Beer Festival 2018
The 8th annual Beer Festival was held on Saturday 8th September 2018 with a great turnout of 220 people. We had a great selection of beers from Longdog Brewery, New Wharf Brewery, Little London Brewery, Wild Weather and Bond Brews and ciders from Tutt's Clump and Crazy Dave's Cider and we did a pretty good job in drinking most of them.
The winning beers as voted by you were
1. Breakfast Stout from New Wharf
2. Luvly from Little London
3. English IPA from Longdog
The best cider/perry was Tutt's Clump Traditional Farmhouse Perry
We had a change of tempo with the main band this year as we welcomed the Clique Duo as well as singer songwriter, Zach Johnson who played earlier in the afternoon.
This year we had a very popular raffle with prized donated by all our breweries - thank you to them all.
Suzi and Jane were once more in charge of the catering and kept us all fed with tasty curries and pork rolls.
As always we are dependent on all the volunteers who turn out to help make the event run smoothly and we would like to thank all of them especially those who turned up for the heavy work in setting up the night before and clearing up on Sunday
Beer Festival 2017
The 7th Annual Silchester Beer Festival, held on Saturday 9th September was a thoroughly enjoyable event. We didn't sell as many tickets as last year but those that did attend made up for it by staying longer and buying many tasting tickets. We estimate that we had about 200 people through the door who had the chance to taste 10 beers and 4 ciders from a variety of independent brewers and the Calleva Arms kindly donated a barrel of London Pride for traditionalists who to like to stick to their local tipple. Details of the beers and ciders can be found on the Silchester Beer Festival Facebook page.
The winners were:
- Gold beer winner was Little London's ‘Night Porter’
- 2nd Little London's ‘29k’
- 3rd Bond's ‘Bengal Tiger’
- Top cider was again Tutt's Clumps ‘Farmhouse’
A band from Aldershot called The Firm entertained us. They sang firm favourites and although some drinkers left to go outside to continue chatting a goodly number stayed to enjoy live electric guitars played with gusto! The website lemonrock.com has their details for those looking for a band to book.
The catering was done by our local professional caterers 'Suzi & Jane Catering.' This year they served a variety of meals ranging in price from Chicken and Veg. Curries, Slow roast pork in Brioche rolls to Sausage rolls from 6:00 pm. They have a Facebook page where you can find their contact details or pop in to see them at the Pop up Cafe on the Common on the days when they are in the Pavilion
Beer Festival 2016
The 6th Annual Silchester Beer Festival, held on Saturday 10th September, was a fantastic success with a record number of people attending to taste 14 beers and 4 ciders from a variety of independent brewers and cideries. Everyone was entertained late into the evening by the music of Moonfly and Marc Stevens.
We sold most of the tickets in advance (almost unheard of for a village event!!) and unfortunately due to the limits on numbers in the hall, we had to turn some people away. We sincerely apologise to everyone who was unable to get in and hope you will come back next year.
Participants were asked to rank their favourites, which was no easy task given the different styles of beer on show. Broken Bridge Brewery's ‘No Chaff’ came first, followed closely by Little London Brewery's ‘Red Boy’ and ‘Ash Park Special. Tutt's Clump Traditional Farmhouse cider was voted best cider.
The catering was done this year by ‘Suzi & Jane Catering’ and we had some very favourable comments about the food on offer.
The Association would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help make the event so much fun