Hitchin 2019

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
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.
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.
Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavouring. A refreshing well-rounded taste with tangy character and hints of sweetness that's pleasing to the palate.
SchneiderHopfenweisse Tap 5Germany8.2%
Tap 5 is a hoppy fireworks, a shiny golden, slightly reddish strong wheat doppelbock, with an intense floral aroma that reminds of tropical fruit and pineapple. An exotic fruity sweetness meets with fireworks of hops.
SchlenkerlaHelles LagerbierGermany4.3%
“Schlenkerla Helles” is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg. It’s lagered in century old caves underneath the historic Schlenkerla brewery and maltings. Schlenkerla Helles is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Schlenkerla Smokebeer. Its subtle smokiness without using smoke malt makes “Helles Schlenkerla Lager” a unique representative of the classic lager beer style “Bavarian Helles”.
SchneiderFestWeisse 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.
St FeuillienCuvee de NoelBelgium9%
This beer has a generous head - compact and firm. Its slightly brown colour is the result of the roasted barley. It has a dark ruby brown colour and a very intense aroma. The aromatic herbs and spices used greatly enhance its delicious smell. This beer is full-bodied with a smoothness that is the result of the synergy of caramelized malts, carefully controlled fermentation and long cold storage. St Feuillien Cuvée de Noël has a very subtle bitterness that is the dominant flavour in this harmonious ale that strikes a perfect balance between all the different ingredients.
St BernadusPrior 8Belgium8%
This is an Abbey style deep hazy-brown coloured beer with a big body and malt palate.
St BernadusTripelBelgium8%
This beer is top fermented and has a pale amber colour and a flowery, fruity taste with a harmonious balance between sweet and sour. This beer has a thick and vivid froth and strikes by its balanced taste with a delicate bitterness.
St BernadusPater 6Belgium6.7%
This is an Abbey style chestnut coloured dark beer with a high fermentation and a full taste.
St BernadusAbbot 12Belgium10%
Abbey ale brewed in the classic ’Quadrupel’ style. Dark with a full, ivory-coloured head. 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 license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.
Clear and brown with a thin soapy head. Aroma has a touch of wood as does the flavour. Fairly good balance of the dryness of the wood and the fruity sourness.
The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark colour, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and blackcurrant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.
This is an Abbey style dark beer and is the lower gravity cousin of Rochefort 10. Nicknamed \"Spéciale\" (’The Special’). Rochefort 8 has a tawny colour and a pronounced aroma, with a rich 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.
RothausPils TannenzapfleGermany5.1%
Aroma of pale malts, grain, slight citrus. Flavour is malty and grainy with a light to moderate bitter finish. Grassy hops and floral hints. Solid grassy Pilsner.
Oud BeerselBersalis TripelBelgium9.5%
Pours golden coloured with medium head. Aroma: honey, a bit of candy sugar, peaches. Taste: nice balance between honey sweetness and a touch of hops and a type of dryness from dried fruit.
Oud BeerselOude KriekBelgium6%
Pours a rich dark red with a pink head. Nose is musty with some cherries. Taste is very fizzy in the mouth and nice and tart with subtle cherries.
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.
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 a golden peach lambic with a sparkling appearance and fruity taste.
Brown malt aroma with caramel, soft roast, and a touch of dried fruits. Flavour is medium sweet with a light to moderate bitterness. Body is medium. A fine Doppelbock that's well-balanced.
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 clean natural tasting brew with undertones of fresh raspberries and a wonderful aroma.
LindemansCuvee Rene Oud 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).
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.
Infinitely complex in aroma and flavour with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine.
LiefmansOud BruinBelgium5%
Pours clear dark brown with almost no head, aroma is acidic, vinegar, barnyard, malt. Taste is rather sour, medium sweet, vinegar, berries, lemons, barnyard, long sour finish. Nice.
KeesAmerican Barley WineNetherlands11.5%
The ABV does all the talking here! Hops: Cascade, Citra. Malt: Pale Ale, Caramel.
KlosterAndechs Dopplebock DunkelGermany7.1%
Pours a beautiful dark chestnut brown with a wild foamy tan head that lingers and froths. Aroma is bready dark-roasted malt. Taste is rich bready malt with notes of molasses and a closing noble hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation and not overly sweet or boozy. A top notch doppelbock!
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.
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.
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.
HuberWeisses OriginalGermany5.4%
A cloudy orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, spice, wheat, citrus, banana and with a sweet finish.
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.
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
Het AnkerManeblusser 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 Collectors Edition / ClassicBelgium8.5%
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.
Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels. Why not compare it with a Boon Framboise and see what's your favourite?
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.
Hacker PschorrSternweisseGermany5.5%
A dark orange coloured beer with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, spice, banana, coriander, fruit, wheat and with a bitter sweet finish.
Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of grass, minerals, grain, waxed lemon and white bread. Flavour of lemon, corn and a bitter, herbal hop finish. Thin body with a slick texture. Soft fizz. Subtle and refreshing.
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 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.
De TrochChapeau BananaBelgium3.5%
Chapeau Banana Lambic is a clear, golden beer with no head. It is made from water, malt, wheat, hops, yeast, sugar, and banana (20%).
De Vier MonnikenHuisbier (Sea King)Belgium6.5%
This aromatic little blonde is hopped with Tomahawk and Cascade. From a tiny brewer on the Flanders coast. Only one bar in each seaside town has the beer which is how it got the nickname Sea King. A satisfying Belgium yeast flavour balances with the American hops in this unfiltered bright golden beer which can be enjoyed with or without the yeast.
De TrochChapeau AbricotBelgium3.5%
It's not a misprint it's how the Belgians spell apricot! This is a spontaneously fermented beer flavoured with the natural juice of apricot and matured in oak casks
De RankeNoir De DottigniesBelgium8.5%
Dark brown beer, slightly cloudy from the yeast with a good, thick light brown foam. The aroma of dark caramel, fruit esters, raisins. In the taste there is dark caramel, dried fruit, a small bitterness. The body is medium, smooth, with moderate carbonation.
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 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 BrabanderePetrus Oud BruinBelgium5.5%
Deep dark red colour with average big, creamy, light brown head. Aroma of earthy yeasts, malt, sour fruits, slightly funky. Taste of sour fruits, but not overhelming with lively carbonation. Finish is slightly vinous, but also light bitter and fruity. There is some tartness, too.
De BrabanderePetrus Nitro Quad Cherry & ChocolateBelgium8.5%
Pours dark red with light beige head. Aroma is cherry, chocolate, sour notes, some berries. Taste is fruity, sour, cherries, chocolate, cocoa, some bitter notes, caramel, some smoked fruits.
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 BrabandereBavik Kwaremont BlondBelgium6.6%
A clear warm golden body under a filmy layer with spotty lacing. Moderate aroma of mid-sweet malts and herbal fruits. Malt-fruity flavour character of oily fruits, apricot and mid-sweet malts, hints of mid-dry yeasty fruitiness to the finish. Soft in the mouth.
ChouffeLa ChouffeBelgium8%
La Chouffe is an unfiltered blond beer which is re-fermented both in the bottle and in keg. It is pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander and tinged with hops.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 FaroBelgium5%
A beer of spontaneous fermentation, made by the blending of ’Meerts’ beer and old Lambics. The light-brown colour, as well as the sweet-sour character, are due to the addition of candy syrup before bottling.
Floral and spicy hops on the nose with honeyed malt and light lemon fruit. Tangy fruit builds on the palate, balanced by spicy hops and bittersweet malt. Dry well balanced finish with those spicy hops, lemon fruit and honeyed malt. Notes courtesy of protzonbeer.co.uk and reproduced with kind permission.
Boltens Alt was the first beer produced by the brewery when it opened. It's a classic Altbier so why not give it a try?
The hybrid to end all hybrids – a “lagered porter”. The twist in the recipe is 7 per cent of oatmeal that gives a grainy and raisin fruit note. It’s rich and complex with notes of caramel, dark malt, peppery hops and burnt fruit on the palate and finish. Notes courtesy of protzonbeer.co.uk and reproduced with kind permission.
BerlinerKindl WeisseGermany3%
Light golden in colour, sour with a light bodied wheat character. Very refreshing on a hot day.
AyingerUr WeisseGermany5.8%
“The union of wheaty freshness and dark malt often produces a fullness of taste and complexity”, explains the world-famous English beer commentator Michael Jackson. This also applies to Ayinger UrWeisse, which is a strong amber-coloured, yeast cloudy wheat beer. The beer is strong with the initial taste and malty in aroma. The top-fermented, yeasty taste sensation is unmistakable. This beer is rich in sparkle and has just a touch of a special bitter quality. The fruity, malty mild aroma will have you won over immediately!
This beer was first brewed in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brewery. It has a golden-yellow colour with a slightly flowery yeast, honey-ish aroma, tastes a little spicy and is full-bodied in initial taste, mild before swallowing and soft with a refined sparkle and fades with a well-balanced hint of bitterness. It is an especially drinkable and harmonious beer. Conrad Seidl, known as the Austrian “Pope of Beers”, on the Jahrhundert-Bier: “It is a malty beer that pronounces the precious earthy quality of malted barley.”
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgium’s six official abbey breweries. Achel 8 is hard to find even in Belgium! This blond, flavourful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and re-fermenting in the bottle.
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.
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.
This is a sweetish strawberry beer.
Korbinien is a full-bodied, dark Doppelbock with light brown foam, with a winning balance of fruity hints of plums and figs, a dark malt aroma - reminiscent of toffee, nuts and chocolate. Its roasted flavour goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as venison and poultry. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.