Last updated: 23-May-2003
- A theme this year is to have as many previous Festival Champion Beers as possible.
- If you're looking at this at the beginning of the Festival week, some won't be ready yet.
- If it's later in the week, some will have sold out, in which case we may have
bought in extras not on the original list (possibly some "old favourites").
- See the various notices for the latest information.
- There should always be a good choice of beers on at any one time.
- The ones which are "on" have cards displayed on or near the casks giving
the details, including the price.
- If you can't find a card for a specific beer, it's not on at the moment.
- Descriptions are from the Good Beer Guide, the brewery or from the Web (e.g. other Festivals).
- We are using oversize glasses, allowing us to serve you a full pint (or half)
of beer with plenty of space for the head.
- Adnams (Southwold, Suffolk) 1890
- Bitter (3.7%)
- This is the classic Southwold bitter, full to the brim with fragrant aromas
of hops and malt. Dry, refreshing, with a lingering bitterness.
- Regatta (4.3%)
- Light, bright and crisp in flavour with a refresing touch of bitterness.
- Atlas (Kinlochleven, Argyll) February 2002
- Latitude (3.5%)
- A very hoppy, bitter pale ale.
- Smoking Barrels (3.6%)
- Tempest Wheat Beer (4.9%)
- A naturally cloudy, full-flavoured wheat beer with
distinctive citrus and spicy notes to the nose and palate.
- B&T (Shefford, Bedfordshire) 1981
- Two Brewers Bitter (3.6%) (midweek beer reorder)
- Shefford Bitter (3.8%) (midweek beer reorder)
- A pleasant, predominately hoppy session beer with a bitter finish.
- Badger (Blandford St Mary, Dorset) 1777
- Tanglefoot (5.1%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Strong Bitter in 1985 and 1987.
A deceptively strong ale, light in colour, with fruity notes balanced with a smooth
hoppiness, biscuity flavour and spicy finish.
- Bartrams (Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk) 1996
- Cherry Stout (4.8%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival 2000 Champion Beer
- A beer brewed to benefit charity; featured at the recent East Anglian Beer Festival in Bury St Edmunds
- Batemans (Wainfleet, Lincolnshire) 1824
- Dark Mild (3.0%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Mild in 1985, 1986 and 2002.
Ruby/black mild, with a creamy brown head, a fruit and nut nose
leading to a complex mix of malt hop and fruit taste. The sweetness
dies, but bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
- XB (3.7%)
- A distinctive, well balanced bitter, with a refreshing dry bitterness on the
palate and a pleasing hoppy finish.
- XXXB (4.8%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Strong Bitter in 1986, and five times
Premium Beer of the Year at CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival. A strong bitter with
a complex palate, consisting of a delicate aroma of hops balanced by a prominent malty
- Black Sheep (Masham, Yorks) 1992
- Special (4.4%)
- A clean-drinking beer with a creamy head, with Goldings Hops and
Maris Otter Barley.
- Blanchfield (Fakenham, Norfolk) 1997
- Bull Best Bitter (3.9%)
- A moderately bitter beer with a hoppy backbone that is
not apparent in the delicate malty nose. Easy on the tongue, the finish contains a
subtle blend of malt, hops and bitterness.
- White Bull (4.4%)
- A summer-seasonal wheat beer.
- Blue Moon (Barford, Norfolk) 1997
- Easy Life (3.8%)
- A toffee-like malt base blends well with a bitterness that slowly
recedes to a slightly sweeter finish. Hop notes also slowly fade in the amber-coloured beer.
The nose is a deceptively light mix of malt and hop.
- Moondance (4.7%)
- Buffy (Tivetshall St Mary, Norfolk) 1993
- Norwich Terrier (3.6%)
- Brewed using Halcyon and Marris Otter malts, it's flavoured
with First Gold hops with contributions from Styrian and Mounthood hops.
- India Ale (4.6%)
- Golden in colour and flavoured with dwarf First Gold hops.
- Bullmastiff (Leckwith, Cardiff) 1987
- Gold (3.8%)
- Champion beer of Wales 1999 and 2000. A hoppy aroma invites you
to taste a fine blend of hops and fruit with malt to balance. A refreshing juicy hop
finish completes the beer. Golden beer to match its awards.
