers and ciders are from East Anglia.

Cider Bar

Ciders and perries are available at the bar to the left of the stage

everything else Bar

Belgian draft and bottled beers are available from the bar to the left as you come though the main door. You’ll also find a selection of soft drinks here too.


Food is available at all sessions and can be found at the front of the hall and outside via the front door.. Crisps and nuts are available from the bars

Additional Beer Cards

Available from the Everything Else Bar and Front Door

Join CAMRA Here

Join at the festival and we’ll give you two free pints.

Festival Polo and T-Shirts

Available from the Everything Else Bar

Beer and Cider of the Festival

Don't forget to vote. It helps us pick the beer and cider for next year. Voting forms are available on the back of your beer cards.

Last glass and beer card refunds Final refunds at 10.45pm each day.

Don't Drink & Drive

Basic soft drinks are free to drivers. CAMRA promotes responsible drinking.

Importantly: Our Volunteer Staff

Everyone working at the festival is an unpaid volunteer

Dates for your Diary

34th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival: Tues 28th May to Sat 1st June 2019

Most Importantly: HAVE A GOOD TIME!! Martin Chairman & Beer Festival Organiser Please note, the adverts contained in this programme and views contained in them are the individual advertiser's point of view and not necessarily those of Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA or CAMRA Nationally.

Ken’s Curries Fri Eve. and Sat. “Organic Alex” -all sessions


Glass and card refunds


until 10:45pm MAIN ENTRANCE





Soft Drinks Clothing & Merchandise Join CAMRA Here and get 2 FREE pints


Purchase Beer Cards BC where you see this symbol.


CIDER & PERRY *not Saturday

Cask v. KeyKeg Same beer, two different ways of storing and serving. Compare and contrast!







Belgian Beer

Centre Campaign at Colchester Hospital I would like to say a big thank you to the (formerly CoHoC). These were your team who have helped put this festival donations from our festivals and we are together, they are all unpaid volunteers. delighted with the amount you raised. Back in October we had our Branch This year we will be supporting Prostate AGM and sadly some members stood Cancer UK. This great charity is leading down from the Committee after years of the fight against prostate cancer by hard work. I would like to thank Alan funding research and improving Wareham for his years as Chairman, awareness. The disease has touched Cathy and Kieran Fitzgerald for their several Colchester branch members and relentless work as Treasurers and Tony friends of the branch recently. You can Smith who stood down from Public help support the charity by placing your Affairs. Welcome to Suzie, Charlotte & partially used or unused beer cards in the Andy who are new to the committee and collection box as you leave. Please give returning faces Paul & Mark. The generously. Committee are always looking for willing volunteers to assist the team, and there On Saturday evening we have live music are roles to suit everyone’s capability and from the unique band Surfquake, to keep time they have available. If you think you you entertained. can help (or wish to help) then come and Finally, some sad news. The longstanding have a chat with one of us. landlord of the Horse & Groom in A reminder to all Colchester CAMRA Wivenhoe, Simon Smith sadly passed members, it’s that time of the year where away at the end of 2018. Simon, and his you can have your say and vote for your wife Dosh, took over the pub in March ‘Pub of the 1989, having Year’ There previously run are many great The Station in pubs in our Wivenhoe for Branch area, 6 years. He so it is always a always tough decision supported to make but Colchester please make CAMRA and your vote will be missed count. by many. At our Enjoy the beer festivals we are festival and if proud to you fancy a Alan and Cathy make the presentation to Dr Mukesh support local chat I’ll be (Oncologist), Hollie Edmunds (Senior Physiotherapy charities. Back Assistant) and Sonia Tankard (Lead for Radiotherapy). around so in October we Dr Mukesh said, "We are so grateful to CAMRA for come and say handed a ‘Hello!’ their wonderful support. Our vision of having all cheque for cancer services under one roof is so close to becoming Martin £3033.95 over reality and we simply wouldn't be in this position Ibberson to the Cancer without the co-operation of the local community." Chairman


Greetings from the Chairman. Welcome to the 12th Colchester Winter Ale Festival. I hope you’re finding some great beers to try. This year for the first time we have five of the beers available in both Cask and KeyKeg for you to compare and enjoy in the different forms of dispense.

This beer festival is organised and run


UNPAID VOLUNTEERS. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy running it. Your Festival Team: Front of House | Bar Staff | Cider Staff | Glasses Team | Staffing Officer | Setup Team | Knockdown Team | Beer Festival Organiser | Treasurers | Bar Managers | ...


Our second-Sunday Staggers take advantage of public transport to visit different towns and pubs in the area. Timetables can be subject to change, so please check for any changes closer to the date.

Our regular ‘last Friday’ pub crawls around Colchester compliment our Real Ale Runabouts that visit our rural pubs. On the ‘last Fridays’ we visit various pubs that Colchester town has to offer.

Sunday 10th March: Second Spring Sunday Stagger to Stowmarket Meet at North Station at 11am to sort tickets for the 11:25am train. Sunday 14th April: Second Spring Sunday Stagger to Billericay. 71C bus at 10:10am from Colchester ‘Bus Station’. Sunday 12th May: Second Spring Sunday Stagger to Wivenhoe/Rowhedge 62 bus from North Station at 11:25am or High Street at 11:34am. If tide times are in our favour, and the ferry is running, we'll head to Rowhedge later in the day. Sunday 9th June: Second Summer Sunday Stagger to Halstead. 88A bus at 12:40pm from Colchester ‘Bus Station’.

