The GBF 2017 Beer List

Guildford Beer Festival 2017Every year, the Guildford Beer Festival approaches local breweries & cider makers in the Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, London and Sussex areas.

In the Beer Tent, all the beers from an individual brewery will be grouped together, with breweries listed alphabetically. Thus “Ascot Ales” on the left as you look at the beers, “Windsor & Eton” on the far right.

The Cider Tent is attached to the Music Tent and faces the Food Court area. All ciders are here, along with wine and soft drinks.

The Silent Pool Gin Bar is between the Main Beer Tent and the Andertons Music Tent. Locally distilled gin and vodka will be served with Fever Tree tonic.

Here is the selection of cask ales & ciders, gin and vodka we will be offering this year. This list is correct at the time of publication. All beers, ciders, gin and vodka are subject to availability.

GBF 2017 Beer List

A pdf version of the GBF 2017 Beer List is available here

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Guildford Beer Festival 2017 – Tasting Notes

anwells_150Andwell Brewing Company
Based in Hook, Hampshire, est. in 2008 by husband and wife team Adam & Helen
Resolute3.8% abvAMBER, SESSION
Andwell’s Best Bitter combines the finest malt and hops to produce a well-balanced malty and hoppy flavour with a light amber colour.
Gold Muddler 3.9% abv PALE GOLDEN
Initially a sweet, fruity impression; soft and moreish with the quirky Hersbrucker late hop giving a hint of a floral, herby mid palate with a dry finish.
King John 4.2% abv COOPER
Initially malty with a developing crisp bitterness. Finish is bittersweet with the three aroma hops bringing a fruity flavour. A well centred beer.
Sovereign (NEW) 4.3% abv AMBER
Twice hopping with English Sovereign certainly brings home the gentle floral and subtly citrus flavours – more wine gums and dried peel, not the sharper aroma of fresh citrus fruit.
Available from the Craft Lager Bar
Pilsner4.8% abv PILSNER LAGER
Award winning light golden lager with a gentle hop aroma.
AscotLogo_150Ascot Ales
Based in Camberely, Surrey, est 2007.
Alley Cat Ale3.8% abvGOLDEN, SESSION
Refreshing and hoppy with Brewers Gold hops giving gorgeous aromas of tropical and lemony fruits. A terrific session ale.
On the Rails 3.8% abv SESSION
A hoppy mild. It’s a smooth drinking dark session beer to savour with a distinctive hop character.
Penguin Vanilla Porter4.5% abv PORTER
Smooth chestnut ale with an initial subtle hoppiness giving way to coffee malt flavour then rich chocolate at the finish.
Aadvark Ale5.0% abv BEST BITTER
A traditional best bitter.
Big Smoke Brew Co.Big Smoke Brew Co.
First time at the GBF. Brewing since August 2014 in the former stables to the rear of The Antelope pub in Surbiton.
Salaris Pale3.8% abvPALE ALE
Light hoppy pale ale, notes of citrus, crisp and dry finish.
Underworld Milk Stout5.0% abv STOUT
Brewed with milk, sugar, raw cocao nibs, espresso beans and vanilla pods, smooth, sweet with a light bitterness. (SIBA AWARD WINNER 2016)
Sunshine Extra Pale4.7% abv PALE ALE
Summer thirst quencher, light easy drinking and extra pale, crisp dry and fresh
brightwaterlogo Brightwater Brewery
Based in Esher and established in 2013.
Daisy Gold4.0% abvGOLDEN
Their flagship golden ale, with a bitter sweet aftertaste.
Little Nipper3.3% abvBITTER
A dark chestnut session bitter with a chocolate aftertaste. 'Lower on alcohol but high on bite.'
New3.6% abv PALE ALE
A new, clean tasting very, very pale ale with floral notes.
Wild Orchid 4.0% abv PORTER
Their first dark ale, an oatmeal porter which is further enhanced with a plump Madagascan vanilla pod in each cask.
dorkinglogo Dorking Brewery
Established in 2009. The team has spent time travelling in the US learning about the craft beer market there in order to bring exciting beers here.
DB Number One4.2% abvPALE ALE
A refreshing light amber ale with a full fruity, hoppy flavour and a long satisfying medium bitter finish.
Pacific Gold 4.2% abvGOLDEN
A light golden bitter full of hoppy flavour and aroma. Generously hopped for extra bouquet.
Red india Ale5.0% abvRED
Former winner of best ale at our festival! Similar to an IPA, strong, hoppy beer, red in colour.