- Welsh Red (4.8%)
- Buntingford (Buntingford, Hertfordshire) 2001
- Golden Pale Ale (4.5%)
- Mardock (4.5%)
- One of a range of beers brewed to commemorate the long lost
Buntingford railway line. This beer recalls Mardock (for Wareside) station, and is
brewed with treacle in honour of the famous Wareside Treacle Mine.
- Cains (Liverpool) 1850
- Sundowner (4.5%)
- A refreshing golden premium ale for summer.
Brewed using 100% premium-quality malt to which is added
the unusual citrus twist of lemon.
- City of Cambridge (Chittering, Cambridgeshire) 1997
- Jet Black (3.7%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Champion Beer in 1998. A uniquely styled
black beer, mild but full in flavour and body.
- Grantchester Mild (3.7%) (midweek beer reorder)
- A batch of Jet Black which has been maturing since last September!
- Hobsons Choice (4.1%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Champion Beer in 1997. In 1998,
Finalist in the Champion Beer of Britain Contest at the Great British Beer Festival at
Olympia. Bronze award 1999 English Ale Awards. A light golden bitter with a
pronounced hop aroma, contributing to the refreshing bitter aftertaste.
- Sunset Square (4.2%)
- Bramling Traditional (5.5%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Strong Bitter in 1999 and 2000.
Fruity and delicious, made with rarely used Bramling Cross hops.
- Cottage (Lovington, Somerset) 1993
- Western Glory (4.8%)
- Crouch Vale (South Woodham Ferrers, Essex) 1981
- IPJ Mild (3.7%)
- Brewed in honour of tasting panels everywhere, this is a lovely full
mash mild with no "paint" in sight!
- Crouch Red (4.3%)
- A lovely red-hued beer in the Irish style.
- Earl Soham (Earl Soham, Suffolk) 1984
- Gannet Mild (3.3%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Mild in 1987 and 1989.
Dark, fuggley and slightly sweet...
- Sir Roger's Porter (4.2%)
- Black, full-bodied and sweet. Made with chocolate malt, and
an open fire in mind!
- Elgoods (Wisbech, Cambridgeshire) 1877
- Black Dog (3.6%)
- A traditional dark mild with malt and hops well balanced, giving a
pleasant aroma and splendid roasted, bitter flavours.
- Double Swan (4.5%)
- A complex palate with a refreshingly light hop character.
- Exmoor (Wiveliscombe, Somerset) 1980
- Gold (4.5%)
- Pale gold in colour with a malty aroma and flavour, its slight sweetness is
complemented by its long hoppiness.
- Hart (4.8%)
- A full flavoured strong bitter with a warm brown colour. Initial maltiness,
with hints of fruit and a delicious hop aftertaste.
- Fenland (Chatteris, Cambridgeshire) 1997
- Fenland IPA (3.9%)
- Doctor's Orders (5.0%)
- A russet best bitter with a ruby glint and a complex
malty fruit aroma, with a blend of First Gold hops and three varieties of Norfolk malts.
- Fox (Heacham, Norfolk) May 2002
- Heacham Gold (3.9%)
- Voted 3rd place for Champion Beer of the recent Ely
- LJB (4.0%)
- Fullers (Chiswick, London) 1699
- Chiswick (3.5%)
- A clean-tasting, flowery, hoppy and highly-regarded session beer.
- ESB (5.5%)
- Rich malt, tangy fruit, spicy hops, a peppery note in the long finish and
hints of orange, lemon and gooseberry fruit. Nutty, marmaladey, and gorgeous.
Champion Beer in its category at the 1990 Festival.
- Goachers (Maidstone, Kent) 1983
- Fine Light Ale (3.7%)
- A pale, golden brown session bitter with a strong floral, hoppy
aroma and aftertaste.
- Goldstar (5.1%)
- A pale and full-flavoured bitter.
- Hardy & Hansons (Nottingham) 1832
- Mild (3.1%)
- A rich ruby traditional Midlands dark mild with nutty and roast malt
flavours coming through in the aftertaste.
Champion Mild of the 1988 Festival.
