Festival Beer List

Not every beer is available at all times. Some beers will already have been drunk and others may not be ready yet. Look for the cask cards which indicate which beers are 'on'.

As well as beer and cider we also have a wide range of Belgian beers, English wines from Mersea Island Vineyard and soft drinks.

Beer Style Brewer Descriptionsort descending ABV
Sweeny Todd Best Bitter Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex 4.2%
Minstrel Kriek Speciality Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex A Belgian style sour cherry beer brewed with Belgian malt and slow fermented with a deep rich flavour 7.0%
Bedfordshire Best Bitter Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard, Beds A bitter brewed with Marris Otter Pale Malt and three different English hops 4.1%
Marmalade Stout Stout Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex A chocolate stout with orange notes from rough-cut marmalade and a warming shot of single malt whiskey 5.0%
Ridley's Rite Bitter Bishop Nick, Braintree, Essex A classic bitter with a floral aroma and a subtle but long lasting bitter aftertaste 3.6%
Colchester No 1 Bitter Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex A classic English best bitter, copper in colour. Using whole leaf Boadicea hops for flavour & East Kent Goldings for aroma 4.1%
EPA 100 Golden Harwich Town, Coggeshall, Essex A classic pale, hoppy premium ale, full of character but with a smooth finish 3.8%
Wild Cat Best Bitter Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk A classic, brown coloured strong bitter with a markedly bitter finish. Full-bodied but easy drinking 5.0%
Templar Best Bitter White Hart, Halstead, Essex A copper coloured traditional best bitter 4.5%
Winter Wibble Old Ale Wibblers, Southminster, Essex A cracking old ale with whisky like malt flavour, English hops balance the strength making it very suppable 6.0%
Black Buzzard Porter Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard, Beds A crazy marriage of six different malts delivers a wonderful complex robust porter 5.8%
Skippers Best Bitter Mersea, East Mersea, Essex A dark amber best bitter, with a good malty flavour from five different malts and a smooth finish from Fuggles hops 4.8%
Good King Henry Speciality Old Chimneys, Market, Weston, Suffolk A dark black Imperial stout, the colour and deep luscious flavour derive largely from roasted barley 9.2%
Audit Ale Barley Wine Lacons, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk A dark copper barley wine with flavours of berry fruit and spice. The finish is smooth and sweet 8.0%
Molly Joly Mild Mild Silks, Hedingham, Essex A dark mellow flavoured mild with a hint of dark chocolate and roasted coffee 3.6%
Harvest Moon Mild Moonshine, Cambridge, Cambs A dark mild that is well balanced and slightly sweet. Smooth fruit notes combining with coffee and chocolate flavours 3.9%
Byrhtnoth Porter Watsons, Colchester, Essex A dark porter made with British hops 4.2%
Stainglass Porter Star wing, Redgrave, Suffolk A dark porter which is as complex as it is delicious. A notable bitterness and a well rounded profile full bodied and malty 5.4%
Pegstar Porter Porter Silks, Hedingham, Essex A dark robust wheat porter 4.0%
Tipsy Crow Stout Keppels, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex A dark strong stout with a smokey flavour. Thin liquorice taste with a mild bitterness 5.0%
Sloe Porter Porter Shortts Farm, Thorndon, Suffolk A dark, heavy porter dominated by coffee aromas and a hoppy finish 5.5%
Chocwork Orange Speciality Brentwood, Brentwood, Essex A deep chocolate, malty beer brewed with oranges to give it a background of citrus bitterness 6.5%
Virtue Bitter Bishop Nick, Braintree, Essex A English classic bitter 3.8%
