A preview of the 16 beers available in the Marquee at this weekends beer festival (2nd-4th October) at the Brewery tap. More beers yet to be announced will be at the bar
We are now into beer festival season in Abingdon on Thames. Last weekend we enjoyed The Cross Keys beer festival, where the first drink to sell out was Bristol Port Cider, and next week The Broad Face has a beer and music festival (6th-8th April). However this weekend sees probably the largest beer festival ever held in Abingdon on Thames. The Brewery Tap’s Spring Beer and Cider (and pies and music) festival.
There are several beers here never before seen in Abingdon on Thames, including the launch of Abingdon’s Loose Cannon Brewery’s Blonde ale; three new beers from The recently opened Aylesbury Brewhouse and the launch of XT Brewery’s Number 6. The complete list of ales and ciders along with tasting notes can be found here.
There will live music from Rascals of Rythmn on Friday evening, Big Blues Band on Saturday and George Haslam’s Swingtime band on Sunday at 5pm.
The Festival runs from Friday March 25th to Sunday March 27th.
Despite recent pub closures (Fitzharris, Ox, Nags Head and Plough), Abingdon is still a good place for pubs and real ale with many of the still open pubs offering a good range of real ales in good condition and frequent beer festivals. Following on from the recent beer festival at the Cross Keys, there are 3 more local pub beer festivals coming up in the next few months. Continue reading
The King’s Head and Bell on East St. Helen’s Street is holding its 2nd Summer Beer Festival this weekend. On Saturday, the Hook Norton draymen (Taffy and Roger Hughes) brought their shire horses to the pub. On Sunday afternoon, Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers will be doing some dancing and playing music from 2pm.
There is a good range of 20 real ales outside (and 4 more at the bar). Many of them are from local breweries including:
- Loose Cannon, Abingdon: Pale Ale and Abingdon Bridge
- Hook Norton: Hooky Dark, Hooky Gold, Old Hooky, Hooky Double Stout, Haymaker, Flagship
- Appleford: Power Station
- White Horse: Saracen IP
- Vale: Grumpling
- West Berkshire: Dr. Hexter’s Healer
- Oxfordshire Ales: Pride of Oxfordshire
- Butts: Barbus Barbus
From further afield are:
- Andwell, Hampshire: Gold Muddle
- Box Steam Brewery, Wiltshire: Tunnel Vision and Funnel Blower
- Cottage Brewery, Somerset: Licence to Chew
- Rebellion, Marlow: Mutiny
- Red Squirrel, Hertfordshire: Summer Ale
- Sadlers, Stourbridge: Stumbling Badger
- Adnams: Broadside
- Wadworth 6X
There are also 5 real ciders.
I haven’t tried everything yet, but probably the Hooky Flagship is my favourite so far.
You can also see more pictures of the horses on The Abingdon Blog