The route is as follows with approximate times so you can ‘hop on’ or ‘hop off ’ during the evening. If a pub isn't serving real ale on the night, you can always find us in the next pub on the list. Friday 22nd February: 8pm - Castle Inn, 9pm - Queen Street Brewhouse, 10pm - Three Wise Monkeys Friday 29th March: 8pm – Duchess, 9pm - Fox & Fiddler, 10pm - Playhouse (remember to bring your vouchers!) Friday 26th April: 8pm New Town Tavern, 9:30pm - British Grenadier Friday 31st May: 8pm - The Bull, 9pm - Kings Arms, 10pm - Hospital Arms Friday 28th June: 8pm - Ancient Briton, 9pm - Berechurch Arms, 10pm - Prettygate Friday 26th July: 8pm - Princess Charlotte, 9:30pm - Live & Let Live Friday 30th August: 8pm – Beehive, 9pm – Friar, 10pm - Rovers Tye

See for more.

IN A Pub near you...

Sunday staggers

These usually take place once a month starting late March/early April. We have a different ride leader each month and the day will comprise a gentle cycle ride, usually between 20-40 miles taking in a few pubs on the way and hopefully a nice cafe as well to get some cake in :-) We don’t hurtle along; the average ride speed is around 11mph. Also, wearing Lycra is not compulsory! Tim’s famous Pith Helmet which he wears on warm days demonstrates this and also Keith’s famous cape for not so dry days. The schedule for this year has not been finalised yet, the only certainty is that Tim and Paul will be leading May’s ride which will be the regular Luncheon trip to the Compasses at Littley Green, a fantastic pub in the middle of nowhere. Inaccessible by public transport, Tim and Paul come up with a different route each year. Keep an eye on the website for upcoming rides. We do sometimes travel further afield, which can involve putting our bikes on the train to travel to a different start location. This is no problem at the moment with Greater Anglia railway’s large guard vans taking plenty of bikes but I believe that

the newer trains they are introducing will have far fewer bike spaces and will have to be booked in advance which will probably finish this sort of trip. The EU are bringing in laws to ensure every train must have a certain amount of bike storage but sadly that will not affect us now. At least it enables me to have an Anti Brexit bit in my article! We also have an annual trip to the Norwich Beer festival at the end of October or start of November whenever the festival is. Somebody who I cannot recall [it was Robin, Ed.] came up with the idea many years ago and it has now become a regular trip. We cycle to Beccles on the Friday for an overnight stay, and then carry onto Norwich on the Saturday morning. We have a few beers at the festival before bringing our bikes back on the train - we are not stupid enough to cycle back as well!! So if the idea of cycling to lots of pubs which you wouldn’t normally get to appeals to you come and join us. You will be made very welcome. Enjoy the rest of the festival. Mark CycAle Secretary


I hope you are enjoying this years winter festival with a great range of beer as always. In our local branch we have many social activities, including Real Ale runabouts, Sunday staggers and last Friday crawls to name a few. But if you are after a bit more strenuous exercise than getting onto a bus or train or walking why not consider our Cycale rides.


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5 minutes right now . Join CAMRA – on the Everything Else Bar – we'll give you a couple of free pints.

5 minutes? Help keep 1 minute to spare? Submit a beer score. Visit, find a pub, logon and submit a beer score. You'll be helping choose the branch's pub of the year and Good Beer Guide selections all year round. up to date. Something changed at your local? Bit of info missing? Member or not - Find a pub on WhatPub, click 'Submit Updates' and tell us what has changed.

Spare hour or three? Why not visit one of our excellent local pubs that you don't usually visit?

A day or an evening here or there? Why not volunteer at a beer festival – local festivals, especially Chelmsford are always in need for volunteers.

An hour to spare and an axe to grind? Why not write


Member or not you can help your branch and CAMRA however little time you have spare.

A little time every month or so. Adopt a pub, keep it topped up with CAMRA literature - leaflets, pub guides, local CAMRA branch magazines like Last Orders - with the landlord’s permission of course! Keep the branch informed of events at the pub – we'll help publicise these.

an article for Last Orders or the Beer Festival Programme? Last Orders is the regional CAMRA magazine for this area.

Almost all your spare time for weeks & weeks of the year... ...organise a beer festival!

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemists, but that’s just peanuts to space." So said Douglas Adams. Well, North Essex is not quite that big, but it is spread out and some areas are badly served with public transport and other areas, not served at all. That is where our Real All Runabouts* come in and get us to the places that other transport does not reach.


REAL ALE FESTIVAL Fri 22nd- Sat 23rd Feb 27 Bergholt Road | Colchester. 5 minutes walk from North Station

We have been running now since May 2011 and are approaching our 100th trip. We try to mix up the trips by visiting up to 3 pubs and trying a mixture of old favourites and new discoveries, which are often the suggestions of our passengers. During the winter we tend to stay nearer to Colchester as we don’t want to be too weather dependant however, in the Summer, with good weather and lighter nights, we can venture in to the “wilds” of Suffolk, Tendring, the Dengie or “darkest” mid Essex.

