Redditch Winter Ales Festival

JANUARY 13-14 2006 (Friday-Saturday): THE FIRST EVER REDDITCH WINTER ALES FESTIVAL. CENTREPOINT, IPSLEY ST, REDDITCH (10 mins from bus & rail stations).
Open Friday 7-11pm + Saturday 11am-11pm.
Admission £4 includes programme & glass with reduction for CAMRA members. 31 real ales of varying strengths and styles, plus ciders and perries. Further info from the festival website
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or ring 01527 501175.
Provisional list of beers and ciders:
BANK TOP, Bolton, Lancashire Sir Kay 4.2%
BEARTOWN, Congleton, Cheshire Hoppy New Bear ??%
BRIDGE OF ALLAN, Bridge of Allan, Scotland New Year Resolution 4.8%
CALEDONIAN, Edinburgh, Scotland Ale Lang Syne 4.6%
CANNON ROYALL, Ombersley, Worcestershire Kings Shilling 3.8% Rudolph's Return 4.6%
COTLEIGH, Wiveliscombe, Somerset Harrier Lite 3.5%
DARK STAR, Haywards Heath, West Sussex Dark Star Porter 5.5%
GLASTONBURY, Somerton, Somerset Holy Thorn 4.2%
GOFFS, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire Mordred 4.2%
HARVIESTOUN, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Jack The Lad 4.1%
HIGHGATE, Walsall, West Midlands Old Ale 5.3%
HOBSONS, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire Old Henry 5.2%
HOLT, Cheetham, Gtr Manchester Touchwood 4.2%
ISLAY, Isle of Islay, Scotland Black Rock 4.2% Ballaby Ale 7%
JENNINGS, Cockermouth, Cumbria Wards Best 4.1%
KINVER, Kinver, Staffordshire Over The Edge 7.6%
PICTISH, Rochdale, Greater Manchester Northern Dawn 4.3%
PURITY, Spernall Ash, Warwickshire Golden Ale %? Pure Uru 4.5%?
RINGWOOD, Ringwood, Hampshire XXXX Porter
ROBINSONS, Stockport, Cheshire Old Tom 8.5%
SHAKESPEARES, Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire Twelfth Night 5% Tempest 5.5%
SKINNERS, Truro, Cornwall Best Bitter 3.7%
SPRINGHEAD, Newark, Nottinghamshire Charlies Angels 4.5%
TEME VALLEY, Knightwick, Worcestershire Talbot Porter 4.4%
TITANIC, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Full Steam Ahead 4.4%
WEATHEROAK, Alvechurch, Worcestershire Slippery Slope 4.5% Miss Stout 4.7%
Plus ciders and perry from:
Barkers, Hallow, Worcester Gwatkin, Abbeydore, Herefordshire Hogans, Alcester, Warwickshire Minchews, Aston Cross, Gloucestershire Olivers, Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire
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Lots of 4% or so - not too wintry tere...
Still, can't complain, it is within bus distance for me.
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We'll see how it goes and how they sell. It's our first WA festival so we've got a lot to learn. At the end of the day it is a case of balancing the ABVs to suit everyone's palate. There'll be an opportunity to make your comment at the festival and I encourage you to do so. But let's face it, the town needs ALL the help it can get with regard to the real ale scene :-)

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Oh no don't tell himself that or he'll be wanting a birthday drink or 6!
Christine Ramsbottom
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