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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2015 Sponsorship

The 2015 beer festival logo - the beer festival knight studies the A to Z of beer.The standard sponsorship package for 2015 is pretty much exactly the same as it was last year.  If you sponsored last year you will know exactly what’s coming.  If however you are a regular sponsor and missed last year, or you are a new sponsor, it is really worth taking ten minutes to read this post so that you know how everything works.  Specifically the bit about the ‘sponsors’ hour’ on Thursday before the festival opens to the public.

The standard package for 2015 includes the following:
– 10 tickets for general admission at any session
– These tickets are the only way in to the early doors 5pm 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.

We are happy to provide a receipt for this so that you can take it as a cost through your business accounts.

So What Is This ‘Thursday Sponsors’ Only Hour’ And How Does It Work?

It’s basically our way of saying Thank You to everyone who supports the festival.  We open to the public at 6pm.  We open an hour earlier at 5pm to sponsors only.

And what’s more, when you walk in through the door 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 worth of beer absolutely free.

And yes; if you do the maths and multiply 10 people’s entrance plus 10 people each being given £10 of tokens … it comes to more value than the cost of the package.

The tokens don’t expire at 6pm when we open to the public.  So you don’t need to feel like you need to drink a lot in that sponsors’ hour to get your money’s worth.  We’ll go on accepting those tokens all through Thursday night.  The only difference between the sponsors’ tokens and regular tokens is that you cannot cash in the sponsors’ tokens when leaving the festival, so be sure to use them first.

And if your tokens run out during the sponsors’ hour, fear not.  We will have the token desk open from 5pm for selling the regular tokens.  This way, if you do 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 the free ones run out.  You can use your free tokens up quickly, or you can savour the taste of every mouthful and stretch them out well past 6pm.  The choice is yours.

Are There Any Other Sponsorship / Advertising Options?


If you want to do something a bit grander, get in touch with us at and we will talk through the options with you.  If you want to, you can sponsor the festival bars, the glasses, the entertainment and even the token sheets.  Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll see what we can do for you.  The key difference to doing something like this is that it gives your business much more exposure.  We are more than happy to string up your banner near whatever it is you are sponsoring.

Similarly, if the standard package is a bit too much for you but you might consider doing something a tad smaller, again get in touch and we will see what we can arrange.

For the 2015 festival we are also able to offer advertising space in the festival programme.  If this is something that interests you, drop us an email and we will get some details back to you.  We usually have around 4,000 visitors to the festival each year, give-or-take.  We aren’t promising that advertising with us will make you rich beyond belief.  But if done right we like to hope it’s as good as other alternatives.  4,000 potential customers who each enjoy a beer or two, nights out with friends and something good and wholesome to eat.  You don’t need much percentage take up to start seeing a return on the advert.

If you want to take out a sponsorship package for 2015, just download the 2015 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 and we’ll take it from there.  Or if you want to know more about advertising in the programme email 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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