*towels optional

Runabout #94 - Harwich Thursday, February 14, 2019 Runabout #95 Copford, Marks Tey, Great Tey Thursday, March 14, 2019 Runabout #96 Tattingstone, Bentley Thursday, April 11, 2019

Over the years we have been to some cracking pubs, particular favourites of mine, being “The Compasses” at Littley Green, “White Horse” at Edwardstone and “Kings Head” at Pebmarsh all of which are not just off the beaten track but pretty much any track!. Special mentions, should also be made to the “Lamarsh Lion” in, well,… Lamarsh, “Cross Inn ” at Great Bromley and “Maybush Inn” at Great Oakley, which are still open due to the fantastic and determined efforts of their local communities. This year we have visits to Toppesfield, Cattawade and Castle Hedingham all of which I am looking forward to as these are new “expeditions”, into the great "green" Anglian yonder. Seats need to be booked in advance. We leave Head Street at 19:00 latest, aiming to be back there at 22:30. Details are on the website. See you on the Bus! John H Email to reserve your seat.

Runabout #97 Edwardstone, Groton, Boxford Thursday, May 9, 2019 Runabout #98 Littley Green, Braintree Thursday, June 13, 2019 Runabout #99 Cattawade, Manningtree Thursday, July 11, 2019 Runabout #100 Layer-de-laHaye & Layer Breton Thursday, August 8, 2019 Runabout #101 Castle Hedingham, Toppesfield Thursday, September 12, 2019 Runabout #102 Tollesbury, Goldhanger, Tolleshunt Major Thursday, October 10, 2019 Runabout #103 Pebmarsh, Colne Engaine, Earl’s Colne Thursday, November 14, 2019 Runabout #104 Lamarsh, Bures, Mount Bures Thursday, December 12, 2019 Runabout #105 Halstead Thursday, January 9, 2020 We’ll try our best not to, but the Runabout schedule is subject to change if necessary.


Runabout #93 Halstead Thursday, January 10, 2019

The branch has had quite a few social events recently, visiting Beccles beer festival in Suffolk, our branch Christmas social, and joining the Chelmsford branch on a crawl around our very own pubs here in Colchester! In February we are heading to Norwich for a pub crawl, plus plans are afoot for trips to London and some breweries later in 2019 as well. Of course, we have our usual regular social events; our monthly ‘Real Ale Runabouts’ which take place on the second Thursday of each month costing just £6 to attend and will whisk you off to various villages and rural pubs in Essex and Suffolk. Our 100th Runabout is scheduled to take place in August of this year – an indicator of how successful they have been!! The ‘Last Friday’ crawls are also a monthly event, predictably taking place on the last Friday of every month. Complimenting the Runabouts, these crawls take you around pubs in Colchester town, showcasing and supporting what is on offer – there are approximate times for each pub, so you can join us in whichever ones suit you best. Schedules for both are on our online calendar and can be found elsewhere in this programme.

Soon enough the weather will begin to warm up (or at least that’s the plan!), and more social events start to kick in! Our ‘Second Sunday Staggers’ run from March until November and make use of public transport to visit towns in Essex and Suffolk for an afternoon, plus the cyclists among us (collectively known our CycAle group) begin leading various rides around East Anglia once the weather has improved. As you can see there is something for everyone on our social calendar, with plenty of local beer festivals and other events to be added. To keep informed be sure to check our website ( on a regular basis, ‘like’ our Facebook page ( colcamra) and ‘follow us’ on Twitter (@colCAMRA). Hopefully we’ll see you at one of our events soon. Until then, keep supporting your local pubs and enjoy drinking (responsibly, of course)! Daniel Y Social Secretary


Hello everyone - I hope you are all enjoying the 12th Colchester Winter Ale Festival! My name is Dan, the branch Social Secretary. A few of you may already know me from attending various Colchester CAMRA socials, beer festivals, or even just from one of the many pubs in the area!

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Not every beer will be on in all sessions. Look for the cask cards on the casks behind the bar to see which beers are available. B - Bitter BB - Best Bitter SB - Strong Bitter GB - Golden Beer M - Mild

Ampersand Bungay, Suffolk Forenoon M █ 3.5% A mild ale brewed with additions of milk sugar & cold steeped coffee beans during fermentation. Also available in KeyKeg Silo (V) BB █ 4.7% Bramling Cross hops are used late in the boil to give blackcurrant, loganberry & citrus notes Pulpit Pale BB █ 5.0% A light malt bill allows the late hop additions of Citra and Simcoe to shine through with a bit of extra fruitiness from the classic English yeast

S - Stout / P - Porter O - Old Ale BW - Barley Wine SP - Speciality Beer (V) Vegan beer

All Day Brewing Salle, Norfolk

Salle Red Ale (V)

BB █ 4.5%

B&T Shefford, Beds Golden Fox

GB █ 4.1%

A golden refreshing beer with fruity overtones, brewed using Golding and Cascade hops Fruit Bat BB █ 4.5% A straw coloured beer, malty and fruity, lightly hopped and tasting of Raspberries Dragon slayer BB █ 4.5% A straw coloured beer. Dry, malty and lightly hopped

A US inspired red ale Bountiful Stout (V)

 ST █ 5.0% Incorporating coconut, cocoa and vanilla pods as well as locally grown Fuggle hops Stag Beetle (V) SB █ 6.1% A hoppy IPA with Nelson Sauvin. Also available in KeyKeg

Bishop Nick Braintree, Essex Ridley's Rite B █ 3.6% A classic bitter with a floral aroma and a subtle but long lasting bitter aftertaste Virtue B █ 3.8% A English classic bitter

Admiral UK, Gentle bitterness, woody aromas with hints of citrus.

