Beers 2023

Here is the list of beers you can expect to see at our 2023 10th Old Town Beer Festival!

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Please note these are subject to change and final confirmation dependant on availability. 

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BreweryBeer NameTypeABVTasting Notes
Arkells (Swindon)CoronationDark/ Stout4.5Brewed to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty KING CHARLES III on the 6th May 2023.
A smooth, chocolatey traditional style dark ale brewed using traditional methods in our Victorian brewery.
Blue MonkeyChoc Orange GorillaStout4.9A hearty black stout full of malty complexity. Very smooth, with a hint of chocolate and orange!
Blue MonkeyBG SipsPale4We stuff 20 kilograms of the legendary ‘Brewers Gold’ hops into every small scale batch we brew, to create this beautifully pale and intensely hoppy beer. These wonderful hops impart enticing tropical fruit aromas and a lovely thirst quenching bitterness.
Blue MonkeyJungle VIPUsa Pale4.4Packed with American Mosaic hops giving flavours of tropical fruits, including peach, mango lemon and a resinous pine.
BrewstersBeacon (Hophead)Pale3.6Renamed to Beacon for the festival to recognise Christ Church as the ‘Beacon’ on the hill shining out across Swindon for all to see. A pale golden beer with a fresh zesty hop character. Highlights of orange, lemon and blackcurrant notes from a blend of English/ American hops.
BrewstersHoly GR-ALE (Aromantica) Amber4.2Renamed to Holy GR-ALE especially for our 10th beer festival. A touch of roast malt for a light amber brew with a slightly sweet nutty flavour. Citra hops to the fore give tropical hop notes and aromas of lime and passion fruit with a refreshingly long aromatic finish.
Bristol Beer FactoryNotoriousPale3.8Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial combine to make a legend of a pint: citrus, sherbet, black pepper, floral, tropical and piney flavours make this an epic pour.
Bristol Beer FactoryLucky PeakIPA4.2The malt platform is key to balance these pineapple notes: Naked Oats smooths the feel out and Hana heritage pilsner malt brings you back for more with a smooth crispness.
Bristol Beer FactoryClear HeadAlcohol Free0.5Two of the best US hops, Citra and Mosaic are combined to give Clear Head plenty of punch. Flavours of sharp citrus, apple and stone fruits shine through and to give this beer great body. The brewer also has added lactose for a subtle smooth creamy sweetness. Finishing with a crisp dryness on your palette, you won't miss a thing with this alcohol-free pint of beer. It has Gluten value less than 10pp. 5% of Clear Head profits go directly to Talk Club, creating a sustainable, positive, mental health community. This is a beer for good.   
Cotswold LionGolden FleeceGold4.4Golden IPA. A full flavoured citrusy ale.
Cotswold LionShepherds DelightGold3.6Crisp light, golden ale with a refreshing clean citrus flavour.
Downton BreweryDream a little dreamPale3.6Pale to mid gold and clear with a soapy head. Sweet juicy aroma, white grape, some grassy and floral notes. Bitter taste with intense bittering hop in the back of the tongue.
Downton BreweryHoney BlondeBlonde4.3Honey blonde is a light refreshing blonde/ golden ale, with subtle hints of honey and softly sweet malt.
Drink Valley (Swindon)Dark Treacle Toffee StoutDark4.5Dark, velvety rich stout with treacle toffee and dark chocolate taste.
Drink Valley (Swindon)American Brown AleAmber4.7Malty, Toasty, Earthy and Citrusy with hint of bitter chocolate.
Drink Valley (Swindon)Hop-ostlesGold5.0Brewed especially for the 10th beer festival and named after the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Traditional, highly hopped IPA with perfect malt balance.
DuckBack Sack & QuackMild4.2Black cherry, cola and toffee with a caramel finish and a berry aroma.
Duck22Bitter4.3A wonderfully balanced best bitter with good malty flavour and dark fruit notes, these are offset by a strong hop with a very clean finish.
DuckNice WeatherCopper4.1Copper coloured session ale. Blackberry, strawberry and floral rose notes in perfect balance with just the right amount of malt character.
HopbackMay FlyPale4.8This all English brew contains three heritage English hops and maris otter pale malt. Pale gold in colour this ale has hints of fruit, with a zesty finish.
HopbackEntireStout4.5A rich dark stout with a strong roasted malt flavour and a long, smooth aftertaste. Suitable for vegans.
Hop KettleWestern StarAmber4.5Amber Ale with a complex grain bill bringing bready malt flavour with hints of dark caramel, honey and rye spice, combined with a West Coast US hop character, as Simcoe and Amarillo hops provide bright stone fruit and orange citrus notes (GLUTEN FREE).
Hop KettleHelles LagerPilsner5.3Cask Pilsner Hop kettle style brewed with traditional hops, malt and yeast. Smooth, Clean lots of flavor.
