Hitchin 2018

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
ArcadiaCereal KillerUSA10%
Brewed in the tradition of an English barley wine, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavours converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex yet palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the hops. With cellar-aging Cereal Killer’s flavour evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavour similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Gold Medal for Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beers at 2009 GABF.
AyingerAltbairisch Dunkel Germany5%
Up until the Second World War, dark beer was the predominant beer type in the Munich area. The hard water found in the region played a special role in producing this specialty. In his book “Beer International”, the world-renowned English beer writer, Michael Jackson, accurately describes the Ayinger “Altbairisch Dunkel” as: “A good example of its kind. Impenetrably dark with a golden-brown gleam when held up to the light, and with a warm aroma and malty taste, while summoning up coffee taste sensations on going down. It is brewed from five types of malt (two of which are torrified dark), and it is only lightly hopped.” It is produced using the traditional double fermentation process.
BerlinerKindl WeisseGermany3%
Light golden in colour, extremely sour with a light bodied wheat character. Very refreshing on a hot day.
The premium amber lager of the family with a great amount of complexity. A multi-layered delight that has hops and malt character in perfect balance. It reassesses your views on what constitutes a lager - apparently.
An extremely quaffable 4.2% session Pils, with a soft mouth feel and medium body. Light bitterness initially, which then subsides to give rich honey and grapefruit notes.
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.
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.
Brasserie {C)CurtiusBelgium7%
Curtius is a blond beer brewed with a number of premium quality products with a light taste and refreshing flavours. Mixed with different malts of barley and wheat, its base grants it a pleasant lightness while the addition of aromatic hop blossoms gives it a subtly bitter, flowery and fruity flavour. Its unique and progressive taste is the results of multiple fermentation steps, conducted over several months.
Brasserie Des RocsTriple ImperialBelgium10%
A Dark Triple with an enormous scale of flavours. This excellent and very elegant appetizer feels like it is made exclusively for Kings and Emperors.
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!
BrunehautBio Ambree Gluten FreeBelgium6.5%
This beer pours a hazy light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeasty, caramel malt. The flavour is light sweet, light sour with a dry yeasty, grainy malt, medicinal palate. Medium to light bodied with average to soft carbonation.
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.
A true seasonal beer, as refreshing as it should be! Taste it in the summer, sitting at a terrace table … Originally, season beer was a beer brewed before the summer and intended for summer-season farmhands. It had low alcohol content and a marked bitterness that made it really refreshing. Why not compare it with the Silly Saison and see which one you like best?
De BrabanderePetrus Aged RedBelgium8.5%
Petrus Aged Red is constructed from a base of Double Brown Ale. 15% Petrus Aged Pale is added to provide a dry character to the brew and give it a slight sour essence. Finally the brewer adds fresh cherries, which are evident in the rich thick head. Petrus Aged Red is a perfect blend of sweet and sour with a cherry undertone which makes this brew remarkably drinkable at 8.5% ABV.
De La SenneBruxellensisBelgium6.5%
This beer is conditioned in the bottle for 4 months before release using 100% Brussels Brettanomyces yeast. It's amber coloured with copper reflections, very fruity (pineapple and red fruits), sustained by hop flavours and complex notes of old leather. In spite of its strength its dry and bitter finish makes it a surprising thirst-quencher.
De PlukkerTripleBelgium7.5%
Tripel Plukker is a blond top-fermented beer brewed with only one hop variety. This is a typical Belgian tripel with a smooth taste and not so high alcohol percentage which makes it easy drinking. It was first brewed on March 14, 2015. It's an orange coloured beer with a fine white head and has a malty nose with hints of ripe exotic fruit (banana) and yeast. It's taste has a fresh-sweet start; full flavours with ripe fruit (banana), malt and yeast and a soft finish with some bitterness.
De RankeSimplexBelgium4.5%
Despite Simplex being an ale, it has all the characteristics of an old-styled pils. It is a blonde, unfiltered, unpasteurized, hoppy and bitter beer that remains low in alcohol. Resulting in a straw blonde, highly drinkable beer with plenty of flavour and character. Taste: Refreshing, light and with a firm bitterness
This beer is a traditional Saison and a typical regional product from the Province of Hainaut. It is brewed with 3 kinds of malt, 3 varieties of quality Belgian hops and fermented with 3 types of yeast. Surfine is a golden blonde beer with 6.5% abv. This refreshing beer has a surprisingly balanced, slightly bitter taste. The aromas are strikingly complex and fruity aromas; citrus is the predominant note but there are flowery touches, reinforced by impressions of herbs and pepper. At the first tasting, a drily bitter character comes to the fore, but it’s never overwhelming. The aftertaste, with its slightly sour undercurrent, gives the beer a refreshing character and makes it easy to digest.
DuPontMonks StoutBelgium5.2%
This is a beer first brewed in the 1950’s by DuPont Brasseries. There were two test versions of Monk’s Stout, both at 5.2% abv. One was dry and roasty, and another is said to be a little more rounded. This will no doubt be something between the two.
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.
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.
Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels. Why not compare it with a Boon Framboise and see what's your favourite?
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.