You'll see references to various hops in the beer descriptions, but what do different varieties bring to a beer?

Amarillo USA. Grapefruity and orangey citrus flavours.

The effect a hop has varies with where they're used in the brewing process - in the boil, added at the beginning, they bring bitterness, whereas added later they add aromas & flavours. Adding hops later, in the fermenter, adds more aromas. Some varieties are better at being a bittering hop than an aroma hop and visa versa - others are happy in either role.

Boadicea UK. Mild, grassy and floral. Bramling Cross UK. Gentle bitterness, dried fruit aromas. Cascade USA, Very floral, spicy and citrusy Centennial USA. Powerful citrus and pine. Challenger UK. Moderate spicy bitterness. Citra USA. Tropical fruit.

Brentwood Brentwood, Essex Winter Warmer

BB █ 4.7%

A well balanced amber coloured winter ale with spicy notes creating a full flavoured beer Chocwork Orange SP █ 6.5% A deep chocolate, malty beer brewed with oranges to give it a background of citrus bitterness

Buntingford Royston, Herts Twitchell

GB █ 3.8%

A golden ale with a blend of hops to give a refreshingly balanced fruity aftertaste Hurricane B █ 4.0% A very quaffable bitter. Light brown in colour, with pleasantly refreshing fruity bitterness & light malty undertones

Columbus USA. Lemony citrus with herbal notes. Crystal USA. Delicate flower and spiciness. Fuggle UK/USA Aroma hop. Earthy, full bodied. Very popular for a reason. Goldings USA. Mild and gentle hoppiness. Mosaic USA. Complex - lots of fruits with herbal, pine and even bubblegum flavours. Nelson Sauvin NZ. Often described as resembling crushed grapes or white wine. Simcoe USA. Woodier, muskier, earthier version of Cascade.


Hop Stars!


Calverley's Cambridge, Cambs Porter (V) P █ 5.1% An unfined porter with a high final gravity, giving it a malty sweetness with bold coffee and chocolate notes

Brewhouse IPA BB █ 4.3% Pale and light Munich malt. Citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a citrus peel bitterness

Chelmsford Brew Co. Cambridge Brewhouse Cambridge, Cambs

Kings Parade

B █ 3.8%

Earthy, spicy and biscuity on the nose, with malt and fruit flavours at the finish Misty River B █ 4.2% A naturally cloudy beer, bursting with citrus fruit and exotic hops. Crisp and easy drinking with a clean hoppy finish.

Great Baddow, Essex

Blueshack Pale Ale GB █ 3.8% An English style Pale Ale

Port Jackson

P █ 4.0%

An easy drinking light porter

Radio Wave

B █ 4.2%

Juicy and tropical American Pale Ale. A late addition of Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops gives the beer a tropical fruit aroma

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GB █ 3.8% A golden ale but more in the style of a traditional bitter Cold Front B █ 3.9% A copper session beer with traditional English malt profile and subtle citrus hop flavours Colchester No. 1 B █ 4.1% A classic English best bitter, copper in colour. Using whole leaf Boadicea hops for flavour & East Kent Goldings for aroma Brazilian SP █ 4.8% A festival favourite, a beautifully balanced coffee and vanilla porter Cats Whiskers ST █ 4.8% A sweet and bitter rich cream stout Jumbo ST █ 6.6% Big bodied dry stout with complex fruit and roast flavours accompanied by a full and smooth mouthfeel Brass Monkey

Crouch Vale South Woodham Ferrers, Essex


B █ 3.8%

A session amber ale which extols the undoubted virtues of the Mosaic hop. Brewers Gold GB █ 4.0% Pale golden ale with a striking nose. Sweet fruit and bitter hops are well matched throughout Nelson Sauvin B █ 4.1% A pale and pungent ale using Antipodean hops

Dominion Coggeshall, Essex Woodbine Racer (V) GB █ 4.3% A honey gold beer with a mild citrus flavour and aroma of clementines and mandarins Pale Ale (V) BB █ 4.5% A straw coloured beer with a refreshing citrus finish

Crafty Beers Stetchworth, Cambs Carpenter's Cask (V) B █ 3.8% An easy drinking traditional bitter with plenty of malt flavours and moderate bitterness Sauvignon Blonde (V)GB █ 4.4% An aromatic golden ale showcasing the very popular Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand Hop Parade (V) BB █ 4.4% The latest in a series of hoppy ales. This pale ale features various aromatic hops

Fat Cat Norwich, Norfolk Tom Cat

GB █ 4.1%

A Mosaic pale ale.

