Beer Festival list published

Our beer festival is  from June 28th to July 1st, full details are on our Festival page www.rutlandcamra.org.uk/beer-festival.

Also on the web page are the finalised  listings for Beer, Ciders & Perries, Wines, Meads and Entertainment. All of which , you will appreciate, are subject to availability.

The Festival is open 11 to 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 12 noon to 4pm Sunday. Admission is free to card carrying CAMRA members and £1.00 for non members .

Its a great festival in a unique setting: Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW with good rail links into Oakham. Some other pubs in Oakham are also holding supporting festivals and we will publish their details soon.

We hope to see you there.

Updated 14-6-18

Brand new beer to remember John Wood

John Wood Remembered – new beer to be launched at Rutland CAMRA Beer Festival

Rutland CAMRA are pleased to announce that they will be premiering a new brew produced by Oakham Ales at their Beer Festival on Thursday 28 June – 01 July to commemorate the life of John Wood aka ‘the Woodster’ who passed away earlier this year. John was the founder of ‘Oakham Ales’ and the deviser of JHB ..Jeffrey Hudson Bitter …which went on to be Champion Beer Of Great Britain.

In order to further commemorate the contribution that John made to the Rutland Morris Men the beer will have a Morris related name (still under wraps) and the pump clip will feature  his familiar Topper which he wore whist playing the melodian and fiddle for Rutland Morris.

Dave Casewell the Beer Festival Organiser said ‘We are delighted to be working with  Oakham Ales in this commemorative beer, which will be a fitting tribute to his contribution to the brewing industry in general, and of course to our Rutland CAMRA branch. We hope to pour the first pints on Thursday at our festival, and don’t expect the cask to last too long! Rutland Morris will be paying their tribute on the Sunday of the festival.’

The beer festival will be in it’s traditional location at the County Museum Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW and is open 11.00am to 8.00pm., with Sunday opening 12-4.00pm

The beer will be available nationally following the Rutland CAMRA beer Festival

Rutland Breweries to combine as Grainstore rescues Stoney Ford

Stoney Ford Brew Co Ltd has been acquired by Rutland Brewing Co, owners of Grainstore Brewery of Oakham.Stoney Ford, owned by local brewers Simon Watson and Tim Nicol, announced its closure on 5thApril as its current premises had become unavailable and uneconomic. They were then approached by William Davis, co-owner of Rutland Brewing Co, who proposed a rescue package.

Co-owner Tim Nicol said; “As a small micro-brewer we faced an uphill climb in trying to expand our business. Although we are barely 2 years old, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved locally with our beers and our brand, and are delighted that the effort and investment we’ve made won’t go to waste. The Rutland Brewing Company, owners of The Grainstore Brewery and Rutland Cider Company, has the resources, capacity, and distribution network to enable Stoney Ford to not just survive, but thrive.”

William Davis, co-owner of The Rutland Brewing Company, said “In the ultra-competitive UK beer market, and with the economic conditions that exist today, it’s extremely difficult to develop and grow a brewery business. Tim and Simon have successfully achieved this over the last two years whilst sticking to their principles of brewing with the finest English ingredients, producing a range of ales that have a great reputation locally. We intend to continue with that ethos, whilst introducing the Stoney Ford brand to a wider audience. The Rutland Brewing Company has ambitious growth plans including possible investment opportunities, for its Grainstore and Rutland Cider brands over the next twelve months and the opportunity to save Stoney Ford, a fellow Rutland producer, and develop their range of products alongside our existing portfolio, naturally fits with those plans.

We hope that both Tim and Simon will continue to be the wonderful brand ambassadors for Stoney Ford that they have been over the last two years”

Stoney Ford’s move from Ryhall to Oakham will take place during April and beers should be available mid-May.

For further information please contact William Davis or Peter Atkinson at The Rutland Brewing Company on:

enquiries@rutlandbrewingcompany.com

 

Stony Ford Brewery in Ryhall, Rutland is to close

We’re closing down,
at least for now

 

 

 

Stoney Ford to cease brewing

We regret to inform our customers and supporters that we have decided to take a break from brewing and are having a fundamental rethink about the future of the business and its location.

