The Burghfield Santa’s have sampled a wide range of beers from all our amazing local brewers so to select the very best for the festival. It was hard work but someone had to do it!
Sponsored by Marshall’s Pet Food Store
Seasonal special. Brewed using green hops
Andwell’s ever popular King John ale has been blended with fresh, local green hops to create the perfect rich malty amber ale. The hops have a light, marmalade aroma with a hint of magnolia that are both refreshing and zesty.
CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2016
A rich and dark stout infused with vanilla pods. Full bodied, smooth, and slightly sweet.
by Bond Brews
Brewed using three blends of malted barley and wheat to provide a full bodied, rich copper coloured, nutty and biscuity session bitter. Two whole leaf hop varieties are used to provide a good bitter-sweet balance and a subtle fruity aroma, giving way to a lingering chocolate malty finish
3.8% Pale Unfined
Plenty of hops were used against a malt base that uses a little bit of Carapils to ensure there’s enough body to carry them at the lower ABV.
Sponsored by Charlesgate Homes
Burghfest 2017 Award Winner – Best Bitter
A best bitter full of spicy hop notes with a fruity dark amber colour. Pryde is a very subdued ale with muted flavours of caramel, rye bread and toffee aromas that balance out the fruity almost lemony notes.
First time at a beer festival
A light golden hoppy pale ale named after a local rock and folk band brewed from only English grown ingredients. Mashed from Extra Pale Maris Otter and Crystal malts from Norfolk and bittered with Fuggle and Golding hops from a Worcestershire farm.
Sponsored by The Harper Arms
Burghfest exclusive brew. Late-hopped with Cascade
Brewed using Slovenian Stryian Golding hops which impart a zesty Lime flavour. The mix of Cara malt and Wheat malt give a smooth, creamy body to the beer. Special brew for Burghfest late-hopped with Cascade for added punch.
Russet is a ruby-red multi-grain beer brewed with barley, wheat, oats and Crystal Rye. Hopped with Fuggles and Styrian Goldings from Slovenia, Russet is a beer packed with flavour and aroma.
Sponsored by Heavenly Bodies
American Pale Ale
CAMRA Best Beer of Oxfordshire. Runner Up 2017
This is a crisp golden coloured ale made with pale malted barley. We selected 4 of the “big dog” hops from the USA to bring out huge citrus and floral flavours which make your taste buds tingle.
English Pale Ale
This Beer is a handcrafted English Pale Ale which is very light in colour based on the malted pale ale barley used in the brew. This beer was created as a summer session ale using English bittering hops and 2 types of late flavour hops from New Zealand and USA to get a delicious zesty taste. You can drink this one all day long.
Sponsored by Adam and Eve Hair
Extra Pale Ale
This is a really light and refreshing extra pale ale made using English malted barley and a couple of late whole hops. The aroma should be light, possibly tropical fruits or cut grass and the taste will be citrus and possibly hints of tangerine or rose.
Sponsored by New Wharf Brewing
5.0% Amber Unfined
Specially brewed for Burghfest
This one-off small batch brew is packed solid with various hops from around the world. A solid malt back bone wisps away to leave deep peachy notes, leading to a light chocolate autumn berry sweetness.
Also served at The Bulging Sack and other Reading pubs over Christmas.
Sponsored by New Wharf Brewing
7.5% Dark Unfined
Reading CAMRA Beer of the Festival 2018
With 6 malts and 3 hops, this full-bodied Stout will surely hit the spot. The creaminess of the oats and cacao nibs coat the inside of the palate, leaving way for a light coffee bittersweet bourbon finish.
Brand new locally brewed craft lager
This Koln Style beer is fermented like an ale but matured as a lager. Straw in colour, which is lightly hopped and leads to crisp, refreshing bitterness. Served chilled and carbonated.
Oatmeal Pale Ale
4.5% Pale Unfined
2nd place Reading CAMRA Beer Festival
Palisade, Columbus & Cascade hops give spicy, grassy aromas while oats & caramalt give a bready, nutty malt base.
West Coast IPA
5.6% Pale Unfined
3rd place Reading CAMRA Beer Festival
Citra, Simcoe, Columbus, Chinook make this golden beer alive with peach & mango flavours. Dry, crisp with a subtle bitterness.
Sponsored by Unique Outdoors
Golden Session Ale
Burghfest 2017 favourite
Take a break, sit down, put your feet up. Need an easy-going pale ale to quench your thirst? That’s exactly what this subtle blend of American hops and pale malt body is all about. Except this one also has an extra burst of Citra!
An aromatic hoppy pale ale. Capturing the full potential of the fruity American hop flavours, this beer is designed to slip down easily while packing in the best of the hop properties. A smooth mouth feel with tropical fruits on the nose.
Sponsored by Sansome and George
Traditional English Bitter
Former CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain
A traditional English bitter brewed using water from the Hampshire chalk hills. Full and clean tasting, initially malty then tangerine fruit and resinous hop build to a quenching bitter finish.
Voted Best Beer in Hampshire 2016
An IPA of quaffable strength, copper coloured and single hopped with Citra hops. Super aromatic grapefruit and pine aroma with some sweet malt followed by the flavour of pineapple more grapefruit and tropical fruits. Big and pungent with a robust bitterness… BOOM
A full bodied, smooth best bitter. A blend of Cascade and First Gold hops gives it its characteristic complex hoppiness. A solid, down to earth 4.2% ale with no airs and graces.
Burghfest 2017 Award Winner – Best Mild or Stout
A traditional style, deliciously dark mild. Full of roast malt flavours coupled with a smooth mouth feel and gentle sweetness.
Sponsored by Country Lane Catery
CAMRA 2018 Bronze Award Winner – Golden Ale
A straw-coloured golden ale with an initial hit of cut grapefruit zest giving way to a deliciously sharp sherbet finish. At under 4%, this classic is an easy drinking year-round favourite.
The first beer brewed in Windsor for more than 80 years was launched on St George’s Day 2010 – it remains a best seller to this day.
A lovely copper coloured session strength ale with a tangy taste, yet a really smooth fresh hop finish, ensuring that it is very ‘quaffable’