Our Monday night regulars want first dibs on the beers, so we’ll be opening the pub at 5pm on Monday for something of a “soft launch”. All the beers will be priced at just £3 a pint (they’ll be £3.50 for the rest of the week).

We’ve built the festival bar in the back room. In all honesty, it looks bloody brilliant. Racked and tapped for launch day we have:

Ascot Royal Wedding IPA
Ascot Single Hop Citra
Kelham Island Best Bitter
Hopback Summer Lightning
Windsor & Eton Guardsman
Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter
Windsor & Eton Windsor Knot
Windsor & Eton Conqueror Black IPA
Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
Phoenix White Monk

In addition, Weston’s Old Rosie cider will be on handpump in case any straw-chomping yokels rock up.

On Tuesday, we’ll have a huge delivery of ales to get us stocked up for the later days of the fest. Among that lot will be around a dozen beers from the North East of England, home to some great breweries. In addition, Andy Moffat at Redemption in Tottenham will be delivering casks of his fantastic Fellowship Porter, and Evan at Kernel, SE1’s brewery, will drop off his Pale Ale and Porter.

Things are shaping up nicely…