Buffalo Buffalo5.7% abv
This is our "extra", specially brewed for beer festivals. A skillful blend of American hops with grapefruit and citrus flavours. An american pale ale style beer.
Pilcrow Pale Hoppy Ale4.0% abv PALE ALE
Citrus hopped pale ale.
Elusive Brewing logo Elusive Brewing
Finchhampstead, Berks. Established in April 2016. First time at the GBF.
Overdrive5.5% abvAMERICAN PALE ALE
American style pale ale – hoppy.
Sphere of Destiny4.9% abv SESSION IPA
Intensely hopped pale ale. Bitter, bold with tropical fruits and aromas.
Level Up5.0% abv AMERICAN RED ALE
Six different malts, great depth of flavour and aromas.
godstone The Godstone Brewers
Established in Godstone in 2015 by Steve and Anne.
Trenchman’s Hop3.8% abv SESSION BITTER
Malt and hops in harmony, great session beer.
Bitter Entropy5.3% abv TRADITIONAL BITTER
Malty, smooth and complex using predominantly British hops with a dry hop twist. Inspired by the monopoly that Godstone held for supplying gunpowder to the empire in the early 1700s. Smooth chaos.
Not So Stout3.7% abv WHITE STOUT
This beer is the antithesis of Black IPA - an amber stout? Packs a real flavour punch at a mere 3.7%. Inspired by the milking parlour origin at the farm brewery.
hammerpot Hammerpot Brewery
Established in 2005. Based in Poling, West Sussex.
Shooting Star3.8% abvBEST
A chestnut bitter with malt, toffee, and blackcurrant flavours. Lemon / floral hop aroma with a mellow, balanced aftertaste.
Hammerpot Pale Ale4.3% abv PALE ALE
A light, golden, tangy pale ale with a full, fresh English hop flavour.
Bottle Wreck Porter4.7% abv PORTER
A traditional pitch black porter with coffee, chocolate and rich roast malt flavours. Champion Beer of Britain, Porters category, at the 2012 CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival, plus many other awards.
Double Helix5.2% abv GOLDEN ALE
A crisp, hoppy, golden ale with a pleasant biscuit malt.
Mosaic Pale Ale4.1% abv PALE ALE
Brewed with extra pale kilned English Maris Otter barley and American Mosaic hops.
Summer3.7% abv GOLDEN ALE
A clean fresh golden ale, Australian Summer hops.
Red Hunter4.3% abv RUBY BEER
A dark ruby beer with a full bodied, rich and slightly vinous malt character.
HBB_150px Hogsback Brewery
Based in Tongham, Surrey, est. in 1992, now brewing over 60,000 pints a week
T E A (Traditional English Ale) 4.2% abv BEST
Hogback’s top selling, award winning, best bitter. A deep golden colour, TEA is refreshing, hoppy and well balanced.
Bedsar Bitter3.7% abv AMBER, SESSION
A light amber session bitter, biscuity flavour with fragrant hops leading to subtle malty citrus fruits with a long aromatic, hoppy finish with a light malty after-taste along with a citrus/grapefruit edge.
Surrey Nirvana4.0% abv PALE
A Strong peach and pineapple aroma coupled with a slightly sweet finish and a long smooth taste of light malt on the tongue.
Golden Summer4.0% abv GOLDEN
Refreshingly hoppy upfront, perfectly balanced with bitterness and a hint of sweetness to finish.
Hopping Hog4.5% abv IPA
A well balanced and fulfilling IPA, quite hoppy.
Available from the Craft Lager Bar
Hogs Back Hogstar4.5% abv LAGER
New English craft lager. Old style lager but with greater depth of flavour and aroma. Matured for over a month for a deeper flavour.
Hogs Back Hazy Hog 5.0% abv CLOUDY CIDER
Cloudy, gently sparkling and wonderfully appley, this is a cider that combines all that is good in English cider making.
Outback4.5% abv PALE ALE
Light and Hoppy with a blend of floral and fresh citrus notes upfront. Well-balanced with a long, dry finish.
itchelogo_150 Itchen Valley Brewery
Based in Alresford, Hants and established in 1997.
Hampshire Rose 4.2% abv AMBER
Golden hoppy ale, brewed with Hercules, Nugget, Galena. Sweet tangy finish.
Pure Gold 4.8% abvBLONDE
Clean, strong bitter - liquid gold in a glass.
Pride of the Valley3.8% abv SESSION BITTER
Sweet and malty traditional bitter.
Smooth, copper-brown bitter containing three of the finest of noble English hops: Fuggles, Goldings and First Gold.
Watercress 4.2% abv RUBY ALE
Brewed with fresh local watercress. Dry and deliciously peppery. One of your five a day.
Kew Brewery logo Kew Brewery
First time at the GBF. Established in 2015. Less than a mile form, and inspired by, Kew Gardens.
Botanic Amber Ale3.8% abvPALE ALE
Dry hopped with UK Cascade hops and infused with juniper with a citrus twang.
Nightshade Chilli Porter4.5% abvRED
Five sweet malts and English chilli, a lovely gentle chilli, chocolate flavour.
Richmond Rye Rye Beer4.3% abvPORTER
A Pale hoppy rye beer with fruity and floral tastes.
Join The Kew5.9% abvIPA
Five English hops in a seriously fruity IPA.
Microbeer3.3% abvPALE ALE
A light pale ale with a low abv.
Langham Brewery logo Langham’s Brewery
Based in Lodsworth, West Sussex and established in 2006.
Auburn beer with rich complex flavours and a deep red glow; Sweet maltiness is balanced by spicy hoppy aromas and a gently dry finish. SE SIBA 3 x awards. Silver and Gold.
Halfway to Heaven3.5% abv GOLDEN ALE
Full flavoured chestnut coloured with biscuit maltiness. Citrus and fruit hop character with a hint of spice. Great session bitter! SIBA SE Silver medal.
Triple XXX4.4% abv BITTER
A traditional best bitter.
Godiva3.3% abvGOLDEN ALE
New, limited and exclusive to Langham's in Sussex, Charles Faram hops.
Jester3.8% abv PALE ALE
A pukka English Pale Ale, brewed with “the latest” English aromatic hops. A refreshing spring time brew.
listers Lister's Brewery
Established in 2014 at Ford, near Arundel. Alan looks after the finances, his son Philip is the brewer, and daughter Katie takes care of marketing.
Lister's Best3.9% abv BEST BITTER
Best Bitter is a traditional English ale in style and because it’s triple hopped has a depth of flavour that’s not often found in beers of this strength. It’s amber in colour with a toffee fruity nose. It’s full flavoured, balanced and moreish.
Lister's Golden Ale4.1% abv GOLDEN
Golden Ale is light and refreshing. It’s ochre in colour, has rounded citrus notes and is lightly hopped making it an ideal session ale.
Lister's APA4.2% abvAPA
An American pale ale, made predominantly with the finest American West Coast hops. Light and hoppy with a citrus hit and very satisfying.
Lister's Special Ale4.6% abv ALE
Special Ale is a premium bitter. It’s darker and traditional in style. It’s russet brown in colour, has roasted and toasted malted notes on the nose and is smooth, rich and satisfying.
Lister's IPA4.3% abv IPA
A traditional style APA but not over-hopped. Full-flavoured, yet light and refreshing. With a restrained bitterness; amber in colour with citrus notes.
The Little Beer Corporation, commercial partner with the GBF Little Beer Corporation
Guildford based micro-brewery – the closest to the GBF. Established in 2012 by Jim Taylor, LBC has over 300 local shareholders. It produces super-premium beers focussed on quality, variety and creativity.
Little Haka 3.5% abv SESSION ALE
Light-bodied balanced thirst-quenching Bitter, with a lovely passion fruit & gooseberry aroma.
Running of the Bulls4.5% abv WHEAT BEER
A dry wheat beer with the sophisticated citrus tang of Spanish blood oranges
Little Geyser4.2% abv PALE
Easy-drinking balanced American Pale Ale …
Available from the Craft Lager Bar
Little Tenderness5.9% abvAMERICAN AMBER ALE
A gorgeous American amber ale, built around a light biscuit, caramel and sweet centre.
Little Vienna5.0% abvLAGER
The middle ground between ale and lager. Biscuit flavours; dry-hopped with prized Nelson Sauvin hops. Very sessionable.
littlelondon Little London Brewery
Established by husband and wife team Andrew and Joan in November 2015 and based in Basingstoke.
Doreen's Dark3.2% abv DARK BITTER ALE
This ale, also known as 'DD' is treacle coloured with a creamy contrasting head. A velvety smooth superbly quaffable pint at 3.2% ABV. 'DD' is brewed from a combination of chocolate, crystal and black Norfolk malts.
Red Boy 3.7% abv SESSION BITTER
A wonderfully light, thirst-quenching session bitter. The flavour is well-balanced, with a delicate hop aroma and subtle malt and hop flavours on the palate.
Ash Park Special4.9% abv DARK AMBER ALE
A tawny, russet coloured ale, with malt and raisin on the nose coupled with a gentle sweetness that lingers long into a silky smooth finish.
Pryde4.2% abvBEST BITTER ALE
A delightful 'Best Bitter' full of spicy hop notes with a fruity dark amber colour. A subdued ale with muted flavours all round, though the aroma is very fine.


longdog_150 Longdog Brewery
Based in Basingstoke and established in 2011 by Phil and Lisa Robins. The brewery gained its name from their beautiful rescue Lurcher, Bob.
Red Runner4.2% abvRED
Mahogany Coloured Ale with Bravo and Simcoe hops from the USA giving a lovely balance of citrus and soft fruits.
Bunny Chaser 3.6% abvSESSION
This ‘session bitter’ is a mid-copper coloured, traditional quaffing ale. Light in alcohol but strong on flavour; goes very well with food.
Golden Poacher 3.9% abvBLONDE
A light coloured beer, Golden Poacher is a magnificent, hoppy, Golden Ale. Green Bullet and Galena hops give a lovely citrus aroma and flavour.
Gamekeepers Nightmare6.2% abv PORTER
Made in the style of the London Porters of the 19th century with plenty of brown malt adding complexity of flavour. Chocolate and coffee flavours.
Kissmet4.5% abvPALE ALE
Citrus and spicy from the hops and sweetness from the malts, lasting bitterness.
The Park Brewery logo The Park Brewery
First time at the GBF. Established in 2014 near Richmond Park.
Spanker5.2% abvIPA
A bold West Coast style IPA, full of citrus flavours.
Gallows Gold4.4% abvPALE ALE
American pale ale, fruity, sweet, hints of mangos.
Killcat Pale3.7% abvPALE ALE
Session IPA refreshing some floral flavours lingering bitter taste.
Summer3.9% abvPALE ALE
A light tasting, refreshing and hoppy pale ale.
pilgrimlogo_150 Pilgrim Brewery
Based in Reigate and the oldest brewery at this year’s, started in 1982.
Progress 4.0% abv BEST BITTER
Their first beer brewed in January 1982, a rich malty best bitter with a Styrian hop flavour, a hint of Mount Hood and Cascade and soft balanced bitterness.
Surrey bitter 3.7% abv BITTER
An easy drinking but full bodied bitter amber in colour hopped with Whitbread Goldings, Pioneer and Bobek Styrians.
Quest4.3% abvAMBER
Nicely rounded amber ale with a light soft body.
Stardust Brewery Ltd. logo Stardust Brewery
First time at the GBF. Established in 2017 and based at White Waltham, Berkshire. Founded on a love of malt and hops.
Easy Pale Ale3.8% abvPALE ALE
Subtle American hops and pale malts, a real thirst quencher.
American PA4.5% abv PALE ALE
American hops and malt body, mid strength American style pale ale.
PK35.6% abv IPA
Full hopped IPA, tropical, fruity and packs a true hoppy punch.
English Bitter4.0% abv BITTER
Traditional English bitter, roasted caramel and hops flavour.
thamesside Thames Side Brewery
Based in Staines. Established in 2015. Passionate about producing quality beer from brewing vessels on the banks of the River Thames.
Egyptian Goose IPA 4.8% abv IPA
Hoppy, English style IPA.
White Swan Pale Ale4.5% abv PALE ALE
Hoppy New World style pale ale.
Heron Bitter3.7% abv GOLDEN
A nice easy drinking English ale.
Harrier Bitter3.4% abv BITTER
Strong rye IPA.
Mallard Mild3.4% abv DARK MILD
Well balanced and refreshing dark mild ale.
Tilford Brewery logo Tilford Brewery
Founded by friends Mark and Paul, Tilford Brewery is the venture of two individuals who share a passion for craft beer and brewing.
Rushmoor Ripper 4.4% abvCARAMEL
Spicy orange, toffee sweetness with a bitter finish.
Tilford Wit 4.5% abvBLONDE
Marmalade fruit bitterness with a nectar sweet finish.
Triple fff logo TRIPLE FFF BREWERY
Formed in 1997 by Graham Trott, a cabinet maker by trade, who was a keen home brewer. 20th anniversary in 2017. Based at Four Marks near Alton.
Alton’s Pride3.8% abv BITTER
A traditional English bitter brewed using water from the Hampshire chalk hills. Full and clean tasting. CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2008.
Old Dray4.8% abv ESB
ESB bitter.
India Brown Ale4.6% abvBROWN ALE
A brown ale, heavily hopped, nutty, biscuit, and caramel flavours. Nice bitter finish.
Citrasonic4.5% abv IPA
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 flavor of pineapple, more grapefruit and tropical fruits.
uprising brewery logo UPRISING BREWERY
First time at the GBF. Based in Windsor, established in 2016. “Brewing is about more than great beer. It’s about the people and sharing great times”
Available from the Craft Lager Bar
Treason5.8% abv IPA
Treason is an awesome West Coast IPA, burning bronze in colour with a big hop aroma that gives way to a lingering spicy bitterness.
White Riot 5.3% abv PALE ALE
With new world hops and a handful of orange zest, it's not a pure IPA and not a Wheat Beer – it’s a bold riot of a beer on its own.
Welton's Brewery logo Welton's Brewery
First time at the GBF. Based at Horsham and established in 1995.
Broadwood4.4% abvAMBER
An amber beer with bitterness, citrus and flowery aroma.
Topper Mild4.0% abvMILD
Very dark, a smooth flavour with hints of treacle toffee blending with a background of burnt toast from the Black malt.
Buckland Shag4.7% abvPALE ALE
It is a spiced, oatmeal pale, & the flavour is rounded by the Toasted Jumbo Oats & given a spicy twist with the Coriander.
American Graffiti4.5% abvGOLDEN IPA
Golden IPA beer with an American hoppy flavour.
Pridenjoy2.8% abvBITTER
Tastes like a good 4% session beer and Roger Protz says "it's a most remarkable beer" and is included in his book “300 beers to try before you die”.
English Pride3.8% abvDARK AMBER
An English dark amber ale.
webrew_150 Windsor & Eton Brewery
Based in Windsor. Established in 2010, reopening the brewery that closed in 1931.
Guardsman 4.2% abv BEST BITTER
The first new ale brewed in Windsor for more than 80 years and launched on St George’s Day 2010. A classic English Best Bitter, brewed with premium floor malted Maris Otter and traditional whole leaf hops including Fuggles and Goldings. The result is a lovely copper- coloured session strength ale with a tangy taste.
Firefly4.0% abv GOLDEN
A flaxen-coloured, easy drinking Golden Ale, brewed with American Amarillo whole leaf hops giving a distinctive fresh citrus aroma reminiscent of cut grapefruit.
Kohinoor4.5% abv IPA
A classic IPA influenced by flavours from the Commonwealth.
Parklife 3.2% abv SESSION
Parklife is a refreshing light ale with a great taste. We use a selection of fine New World hops including Ella (we’re using whole leaves) to give PARKLIFE a full, clean flavour, beautiful colour and a wonderful aroma.

