Bear and Ragged Staff

Heart of Warwickshire

Campaign For Real Ale

Harbury Beer Festival 2013

Times and Admission

  • Village Hall
    near Leamington Spa
    CV33 9JE
  • Friday 30th August 2013: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Saturday 31st August 2013: 11:30am - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Entry Pack: £10 includes entrance fee, refundable festival glass and beer tokens. Extra beer tokens for card carrying CAMRA members in lieu of the entrance fee.
  • Refundable souvenir festival glass: £TBC
  • Hot and cold food and soft drinks available at all sessions.

Saturday Entertainment

Hereburgh Morris at lunchtime and Rock hits from the 60s and 70s by the Acoustic Who in the evening.



The Harbury Beer Festival is organised and staffed by volunteers. Please contact us if you would like to help us with this popular event.

Theme - Beds and Herts

The 2013 festival featured beers sourced from breweries in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Warwickshire.

Public transport

Stagecoach operates the following bus routes through Harbury:

For latest timetables, please see the Bus Route Finder pages of the Bus Timetables page of the Warwickshire County Council site.

All Harbury Bus Routes (Warwickshire Direct)

We remind Stagecoach every year that there will be extra capacity required during the festival, but they do not seem to take much notice.

The nearest train station is Leamington Spa which is 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.

