2016 Sponsorship

Logo 2016 (3 x 9s)The standard sponsorship package for 2016 is exactly the same as for last year.  If you are a regular sponsor and are here looking for the form, you can download the 2016 sponsorship form here.

The standard package for 2016 includes the following:
– 10 tickets for general admission at any session
– These tickets are the only way in to the early doors 5pm-6pm Thursday sponsors’ only hour
– £10 of beer tokens for anyone attending the 5pm – 6pm Thursday sponsors’ session
– Your name over a barrel
– Your name and details in the festival programme and linked from our website

The price for this standard package is £125.

If you are sponsoring as a business or company remember to tick YES on the form so that we can send you a receipt so that you can take the cost through your accounts.

If you want to do something a bit bigger than our standard sponsorship package, or if you want to do something a bit smaller, we can usually tailor something to fit.  Get in touch to sponsors@bentnbongs.com and we’ll see what we can do.

The Thursday 5pm-6pm Sponsors’ Session

We run the Thursday sponsors’ session as a way of saying Thank You to everyone who supports the festival.  While we open to the general public at 6pm on Thursday, we open an hour earlier for sponsors at 5pm.

And this is where the £10 of sponsors’ beer tokens come from.  As you walk in we give you a sheet of £10 worth of tokens so that your first few beers are on us.

These tokens work just like the tokens at the public sessions.  You buy your beer with them.  That makes your first £10 of beer absolutely free.

The tokens don’t expire at 6pm so you can use them any time through Thursday night.  This way you don’t need to feel like you have to drink quickly in order to get your money’s worth from the package.  You can enjoy a few beers, have a chat and a catch-up with the people you are with and generally have a chilled out time before the festival gets busier when the general public are admitted after 6pm.

If your tokens run out during the sponsors’ hour, fear not.  We will have the token desk open selling the regular tokens.  This way, if you want to try the most expensive beers early the choice is yours.  You can top up your token supply any time you want, or as soon as your free ones run out.  You can use your free tokens up quickly, or you can savour the taste of every mouthful and use them well into the night.  The choice is yours.  Just remember to use your sponsors’ tokens first as they aren’t exchangeable for cash when leaving the festival.

In case you are doing the maths, yes, you’re right, 10 people’s entrance plus 10 people each being given £10 of tokens … it comes to more value than the cost of the package.  It’s our way of saying Thank You for your support and getting the festival off to a great start.

Programme Advertising

We can also offer advertising space in the festival programme.  Anything from a quarter page right up to a full page including the back and inside covers.  Rates start from £75 for a quarter page ad making it a very affordable way to reach people; most of whom are local, most of whom enjoy a few beers, and a night out with friends, something good to eat and a bit of entertainment.  We can’t promise that advertising with us will put you in the comfy chairs on Dragon’s Den; but with around 4,000 visitors to the festival each year, it certainly won’t hurt.

If you want to take out a sponsorship package for 2016, just download the 2016 sponsorship form, fill in the details and send it back to the address shown on the form.  If you are interested in doing something a bit bigger or a bit smaller, please get in touch with us by emailing sponsors@bentnbongs.com and we’ll take it from there.  Or if you want to know more about advertising in the programme, email advertising@bentnbongs.com and we’ll get straight back to you.

Thanks as always, for supporting the festival and in doing so supporting the charities that we support.

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Thank You from The Daisy Garland

The Daisy Garland sent a thank-you letter for the donation of £250 from the proceeds of the 2014 festival.  (We’re running a bit behind the times with the blog at the moment!)

As with all thank-you letters.  It’s addressed to the trust but it’s actually a Thank-You to you.  Thank you for visiting the festival, for buying a few beers, for sponsoring a barrel, and for having a great time doing it.

The Daisy Garland’s tag line is ‘A journey of hope … for children with epilepsy’.  It’s thanks to you that this journey is now just a bit further forwards.The Daisy Garland Thank You 23-Oct-2014

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The 2015 A to Z of Beer

Here it is.  The official 2015 list of A to Z beers.