Ciders and Perries

mrwhiteheadscideheaderMr Whitehead’s Cider
Based in Alton, Hampshire, est. 2003 by Angus, whose been brewing since age of 15.
Apples & Pears 5.0% abv MEDIUM SWEET CIDER
Natural Sweetness of Pears married to the dryness of West Country traditional cider apples. Refreshing combination with slight elderflower notes.
Blackberry Cider4.0% abv FRUIT CIDER
Fresh blackberries are added to the fermented drink. The colour from the added fruits gives it a nice maroon colour, tasting exactly as it should.
Boxing Dog7.5% abv MEDIUM CIDER
Strong cider made from COX, RUSSET, WORCESTER and PEARMAIN apples. Customers who like “Westons Old Rosie” tend to be keen on this, as do fans of “traditional scrumpy”.
Heart of Hampshire6.0% abvDRY CIDER
Made from KATY, IDA RED, and ROYAL GALA apples. Compares favourably with a light, dry white wine. Easy drinking. Has won many awards.
Newton’s Discovery3.5% abv DRY CIDER
Often a cloudy cider, it has good flavours despite being lower strength (in the “real cider” bracket).
A strong medium cider with a kick. Made with a mixture of apples including Cox & Russet.
Strawberry Cider4.0% abv FRUIT CIDER
Starts life as a light cider of about 3% alcohol. Fresh strawberries are added to the fermented drink, allowing them to infuse for a couple of weeks, before lightly pressing the rest of their juice out.
Toffee Apple 4.0% abv FAVOURED CIDER
A light apple cider gently infused with toffee. A toffee apple without the crunch.
tuttsclumpciderTutts Clump Cider
Established in West Berkshire in 2006.
Royal Berkshire Cider7.0% abvMEDIUM SWEET
A strong Meduim Sweet cider.
Cranberry Cider4.0% abv MEDIUM SWEET
Cranberry flavoured cider.
Mulled Cider6.0% abvMEDIUM SWEET
This is our award-winning Traditional Farmhouse Cider with the addition of mulling spices.
Mango Cider4.0% abv MEDIUM DRY
Mango flavoured cider.
Berkshire Diamond4.5% abvMEDIUM DRY REAL CIDER
This medium Real Cider is handmade in the heart of the Royal County of Berkshire blended from a variety of fresh hand-picked apples. May be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own.
Reading Gold5.5% abv MEDIUM DRY REAL CIDER
This medium/dry Real Cider is lovingly crafted in West Berkshire from a blend of the finest Home Counties apples – and is dedicated to the good people of Reading.
This medium/dry Real Cider is handmade in West Berkshire entirely from a variety of dedicated Cider apples collected from various orchards in Somerset.
This medium/dry Real Cider is handmade from a variety of eating cooking and crab apples mainly from within West Berkshire which has been fermented and matured in oak rum barrels. May be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own. Made from 100% juice with no added water.
Traditional Farmhouse
Medium dry cider, made with a variety of cooking, eating and crab apples.
 The Garden Cider Company
Mill House Farm, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, GU8 4SL
Raspberry & Rhubarb4.0% abvFLAVOURED CIDER
Original cider blended natural raspberries & rhubarb flower extract. Fruity and clean.
Plum & Ginger4.0% abvFLAVOURED CIDER
Our Original cider blended with plum juice and warming ginger extract.
Vintage cider6.0% abv DRY CIDER
A slowly matured fresh apple cider. Smooth and mellow.
Dry Hopped Cider4.0% abv MEDIUM CIDER
Original garden cider skillfully dry-hopped with American cascade hops, perfectly balanced.

Guildford Beer Festival 2016