Here are the UK beers and ciders we served at NERAX November 2012.
Note that not all casks will be available at every session. To enhance your enjoyment, a beer will only be served when it has the correct clarity and carbonation level. Beers will drop bright at different rates due to a wide range of factors. Venting times to adjust the carbonation levels also vary. Thus some cask ales will be ready to serve before others and thus some casks as listed as being on the stillage will not served in some sessions.
As the festival goes on, we will try to indicate which beers will be available each session. However note that this information will usually be available just before the start of the session, as that is when the cellaring team decides whether a beer is in proper condition to be served. However beers listed as pouring were available at the previous session are expected to be available at the next session.
The following beer descriptions are based on information supplied by the breweries, or CAMRA's Good Beer Guide (GBG).
|Brewery / Location||Beer||OG||ABV||Status||Description|
|The only microbrewery in Edinburgh, on the site of the original 1800s Summerhall brewery.|
|Full strength IPA from "Edinburgh's only Micro-brewery".|
|Good Ordinary Pale Ale||3.8||THU-ON
|Dry, toffee-nutty pale ale with citrus and pine notes from lots of UK and US hops - Good, definitely; Ordinary, perhaps not!|
|Box Steam Brewery
Wiltshire, Southwest England
|Box Steam Brewery has been engineering drinking enjoyment since 2004.
Every handcrafted beer in this family-run brewery is lovingly created in a steam-heated copper. Engineered with passion and dedication, every Box ale has been inspired by the life and works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the legendary 19th Century engineer.
|Dark brown in color, with a subtle vanilla aroma. Vanilla sweetness contrasts nicely with the slight bitterness from roasted barley and chocolate malts.|
|Ghost Train||4.8||THU-ON||Full bodied ruby, premium bitter, with a delicate blackcurrant aroma. Gentle bitterness on the pallet and subtle spicy notes are followed by a sweet, fruity finish.|
|New brewery started last summer by Justin “Buster” Grant, formerly head brewer at Breconshire, who has brewed a number of award winning Welsh ales. Brecon Brewing will be creating a range of cask & bottled beers “full of flavor and character inspired by the dramatic locality.”|
|Red Beacons||5.0||THU-ON||Premium Red Ale, smooth balanced and deliciously complex.|
|Burley Street Brewhouse
Leeds, West Yorkshire
|A micro-brewery in the cellar of the Fox and Newt pub. The brew-house was first installed by Whitbread in the 1980s and, after an extensive renovation, started brewing again in August 2010.|
|England Brickyard Bitter||3.7||SAT-ON||Made with Savinjski and English Golding hops and Crystal malt, this copper colored beer has a rounded malt flavor and a spicy, fruity aroma. A very traditional, very drinkable Yorkshire bitter.|
|Brewery started brewing in late 2007. A sister brewery to Newmans, they share the 40-barrel plant. 200 outlets are supplied direct.|
|A robust mid brown Welsh ale full of spice and biscuit flavors with a fresh hoppy aroma.|
|Silures||4.6||SAT-ON||Very pale full flavored best bitter with hints of vanilla and tropical fruits.|
Somerset, Southwest England
|Nestling on the slopes of the Mendip Hills, within a stone's throw of the famous Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar Ales is a microbrewery producing premium quality real ales for you to enjoy. Opened in 2006.|
|Gorge Best Bitter||1040||4.0||SAT-ON||A best bitter with warm malt flavors and a clean bitter finish.|
|Crown and Glory||4.5||FRI-ON
|A seriously hoppy beer that puts the great back into Great Britain.|
|Cromarty Brewing Co.
