Festivales is super delighted to be back again serving up the best in local, independent and award- winning brews, craft lagers and ciders, premium artisan spirits and deliciously lip smacking wines. We are so excited!
Let’s hear it for Beer!
Cheers for Beer!
It’s no wonder we love beer so much; like an old friend it’s been with us since the beginning. We drank it before we drank clean water, and we evolved it from its rudimentary beginning to the complex varieties of types and flavours we enjoy today. As Nicola Robinson remarked “If Britain was a living being, beer would be the blood that runs through its veins.”
Did you know?
Beer Day Britain is on June 15th and that is also the date Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Article 35 of the great charter stated:
Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely the London quarter.
Ale was so important in England in 1215 that it was mentioned in one of the most significant legal documents in history.
So let us whet your appetite with some of the lip smacking, thirst quenching brews we can’t wait for you to try at Thame Food Festival 2018. And underneath each one are ideas of the wonderful Street Food you can find at the festival to eat with them.
Thame Food Festival 2018 Beer Line-Up.
Available in the Pop-Up Pub.
Crafty Fox | Hook Norton Brewery | 4.8% | Dark Red
This shouldn’t work but we think it does. India Pale Ale with heady hoppy fruit flavours combine with the darkness of stout. But can you really have a black IPA? C’mon dive into the dark side.
Food match: BBQ meat, tacco’s and smoked cheeses work well with this fella.
Four | XT Brewing | 3.8% | Amber
Brewed just down the road. This is a modern session amber ale – a blend of English and Belgian malts matched with fruity America and English hops. Be warned this is very supable!
Food match: Delicious with pizza, smoked port, roast meats and fried food.
Good Old Boy | West Berkshire Brewery | 4% | Deep Amber
A multi-award winning classic bitter, Good Old Boy is brewed with a blend of rich Maris Otter malted barley and fruity Bramling Cross and Northdown hops to produce an exceptionally well-balanced and full flavoured beer.
Food match: Fantastic with homemade beef pie.
Hop Kitty | XT Brewing | 3.9% | Golden
A Low on ABV, huge on Hops. This is a pale ale, packed with more Citra and Cascade than ever before. Hopcat is bursting with intense tropical and citrus flavours. Lightly toasted malts give a hint of sweetness before a second round of hops, big Mango and Lychee zest courtesy of a generous Citra third round of dry hopping.
Food match: Perfect with light bites such as fish, chicken and salad.
Hooky | Hook Norton Brewery | 3.5% | Auburn
Multi-award winner, this ale is a perennial. A subtly balanced, amber bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate – the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.
Food match: A traditional Ploughman’s is an ideal partner.
Mr Chubbs Lunchtime Bitter | West Berkshire Brewery | 3.7% | Pale Copper
This beautifully balanced session ale has a refreshing light floral flavour provided by a single variety of English hops. Mr Chubbs was the nickname given to the founder’s father, a lock keeper on the River Thames.
Food match: A great artisan cheese partner.
Rebellion IPA | Rebellion Brewery | 3.7% | Copper
A copper coloured, easy drinking beer. Well balanced malt and hop flavours continue to a long, refreshing and clean finish.
Food match: Fantastic with char-grilled burgers and sausages.
Three West Coast IPA | XT Brewing | 4.2% | Golden
An American style IPA – packed with Chinook, Columbus and Cascade hops from the American North West – crisp, clean and refreshing with a lasting hoppy bite.
Food match: Great with steak and barbecue meats and spicy Mexican food.
Zeberdee | Rebellion Brewery | 4.7% | Straw
A straw coloured, pale ale with a clean, fresh & uncomplicated taste. The hops add a crisp bitterness, making it very drinkable. Citra hops added in the hopback give Zebedee a tropical fruit aroma.
Food match: A match made in heaven with a good spicy curry.
So secret we don’t even know what it is yet! Will it be dark and mysterious, pale and refined or will it be sour? All good things come to those that wait. Keep checking back for more details and all will be revealed.
Renegade Craft Lager | Renegade Brewery | 4.5%
RENEGADE CRAFT LAGER
This uncompromising lager is crisp, clean and utterly refreshing. Lagered for six weeks and loaded with Progress and Fuggles hops for masses of flavour.
Food Matching: Delicious with lighter foods such as white fish or chicken salad or a great BBQ partner.
We will also have on offer some curiously delicious cocktails like Tipsy Gypsy Ice Tea – a lightly sparkling blend of award-winning rather special British vodka, gooseberry, elderflower and earl grey and Wild Rose Gin – A sparkling wild fusion of premium British gin, raspberry & blackberry, all set off with a unique rose extract. We will be releasing details on our jammed packed drinks line-up soon so be sure to check back. Not sure what to match with your yummy food? Do not fear as we will be providing details of best food pairings too!
“I exercise strong self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.” — W.C. Fields
The Botanical Gin Garden is back! Bursting with delicious new perfumes and tastes to tantalise. Ah feel the ice cold glass, the iridescent sparkle of fizz, savour the zest of the botanics awakening your senses before the full explosion of flavours hit your tongue. We will be serving up some of your favourites from last year as well as bringing you some new delights – all with different provinces, styles and ingredients. Why not try our ‘OMG&T’ – Portabello Road Gin, summer berries, elderflower, lime and Fever-Tree Tonic, or ‘The Lavendula G&T’ made with aromatic Cotswold Gin with Cotswold Lavender and served with Fever Tree Tonic, pink grapefruit and a bay leaf or perhaps you’d prefer a refreshingly spicy Rhubarb & Ginger Fizz, made with award-winning Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur topped up with cool prosecco. We’ll be releasing more details of the gins on offer shortly so be sure to check back.