Our current brewery location is restricted in size and not available nor viable in the longer term.  Despite our best efforts over several months we have been unable to identify suitable premises for expansion nor develop a viable business plan that makes financial sense.

Launching Stoney Ford in May 2016 was an experiment at a small scale (2.5 bbl), with the intention of proving whether or not we could brew beer consistently and establish a brand, before growing it into a more substantial business. We are proud of the beers and the brand we have developed but we haven’t managed to take the next major growth step.

The business has paid its way and has no debts, and we will continue to trade until current stocks have been sold (end of this week) and we have collected our empties. It is possible that our beers and brand may reappear sometime in the future in another guise, but for now we are closing the doors on our Ryhall Brewery.

We would like to say thanks to our local customers and supporters for their loyalty and business and apologise for the disappointment that Stoney Ford will no longer be available, at least in the short to medium term. We will of course share further news on the future of the brewery as and when we have it.

Tim Nicol and Simon Watson
5th April 2018

Leicester Beer Festival .Oh! The Drama. Pun intended.

The darkness of Leicester Beer Festival

I had the usual pleasure of working at the Leicester Beer Festival this March. I say the usual, but it was anything but usual, as they had changed venue to the re- opened Haymarket Theatre in the city Centre. When I say re-opened I mean nearly re- opened as it was still ‘work in progress’ with lifts, steps and some behind the scenes walls still in various states of readiness.

The venue could not have been more different as the festival bar was on the theatre’s huge stage, surrounded by theatre seating and lots of steps all illuminated by blue lighting. There was no natural light so it did feel a bit like walking into a massive cave!

BUT, the curry was there and excellent, and of course their legendary massive selection of beers and ciders, with a gin bar, with groovy glasses, and a mead bar. To completely upset some traditionalists there was also a ‘keykeg’ bar. OOER!

The general view was this is a brave attempt to move the festival on, and that it had generally succeeded in this; and that assuming the festival remains at the Haymarket for a few years, it can overcome its ‘teething’ problems and really take the whole project forward. One such problem was the lighting with 90% of the bar flooded in bright light, whist 10% (my bit) was in gloom with beer being poured in semi darkness, and payment cards being marked in a semi braille exercise. Oh how we laughed!

 

My beer of the festival? I could not choose between Five Points (London) ‘Railway Porter’ absolutely fab, and Wylam (Newcastle)  ‘Macciato’. It will be no surprise to those who know me to find that these were both very dark beers.

Well done Leicester CAMRA for taking a brave step into the future.

 

Dave Casewell

Branch Thespian

New mini guide to Rutland is published

Discover Rutland, which Rutland CAMRA is part of,  has produced a new guide to the county.

The guide also includes maps and money saving vouchers.

Available extensively across the county it can be down loaded here:

www.discover-rutland.co.uk/useful-info/mini-guide

 

 

Tiny Pint 17 will be out soon

Our Branch Magazine the “Tiny Pint” will be hitting a bar top near you soon. We pay tribute to dear John Wood, celebrate trips out of Rutland and praise our award winning brewers. We look at ornithology and names of beer. Like us – real mash up but hopefully fun.

We are alway looking for ber/cider/pub related articles and good quality pictures send them to me: Jon Whowell chairman@rutlandcamra.org.uk

Green Dragon, Ryhall is 2018 Pub Of The Year

The Rutland CAMRA Pub Of The Year (POTY –  we love an acronym) 2018 goes to the Green Dragon in Ryhall. This is the second time that Shaun and Debbie Rolfe, Landlord and Landlady, their team and customers have been recognised as the best pub in the county.

With four hand pumps the Dragon is described in the Good Beer Guide as a Former Melbourns stone built pub in the heart of the village. The Main building is Grade II Listed and was built in the 17th Century and gives the Green Dragon Pub a nice cosy feel with its low ceilings and nooks and crannies. Superb home cooked meals are served and as the pub has it’s own pizza oven these are a speciality of the house and served daily.

David Laughton, Pubs Officer said “The Dragon is what it a pub should be: welcoming, friendly and at the heart of the community. They kindly offer card carrying CAMRA members a 20p discount on real ale and run a very successful beer festival usually held in May. Well worth a visit.”