|Beer worth believing in. Founded in 2011.|
|A Red Rye Hop Extravaganza beer, recklessly laced with American hops during the boil and dry hopped after fermentation with more USA and NZ varieties. A real fruity character with a smooth bitterness, perfect to rock your senses to the edge.|
|Gwynt y Ddraig
|This cidery started making ciders and perries in 2001 on the home farm in Llantwit Fardre. Since then they have increased production every year and broadened the selection of draught and oak matured bottled ciders and along the way have won many awards.|
|Happy Daze||4.5||THU-ON||CIDER - fruity, well balanced light and easy to drink medium cider.|
|Welsh Warrior||6.0||THU-ON||CIDER - beautifully balanced medium-dry cider, helping raise funds for the Welsh Warrior foundation (charity set up in memory of the 200th soldier to lose his life while serving in Afghanistan).|
|Established in 1993 in a former sawmill, Hobsons relocated to a farm site with more space in 1995. A second brewery, bottling plant and a waterhouse have been added along with significant expansion to the first brewery. It now uses environmentally sustainable technologies where possible. Beers are supplied within a radius of 50 miles. Hobsons also brews and bottles for the local tourist attraction, the Severn Valley Railway.|
|An elegant full flavored, multi award winning Golden Ale with a big voice…The hint of sweetness is complemented by subtle hop flavors, leading to a dry finish. A CAMRA 2010 Beer of the Year winner.|
|Old Henry||5.2||THU-ON||Complex, dark brew with a suitably heavyweight flavor - rich maltiness and a clean hoppy finish.|
|Ilkley Brewing Co.
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England
|lkley Brewery was re-established in the town after a gap of nearly 100 years in 2009. Now an multi-award winning craft brewery, hand brewing in a traditional way, but fused with magical hops sourced from all over the world.|
|Pale golden crisp bitter with plenty of Amarillo hops, this pale crisp beer has refreshing citrus aromas and flavors. Gold medal winner at the SIBA Northern region beer competition 2009/10.|
|Established in 1997, Inveralmond was the first brewery in Perth for more than 30 years. The brewery has expanded from a 10-barrel to a 30-barrel plant and there are plans for further growth.|
|Pundie||5.0||FRI-ON||Pundie is a measure of beer that was traditionally given free to brewery workers on certain days! A great burnished copper strong ale. The malty palate is finely balanced with Saaz hops to give a full flavored yet refreshing beer.|
|Blackfriar||7.0||THU-ON||A dark brew, hardy and warming with a slightly sweet malty character balanced by a pleasant hoppiness. Blackfriar is known as a 'wee heavy' - while not an international classification this term has been used in Scotland for generations to describe strong ales.|
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
|This new brewery started operations in 2011 on the side of the Leeds Liverpool canal revives the long tradition of brewing in Kirkstall. Head brewer is Dave Sanders formerly at Elland Brewery, where he brewed many award winning cask ales.|
|Delicious amber ale with a substantial hop kick.|
|Otley Brewing Co.
|Established during the summer of 2005. Since then the brewery has doubled in size and now supplies Mid, West, East Wales, Bristol & Bath.|
|O-Garden||1046.5||4.8||FRI-ON||Belgian style wheat beer with hints of citrus and spice.|
West Hewish, Somerset, England
|The brewery was originally installed in the early 1980s behind the Royal Clarence Hotel at Burnham-on-Sea. Since 1993, brewing has taken place in a former cider mill at West Hewish. A 30-barrel plant was installed in 2000.|
|Yellow, grapefruit-flavored bitter bursting with citrus with underlying sweetness.|
Shropshire, West Midlands, England
|A small, family run, microbrewery situated on the Cambrian Railway Line, in Oswestry, Shropshire. Started up in 2007.|
|Cambrian Gold||4.2||SAT-ON||Deep golden fruity beer with a subtle dry finish.|
|Wheeltappers Wheat Beer||4.5||THU-ON||Refreshing Golden wheat beer with hints of coriander and lemon zest.|
|Teme Valley Brewery
Knightwick, Worcestershire, West Midlands
|Opened in 1997, the Teme Valley Brewery is a craft producer of cask and bottle-conditioned beers. Proudly uses all Worcestershire-grown hops.|
|Hop Nouvelle First Gold||4.1||THU-ON
|Very pale ale brewed using just picked, unkilned First Gold hops. The fresh hops are pitched to the boiling beer within an hour of picking.|
|Waen Brewery Co.
Penstrowed, Llanidloes, Powys,Wales
|Award winning fine Ales from Caersws, Mid Wales, direct from the brewery and local and national outlets. Hellish Good Beer!|
|Blackberry Stout||3.8||FRI-ON||Dark stout with hints of blackberry lurking within.|