- Best Bitter (3.9%)
- A beautifully balanced golden brew with good bitterness and a full
and satisfying finish.
- Harveys (Lewes, Sussex) 1790
- Sussex XX Mild Ale (3.0%)
- A dark copper-brown colour. Roast malt dominates
the aroma and palate leading to a sweet, caramel finish.
- Armada Ale (4.5%)
- Hoppy amber best bitter. Well-balanced fruit and hops
dominate throughout with a fruity palate.
- Harviestoun (Dollar, Clackmannanshire) 1985
- Belgian White (4.3%)
- A summer special.
- Hebridean (Stornoway, Isle of Lewis) January 2002
- Celtic Black (4.2%)
- Islander Strong Premium Ale (4.8%)
- Brewed with special coloured Scots malt, deep
ruby in colour and predominantly malty with robust hopping to match. Complex like the
Hebrides themselves, with hidden rewards waiting for those who search them out. A
perfect drink after a hard day's work!
- Hesket Newmarket (Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria) 1988
- Blencathra (3.2%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Champion Beer in 1989. A dark ruby
traditional bitter, malty throughout with a lasting bitterness.
- Catbells Pale Ale (5.0%)
- Refreshingly easy to drink but deceptively strong pale ale -
winner at CAMRA's 1997 Merseyside Festival.
- Hobden's Wessex Brewery (Warminster, Wiltshire) 2001
- Russian Stoat (9.0%)
- It may have the ability to bite you.
- Hook Norton (Hook Norton, Oxfordshire) 1849
- Bitter (3.4%)
- A well-balanced golden bitter, dry and malty on the palate, with a hoppy
bitterness in aroma and taste.
- Old Hookey (4.6%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Bitter in 1984. An unusual reddish
brown beer with a strong nutty aroma and palate balanced with fruitiness. Full-bodied
with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.
- Iceni (Ickburgh, Norfolk) 1995
- Elvenden Forest Gold (3.8%)
- Raspberry Wheat (5.0%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Speciality Beer in 2001.
- LAD Lager (5.0%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Speciality Beer in 2000.
An American-style ale, deliciously flavoured with summer fruits,
Harsbrucker hops and wheat and lager malts.
- Lidstone (Wickhambrook, near Newmarket, Suffolk) 1998
- Rowley Mild (3.2%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Mild in 1999. A distinctive, dark
beer, traditionally brewed with chocolate malt.
- Session Bitter (3.7%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Joint Champion Beer in 2002. Intensely aromatic, straw-coloured
ale offering a superb balance of malt and hops on the tongue; an ideal session beer by any
- Oat Stout (4.4%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Joint Champion Beer in 2001.
- G.O.S.S.A (5.7%)
- Barley Wine (8.9%)
- Maldon (Maldon, Essex) November 2002
- Hotel Porter (4.2%)
- Mallard (Carlton, Nottingham) 1995
- Duck and Dive (3.7%)
- A light beer with a hoppy nose, good bitterness and a dry palate.
- Drake (4.5%)
- A full-bodied premium bitter, with malt and hops on the palate and a
- Duck Down Stout (4.6%)
- Black and fruity.
- Mauldons (Sudbury, Suffolk) 1982
- Dickens (4.0%)
- A light coloured bitter with a fine distinctive hop nose and a
refreshingly dry fruity finish.
- Peggotty's Porter (4.1%)
- A traditional dark porter brewed with roasted rye malt and
choicest fuggle hops resulting in a rich biscuity flavour.
- Milton (Milton, Cambridge) 1999
- Jupiter (3.5%)
- A golden session beer with a delicate hoppy flavour leading to a
satisfying bitter finish.
- Pegasus (4.1%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Bitter in 2001. Hops dominate the first
impressions of this majestic ale, but the long, fruity/toffee finish shows that this is
anything but a one-dimensional brew.
- Constantine (4.1%)
- Pale, crisp and highly hopped - very refreshing!
- Colossus (5.6%)
- Pale and hoppy, a well balanced but surprisingly strong bitter.
- Queen of Sheba (6.0%)
- Specially brewed for this Festival by six female volunteers; rich, strong and very dark.