ListersBest BitterAmber3.9Traditional in style but triple hopped giving it a deep and lasting finish. It is amber in colour, full flavoured, balanced and moreish.
ListersTail WaggerPale4.1Brewed specially to support our doggy friends through Lister’s Dog Foundation, this is a deep ochre pale ale with a satisfying lasting finish. 5p from each pint sold goes to Lister's Dog Foundation.
LittleoverEagleUSA IPA5As our friend Sam would say, “it’s the American way”... We’ve filled this Pale with the juiciest American hops and balanced with gentle malts. GF
LittleoverPantherStout4.2 A rich smooth warming stout with hints on coffee, chocolate and Irish whisky, a very drinkable dark beer. GF and Vegan.
LittleoverKing GeorgeBitter4A traditional bitter beautifully balanced with English malt and hops. This moreish beer has malty bitterness, hints of blackcurrant and refreshing crisp finish. GF and Vegan.
Moor BrewingRevival Pale3.8Brewed to revive you when you need it most.  A modern reimagining of a classic session bitter, combining American hops with a British sense of balance and drinkability.
Moor BrewingIlluminationGolden 4.2The rawest form of an untraditional best bitter, golden and inviting, like a pub fire after a long walk.
Plain AlesIncognitoPort Stout4.8A dark port stout with an oak and port flavour and the aroma of sweet port casks.
Plain AlesFool's GoldPale3.5A pale beer with hints of tropical fruits. Think sitting on a hot beach somewhere.
Rusty GarageBroken Axle Brown6.5Unfined version of rich, dark, brown ale. Malty with hint of sweetness, toffee and molasses.
Rusty GarageNo BrakesNEIPA4.5Very citrusy and fruity hop bomb. Pale, easy drinking traditional NEIPA that looks like orange juice.
Rusty GarageVicars TippleMilk Stout4.3
Renamed Vicar’s Tipple for the festival in homage to our very own Revd Simon Stevenette. Black stout with creamy head. Malty with notes of coffee, medium bitterness, contains lactose.
Stonehenge AlesSign of SpringGreen/ Bitter4.6A light coloured and beautiful translucent green premium ale, traditionally brewed using only the finest quality of Stonehenge Spring Water, barley and wheat malts, whole hops and the brewery’s own top-fermenting yeast and a drop of green magic. This beer is incredibly smooth and rich in both malt and hop aroma, the finish is delightfully fruity and pleasantly bitter.
Stonehenge AlesBritish DynamiteIPA5A golden coloured strong bitter traditionally brewed using only the finest quality of Stonehenge Spring Water, barley and wheat malts, whole hops and the brewery’s own top-fermenting yeast. Good hop and fruit aromas and complex flavours developing into a beautifully balanced full-bodied aftertaste with hops and fruit to the fore. 
Twisted Brewing CoUrban LegendGolden 4.3Refreshing balanced ale, light malt background overlaid with soft citrus fruit and a dry bitterness which continues into the aftertaste.
Twisted Brewing CoThree LionsBitter4Malty biscuit and fruit aroma, impressions of mango and tangerine balance the biscuit malt flavours before a dry bitter ending.
Welbeck AbbeyGeorgianaAmerican pale3.7This highly drinkable platinum-blonde beer has a bright, crisp flavour reminiscent of lime zest and grapefruit.
Welbeck AbbeyAtlasIPA5This American West Coast IPA showcases the best New World hops, bringing both piney resinous and bold tropical flavours, which are balanced with English malted barley.
Welbeck AbbeyGreendale OakPale4Dry hopped using the freshest Australian and American hops to give zesty citrus and fresh apple-blossom aromas.
Welbeck AbbeyTen Bells Bitter (Red Feather)Amber3.9Welbeck Abbey’s flagship Red Feather beer has been renamed for our 10th festival and to recognise the 10 bells that are located in the bell tower at Christ Church. They were rung especially at the start of the festival to celebrate our anniversary. A robust auburn ale. Plenty of crystal malt gives this beer a rich colour and combination of bold walnut and bitter-sweet caramel flavours.
Welbeck AbbeyFirehouse RedRed4.5This style of beer sees the addition of crystal rye malt in the mash for spice and heaps of delicious American hops to keep it punchy and fresh.
Welbeck AbbeyFiery FoxAmber ginger 4.8This is a classic pale ale with a twist, brewed with the addition of both fresh root and ground ginger. The heady aroma of ginger and sweet biscuity taste make for a drink as smooth and sophisticated as the Welbeck night-time visitor, the wily fox.
Welbeck AbbeyPortland BlackPorter4.5Portland Black recognises the Duke and Duchess of Portland who were in residence at Welbeck for centuries.
Our Portland black is a rich, velvety dark porter. Subtle smoke, chocolate and iced coffee flavours from roasted malts are topped off with a distinctly vanilla aroma.
Wickham AlesBBB (Breakfast Beer)Light Session Golden Ale3.3Notes of toast cereal, almond, and plums.