Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival will be serving up an exciting range of ales, ciders and foreign beers when it opens at Hitchin Rugby Club this Thursday. The full list of beers can be found at http://hitchinbeerfestival.org.uk/beer-list/ and will feature cask beers from near and far that reflect the current boom in new breweries.
Martyn Beer has led the team who have selected the cask ales available at the festival and states, “It is always a challenging task choosing a beer list. We decided to try to have as wide a range of beers as possible as well as increasing the overall number. We will have a few beers that have been featured before and proved popular but mostly new ones.
We will feature some of the great new LocAle breweries from across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire such as Hornes and Rockhopper, as well as our most local breweries – Garden City Brewery in Letchworth and the newly re-opened Buntingford Brewery in Royston. There will also be ales from as far afield as Heavy Industry Brewing in North Wales, and the Hop Studio Brewery in York, as well as a fantastic range of gluten free beer from the Nene Valley Brewery and First Chop Brewery from Salford.
Julian Keogh, who along with Malcolm Chapman, has sourced the beers for the foreign beer bar, added, “Expect to see a good selection of Trappist and Abbey style beers from Belgium. Also from Belgium we’ll have some excellent Fruit and Lambic beers, including a rare appearance from Cantillon. We’ll have Weiss, Dunkel and other beers from Germany and some great IPAs from the US. Other countries you can expect to see beer from include France, Holland, Norway, and Scotland. There will be something for almost everyone at this years’ Hitchin Foreign beer bar.”
The cider and perry bar will, as usual, feature an extensive selection from Apple Cottage Cider, based in Baldock, as well as others from the increasing number of cider makers found across the country. The KeyKeg bar will also be serving real ales but in a way that benefits beers like highly-hopped IPAs, saisons, and really dry stouts – at a higher carbonation and a colder temperature, and avoiding loss of any hop aroma to the air before they hit the glass.
The festival runs from 5pm to 11 pm on Thursday 8th, and from noon to 11pm on 9th and 10th June and will also feature a range of tasty food from Hitchin Street Food Monthly.