- Mammon (7.0%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Old Ale/Strong Mild in 2001. The
epitome of greed. Rich, dark, mysterious and warming. Specially aged for this festival, it
now has a wonderfully complex flavour.
- Moorhouses (Burnley, Lancashire) Mid 19th Century
- Black Cat Mild (3.4%)
- An excellent dark, fruity ale. Smooth and well-balanced with
fruity, chocolate and coffee flavours to complement the bitter roast character that lingers
on in the aftertaste. Champion Beer of Britain 2000.
- Pendle Witches Brew (5.1%)
- A faint malty nose leads into a rich, sweetish nutty
flavour with a subtle hoppy bitterness. This develops into a delightful lasting bitter finish.
- Nethergate (Clare, Suffolk) 1986
- Suffolk County 4.0%
- Formerly Nethergate Bitter, Suffolk County retains the classic
Nethergate taste but is not so intensely bitter as previously. Still a fine balanced beer with
plenty of hops and malt.
- Old Growler (5.0%)
- A complex and satisfying porter, smooth and distinctive.
Sweetness, roast malt and fruit feature in the palate, with bitter chocolate
lingering. The finish is powerfully hoppy.
- Oakham (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire) 1993
- Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB) (3.8%)
- Delightful, thirst-quenching, straw-coloured
brew with a distinctive, floral and grassy hop character on the nose and palate.
Champion Bitter of the 25th Cambridge Beer Festival,
Champion Beer of Britain in 2001 and many other awards.
- AD56 (5.6%)
- O'Hanlons (Whimple, Devon) 1996
- Yellowhammer (4.5%)
- Light, fragrant and refreshing - citrus aromas, sweet malt, not
too dry, bursts on the tongue!
- Port Stout (4.5%)
- A blending of rich ruby port and stout - a unique and original brew
based on an Irish morning-after "corpse reviver"!
- Old Cannon (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk) 1999
- Best Bitter (3.8%)
- A fruity, hoppy bitter, full of flavour and very refreshing.
- Spring Ale (4.5%)
- Old Stables (Sandy, Bedfordshire) September 2002
- Stable Ale (4.4%)
- Black Beauty Stout (4.2%)
- Oldershaw (Grantham, Lincolnshire) 1997
- Sunnydaze (4.0%)
- A wheat beer brewed with 40% wheat, giving a refreshing and
- Regal Blonde (4.4%)
- Brewed with Czech and German hops to produce a cask-conditioned lager with good hop aroma and taste.
- Orkney (Quoyloo, Stromness) 1988
- Dark Island (4.6%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Champion Beer in 1999. Ruby coloured,
with a beautiful malt and hop balance.
- Skullsplitter (8.5%)
- Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney,
this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose. It is rich and satiny in the mouth
with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes.
- Pitfield (London) 1996
- East Kent Goldings (4.2%)
- Orange/gold ale with a fruity, peppery hop nose,
balanced by smooth malt in the taste, which is not too bitter.
- Hoxton Best Bitter (4.8%)
- A strong, malty beer, dark copper in colour, with a malty
- Potton (Potton, Bedfordshire) 1997
- Phoenix 3.8% (midweek beer reorder)
- Randalls (Guernsey) Mid 17th Century
- Mild (3.6%)
- IPA (3.8%)
- Patois Ale (5.0%)
- Amber in colour, with a hoppy aroma. Bitter and hoppy both
in the palate and finish.
- Ridleys (Chelmsford, Essex) 1842
- IPA (3.5%)
- Well-balanced session beer with a delicate orange character yielding
to a hoppy aftertaste.
- Robinsons (Stockport, Cheshire) 1868
- Old Tom (8.5%)
- A full-bodied dark beer, it has malt, fruit and chocolate in the
aroma. A delightfully complex range of flavours including dark chocolate, full
maltiness, treacle toffee and fruits lead to a long, bitter-sweet aftertaste.
- Rockingham (Elton, Cambridgeshire) 1997
- Fruits of the Forest (4.5%)
- A fruity Belgian-style beer.
- A1 Festival Ale (4.0%)
- Sarah Hughes (Sedgley, W. Midlands) 1860s
- Ruby Mild (6.0%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Old Ale/Strong Mild in 1999 and 2002.
