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Real Ale Festival

Another successful Real Ale Festival was held here at The Minerva during October.
The date of the next festival will be from the 5th to the 8th of March 2015.

This is the final list of ales, along with tasting notes, that we have requested for the March Ale Festival!!!

BREWERY ALE % Taste Notes
Arbor Why Kick A Moo Cow 5.5% Big malty New Zealand pale ale, brewed with a large quantity of Southern Cross and Rakau hops added in the copper and dry hopped with Green Bullet.
Backyard Brewing   The Hoard 3.9% A golden straw coloured beer brewed specially to mark the discovery of the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’.
Binghams Doodle Stout 5.0% A dark 5% ABV stout with a delicious blend of dark malts to provide a complexity in character which draws you in for another sip. Named after the brewer's dog, who's also very dark and complex!
Black Hole Milky Way 6.0% A pale wheat beer. Honey and banana nose advises the sweet taste but not the sweet, dry spicy finish from this wheat beer
Black Hole Cosmic 4.2% Cosmic has an amber glow with an initial malt aroma. The complex balance of malt and English hops give lingering tastes of nuts, fruit and a dry hoppy bitterness.
Black Paw Paws Gold 4.0% A rich golden bitter with a complex composition of malt and hop taste with an abundance of aroma hops
Driftwood Spars
Elland 1872 porter 6.5% Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.
Exeter Lighterman 3.5% Medium golden amber in colour, it has a well balanced flavour enhanced with lots of English Goldings hops.
Gower Rumour 5.0% A strong ruby red ale, with amazing complex tastes and aromas, produced from a delicate mix of malts and hops.
Grey Trees Caradog's Bitter 3.9% A beautiful bitter — copper in colour, with a crisp flavour and a dry finish. Crafted with Crystal and Caragold Malt, Challenger and Goldings hops, Welsh water and passion.
Hawkshead Dry stone stout 4.5% Aromas of chocolate and coffee, complex rich deep flavours from a blend of 7 malts, moderate bitterness and a long dry finish make Dry Stone Stout a satisfying and warming black beer.
Highland Brewing Company Pale Ale 4.7% Burnished golden copper in colour,resinous citrus hops with a generous floral note.Hops lead against a generously malty background with the crystal malt giving depth, length & structure – softening the hops which persist in the long lingering aftertaste.
Highland Brewing Company Island Hopping 3.9% Golden yellow, tropical fruity nose, hoppy middle and dry finish
Holsworthy Hop On The Run 5.0% An American style IPA. Packed full of vibrant hops from America, this beer has good body and lasting flavour. 
Kent Black Gold 4.0% Rich and dark coloured with many of the flavours and easy-drinking qualities of a golden ale.
Lochness Brewery Mild NESS 3.5% Made with maris otter pale Ale, crystal, roast barley and malted wheat.Hopped with admiral and chinook.Dark mild full of chocolate, coffee and red fruit flavours.
Lochness Brewery Hoppyness 5.0% Made with maris otter pale Ale and malted wheat.Hopped with admiral, columbus, citra and williamette.Hugely hoppy beer with a little sweetness in the background.
Loose Cannon Porter 5.0% Taste: Dark Chocolate, Smooth Coffee, Aroma: Dark Chocolate, Roasted Malt, Bitterness: Mild
Otley  04 Colombo 4.0%
Pale golden ale with high bitterness and aromas of green grass and herbs. All American hops.
Pheasentry Best Bitter 3,8% This is a smooth tasting copper coloured beer, with medium bitterness and low to medium sweetness. It has a light spicy aroma 
Pheasentry Dark Ale 4.2% Smooth, soft, satisfying Dark Ale with malty flavours, balanced bitterness and a velvety texture
Platform 5 TBC
Red Willow  Directionless 4.2% A balanced easy-drinking session ale made with Amarillo and Centennial hops for a subtle candied orange fruitiness.
Sadlers Red IPA 5.7% Pours deep red with a small head. Aroma is mango and guava juice. Taste has pine hops throughout with a bitter mango finish
West Berkshire Maggs Magnificent mild 3.8% A traditional-style, deliciously dark mild. Full of roast malt flavours coupled with a smooth mouth feel and gentle sweetness.
Wylam Jakehead IPA 6.3% Supercharged Wylam India Pale Ale.... Rich/bright & amber/bronze with lots of American hop aroma. Distinctly bittersweet on the palate with a massive hop complexity fashioned deep within the IPA tradition.

Producer Name  
Gwynt Y Draig Celtic Warrior 5.5% Sweet
Snailsbank Tumbledown Applesweet 5.2% Sweet
Gwatkins Game Cock 4.5% Sweet
Lilleys Gladiator 8.5% Med
Celtic Marches Thundering Molly 5.2% Med
Lilleys Red Rabbit 6.0% med/dry
Thirstly Cross Jaggy Thistle 7.5% Dry
naish Badgers Spit 7.5% Dry
Westons Country Perry 4.5%  
Snailsbank Tumbledown Summer Fruits 4.0%