SP █ 4.3% A malty nose with sulphurous overtones. Bittersweet notes dominate with malt and hop in the background Wild Cat BB █ 5.0% A classic, brown coloured strong bitter with a markedly bitter finish. Fullbodied but easy drinking

Honey Ale


Colchester Wakes Colne, Essex


Grain Harleston, Norfolk Oak GB █ 3.8% An easy-drinking golden bitter which is delicately hopped. Also available in KeyKeg Best Bitter BB █ 4.2% An amber bitter that is malt driven, smooth and full flavoured Lignum Vitae SB █ 6.5% An India Pale Ale, which is light on the palate and bursting with juicy, tropical hop flavours

Green Jack Lowestoft, Suffolk Waxwing B █ 3.9% A thirst quenching pale ale with a light flowery aroma on the nose and a clean crisp finish

The Live and Let Live

Orange Wheat Beer SP █ 4.2% Marmalade aroma with a hint of hops, leading to a well balanced blend of sweetness, hops and citrus Trawlerboys Best Bitter BB █ 4.7% A tawny coloured beer with aroma of apple, sultana and malt plus hints of caramel and hops

Harwich Town Coggeshall, Essex

EPA 100 GB █ 3.8% A classic pale, hoppy premium ale, full of character but with a smooth finish Target B █ 4.0% An English bitter Mostly Mosaic B █ 4.0% A good fresh American Pale ale with strong hop aromas and flavours


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GB █ 4.2% Heavily hopped to give satisfying bitterness levels and a floral and grapefruit aroma

Audit Ale

BW █ 8.0% A dark copper barley wine with flavours of berry fruit and spice. The finish is smooth and sweet

Kelchner Ampthill, Beds Ampthill Gold

GB █ 4.1%

This golden ale has subtle biscuit flavours and a delicate hop aroma Ampthill IPA BB █ 4.5% A pale ale with a well balanced hoppy and a malty character After Dark IPA BB █ 4.8% A black IPA with dense citrus, coffee and chocolate notes with a dry resinous finish

Keppels Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex Home to Roost

B █ 4.2% An amber ale which is light and not heavy on the palette Tipsy Crow ST █ 5.0% A dark strong stout with a smokey flavour. Thin liquorice taste with a mild bitterness One of Those Days SB █ 6.8% A strong dark beer that is malty with a great finish on the palette

Lacons Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Charter

B █ 3.6%

This bitter has malty undertones with delicate flavours of soft fruit and berries. The finish is long and dry. Legacy BB █ 4.4% A flavoursome blonde beer with lemon and grapefruit aroma before a burst of lemon and lime floods the senses

Leigh On Sea Leigh on Sea, Essex Legra Pale (V) GB █ 3.8% A light, fresh and sessionable golden ale Renown Cockle Stout ST █ 4.0% An easy drinking lightly roasted stout made with local cockles Six Little Ships (V) B █ 4.2% A traditional British bitter hopped with Admiral, Columbus and Challenger for a spicy bitterness. Also available in KeyKeg

Leighton Buzzard Leighton Buzzard, Beds

Captain Cook

GB █ 3.8%

A golden ale that is dry, hoppy and very easy to drink Bedfordshire Best B █ 4.1% A bitter brewed with Marris Otter Pale Malt and three different English hops Black Buzzard P █ 5.8% A crazy marriage of six different malts delivers a wonderful complex robust porter

Mauldons Sudbury, Suffolk Mid Winter Gold

BB █ 4.5% An amber coloured beer with a fine balance of malt & hops for a full bodied flavour


Bathside Battery


Blackberry Porter

P █ 4.8%

A full bodied black porter with balanced hop aroma & a rich blend of chocolate & roast flavours Suffolk Comfort SB █ 6.6% A powerful peppery presence with malt notes and a rich balance of crystal malt & hops in the mouth with a long, malty finish.


BB █ 4.8%

A dark amber best bitter, with a good malty flavour from five different malts and a smooth finish from Fuggles hops Oyster Stout ST █ 5.0% A festival favourite! Dark and delicious with possible aphrodisiac qualities!

Mile Tree Peterborough, Cambs Mersea Island Brewery East Mersea, Essex

Yo Boy

B █ 3.8%

A session bitter with balanced malt and a long lasting bitterness on the finish Gold GB █ 4.4% A very refreshing golden ale made using lager malt and hops

Meadow Gold GB █ 3.8% Pale gold with lots of hoppy aromas and flavour from Cascade and Columbus hops Mosaic B █ 4.2% No notes available Larksong BB █ 4.5% Amber ale with tropical fruit flavours and hop aromas from American Crystal and Cascade hops.


A Bit Beered Out? Soft drinks available - see inside back page.

Moonshine Cambridge, Cambs Harvest Moon

M █ 3.9%

A dark mild that is well balanced and slightly sweet. Smooth fruit notes combining with coffee and chocolate flavours Regenerator B █ 4.2% A light coloured hoppy beer inspired by German styles. Produced for Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Blackberry Saison SP █ 7.4% Brewed with local hedgerow blackberries, Saison, Champagne yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops. Dry hopped with Amarillo & Cascade.