Landlady, Debbie Rolfe said:  “We are delighted to get the POTY again. It means a great deal to all of us here, Shaun and I are very pleased to accept this award which means a great deal to staff and customers alike. CAMRA is doing a great job in helping pubs like us remain the real heart of the community.”

David Laughton, Pubs Officer Rutland CAMRA, left, presents Shaun & Debbie Rolfe with their Pub of the year certificate.

Empingham Cricket Club Beer Festival Beer list

REAL ALE LIST FOR EMPINGHAM CSC BEER FESTIVAL  15th – 18th March 2018.

THIS LIST WAS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF ‘GOING TO PRESS’!

CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.

BAKERS DOZEN MAGIC POTION #8  3.8%  BLONDE

BEERMATS PRAGMATIC  3.8%  AMBER

BORN IN THE BORDERS GAME BIRD  4.0%  AMBER

DOWNTON CEREBUS  4.2%  TRAD

FERRY ALES WOODWOSE  4.0%  RED

FURNACE REPRAZENT  4.2%  BLONDE

GREG’S SCAMPTON ALE 3.6%  BLONDE

HOPJACKER AUTOMETALOGOLEX  4.0%  BLONDE

IMPERIAL CITRA SEN DOWN  4.4%  BLONDE  *Festival Special

IMPERIAL WHET THI’ WHISTLE  5.0%   BLONDE

NEEPSEND LACUNA  3.8%  BLONDE

PIGEON FISHERS TROPICAL MASH  4.3%  BLONDE

PROBLEM CHILD RAPSCALLION  4.2%  TRAD

RAW BROWN COW BITTER  3.8%  TRAD

ROOSTERS FRANKLIN  4.3%  BLONDE

SALEM BREW CO. GRASS SNAKE  4.1%  BLONDE

STONEYFORD ERMINE ST EASY ALE  2.8%  BLONDE

TENBY BAREFOOT BLONDE  4.7%  BLONDE

WELDON ROMAN MOSAICS  4.6%  BLONDE

WYLAM HICKEY THE RAKE  4.2%  BLONDE

RESERVES:-

FURNACE CASCADE  4.4%  BLONDE

MAGPIE BEST  4.2%  TRAD

NENE VALLEY MANHATTAN PROJECT  4.0%  BLONDE

SHINY 4WOOD  4.5%  TRAD

 

 

What’s in a name?

Sorting out some old Tee Shirts ..it’s a bit like the sock drawer exercise… I came across an old Leicester Beer Festival shirt from 2011 which was ‘celebrating’ the introduction of decimal currency with a made up ‘slate’ of beers and prices from 1971, and YES I do remember!  Whilst the prices were of interest, it was the NAMES of the beers that immediately struck

  • Ansells Mild ……….1/11d
  • Ruddles Bitter…. 2/1d
  • Home Ales Bitter … 2/-
  • Shipstones Mild… 1/ 9 ½d

I then delved into a pile of old Beer Festival Guides (this one from Peterborough 2017) to find the following

  • Horncastle’s ‘Total Chaos’
  • Kennet & Avon ‘Wilcot Wide’
  • Roosters ‘Roots, Rock, Reggae’
  • Three Blind Mice ‘Four Go Wild in the Fens’
  • Bexar County ‘Bitter invention of Satan’

This was a random sample, and only in one did I find any mention of beer style! Now then , is this a good or bad thing? There have been well documented  examples of offensive beer names, even in the House of Commons bar, and un- pronounceable Welsh beers (well…to us English). I am not making a point of beer quality in my examples which I’m sure was sound.

Now of  course there are examples of plain naming, but I suppose you can argue that a plain name equals a boring un- inventive beer. Is that so? What’s wrong with a straight forward Casewell’s Bitter? Does beer have to have hops from Patagonia, yeast from Ursa Minor, and Barley (organic of course) from the dark side of the moon for it to be interesting? I merely raise the question and raise a glass of Stoneyford’s ‘ Sheepmarket Supernova’ to you all…and very good it is too.

Send your response to our Chair!

Dave Casewell

Branch Historian

Dave Casewell, he does smile now and then – this is his Wanted poster look.

PS Leicester Beer Festival is on 7th to 10th March for more info see our Events page.