It seems teasers aren’t enough, and people need to know exactly what we’ve ordered in for next week’s beer fest (Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 inclusive).
So, in no particular order, here’s the full list, typed out laboriously on mobile phone from behind the bar:
From Ascot Ales, Royal IPA and Single Hop Citra. Ascot is one of our favourite breweries. These two beers are one-off specials.
From Windsor & Eton, Windsor Knot, Knight of the Garter, Guardsman and Conqueror Black IPA. This new brewery is a particularly appropriate supplier considering the big event taking place elsewhere on the last day of our festival!
From Kernel (London SE1), Porter and Pale Ale. Kernel beers are normally bottle-only.
From Jarrow Brewing (South Tyneside), Bitter, Rivet Catcher, McConnells Stout, Red Ellen and Swinging Gibbet. Jarrow now brew in South Shields, ten minutes walk from the landlord’s parents’ house.
From Big Lamp (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Keelman Brown, Summerhill Stout and Prince Bishop. Big Lamp is a great brewpub in an old water pumping station on the green banks of the Tyne.
From Durham, White Amarillo and Black Velvet. Peter the Bike went to university in Durham (he got a third), and Kate Middleton’s grandmother originates from County Durham too, so there’s a double significance – one young and fragrant, the other old and grumpy.
From Wooden Hand (Cornwall), Cornish Mutiny and Black Pearl. The landlord first tried these great beers in The Harp a couple of years ago, but hasn’t seen them in London since.
As well as those highlighted breweries, we’ll also have (deep breath) Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Elgood Black Dog, Pictish Brewer’s Gold, Dark Star Over the Moon, Hopback Summer Lightning, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild and Cairngorm Trade Winds.
The plan on Tuesday is to have four of these on handpump at the bar, eight in the back on stillage (racking that beer barrels sit on) and others available direct from the cellar, ferried by helpful staff. As we move through the week we’ll turn over the beers and perhaps drag over extra stillage from our friends at the Betsey Trotwood so we can offer an even bigger selection.