Mr Bees Trimley, Suffolk Bee Lightful

ST █ 4.3%

A tasty chocolate stout


BB █ 4.6%

A flavoursome malty beer, made with 4 malts and 3 different hops for flavour, smoothness & balance Defender BB █ 5.5% An cracking example of an IPA style beer

Simple Pleasures

B █ 3.6%

A light, clean and refreshing beer packed full of Cascade and Vic Secret hops Release The Chimps BB █ 4.4% An IPA for everyday drinking. A pale malt base gives a crisp mouthful that allows hops to come through Egyptian Cream ST █ 4.5% Velvety mouthfeel and full bodied richness. A fruity hop bite balances this creamy milk stout. Also available in KeyKeg

Nethergate Long Melford, Suffolk Venture

B █ 3.7%

An amber ale that is easy drinking with hints of citrus and tropical fruits Umbel Ale B █ 3.8% Freshly toasted coriander seeds are added to the grist and at the later stages of the boil, resulting in a festival of flavour and aroma Old Growler P █ 5.0% A well-balanced porter in which roast grain is complemented by fruit and bubble-gum Umbel Magna P █ 5.0% The addition of coriander to the Old Growler wort makes for this distinctive dark beer with a powerful spicyness

Peckish? Crisps, Peanuts, Scratchings available behind the bars.


Nene Valley Oundle,


Old Chimneys Market, Weston, Suffolk

Golden Pheasant

GB █ 4.5%

A golden best bitter with citrus and malt balanced with a robust hop bitterness. Scarlet Tiger BB █ 4.9% Full bodied, malty and fruity with huge aroma. Darker than most Amber Ales Good King Henry SB █ 9.2% A dark black Imperial stout, the colour and deep luscious flavour derive largely from roasted barley

Other Monkey Colchester, Essex

Pale Ale (V)

BB █ 4.5%

Amber Ale (V) BB █ 4.7% An American style amber/red ale IPA (V) SB █ 5.7% A traditional strongish IPA

Papworth Earith, Cambs The Whitfield CitraBolt GB █ 3.8% A refreshing hoppy citrus bitter made from single hop citra Big Sur BB █ 5.0% This "West Coast" Pale Ale is brewed in the Californian style, with a deceiving strength and huge American hop flavours Robin Goodfellow BB █ 5.4% A traditional strong English bitter

The very popular Other Monkeys version of a pale ale

Red Fox Brewery Brewing Beer the Traditional Way

The Chicken Sheds, Upp Hall Farm, Salmon’s Lane, Coggeshall, Essex. CO6 1RY

Phone: 01376 563123

Founder of Red Fox Brewery, Russ Barnes, was the brewer of Supreme Champion Beer of Great Britain at the Great British Beer Festival two years running as Head Brewer at his previous brewery. After almost 6 years with them Russ left to start his own brewery. The first beer brewed was Wily Ol' Fox, swiftly followed by the CAMRA Gold Medal winning Coggeshall Gold.

Regular Beers Red Fox Mild 3.6% Red Fox IPA 3.7% Red Fox Bitter 3.8% Hunter’s Gold 3.9% Black Fox Porter 4.8% Wily Ol’ Fox 5.2% For further information please visit our website or contact us at the brewery

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Fire Fox

B █ 4.2%

An Irish-style red ale that uses a blend of aromatic German and Slovenian hops with a crisp, dry mouthfeel Marmalade Stout ST █ 5.0% A chocolate stout with orange notes from rough-cut marmalade and a warming shot of single malt whiskey Wily Ol Fox SB █ 5.2% A very aromatic amber traditional IPA made from English hops & malt, with a soft fruity palate Orange Infused IPA SB █ 6.5% The latest beer from Red Fox Brewery Ruby Red Mild M █ 6.5% A full mash dark ruby mild, full bodied and rounded Minstrel Kriek SP █ 7.0% A Belgian style sour cherry beer brewed with Belgian malt and slow fermented with a deep rich flavour

Saffron Henham, Essex Saffron IPA

B █ 3.6%

Light golden copper ale. Smooth toffee and malt flavours with a hint of citrus spice Saffron Porter P █ 5.2% Ruby porter with rich chocolate and coffee aromas. Ruby port and red grape juice create a soft fruit and spice finish Agnes Waterhouse P █ 5.2% All you need from a dark beer: rich, smooth, strong and full of flavour!

Time for Wine? Local wine available - see inside back page.

Shalford Shalford, Essex Stoneley

B █ 4.2%

Dark amber beer whose vivid hop character is supported by a juicy, malty body and a dry finish Hyde Bitter BB █ 4.7% A light amber coloured bitter brewed with Optic malt and Target hops, full bodied & warm malty undertones Rotten End SB █ 6.5% Traditionally coloured and strong, accompanied by slightly sweet & nutty undertones & a bitter edge to finish

Shortts Farm Thorndon, Suffolk The Cure

B █ 3.6% Toffee Malt with a good balance of English hops making this a wonderful traditional best bitter Two Tone M █ 3.8% A satisfying dark mild with dark chocolate and sweet biscuity malt flavours Sloe Porter P █ 5.5% A dark, heavy porter dominated by coffee aromas and a hoppy finish

Silks Hedingham, Essex Molly Joly Mild

M █ 3.6%

A dark mellow flavoured mild with a hint of dark chocolate and roasted coffee


Red Fox Coggeshall, Essex


Pegstar Porter

P █ 4.0%

A dark robust wheat porter

Old Man Shirv

BB █ 4.5%

A smooth and fruity copper coloured premium best bitter

St Peters Bungay, Suffolk Moonbeam

B █ 3.6% Pale Amber in colour and malty and sweet flavours combined with a light floral aroma Plum Porter P █ 4.6% Notes of damson and blackcurrant are followed by the fruitiness of the plum in flavour and aroma Cream Stout ST █ 6.5% This stout has a smooth and creamy chocolate flavour, together with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste.