Harbury Beer Festival 2013 "Harts and Beds" Beer List

Brewery Location County Beer ABV Type Tasting Notes
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire Black Dragon Mild 4.3 Strong Mild Black in colour with a toffee and roast malt flavour and a smoky finish.
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout 4.5 Stout A complex black beer with a bitter coffee and roast malt flavour and a dry bitter finish.
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire Fruit Bat 4.2 Speciality Beers A warming straw-coloured beer with a generous taste of raspberries and a bitter finish.
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire SOS 5 Old Ale A rich mixture of fruit, hops and malt is present in the taste and aftertaste of this beer. Predominantly hoppy aroma.
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire Two Brewers 3.6 Bitter Bronze-coloured bitter with citrus hop aroma and taste and a dry finish.
BandT Shefford Bedfordshire Shefford Dark Mild 3.8 Mild A dark beer with a well-balanced taste. Sweetish, roast malt aftertaste.
Potton Potton Bedfordshire Village Bike 4.3 Best Bitter Classic English premium bitter, amber in colour, heavily late-hopped.
Potton Potton Bedfordshire Lion IPA 4.4 Best Bitter A citrussy blonde IPA
Potton Potton Bedfordshire Penny Bitter 4 Bitter A dark malty bitter with a light hop character.
Potton Potton Bedfordshire Shannon IPA 3.6 Bitter A well-balanced session bitter with good bitterness and fruity late-hop character.
Wells and Young's Bedford Bedfordshire Courage Director's 4.8 Best Bitter A rich, fruity and fully bodied chestnut coloured classic ale
Wells and Young's Bedford Bedfordshire Young's Special 4.5 Best Bitter Pale brown in colour, this rounded best bitter has citrus throughout plus some slight creamy toffee, which balances the bitterness that grows in the aftertaste.
Wells and Young's Bedford Bedfordshire Bombardier 4.1 Best Bitter A heavy aroma of malt and raspberry jam. Traces of hops and bitterness are quickly submerged under a smooth, malty sweetness. A solid, rich finish.
Wells and Young's Bedford Bedfordshire Young's Bitter 3.7 Bitter This light drinking amber bitter has citrus initially on the palate with sweet malt and a hint of hops that linger into a slightly dry and bitter finish.
White Park Cranfield Bedfordshire Moonshine 5.2 Strong Bitter Strong pale ale, fresh in taste, slightly peppery, continental style beer
White Park Cranfield Bedfordshire Nightjar 4.5 Porter Dark red/brown porter. Robust, complex and mature with chocolate and coffee notes. Smoky nose with a beige head.
White Park Cranfield Bedfordshire GB 5 Strong Bitter The quintessential pint of Great British beer - complexity, colour, strength and balance.
White Park Cranfield Bedfordshire White Gold 3.8 Bitter Aromatic hop aroma, light bitterness, grassy and fresh
3 Brewers St Albans Hertfordshire Classic English Ale 4.1 Best Bitter A deep amber coloured ale with a light hoppy aroma and a rich and rounded malty taste balanced by subtle hoppiness
Buntingford Royston Hertfordshire Hurricane 4.3 Best Bitter A best bitter with a malty toffee character and a pleasant refreshing fruity bitterness. Brewed with Maris Otter pale ale malt, crystal malt, and English Phoenix & First Gold hops.
Buntingford Royston Hertfordshire Twitchell 3.8 Bitter A golden fruity bitter with a floral aroma and malty / hoppy aftertaste. Brewed with Maris Otter pale & wheat malts, and English Goldings hops, plus Cascade hops from the USA.
Buntingford Royston Hertfordshire Polar Star 4.4 Best Bitter A truly pale blonde in colour, this beer is heavily hopped to give a really refreshing citrus-hop kick. Pineapple, Peach & Grapefruit hop flavours abound in levels that are such that you don't need to read the tasting notes to spot them!
Buntingford Royston Hertfordshire Templar Gold 4.5 Best Bitter Fantastic grapefruity hoppy strong best bitter.
Buntingford Royston Hertfordshire Single Hop Cascade 4 Bitter A USA variety, first released in the 1970's. It has a spicy grapefruit character with just a hint of flared trouser.
Pope's Yard Watford Hertfordshire Watford Observer Bitter 3.9 Bitter ???????????
Red Squirrel Potten End Hertfordshire London Porter 5 Porter A gold medal winning London Porter made with 2 pale malts and 3 coloured malts, dark brown/black colour, showing a balance of chocolate and roasted barley, full bodied on the palate with bittersweet liquorice and rich chocolate flavours supported by a lovely creaminess on the finish.
Red Squirrel Potten End Hertfordshire Summer Daze 4.5 Golden Ale Golden coloured ale, light and smooth on the palate, highly refreshing with biscuit and malty flavours with a lovely German brew twist.
Red Squirrel Potten End Hertfordshire Jack Black IPA 4.8 Best Bitter This new season Block-Buster produced from three US hops with 2 coloured malts features the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark colour of a porter.
Lemon & Orange notes from Amarillo and Chinook hops balance hints of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness leading to a pleasantly dry finish.
Red Squirrel Potten End Hertfordshire Conservation Bitter 4.1 Bitter A chestnut brown, traditional bitter, with Pale, Crystal & Chocolate malts, underpinned by challenger hops, showing a nice mouth-filling texture of hoppy fruity bitterness with satisfying biscuity flavours with hints of spice and chocolate.