Enjoy …

Brewery Beer ABV% Tasting Notes
Ascot Anistasia’s Imperial Stout 8 Award winning deeply black stout with a tan head. It has aromas of roasted coffee, alcohol & chocolate.
Coach House Blueberry 5 Pale in colour with a light delicate bitterness and the natural flavour of Blueberry.
Brass Castle Cliffhanger 3.8 Malty nose with hints of grapefruit, initially sweet with golden fruity malt, then drying rapidly with a sharp citrus and herbal bitterness, really well balanced and refreshing.
Dunham Massey Dunham Porter 5.2 Award winning, old style English porter. Dark, creamy, full bodied and packed with falvour. Winter Champion Beer of Britain 2014.
Tempest Emanation Pale Ale 4.5 An eminently quaffable ale with a creamy copper hue and a light caramel sweetness. A rich hop fuels the piney, citrus aroma.
Hophurst Flaxen 3.7 An English pale golden ale with earthy hoppy aroma with hints of honey and a long refreshing finish. Hindley brewed.
Exmoor Gold 4.5 Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold in colour. Bitter-sweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out.
Allgates Hindley Deep 4.1 Pale amber beer using biscuit malt conditioned with goji berries.
Moorhouses Ice Witch 4.2 Pale golden beer with medium head. Aroma of pale malts and biscuit. Taste is pale malts, biscuit, citrus and a little lemon rind.
Fyne Jarl 3.8 A full-on citrus experience. Light and golden, a perfect ale for whiling away the hours on a sunny day or in Bent in January!
Canterbury Ales Knight’s Ale 4.6 A dark and complex malt base with roast and toffee notes, and a classic “Fuggles” hop finish.
Taylors Landlord 4.3 A BBBB Classic, a traditional well balanced Yorkshire bitter.
Holts Mild 3.2 Dark brown colour with light caramel malty sweetness.
Prospect Nutty Slack 3.9 A delicious dark mild with hints of liquorice and a smooth malty taste. Stan’s favourite beer.
Bank Top Old Slapper 4.2 A true blonde! Brewed with dwarf Hilary hops, the initial fruitiness is complimented by a pronounced hoppiness in the finish.
Coniston Potion No.9 8.5 Full-bodied and Beautifully bodied barley wine.
4Ts Quick IPA 4.9 Session IPD with subtle hops and big malt backbone.
Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild 6 Quite swiggable for a beer festival favourite. but one cannot drink a lot of this because it will sell out fast!
Martland Mill Spinnner’s Gold 3.8 An enjoyable, easily quaffable golden ale. Created with a well balanced hoppiness, a pleasant citrus taste with a hint of spiciness.
First Chop TEA 5 Inspired by a love of modern American pale ales. TEA is a full bodied 5% pale ale made with three malts.
Kite Uncle Sams APA 5 An American Pale Ale, With a good malt and hop balance, don’t let it blow you away!
4Ts Voluptuous Blond 3.7 An opulent, full-bodied, well formed, session ale.
Phoenix Wobbly Bob 6 A BBBB classic red-brown strong ale often referred to as “Bobbly Wob”.
Big Hand X12 – Solaris 3.9 Dark marmalade coloured with a crisp clean bitter finish.
Stringers Yellow Lorry 4 Pale golden coloured with citrus and toffee flavours, bitter woody notes and a bitter-sweet fruity finish.
Kent Zingiber 4.1 A blend of American Hops with highlights of ginger to provide an uplifting and refreshing light beer.

A Plan of Attack?

Dare we suggest a plan of attack?

Clearly, going out and aiming to do a pint of all 26 in one session is never going to end well.  At best you’ll get part way through the list before the devil on your shoulder utters those fateful words … boy … you could murder a kebab!

So instead.  A bit of maths.  There are 26 beers and there are 3 sessions.  That’s a rather nice 9 beers per session*.

There are some big lads in that list, so a half of each is plenty.

Attack the list this way and you are shaping up for one of the most memorable weekends ever.  Or perhaps one of the least memorable, depending on how good your memory is.

* And yes, 9 x 3 = 27, not 26.  But that extra one?  Having sampled all 26, surely the only way to finish is to go back for a pint of the one you enjoyed the most?

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