Star wing Redgrave, Suffolk Gospel Oak B █ 3.8% Well balanced, copper hued bitter with slight esters & biscuit undertones Four Acre Arcadia BB █ 5.0% A wonderfully hoppy, crisp ale, not lacking in aroma, taste or drinkability Stainglass P █ 5.4% A dark porter which is as complex as it is delicious. A notable bitterness and a well rounded profile full bodied and malty

It all happens at the Vic. Cheese Club Wine Club Coffee Mornings 5 Cask Ales & 9 ‘Real’ Ciders 5 Craft Keg Beers & Lagers Superb selection of craft cans & bottles Regular Cask, Keg and Cider Festivals Weekly music from top touring acts Friendly and sociable clientele Knowledgeable staff (and the management know a thing or two as well) ...Pop down and see what’s happening this week. Halfway between this festival and North Station. See you at the bar.

Byrhtnoth P █ 4.2% A dark porter made with British hops Guanahani BB █ 5.0% An oatmeal pale ale with New World hops

Winter Wibble O █ 6.0% A cracking old ale with whisky like malt flavour, English hops balance the strength making it very suppable

Xtreme Ales Peterborough, Cambs White Hart Halstead, Essex Halstead Bitter

B █ 3.7%

A traditional English style bitter that is an easy drinking session beer Templar BB █ 4.5% A copper coloured traditional best bitter Colne Valley Stout ST █ 4.8% A smooth fruity stout with a low bitterness

Witham Coggeshall, Essex Witham Gold

GB █ 3.8%

A light refreshing golden beer with an after note of citrus Scruffy Mild M █ 3.9% A superb traditional dark mild with fruity flavours No Name B █ 4.3% Malty roasted flavours giving way to a surprisingly hoppy best bitter

Wibblers Southminster, Essex IPA

B █ 3.6% A traditional malty brew with plenty of flavour, not too much hop and at a strength where you can make a night of it. Hop Back B █ 4.0% Black in colour but with the smooth taste of a golden beer, no harshness and an amazing floral aroma.

Dancing Pigeon

GB █ 4.2%

A perfect example of a golden ale ST █ 4.5% A sweet, smooth milk stout

Milk Stout

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Watsons Colchester, Essex


Cask v. KeyKeg? These 5 beers will be available in both cask and keykeg forms of dispense (while stocks last of course!). Same beer but stored, transported and served from different containers. Try them both ways, compare and contrast, debate and discuss... So what is this KeyKeg thing? KeyKeg is one of a number of methods of ‘alternative dispense’ - which refers to real ale served from a container other than a cask. We’ve become used to seeing real ale in bottles but recently cans have become more common and then there’s ‘KeyKeg’. KeyKeg is actually a brand name for “a disposable plastic one-way beer container”. There’s other makes available. They are an alternative to a cask - “a reusable stainless steel twoway beer container”!. CAMRA’s definition of real ale states that it must be “matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide”. Secondary fermentation is supported by viable yeast being present in the beer just as there’s ‘real’ and non real’ bottled beers, the same applies to cans and KeyKegs, so not every KeyKeg beer or canned beer is ‘real ale’ - it’s the brewer’s choice. What about the gas? Yes, gas is used in KegKeg dispense, but it doesn’t come into contact with the beer. So why KeyKeg when we’ve got casks? The cask is an excellent method of dispensing real ale in perfect condition but KeyKeg offers some advantages. Once opened a cask (about 70 pints) needs to be drunk within 3-4 days before it becomes tired and past its best (it’s a

All Day Brewing Stag Beetle (V)

SB █


A hoppy IPA with Nelson Sauvin

Ampersand Forenoon

M █


A mild ale brewed with additions of milk sugar & cold steeped coffee beans during fermentation

Grain Oak

GB █


An easy-drinking golden bitter which is delicately hopped

Leigh On Sea Six Little Ships (V)B █ 4.2% A traditional British bitter hopped with Admiral, Columbus and Challenger for a spicy bitterness

Nene Valley Egyptian Cream ST █ 4.5% Velvety mouthfeel and full bodied richness. A fruity hop bite balances this creamy milk stout living thing after all). A KeyKeg reduces the amount of contact the beer has with oxygen in the air and preserves the beer for longer. Consider a pub which can turn over 2 casks every 3-4 days. The landlord would like to offer a greater range - a stout, mild, porter, something stronger or a speciality

Lovely Beer in a Flexible Bag Rigid Outer Container

They are recyclable, but there’s limited facilities in the UK at present. It costs more to fill a KeyKeg than a cask (assuming you’ve used the cask a few times since you bought it!). They hold less beer and there’s the purchase cost. This contributes to a more expensive pint. Another issue is clear communication of what a customer is buying at the point of sale. KeyKeg dispense blurs the lines between ‘real’ and ‘not real’ keg as the taps look practically identical on the bar. It’s up to the landlord and the brewers to communicate clearly whether you’re buying live or dead beer. So, KeyKeg’s here. What do you think?