Sawbridgeworth Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire Gold 4 Golden Ale Crisp Golden Ale
Sawbridgeworth Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire Dragon's Blood 4.3 Best Bitter A rich malty ale with a deep red colour, hints of toffee & dark chocolate. Soft bitter finish suitable for vampires.
Tring Tring Hertfordshire Death or Glory 7.2 Speciality Beers A strong, dark, aromatic barley wine.
Tring Tring Hertfordshire Mansion Mild 3.7 Mild Smooth and creamy dark ruby mild with a fruity palate and gentle late hop.
Tring Tring Hertfordshire Spinning Jenny 4.1 Best Bitter Refreshingly hoppy beer with a distinct bitterness that lingers to the end. Amber in colour and brewed with Amber malt, it has a biscuity finish which works with the aromas of honey, apricot and almond from Beata hops
Tring Tring Hertfordshire Colley's Dog 5.2 Strong Bitter Dark but not over-rich, strong yet drinkable, this premium ale has a long dry finish with overtones of malt and walnuts.
The Atomic Brewery Warwickshire Radiation 11 Speciality Beers
The Atomic Brewery Warwickshire Power 4.8 Best Bitter A deep ruby coloured ale with a sweet chocolate aroma and taste. Bitterness develops and gives way to a pleasant chocolatey finish. Re brewed with a change of recipe in October 08 the new ale is better balanced with a rich sweet finish
Church End Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Brewt 8 Strong Bitter Pale and string
Church End Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Bats in the Belfry 5.6 Wheat Beer A soft, full flavoured wheat beer made with real grapefruit.
Church Farm Brewery Warwickshire Harry's Heifer 4.2 Best Bitter Quaffable session ale with a hoppy aroma. Brewed with a blend of Marris Otter, Vienna and Crystal malts, with Centennial and Cascade hops. The beer
has a fruity aroma and smooth finish.
Griffin Brewery Warwickshire Super Black Magic Woman 6.2 Strong Mild A ruby ale with roasted malts and hints of blackcurrant.
Long Itch Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Dark Side 4.8 Best Bitter A forcefully dark beer, full of dark mysterious chocolatey malts, the force in this one is strong!
Merry Miner Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Coalface Vanilla Stout 5 Stout A full-flavoured dark reddish in colour porter with under tones of fresh honey and chocolate malt in the finish.
North Cotswold Brewery Limited Warwickshire Windrush 3.6 Bitter A thirst quenching amber coloured session bitter, brewed with English Challenger and First Gold hops for a traditional taste. A malty slightly sweeter palate.
Old Pie Factory Brewery Limited Warwickshire OPF Bitter 3.9 Bitter Traditional English session bitte, clean and malty with a hint of molasses
Purity Brewing Company Ltd Warwickshire Pure UBU 4.5 Best Bitter A distinctive, full flavoured beer with a sweeter finish. Brewed with English Maris Otter, Crystal, Black and Wheat malts, with Hallertau Northern Brewer and Cascade hops
The Slaughterhouse Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Ras-Boar-berry 4.6 Speciality Beers Fruit beer.
The Slaughterhouse Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Alt Bier 4.8 Speciality Beers A copper coloured lager bier based on traditional Rhineland Altbier
Sperrin Brewery Warwickshire Golden Bounty 4.5 Best Bitter This golden, hoppy, refreshing yet slightly citrusy ale is combined with mind-blowing hints of white rum, chocolate and coconut in the background
Tunnel Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Late OTT 4 Best Bitter A dark golden session bitter with a mouth-watering fruity nose. It starts soft and fruity on the palate. It soon gains a solid, slightly perfumed hop edge. The finish is beautifully dry and bitter. A beautiful beer for hop heads!
Warwickshire Beer Company Ltd Warwickshire Bumble Brew 4.4 Speciality Beers Cloudy wheat honey beer with a sting of vanilla
Weatheroak Brewery Ltd Warwickshire Light Oak 3.6 Bitter Golden-copper with thin head. Fruity and citrus hop aroma notes. Hop and fruity malt aroma. Fairly dry bitter finish.
Wood Farm Brewing Company Ltd Warwickshire Union 4.6 Best Bitter Using a blend of American hops. Late hopped to produce a fantastic zesty Blonde Premium Ale.
Whale Warwickshire Pale Whale 3.6 Bitter Brewed with maris otter pale malt and British Hops. Honey, Citrus and Tropical Fruit on the aroma with grapefruit and elderflower flavours

Cider & Perry

Producer Name Location ABV Type
Mr Whiteheads Devil's Device Hampshire 8.40% Scrumpy
Mr Whiteheads Boxing Dog Hampshire 7.50% Medium Dry
Mr Whiteheads Midnight Special Hampshire 5.00% Perry medium
Windmill Hill Millers Fancy Northamptonshire
Windmill Hill Amber Nectar Northamptonshire
Windmill Hill Dabinet Northamptonshire
Windmill Hill Pyder Northamptonshire
Gwynt-y-Ddraig Ancient Warrior Wales 6.50% Dry
Gwynt-y-Ddraig Pyder Wales 6.00%
Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury Somerset 7.00% Medium
Hecks Hendre Huffcap Perry Somerset 6.50% Perry
Orchard Pig Philosopher Somerset 6.00% Medium
Ross-On-Wye Alpaca Perry Herefordshire 6.50% Perry
Glebe Farm Elderflower Huntingdon 6.00%
Once Upon a Tree Tumpy Ground Herefordshire 7.20% Medium
W M Watkins Vintage Oak Wales 7.50% Dry
W M Watkins Lazy Daze Wales 5.60% Perry medium
Potten Press Potten Press Cider Bedfordshire 7.50%

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