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Beer on the Wye XIII: 10 to try at Hereford's beer festival this weekend

Hot Lists Sunday, July 2nd

Beer on the Wye XIII: 10 to try at Hereford's beer festival this weekend

There'll be 120 different beers and 100+ ciders and perries on offer at Beer on the Wye in Hereford this weekend. To help you make (sensible) drinking decisions, we asked the festival organisers to pick their 10 recommendations for 2017.


1.  Weird Beard

Notoriously difficult to get hold of in cask because it is always sold out, the good folks at The Good Beer Company have managed to source us not one but TWO, yes TWO, casks from this renowned brewery and we will be showcasing a rarely seen, historic beer at the festival alongside the absolutely smashing Black Perle.

2. Shadowtail's Hazelnut Brown Ale

From Helm Bar Brewery. This cloudy brew from a very small brewer based near Appleby in Cumbria. The name shadow tail is archaic for squirrel, and, boy, are the local squirrels peeved we've got our hands on a barrel of this stuff for Beer on the Wye.

It's brewed with real hazelnuts, and even the brewer isn't sure what it will taste like. Perhaps the local squirrels (they're red up there) do, as they collectively mounted a blockade of the roads out of Cumbria to try to stop the brew's escape southwards towards Hereford, but to no avail. Definitely one to try.


3.  Hammerton's N7, 7.7% abv

With a wonderful selection of London beers on show at this year's festival we are delighted to have N7.  A refreshing IPA with six different hops from the US and New Zealand giving a complex citrus aroma.

The subtle sweet malt flavour balances the fresh bitterness. Brewing legend JK (James Kemp), formerly head brewer of Buxton and senior brewer for Thornbridge helped develop the recipe for this - Hammerton's very first beer.


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4. Vibrant Forest Brewery

These guys are making its debut at BOTW XIII (I've no idea why it has taken us so long) with two of their excellent beers including their flagship Kaleidoscope. This IPA has a warm malty backbone and a beautiful amber colour.

Dry hopped to oblivion with American hops resulting in a giant tropical explosion and a gentle bitterness on the finish.


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5. Wild Weather Brewery

From Silchester, just outside Reading, we have two beers from this superb brewery, including a very special cask of their recent collaboration brew with Yeastie Boys. You will not want to miss this.


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6. Heritage Brewery's Charrington Oatmeal Stout, 4% abv

Also making its debut at 2017's festival is Heritage Brewery. This 25-barrel brewery is located within the National Brewery Centre and utilises the famous Burton upon Trent well water, upon which brewing in Burton was built.

Steve Wellington, a man credited with saving Burton's Worthington White Shield from extinction, is head brewer and, for BOTW, has supplied us with their superb Charrington Oatmeal Stout. Charrington was an old London brewery founded in the early 18th century. They grew quickly throughout London and in 1960s merged with United Breweries then Bass to become Bass Charrington.

The Charrington Oatmeal Stout has a well-balanced nutty flavour with a slight bitterness and a hint of treacle. Surprisingly full-bodied.

7. Mad Dog's Olicana, 4.6% abv

That wonderful Welsh Brewery are only bringing yet more beer to the festival including a seasonal special - Olicana.  Like a lot of their beers expect a great, full flavoured and generously hopped beer. Another rarity, so make sure you get a pint of this before it's gone!

8. Squawk's Sorachi Stout, 7.1% abv

Manchester-based Squawk are providing us with a couple of beers and, frankly, are so popular we are fortunate to have them! However, we are dedicated to bringing you not only a wonderful cross-section of styles to suit all tastes but also something a little bit more unusual.

Sorachi Stout is a magnificent 7.1% belter of a beer. Full flavoured and with bags of body this is one great beer to finish the night with... if there is any left.


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9. Well Hopped on the Wye, 4.8% abv

This is one for the collectors, a true rarity, probably never to be repeated. Charles Faram & Co (Malvern-based) aren't brewers at all, but are the UK's leading hop suppliers and experts - so do know more than a little bit about beer and brewing. They have used Hop No.4578 from their own experimental hop facility out at Dormington in a brew for the very first time. This recipe has then be transferred for a one-off brew at one of our local commercial breweries.

Hop No.4578 gives the beer earthy tones, with just a hint of peach and strawberry - ideal then for Wimbledon week. Get in early to try this one - once it's gone, that's it.

10.  Mallinsons' Against All Odds, 4.3% abv

Brewed to celebrate Huddersfield Town's promotion to the football Premiership, this is a refreshing blonde ale. The aroma hints at tart pithiness and the flavour is zesty with and bitter from the use of Galaxy hops, followed by a lovely long dry bitter finish. You don't need to be a Huddersfield Town fan or even a follower of football to be a fan of this excellent new Mallinsons beer.


Read More: Beer on the Wye 2017: The What, Where and When

Read More: Meet the Team Behind Beer on the Wye

Beer on the Wye runs from Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9. Weekend and day tickets are available on the gate.

Over the weekend festival goers are expected to get through 21,000 pints of beer and cider, sampling 120+ cask beers, bottles from the dedicated Foreign Beer Bar, and more than 120 ciders and perry. You'll find the full beer list here. | #beeronthewye

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