Gas is pumped in, squeezing beer out of the collapsable bag.

When empty, beer stops owing.


beer. If they add a third cask, the turnover extends and the landlord either has to throw beer away or serve tired beer. Adding a third real ale in a KeyKeg would give the landlord flexibility to increase his range without waste. Consider a pub which can’t turn over a single cask quickly enough - the landlord either has to suffer waste, or have no real ale at all. Is a KegKeg real ale better than no real ale at all in this situation? Wasteful and Expensive? No one is suggesting the KeyKeg is perfect and should replace cask. The cask is the perfect recycled container rinsed and used again just like milk bottles commonly used to be. KeyKegs are more single-use disposable plastic.


Real Cider or Perry (not Pear cider) or Pyder (a blend of both) simply consists of fermented apple and/or pear juice. You pick the fruit, press the fruit, allow it to naturally ferment and mature, and then enjoy. This produces a product that is unpasteurised, uncarbonated and full of flavour. But, at the moment the majority of cider sold in the UK is still mostly made of imported apple concentrate and is full of artificial colourings sweeteners and preservatives, filtered and pasteurised to render it inert and is kept under carbon dioxide pressure. Don’t assume that if it is served through a hand pump that it is real cider. Please be aware that traditional ciders and perries typically have a higher alcohol content than most of the commercial fizzy ciders you can get in pubs and supermarkets, so please drink responsibly and enjoy your time at our Winter festival. Wassail Your Cider Bar Team.

Cider All Day Brewing Salle, Norfolk Blossom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.7% Whisky Cask. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2%

Aspalls Debenham, Suffolk Cyderkyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.8%

Berties Braintree, Essex Discovery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% OBSession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.5%

Castlings Heath Groton Suffolk Apple Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7%

Crones Kenninghall, Norfolk Rum Cask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.5% User Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

Fox Meadow Braintree Essex Elderflower Cider . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

Harleston Palgrave Suffolk Hedge Fund Cider . . . . . . . . . . 5% Raw Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%

Big Bear Cider Stisted, Essex Sweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6% Medium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.4%

Hill Holme Great Totham Essex Tally Ho! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5%

Burnard Banham, Norfolk Monty's Double. . . . . . . . . . . 4.6%

Orwell Ipswich Suffolk Old Oakey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7%

Wassail is a traditional AngloSaxon celebrative greeting by the Lord of the Manor made at the beginning of the year with the Toast of Waes Hael meaning “Be Well” or “Be in good health” to which the assembled masses would reply Drinc Hael, “Drink Well”.

S.O. Cider Histon Cambs Mulled Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

Whin Hill Wells Next The Sea Norfolk Sweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.6% Dry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.6%

Watergull Orchards Wisbeach Cambs. Cherry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6% Rhubarb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6% Strawberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.7%

Perry Berties Braintree Essex Galanthus Perry . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% Pearf-Hic Perry . . . . . . . . . . . 6.5%

Harleston Palgrave Suffolk Perry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%

The wassail cup is generally a large 2 or 3 handled mug or huge bowl, passed on from one person to the next with the traditional “Wassail” greeting said with gusto. These celebrations still take place, generally on 12th night, which is now 5th January, whereas, the more traditional still insist in celebrating Wassail on 17th January, the original 12th night before the introduction of the Gregorian calendar messed things up in 1752! These celebrations generally took place in the orchard around the apple trees. Cider soaked cake would be placed in the fork of the tree, guns fired through its branches and the banging of pots and pans whilst the rest of the people sung “wassailing songs”. This custom is said to ward off bad spirits from the orchard and encourage the good spirits to provide a bountiful crop for the following year. These songs varied from county to county to even modern day renditions by Blur, releasing a wassailing song back in 1992 called “Gold Frankincense and Blur”


Wassail: “Be Well”!


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A wide range of draught and bottled Belgian Beers are available on the Everything Else Bar. Including beers from brewers such as: Orval St Feuillien Achouffe Rochefort

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Back for its 7th year. Buy a pint of real ale or cider in a partcipating pub and collect a stamp. Collect 20 different stamps and claim your prizes at the 34th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival being held right here in the Arts Centre from May 28th to June 1st 2019. You’ll earn beer cards to spend at the festival and the exclusive 2019 “I conquered the Ale Trail” pin badge.


1st April - 1st June 2019 Visit Pubs, Drink Real Ale or Cider, Win Prizes Keep an eye on for news of this year’s trail pubs

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12th Colchester Winter Beer Festival Programme  

The 12th Winter Beer Festival takes place at Colchester Arts Centre from January 30th 2019 to 2nd February. Brought to you by Colchester and...

12th Colchester Winter Beer Festival Programme  

The 12th Winter Beer Festival takes place at Colchester Arts Centre from January 30th 2019 to 2nd February. Brought to you by Colchester and...

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