- Spectrum (Barford, Norfolk) June 2002
- Bezants (4.0%)
- Golden, hoppy bitter.
- Trip Hazard (6.5%)
- Hoppy flavours.
- St Austell (St Austell, Cornwall) 1851
- Black Prince (4.0%)
- A black ale, deep and dark with a full-bodied fruity flavour.
- HSD (5.0%)
- A full-bodied strong Cornish ale brimming with a kaleidoscope of malty
and hoppy flavours.
- St Peters (Bungay, Suffolk) 1996
- Best Bitter (3.7%)
- A light, hoppy, traditional best bitter with a distinctly East Anglian taste.
- Honey Porter (5.1%)
- A traditional porter made with honey for a unique aroma and taste.
- Steamin' Billy (Oadby, Leics) - brewing contracted to Grainstore, Oakham
- Bitter (4.3%)
- A well-rounded beer with a light floral flavour and aroma and a satisfying aftertaste.
- BSB (4.7%)
- A full-bodied strong bitter with a good hoppy aftertaste.
- Timothy Taylor (Keighley, W. Yorks.) 1858
- Golden Best (3.5%)
- A clean-tasting and refreshing amber-coloured mild with
fruit on the nose, a light hoppy taste, a bitter finish and background malt
throughout. A good session beer.
- Porter (3.8%)
- A unique sweet, malty stout with a glorious dark colour.
- Landlord (4.3%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Champion Beer in 1986. A classic strong pale
ale, with a complex and hoppy aroma, has been CAMRA's beer of the year four times.
Now with Madonna's stamp of approval!
- Tolly - now brewed by Ridleys since 2002 take-over
- Mild (3.5%)
- Cambridge Beer Festival Best Mild in 1991. A dark, distinctively malty
mild, smooth and flavoursome.
- Ventnor (Isle of Wight) 1996
- Golden Bitter (4.0%)
- A golden honey-coloured bitter brewed with natural spring
- Oyster Stout (4.5%)
- Containing real oysters, this beer is a rich combination of the
sweetness of an English stout and the silky smoothness of an Irish stout. The brewery's
drayman calls it "Black Viagra", so you have been warned !
- Winter (Norwich, Norfolk) 2001
- Bitter (3.8%)
- A delicious malty, hoppy session beer.
- Revenge (4.7%)
- Golden coloured and well-hopped, for a distinct bitterness with a
sweetish finish that makes this a warmer beer.
- Wolf (Attleborough, Norfolk) 1996
- Golden Jackal (3.7%)
- A hoppy, thirst-quenching golden bitter.
- Stout (4.5%)
- A rich, dark, strong stout.
- Woodforde (Woodbastwick, Norwich) 1980
- Mardler's Mild (3.5%)
- Smooth and gentle mild, dark red in colour, roast maltiness
counters the bitter-sweet fruitiness for a short, light finish.
- Wherry Best Bitter (3.8%)
- Amber in colour with a golden syrupy flavour that blends a
well-balanced, classic, creamy bitter. A fine blend of hops, bitternes and fruit gives a light
but complex feel. A long, consistent finish, with little flavour loss.
- Nelson's Revenge (4.5%)
- A full-bodied pale amber beer with the rich flavour of
Dundee cake! Sultana fruit, hoppy bitterness and a full, light feel culminating in a warm,
- Admiral's Reserve (5.0%)
- An outstandingingly rich and rounded 5% beer, with a
warm and inviting reddish chestnut colour. The beer has a delicous fruit aroma, and
tasting reveals an initial sweetness which develops into complex malt and fruit flavours,
and ends with the crisp bitterness from English Hops. Launched in April
2002 to celebrate their 21st Anniversary.
- Wye Valley (Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire) 1996
- Dorothy Goodbody Golden Ale (4.2%)
- A well-hopped golden ale with a distinctive malty flavour.
- Butty Bach (4.5%)
- A fine amber coloured golden ale, voted Beer of the Festival
three times in the last five years at Cardiff.
ALE No. 310: 30th Cambridge Beer Festival Programme
Cambridge & District CAMRA
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