Bear and Ragged Staff

Heart of Warwickshire

Campaign For Real Ale

Harbury Beer Festival 2008

Times and Admission

  • Village Hall
    near Leamington Spa
    CV33 9JE
  • Friday 29th August 2008: 5.30pm-11pm £2*
  • Saturday 30th August 2008: 11.30am-4pm £1*, 6pm-11pm £2*

*CAMRA members free.


  • Food available at all sessions
  • Free soft drinks for drivers


Music by The Lost Boys on Saturday evening.

Theme - Ales of many colours

Public transport

Harbury is served by the Stagecoach Warwickshire bus route 64 from Leamington to Southam/Long Itchington/Stockton/Birdingbury with evening journies to and from Rugby.

For latest timetables see the Bus Route Finder pages of the Public Tranpsort section of the Warwickshire County Council site.

The nearest train station is Leamington Spa, served by London Midland trains from Birmingham Snow Hill, Chiltern Railways trains running between London Marylebone and Birmingham and Arriva Cross Country trains on the route between Birmingham and Reading..

Beer List

Brewery Beer GBG Description ABV Style County
Adnams East Green Light golden beer,with sublte citrus,grassy hoppy aromas 4.0 Best Bitter Southwold, Suffolk
Barefoot Mellow Yellow A pale wheat beer with pronounced grapefruit overtones 3.8 Morpeth, Northumberland
Bazens' Black Pig Mild A dark brown beer with malt and fruit aromas. Roast, chocolate and fruit flavours, with an underlying bitterness, lead to a dry malty and slightly smokey aftertaste. 3.6 mild Salford, Manchester
Blindmans Buff Amber coloured smooth session beer 3.6 amber Frome, Somerset
Bradfield Farmers Brown Cow Deep chestnut coloured ale with a smooth creamy head. A Citrus taste gives way to a long dry finish 4.2 Chestnut Sheffield, South Yorks
Brains SA Gold A golden beer with a hoppy aroma. Well balanced with a zesty hop, fruit and balancing bitterness; a similar satisfying finish 4.7 Cardiff, Glamorgan
Brown Cow Lavender & Honey Lavender honey beer, brewed with English hops, lavender, honey and yeast, to produce a distictive classic ale with a hint of lavender 4.2 Selby, North Yorkshire
Buffy Norwegian Blue A gentle hoppy nose belies the rich warming character of the taste explosion. A complex, ever changing mix of malt, hops, bitterness and fruit. A long lingering, bittersweet ending. 4.9 bitter Norwich, Norfolk
Celt Experience Celt Bronze bitter Mid Glamorgan
College Green Molly's Chocolate Stout A dark chocolate coloured beer with a full-bodied character due to the use of whole malted oats. A small amount of pure cocao is added to give added credence to the name. 4.2 Belfast
Cotswold Spring Old English Rose Beautifully balanced quaffing ale with delicate floral aroma and hints of tropical fruit. Bittersweet finish. 4.0 session bitter Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
Daleside Blonde A pale golden beer with a predominantly hoppy aroma and taste, leading to a refreshing hoppy, bitter but short finish. 3.9 golden bitter Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Derby Brewery Platinum Blonde Traditional refreshing pale ale, with a satisfying well hopped finish 4.5 Derby, Derbyshire
Green Jack Orange Wheat Citrus notes dominate this deceptively interesting beer. Gold coloured with equal hints of hop and mandarin in the first impression. A dry bitterness develops as the fruit slowly fades. 4.2 Wheat Lowestoft, Suffolk
Hampshire Pink Elephant Distinctively different;with pale malt and red wine grapes, which give a surreal flavour..Don't drink to excess, or you will see Pink Elephants 5.4 bitter Romsey, Hampshire
Hanby Cherry Bomb A splendid rich and fruity beer with maraschino cherry flavour 6 Wem, Shropshire
Rainbow Chaser A pale beer brewed with Styrian goldings hops. 4.3 Wem, Shropshire
Hart Amethyst Mellowy and dark 4.2 bitter Preston, Lancashire
Jade Fruity and hoppy 4 bitter Preston, Lancashire
Hilden Silver A pale lager ale, light and refreshing on the palate but with a satisfying mellow hop character derived from a judicious blend of araomatic Saaz hops. 4.2 Lager Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Hogsback Hop Garden Gold Pale golden best bitter, full bodied with an aroma of malt, hops and fruit. Citrus hop flavours are balanced by malt and fruit. Hoppy bitterness grows in a dry aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. 4.6 Tongham, Surrey
Houston Black & Tan Black and tan is traditionally a mix of stout & pale ale. Originally the customers at the Fox & Hounds started mixing Warlock Stout with Killellan Bitter and they loved the result. They think its a winning blend. 4.3 Houston, Renfrewshire
Iceni Oxborough Hall Plum Stout Rich stout primed with Plums from Oxborough Hall in Norfolk. The plums leave a long lingering sweetness 6.2 Mundford, Norfolk
Kelburn Red Smiddy This bittersweet ale predominantly features an intense citrus hop character that assaults the nose and continues into the flavour, balanced perfectly with fruity malt. 4.1 best bitter Barrhead, East Renfrewshire
Leadmill Strawberry Blonde 4.4 Denby, Derbyshire
Little Valley Tod's Blonde Bright Yellow grainy speciality beer with citrus hoppy start and a dry finish. Fruity with a hint of spice. Similar in style to a Belgian Blonde beer. 5 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshre
Malvern Hills Black Pear A sharp citrus hoppiness is the main constituent of this golden brew that has a long dry aftertaste. 4.4 bitter Malvern, Worcestershire
Mauldons White Adder A pale brown almost golden strong ale. A warming fruity flavour dominates and lingers into a dry hoppy finish. 5.3 premium bitter Sudbury, Suffolk
Newmans Red Stag Bitter Dark red session ale, smooth, malty with soft fruit accents; dry fruit finish. 3.6 Bitter Yatton, Somerset
Northumberland Crimson bitter Bedlington, Northumberland
Oldershaw Isaacs Gold An easy drinking premium golden bitter with a good hop aroma. Made with the English 'First Gold' hop. 4.5 Grantham, Lincolnshire
Oyster Grey Dogs 5.6 Isle of Seil (Oban), Highlands
Palmer Copper Ale Beautifully balanced, copper coloured light bitter with a hoppy aroma 3.7 bitter Bridport, Dorset
Quartz Ambre Copper coloured ale with a roasted flavour and spicy hop. Kings Bromley, Staffordshire
Rooster's Cream A pale coloured beer with a complex, floral bouquet leading to a well balanced, refreshing taste. Fruit lasts throughout and into the aftertaste. 4.7 Pale floral Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Rudgate Ruby Mild Nutty rich ruby ale, stronger than usual for a mild 4.4 Mild York, North Yorkshire
Salopian Lemon Dream A Wheat beer in the modern English style � served bright and top fermented. The recipe uses fresh lemon to compliment the citrussy flavours produced by the wheat malt. Goldings, Saaz and Cascade hops also add fresh lemony flavours to the brew. 4.5 Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby A dark ruby strong ale with good balance of fruit and hops, leading to a pleasant, lingering hops and malt finish. 6 Sedgeley, West Midlands
Spectrum Black Buffle Dark Chocolate and liquorice hold sway in this deep red porter. The nose and taste are balanced by a noticeable hop presence although the finish attains a roasted coffee dryness. 4.5 porter Norwich, Norfolk
Tigertops Big Ginger A strong amber ginger beer 6.0 Ginger Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Timothy Taylor's Golden Best A clean tasting and refreshing traditional Pennine light mild. A little fruit in the nose increases to complement the delicate hoppy taste. Background malt throughout. 3.5 Pale mild Keighley, West Yorkshire
Ufford White Hart 3.8? Bitter Ufford, Cambridgeshire
Whitstable Raspberry Wheat Deep red in colour, naturally cloudy wheat beer, bursting with refreshing raspberry fruit on a balanced sharp finish. 5.2 Wheat fruit Grafty Green, Kent
Williams Gold A refreshing full bodied sparkling golden ale, brewed using 7 different malts. Undertones of fruit are offset by the citrus aroma of fresh hops. 3.9 Kelliebank, Alloa
Wooden Hand Pirates Gold A golden bitter with complex grain and fruit and a deep, dry finish. 3.6 Truro, Cornwall
Wellington Primrose Pale The aroma is fresh and hoppy with citrus notes. Grape fruit and lemon linger on the pallet, with crisp bitterness lasting through the long finish, leaving your mouth refreshed and wanting more. 4.2 Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Primrose Ginger Bush The aroma is fresh and gingery with citrus notes. Grape fruit and ginger linger on the pallet, with crisp bitterness and warming ginger lasting through the long finish. 4.2 Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Sheffield Summer Rose Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Lions Tale Chesbrewnette 4.5 Cheswardine, Shropshire
Fullers Golden Pride Deep amber in colour, full bodied rich in malt. Moderately hopped so not over bitter, slight orange citrus notes with hints of toast. Sweet and slightly bitter intense finish. Once described by the late Michael Jackson beer connoisseur as the 'Cognac of Beers' London
Full Mash Scarlet Flash Red ale with malty flavors and delicate hits of strawberry derived from the subtle addition of Progress hops. Stapleford, Nottinghamshire
Church End Knavey Blue Ridge Lane, Warwickshire
Rugby Union Rugby Brewing Co's latest beer, Extremely pale, dry with a hoppy aroma. Fruity throughout with a zesty finish. Rugby, Warwickshire
Atomic Fission A refreshing golden ale with a wonderfully aromatic citrus flavour, using Maris otter pale and crystal malts, coupled with the unique floral spiciness of American Cascade hops. 3.9 Rugby, Warwickshire
Discovery New Beer Name TBC Meriden, Warwickshire
Griffin Brewery Ere It Is Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire
Tunnel Centurian Gold It starts with refreshing fruitiness on the tongue, followed by a smooth, malty mouthfeel and finishes with a slight hint of cinnamon, coriander and orange. 4 Ansley, Warwickshire
Warwickshire Golden Bear 4.9 Cubbington, Warwickshire
North Cotswold Hung Drawn and Portered Strong dark treacle with the well balanced taste of Brambling Cross hops. 5 Stretton On Fosse, Warwickshire
Arctic Global Warmer Traditional arctic bitter, full bodied and well balanced. Only sold in third pints. 15 Stretton On Fosse, Warwickshire
Purity Pure Gold A refreshing golden ale. 3.8 Great Alne, Warwickshire
Slaughterhouse Purple Pig A hoppy beer with fruity overtones. Warwick, Warwickshire