Het AnkerGouden Carolus Collectors EditionBelgium8.5%
Known as \"The Emperor’s Beer\" this is a top-fermented and bottle conditioned beer produced using traditional methods. Its high gravity (O.G. 1080-85) combines the warmth of wine and the freshness of beer. Gouden Carolus is one of the strongest and most exciting beers in the world. After lengthy maturing and conditioning, it is bottled unfiltered, giving a beer which is rich in vitamins and 100% natural. Gouden Carolus has unlimited storage (it improves with age) and will charm you with its warm coppery colour and rich bouquet.
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!
Hofbräuhaus is a symbol of Munich’s hospitality and the Bavarian gift for creating a snug and cosy atmosphere. Beer-lovers from all over the world come here to enjoy its famous beers. More than any other, Hofbräu Original embodies the special atmosphere of the beer-making capital of Munich, and exports it to the four corners of the globe. Its refreshing, bitter flavour and alcoholic content of around 5.1% volume have made it famous worldwide. A Munich beer with character
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.
HuygheFloris FraisesBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with strawberry juice.
HuygheFloris HoneyBelgium4.5%
A Belgian wit bier blended with honey which gives a lively, fruity and bitter sweet style of beer.
HuygheFloris MangoBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with mango to give it a tangy, fruity, taste.
HuygheFloris Passion FruitBelgium3.6%
A Belgian wit bier blended with passion fruit which give is it a tangy, tropical, sweet taste.
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.
KeesAmerican Barley WineNetherlands11.5%
The ABV does all the talking here! Hops: Cascade, Citra. Malt: Pale Ale, Caramel.
KeesMosaic Hop ExplosionNetherlands5.5%
This is a clear amber coloured beer with a medium sized white head. It has a fruity aroma of citrus and hops with notes of pine needles, basil and a hoppy finish.
La ChouffeSoleilBelgium6%
Chouffe Soleil is a blonde special beer, delicately fruity and deliciously refreshing. The ideal beverage to celebrate the arrival of the fine weather. CHOUFFE Soleil is an unfiltered beer which is refermented both in the bottle and in barrels.
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 Oud Gueuze Belgium5.5%
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).
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?
Traditional weissbier made according to the old Bavarian style with the unmistakable character of the fine cellar yeast.
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.
O'soHop Whoopin'USA7%
This American IPA is brewed with nothing but base malt and the highest alpha acid hops available. Special release, pilot batch brewed in early summer, and served on tap at the brewery in July 2010.
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.
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.
St BernadusPater 6Belgium6.7%
This is an Abbey style chestnut coloured dark beer with a high fermentation and a full taste.
St BernadusPrior 8Belgium8%
This is an Abbey style deep hazy-brown coloured beer with a big body and malt palate.
St Feuillien / Green FlashWest Coast IPABelgium8.1%
This beer is brewed both at Green Flash in the US as well as at St-Feuillien in Belgium. This Belgian edition is bottle conditioned and European malts are used in it's production. It's an Imperial IPA so expect a very pronounced hop character and some potency from the alcohol.
SaugatuckBlueberry Maple StoutUSA6%
A sweet milk stout with all the malt characteristics you love but with a bold, unique twist- this beer tastes like a glass full of blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup.
SchneiderWeisse Tap 7Germany5.4%
With its amber-mahogany coloring and streaked with fine top-fermented yeast, this beer has a fine, persistent head that adheres well to the glass. It is pleasantly fruity with a typical top-fermented smell, an aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose. On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced. It finishes with a light, delicate taste of bitters leaving behind a sour impression.
SchneiderFestweisee Tap 4Germany6.2%
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.
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.
SlaapmutskeFlemish KriekBelgium5%
A sour red beer with the addition of cherries.
SlaapmutskeFlemish SourBelgium5%
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unsweetened. Sour ale from the north of Belgium the way it used to be.
SpencerTrappist AleUSA6.5%
Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monks’ table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruit accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, is home to a community of Trappist monks and the first American Trappist brewery. Following the Benedictine tradition of ora et labor (prayer and work), the monks pursue a simple life of contemplative prayer, manual labour and hospitality. The brewery helps support the monks and their charitable outreach.
Spicy, aromatic, refreshing and wholesome. Sunner were the first brewery to make what is now known as a Kolsch-style beer.
ThiriezAmbree d'EsquelbecqFrance5.8%
The first Christmas beer produced by Thiriez since 1997. Fewer hops than the Blonde; lightly toasted malts for colour, and a hint of spice.
ThiriezPepper TripFrance8%
A black pepper beer from one of France's more interesting craft brewers.
Sweetish cherry beer.
TimmermansLambicus (Blanche)Belgium4.5%
There is no other beer like Timmermans Tradition Blanche Lambicus anywhere in the world because it is the only white lambic beer. By adding spices such as coriander and dried orange zest, a light, fruity beer is created. It is subtly spicy and deliberately made cloudy.
Lively and full of peach flavoured bubbles.
This is a sweetish strawberry beer.
Van SteenbergeLeute BokbierBelgium7.5%
Leute Bokbier is a dark, red, heavy beer, top fermented and bottle conditioned. The aroma and taste is unique and striking, not too sweet, but full and smooth on the tongue.
VictoryKirsch GoseUSA4.7%
A bold and bright step outside the norm, this new twist on an old-world German brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing and satisfying cherry fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose.