Hitchin 2017

Please note, all drinks are subject to change until they are delivered on the Tuesday prior to the festival!

Brewery Drink Name Style Location ABV
Trappistbrouwerij De Kievet is the newest certified Trappist brewery and the second one to bear the label of “Authentic Trappist Product” in the Netherlands. The Zundert Trappist is the only beer currently available from the brewery and is considered a Belgian Tripel in style. Pouring a deep amber colour, the aromas of black treacle, ginger, and oranges are complemented by a predictable Belgian yeastiness. Flavours of spice and sweet fruits are enhanced by a prickly carbonation and subtle bitterness.
Van EeckePoperings HommelbierBelgium7.5%
Hommel is the local abbreviation of humulus, from the botanical name for the hop plant. Confusingly, it also means bumble bee in Flemish. Poperings Hommelbier is a hoppy, golden-bronze, ale. It is made from a blend of winter, summer and aromatic pale malts.
Lively and full of peach flavoured bubbles.
Traquair HouseAleScotland7.2%
The traditional brewing process used in the production of Traquair House Ale consists of the following: 1. Traditional infusion mashing process. The wort is then drawn off and boiled during which process the hops are added. 2. The wort is now cooled and pitched with top fermenting yeast under controlled temperature. It is then fermented in oak over a period of seven days. The beer is then transferred into cold storage tanks or barrels and matured over a period of weeks. After maturation the beer is filtered prior to packing.
SillySilly SaisonBelgium5%
Saison style top fermentation old brown beer. Its taste is remarkable, light and favourably combined to offer a tone that is both modestly sweetened and fruity, leaving the mouth with a refreshing feel.
Spicy, aromatic, refreshing and wholesome.
ThiriezLa MalineFrance5.8%
A Belgian style dark ale, rich in aroma and flavour with good roasted notes.
Sweetish cherry beer.
St BernadusPrior 8Belgium8%
This is an Abbey style deep hazy-brown coloured beer with a big body and malt palate.
St BernadusAbbot 12Belgium10%
This is an Abbey style dark beer. The St. Bernardus Abbot 12 is the pride of the brewery. It’s brewed in the classic ’Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. It’s a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter, and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of licensed brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.
St BernadusPater 6Belgium6.7%
This is an Abbey style chestnut coloured dark beer with a high fermentation and a full taste.
St BernadusExtra 4Belgium4.8%
Extra 4 is a classic Belgian “Single” style, light golden in colour, full of flavour and character and brewed with more hops and bitterness in comparison to the other well known St Bernardus abbey ales. Extra 4 is brewed with a high fermentation and bottled conditioned to an ABV of 4.8%. Extra 4 is a unique, tasty and refreshing spring and summer quencher.
ScheniderWeisse GrunesGermany6.2%
Exclusively brewed in reminiscence of Georg Schneider’s privilege of being part of the world famous Munich Oktoberfest until 1942 when his renowned \"Weisse Brauhaus im Tal, Munich\" was destroyed. Enjoy and celebrate! Ingredients: water, organic wheat malt, organic barley malt, organic Cascade hops, organic Hallertauer hops, and yeast.
This is an Abbey style dark beer and is the top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark in colour with a full and very impressive taste. It has a strong plum, raisin, and blackcurrant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities. In a word – superb! Sip this and feel your brain start to melt.
This is an Abbey style dark beer and is the lower gravity cousin of Rochefort 10. Nicknamed \"Spéciale\" (’The Special’). The Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, like that of a cake, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.
This is an Abbey style amber beer. It is the oldest of the three Rochefort Trappist beers and has the reddish colour of autumn leaves, a soft body and an earthy, herbal palate (a hint of Darjeeling tea), which develops into a deep fruitiness.
Oud BeerselOude KriekBelgium6%
Traditional Oude Kriek with an immense flavour of fresh cherries! Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is an artisanal product, made from real cherries and Oud Beersel lambic matured in old barrels. The cherries are slowly absorbed into the lambic, which develops a fruity character and a ruby red colour. Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is unique of its type in that it contains around 400 grams of cherries per litre. Oud Beersel Oude Kriek has no added sugar and contains no artificial flavourings or preservatives.
O'soNight TrainUSA7%
This complex porter is as black as coal that fuelled locomotives for generations Made with judicious amounts of crystal and chocolate malt for a rich, smooth, creamy experience. Go ahead and jump on the night train. Enjoy!
This is an Abbey style amber beer. In contrast to all the others, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process. Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste. It is bottled at 5.2% ABV but can go up as high as 7.2% ABV after aging.
Traditional weissbier made according to the old Bavarian style with the unmistakable character of the fine cellar yeast.
Nogne0 IPANorway7.5%
A rich, malty, and very bitter ale. Cascade hops provide a long, fruity, and spicy after-taste. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F. Ideal with barbequed or smoked meat dishes. Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, wheat and caramel malt; Chinook and Cascade hops; English ale yeast, and Grimstad water.
This is a clean natural tasting brew with undertones of fresh raspberries and a wonderful aroma.
This is a sparking cherry flavoured brew that is smooth and refreshing. It’s also known as Foudroyante Kriek. Ingredients: Malt, wheat, 25% cherry juice, fructose, hops, cherry flavouring, sugar substitute, ascorbic acid, and yeast so it’s a bit more “artificial” than some of our Krieks.
This is a golden peach lambic with a sparkling appearance and fruity taste. Why not compare it with the Timmermans Peche we have on tap?
Lindemans Cassis is a lambic made from local barley, un-malted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation the lambic is aged in oak. Blackcurrants are added creating a secondary fermentation and yielding ale of exceptional flavour and complexity.
LindemansCuvee Rene Oude GueuzeBelgium5.5%
A golden hue sets off the wonderful almost champagne like taste. Some say this is a “beginners” gueuze and if you’ve never tried the style this is a good place to start. It is a blend of “aged” lambics and is quite sour (as all Gueuze are).
KazemattenWipers Times 14Belgium6.2%
Wipers Times 14 is a top fermented blonde beer brewed with 4 grains, 4 herbs and only local hops.
KazemattenGrotten SanteBelgium6.5%
The Grottenbier was created by one of the greatest Belgian brewers, Pierre Celis. The aim of Grottenbier is to see what the influence of a constant low temperature, such as in a cave, does to the development of a beers taste. In 2002, Pierre sold the beer (name and recipe) to Brouwerij St. Bernardus, where it has been commercialized for the last ten years. When De Kazematten became a possibility, St. Bernardus immediately saw a new home for the Grottenbier and the dream of Pierre became reality with Grotten Sante.
A beer that is unique in taste. The secret lies in the water, which is still taken from the same well for over 100 years. This water is unusually pure and soft and that allows the brewer to add a touch more hops to create the Friesian-bitter taste that distinguishes Jever Pilsner from any other beer.
HuygheMongozo CoconutBelgium3.5%
A Belgian wit bier blended with coconut to make for a slightly sweet but well-balanced beer with a gorgeous deep coconut flavour and zesty finish. Brewed with Quinoa this is an unusual yet delightful taste experience. For those who care about these things it's also Fair Trade and Organic.
HuygheFloris NinkeberryBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with exotic fruits that give it a tropical citrus-sweet taste.
HuygheFloris HoneyBelgium4.5%
A Belgian wit bier blended with honey which gives a lively, fruity and bitter sweet style of beer.
HuygheFloris Passion FruitBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with passion fruit which give is it a tangy, tropical, sweet taste.
HuygheFloris FraisesBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with strawberry juice.
HuygheFloris ChocolatBelgium4.2%
Floris is a brand of the Huyghe Brewery (Dutch: Brouwerij Huyghe). The brewery was founded in 1906 in Belgium by Leon Huyghe in the city of Melle in East Flanders. The Floris Chocolate is a Belgian wit bier (wheat beer) flavoured with chocolate.
This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. It is a dark, Munich style beer with a spicy taste that’s brewed in Bavaria. It’s a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasions.
Het Anker Maneblusser BokBelgium6.5%
This pale amber beer is brewed with two varieties of barley malt, wheat malt and oats. It is made with three types of hops and seasoned with curaçao. The result is a fine balance between bitter and sweet, with hints of ripe fruit. It tastes mellow, full-bodied and heart-warming. Ideal after a brisk autumn walk!
Het AnkerGouden Carolus ChristmasBelgium10.5%
Christmas pudding to sip!
Het AnkerBoscouliBelgium3.5%
This fruity and colourful Belgian beer contains water, barley malt, sugar, hop, yeast and 20% fruit juice. This dark pink and delightfully fruity brew is best served at 5 to 7°C in a matching beer glass.
HannsensOude GueuzeBelgium6%
As with all Gueuzes, Hanssens is a mixture of several vintages to produce a lambic which is refreshingly fruity. This is the result of blending different lambics of different ages. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottles and therefore they are stored for minimum six months in constant temperature kept cellars.
FoundersBreakfast StoutUSA8.3%
Strong and dry with a complicated after taste.
Fordham & DominionOak Barrel StoutUSA6.1%
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is rich and smooth. A combination of seven different malts and two hops to create a delicious stout, that is dry-hopped with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak to finish it off. The result is a stout with a bourbon barrel flavour.
A particularly strong, spicy aroma, distinctive yeast flavours and an unmistakable top-fermenting beer profile - these are the characteristics of Erdinger Ur-Weisse. The recipe for Ur-Weisse dates back to the brewery’s founding days over 120 years ago. It owes its distinctive, traditional weissbier flavour to special malt, a different hop variety and special yeast.
This was brewed for Kunstencentrum De Vooruit Ghent in celebration of their 100th anniversary. It contains water, barley malt, wheat syrup, hops, and yeast. It’s an organic beer, amber in colour, dry and bitter with a smoky note (specifically peat) in aroma and taste. This phenolic characteristic is obtained by using a small percentage of malt specially dried with Scottish peat.
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus is a 'dark bock beer' that is not sweet as is the case with many bock beers. Despite the higher alcohol content, the Erding brew masters have succeeded in retaining the special Pikantus taste.
DuPontSaison BioBelgium5%
A bottle conditioned Saison made from water, organic malt, organic wheat-syrup, organic hops, and yeast. This is Brasserie DuPont’s Biére de Table. It smells like fresh bread and tastes full in the mouth and light on the finish.
Drie FonteinenDoesjelBelgium6.9%
This is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambics. It is fermented and lagered in oak vessels. This beer has no head, just like lambic. The lambic is brewed with 60% barley and 40% wheat using last year’s hops.
Drie FonteinenOude GueuzeBelgium6%
This is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics. A true Gueuze, unfiltered and unpasteurized, and aged in the bottle for at least a year after blending. Re-fermentation in the bottle gives this Gueuze its famous champagne-like spritziness. The lambic that goes into it is brewed with 60% barley malt, 40% un-malted wheat, aged hops, and water, spontaneously fermented by wild yeasts, and matured in oak casks.
De TrochChapeau Oude GueuzeBelgium5.5%
It’s light, refreshing, and more on the fruity/citrusy end of the spectrum of gueuzes. It’s not the most complex of Oude Gueuzes, but it’s very tasty, enjoyable, and balanced.
De La Senne Schieve TabarnakBelgium5.3%
This hazy blonde beer is brewed with rye and Nelson Sauvin hops. The aroma is quite floral and the flavour arrives in three stages: the first is reminiscent of rye bread, followed by an evolving fruity and herbal note, and ending with a long-lasting finish that encourages you to dive right back in. The name comes from a Belgian insult, “schieven architek”, used by the people of the Marolles district of Brussels to criticize architect Joseph Poellart who built the enormous Palais de Justice which they felt ruined the neighbourhood.
De La SenneJambe De BoisBelgium8%
This is an Abbey style amber beer and is a Belgian take on a proper English IPA. It is reputed to be the bitterest Tripel in Belgium at 49 EBU of bitterness.
De La SenneTaras BoulbaBelgium4.5%
A hoppy session beer.
De Dochter van de KorenaarBelle-Fleur IPABelgium6%
Belle-Fleur India Pale Ale. The pure taste of hops.
De BrabanderePetrus Dubbel BruinBelgium6.5%
Petrus Double Brown Ale is a top-fermented dark beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. The dark beer with its subtle and slightly caramelized flavour is preferably served cool.
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.
Church StreetBrimstone IPAUSA6.8%
Their take on the American IPA is a dry-hopped, West Coast IPA that’s brimming with Cascade hop aroma, giving this tangerine-beauty a fruity and refreshing nose.
De BrabanderePetrus Aged PaleBelgium7.3%
Many beers have a long maturation, but this one has 2 to 3 years in oak barrels. This beer has an old gold to bronze colour, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the ‘mother beer,’ used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. A connoisseur’s delight!
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek, 100% lambic, is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries. Delicious!
CantillonBio GueuzeBelgium5%
The world's classic Gueuze. A blend of one, two, and three year-old lambics creates a second fermentation in the bottle. The champagne of Belgium.
Brussels Beer ProjectDelta IPABelgium6%
An IPA style beer hopped with Citra & Smaragd hops.
Bronckhorster Brewing CompanyHoptimistNetherlands9%
A bitter explosion of hops, full of fruity and spicy flavours
BrewDogNanny StateScotland0.5%
Nanny State focuses on being a great drink as opposed to a great publicity ploy. This beer is about getting all that is good about BrewDog into a practically alcohol free format. It is a West Coast inspired pale ale with a difference!
Bronckhorster Brewing CompanyAngus TripelNetherlands8.5%
A beer brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel. An excellent example of the style. A perfect ensemble of fruit, bitterness, and sweetness.
BoonBoon Mariage Parfait KriekBelgium8%
Kriek Mariage Parfait is an Old Style Kriek of exceptional excellence. 400g of wild cherries per litre are fermented together with a strong Lambic of spontaneous fermentation and aged on 6,200 litre oak foudres (large wooden casks) for 5 to 6 months. Kriek Mariage Parfait is naturally clarified and re-ferments in the bottle. It is unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurised and has no artificial flavours, preservatives or colourings added.
BoonBoon KriekBelgium4%
Kriek Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh cherries (25%) are used. Kriek Boon is slightly sweet, with the surprising natural fragrance of sour cherries and almonds. With only 4% of alcohol it is a perfect summer beer.
BoonBoon FramboiseBelgium5%
Framboise (Raspberry) Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh raspberries (25%) and wild cherries (5%) are used for this Lambic beer. Like Boon Kriek this is brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name.
BerlinerKindl WeisseGermany3%
Light golden in colour, extremely sour with a light bodied wheat character.