Oyster Stout Stout Mersea, East Mersea, Essex A festival favourite! Dark and delicious with possible aphrodisiac qualities! 5.0%
Brazilian Speciality Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex A festival favourite, a beautifully balanced coffee and vanilla porter 4.8%
Legacy Best Bitter Lacons, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk A flavoursome blonde beer with lemon and grapefruit aroma before a burst of lemon and lime floods the senses 4.4%
Nucleus Best Bitter Mr Bees, Trimley, Suffolk A flavoursome malty beer, made with 4 malts and 3 different hops for flavour, smoothness & balance 4.6%
Blackberry Porter Porter Mauldons, Sudbury, Suffolk A full bodied black porter with balanced hop aroma & a rich blend of chocolate & roast flavours 4.8%
Ruby Red Mild Mild Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex A full mash dark ruby mild, full bodied and rounded 6.5%
Brass Monkey Golden Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex A golden ale but more in the style of a traditional bitter 3.8%
Captain Cook Golden Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard, Beds A golden ale that is dry, hoppy and very easy to drink 3.8%
Twitchell Golden Buntingford, Royston, Herts A golden ale with a blend of hops to give a refreshingly balanced fruity aftertaste 3.8%
Golden Pheasant Golden Old Chimneys, Market, Weston, Suffolk A golden best bitter with citrus and malt balanced with a robust hop bitterness. 4.5%
Golden Fox Golden B&T, Shefford, Beds A golden refreshing beer with fruity overtones, brewed using Golding and Cascade hops 4.1%
Mostly Mosaic Bitter Harwich Town, Coggeshall, Essex A good fresh American Pale ale with strong hop aromas and flavours 4.0%
Bee Lightful Golden Mr Bees, Trimley, Suffolk A honey beer, 4.3%, made with Progress and Goldings hops for honey taste and aromas, finished with honey for smoothness. 4.3%
Woodbine Racer Golden Dominion, Coggeshall, Essex A honey gold beer with a mild citrus flavour and aroma of clementines and mandarins 4.3%
Stag Beetle Speciality All Day Brewing, Salle, Norfolk A hoppy IPA with Nelson Sauvin 6.1%
Hyde Bitter Best Bitter Shalford, Shalford, Essex A light amber coloured bitter brewed with Optic malt and Target hops, full bodied & warm malty undertones 4.7%
Regenerator Bitter Moonshine, Cambridge, Cambs A light coloured hoppy beer inspired by German styles. Produced for Cambridge Stem Cell Institute 4.2%
Pulpit Pale Best Bitter Ampersand, Bungay, Suffolk 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 5.0%
Witham Gold Golden Witham, Coggeshall, Essex A light refreshing golden beer with an after note of citrus 3.8%
Simple Pleasures Bitter Nene Valley, Oundle, Northamptonshire A light, clean and refreshing beer packed full of Cascade and Vic Secret hops 3.6%
Legra Pale Golden Leigh On Sea, Leigh on Sea, Essex A light, fresh and sessionable golden ale 3.8%
Honey Ale Speciality Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk A malty nose with sulphurous overtones. Bittersweet notes dominate with malt and hop in the background 4.3%
Forenoon Mild Ampersand, Bungay, Suffolk A mild ale brewed with additions of milk sugar & cold steeped coffee beans during fermentation 3.5%
Tom Cat Golden Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk A Mosaic pale ale. 4.1%
Misty River Bitter Cambridge Brewhouse, Cambridge, Cambs A naturally cloudy beer, bursting with citrus fruit and exotic hops. Crisp and easy drinking with a clean hoppy finish. 4.2%
Ampthill IPA Best Bitter Kelchner, Ampthill, Beds A pale ale with a well balanced hoppy and a malty character 4.5%
Nelson Sauvin Bitter Crouch Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex A pale and pungent ale using Antipodean hops 4.1%