Cider and perry list

Producer Name ABV Description
Green Valley Cyder
Exeter, Devon
Farmhouse Vintage Dry Cyder 8.3% Winner of the Gold Award-National Championships, Reading Beer Festival June 2008. Easy drinking with a pleasant after taste, lovely proper cider aroma like an Autumn morning.
Green Valley Brandy Cask Dry Cyder 6% Hint of spirit, nice soft balance, warm flavour.
Abbey Dore, Hereford
Stoke Red Sweet 7.5% Cider, Single variety, sweet front, tannic dry finish to it.
Kingston Black Cider Dry 7.5% Unique dryness, earthy musty taste
Old Field Perry 7.5% Dry, still, quite fruity.
Hogan Cider
Long Marston, Warwickshire
Dancing Marston Rainbow Medium Sweet 7% Traditional hazy cider, well balanced and refreshing.
Dancing Marston Rainbow Dry 7% Traditional hazy cider, well balanced and refreshing.
Windmill Vineyard
Hellidon, Northamptonshire
Amber Whiskey Nectar Dry 10.5% Medium dry blend from four apple varieties and laced with whiskey.
Dusty Millers Fancy 8% Full bodied, robust dry cider, typical of apple varieties grown in Herefordshire
Perry in the Pink approx 9.5% Easy drinking, slightly sparkling medium sweet.
James Perks
Dry Cider
Dry Perry

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