Dancing Pigeon Golden Xtreme Ales, Peterborough, Cambs A perfect example of a golden ale 4.2%
Suffolk Comfort Speciality Mauldons, Sudbury, Suffolk A powerful peppery presence with malt notes and a rich balance of crystal malt & hops in the mouth with a long, malty finish. 6.6%
The Whitfield CitraBolt Golden Papworth, Earth, Cambs A refreshing hoppy citrus bitter made from single hop citra 3.8%
Two Tone Mild Shortts Farm, Thorndon, Suffolk A satisfying dark mild with dark chocolate and sweet biscuity malt flavours 3.8%
Comet Bitter Crouch Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex A session amber ale which extols the undoubted virtues of the Mosaic hop. 3.8%
Yo Boy Bitter Mersea, East Mersea, Essex A session bitter with balanced malt and a long lasting bitterness on the finish 3.8%
Old Man Shirv Best Bitter Silks, Hedingham, Essex A smooth and fruity copper coloured premium best bitter 4.5%
Colne Valley Stout Stout White Hart, Halstead, Essex A smooth fruity stout with a low bitterness 4.8%
Pale Ale Best Bitter Dominion, Coggeshall, Essex A straw coloured beer with a refreshing citrus finish 4.5%
Fruit Bat Best Bitter B&T, Shefford, Beds A straw coloured beer, malty and fruity, lightly hopped and tasting of Raspberries 4.5%
Dragon slayer Best Bitter B&T, Shefford, Beds A straw coloured beer. Dry, malty and lightly hopped 4.5%
One of Those Days Speciality Keppels, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex A strong dark beer that is malty with a great finish on the palette 6.8%
Scruffy Mild Mild Witham, Coggeshall, Essex A superb traditional dark mild with fruity flavours 3.9%
Cats Whiskers Stout Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex A sweet and bitter rich cream stout 4.8%
Milk Stout Stout Xtreme Ales, Peterborough, Cambs A sweet, smooth milk stout 4.5%
Trawlerboys Best Bitter Best Bitter Green Jack, Lowestoft, Suffolk A tawny coloured beer with aroma of apple, sultana and malt plus hints of caramel and hops 4.7%
Waxwing Bitter Green Jack, Lowestoft, Suffolk A thirst quenching pale ale with a light flowery aroma on the nose and a clean crisp finish 3.9%
Six Little Ships Bitter Leigh On Sea, Leigh on Sea, Essex A traditional British bitter hopped with Admiral, Columbus and Challenger for a spicy bitterness 4.2%
Halstead Bitter Bitter White Hart, Halstead, Essex A traditional English style bitter that is an easy drinking session beer 3.7%
IPA Bitter Wibblers, Southminster, Essex A traditional malty brew with plenty of flavour, not too much hop and at a strength where you can make a night of it. 3.6%
Robin Goodfellow Best Bitter Papworth, Earth, Cambs A traditional strong English bitter 5.4%
IPA Speciality Other Monkey, Colchester, Essex A traditional strongish IPA 5.7%
Salle Red Ale Best Bitter All Day Brewing, Salle, Norfolk A US inspired red ale 4.5%
Wily Ol Fox Speciality Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex A very aromatic amber traditional IPA made from English hops & malt, with a soft fruity palate 5.2%
Hurricane Bitter Buntingford, Royston, Herts A very quaffable bitter. Light brown in colour, with pleasantly refreshing fruity bitterness & light malty undertones 4.0%
Gold Golden Mersea, East Mersea, Essex A very refreshing golden ale made using lager malt and hops 4.4%
Winter Warmer Best Bitter Brentwood, Brentwood, Essex A well balanced amber coloured winter ale with spicy notes creating a full flavoured beer 4.7%
Old Growler Porter Nethergate, Long Melford, Suffolk A well-balanced porter in which roast grain is complemented by fruit and bubble-gum 5.0%
Four Acre Arcadia Best Bitter Star wing, Redgrave, Suffolk A wonderfully hoppy, crisp ale, not lacking in aroma, taste or drinkability 5.0%
Agnes Waterhouse Porter Saffron, Henham, Essex All you need from a dark beer: rich, smooth, strong and full of flavour! 5.2%
Larksong Best Bitter Mile Tree, Peterborough, Cambs Amber ale with tropical fruit flavours and hop aromas from American Crystal and Cascade hops. 4.5%
Venture Bitter Nethergate, Long Melford, Suffolk An amber ale that is easy drinking with hints of citrus and tropical fruits 3.7%
Home to Roost Bitter Keppels, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex An amber ale which is light and not heavy on the palette 4.2%
Best Bitter Best Bitter Grain, Harleston, Norfolk An amber bitter that is malt driven, smooth and full flavoured 4.2%
Mid Winter Gold Best Bitter Mauldons, Sudbury, Suffolk An amber coloured beer with a fine balance of malt & hops for a full bodied flavour 4.5%
Amber Ale Best Bitter Other Monkey, Colchester, Essex An American style amber/red ale 4.7%
Sauvignon Blonde Golden Crafty Beers, Stetchworth, Cambs An aromatic golden ale showcasing the very popular Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand 4.4%
Defender Best Bitter Mr Bees, Trimley, Suffolk An cracking example of an IPA style beer 5.5%
Port Jackson Porter Chelmsford Brew Co, Great Baddow, Essex An easy drinking light porter 4.0%
Renown Cockle Stout Stout Leigh On Sea, Leigh on Sea, Essex An easy drinking lightly roasted stout made with local cockles 4.0%
Carpenter's Cask Bitter Crafty Beers, Stetchworth, Cambs An easy drinking traditional bitter with plenty of malt flavours and moderate bitterness 3.8%
Oak Golden Grain, Harleston, Norfolk An easy-drinking golden bitter which is delicately hopped 3.8%
Target Bitter Harwich Town, Coggeshall, Essex An English bitter 4.0%
Blueshack Pale Ale Golden Chelmsford Brew Co, Great Baddow, Essex An English style Pale Ale 3.8%
Lignum Vitae Speciality Grain, Harleston, Norfolk An India Pale Ale, which is light on the palate and bursting with juicy, tropical hop flavours 6.5%
Release The Chimps Best Bitter Nene Valley, Oundle, Northamptonshire An IPA for everyday drinking. A pale malt base gives a crisp mouthful that allows hops to come through 4.4%
Fire Fox Bitter Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex An Irish-style red ale that uses a blend of aromatic German and Slovenian hops with a crisp, dry mouthfeel 4.2%
Guanahani Best Bitter Watsons, Colchester, Essex An oatmeal pale ale with New World hops 5.0%
Porter Porter Calverley's, Cambridge, Cambs An unfined porter with a high final gravity, giving it a malty sweetness with bold coffee and chocolate notes 5.1%
Jumbo Stout Colchester, Wakes Colne, Essex Big bodied dry stout with complex fruit and roast flavours accompanied by a full and smooth mouthfeel 6.6%
Hop Back Bitter Wibblers, Southminster, Essex Black in colour but with the smooth taste of a golden beer, no harshness and an amazing floral aroma. 4.0%
Silo Best Bitter Ampersand, Bungay, Suffolk Bramling Cross hops are used late in the boil to give blackcurrant, loganberry & citrus notes 4.7%
Blackberry Saison Speciality Moonshine, Cambridge, Cambs Brewed with local hedgerow blackberries, Saison, Champagne yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops. Dry hopped with Amarillo & Cascade. 7.4%
Hat Trick Golden Kelchner, Ampthill, Beds Called Hat Trick as it is made with three different hops 4.1%
Stoneley Bitter Shalford, Shalford, Essex Dark amber beer whose vivid hop character is supported by a juicy, malty body and a dry finish 4.2%
Kings Parade Bitter Cambridge Brewhouse, Cambridge, Cambs Earthy, spicy and biscuity on the nose, with malt and fruit flavours at the finish 3.8%
Umbel Ale Bitter Nethergate, Long Melford, Suffolk 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 3.8%
Scarlet Tiger Best Bitter Old Chimneys, Market, Weston, Suffolk Full bodied, malty and fruity with huge aroma. Darker than most Amber Ales 4.9%
Bathside Battery Golden Harwich Town, Coggeshall, Essex Heavily hopped to give satisfying bitterness levels and a floral and grapefruit aroma 4.2%
Bountiful Stout Stout All Day Brewing, Salle, Norfolk Incorporating coconut, cocoa and vanilla pods as well as locally grown Fuggle hops 5.0%
Radio Wave Bitter Chelmsford Brew Co, Great Baddow, Essex Juicy and tropical American Pale Ale. A late addition of Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops gives the beer a tropical fruit aroma 4.2%
Saffron IPA Bitter Saffron, Henham, Essex Light golden copper ale. Smooth toffee and malt flavours with a hint of citrus spice 3.6%
No Name Bitter Witham, Coggeshall, Essex Malty roasted flavours giving way to a surprisingly hoppy best bitter 4.3%
Orange Wheat Beer Speciality Green Jack, Lowestoft, Suffolk Marmalade aroma with a hint of hops, leading to a well balanced blend of sweetness, hops and citrus 4.2%
Mosaic Bitter Mile Tree, Peterborough, Cambs No notes available 4.2%
Plum Porter Porter St Peters, Bungay, Suffolk Notes of damson and blackcurrant are followed by the fruitiness of the plum in flavour and aroma 4.6%
Moonbeam Bitter St Peters, Bungay, Suffolk Pale Amber in colour and malty and sweet flavours combined with a light floral aroma 3.6%
Brewhouse IPA Best Bitter Cambridge Brewhouse, Cambridge, Cambs Pale and light Munich malt. Citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a citrus peel bitterness 4.3%
Meadow Gold Golden Mile Tree, Peterborough, Cambs Pale gold with lots of hoppy aromas and flavour from Cascade and Columbus hops 3.8%
Brewers Gold Golden Crouch Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex Pale golden ale with a striking nose. Sweet fruit and bitter hops are well matched throughout 4.0%
Saffron Porter Porter Saffron, Henham, Essex Ruby porter with rich chocolate and coffee aromas. Ruby port and red grape juice create a soft fruit and spice finish 5.2%
Umbel Magna Porter Nethergate, Long Melford, Suffolk The addition of coriander to the Old Growler wort makes for this distinctive dark beer with a powerful spicyness 5.0%
Orange Infused IPA Speciality Red Fox, Coggeshall, Essex The latest beer from Red Fox Brewery 6.5%
Hop Parade Best Bitter Crafty Beers, Stetchworth, Cambs The latest in a series of hoppy ales. This pale ale features various aromatic hops 4.4%
Pale Ale Best Bitter Other Monkey, Colchester, Essex The very popular Other Monkeys version of a pale ale 4.5%
Big Sur Best Bitter Papworth, Earth, Cambs This "West Coast" Pale Ale is brewed in the Californian style, with a deceiving strength and huge American hop flavours 5.0%
Charter Bitter Lacons, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk This bitter has malty undertones with delicate flavours of soft fruit and berries. The finish is long and dry. 3.6%
Ampthill Gold Golden Kelchner, Ampthill, Beds This golden ale has subtle biscuit flavours and a delicate hop aroma 4.1%
Cream Stout Stout St Peters, Bungay, Suffolk This stout has a smooth and creamy chocolate flavour, together with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste. 6.5%
The Cure Bitter Shortts Farm, Thorndon, Suffolk Toffee Malt with a good balance of English hops making this a wonderful traditional best bitter 3.6%
Rotten End Speciality Shalford, Shalford, Essex Traditionally coloured and strong, accompanied by slightly sweet & nutty undertones & a bitter edge to finish 6.5%
Egyptian Cream Stout Nene Valley, Oundle, Northamptonshire Velvety mouthfeel and full bodied richness. A fruity hop bite balances this creamy milk stout 4.5%
Gospel Oak Bitter Star wing, Redgrave, Suffolk Well balanced, copper hued bitter with slight esters & biscuit undertones 3.8%
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