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Ramsbury Brewery tell us …

They are to run a batch of Christmas Rum Truffle 5.6%. A special winter ale with a touch of rum and seasonal spices to create a beautifully balanced, chocolate coloured ale, to savour over the Christmas period. Also Christmas Cracker IPA 4.1%. Amber Christmas ale, spiced good allround Christmas drink. Red Velvet 4.6% is their intended Winter ale. Winter red ale using English & American hops. Now available (and in the Carters) Purple Pig Stout 4.7% - a plum infused English stout/ And their core porter Silver Pig 4.7%. An award winning dark stout with the addition of black treacle and selected dark roast malts. Great balance and a bitter sweet finish.

Three Castles Brewery at Pewsey tell us….

We have been kept busy over the last 6 months with the help of a number of wholesale accounts, beer festivals & bottling a number of their range due its higher demand this year from shop customers & independent retailers. Bottling is now a priority for Christmas as we plan to have an additional 6 different ranges as well as their core beers this year. Secret Santa 4.4%, A ruby reddish brown ale, with caramel flavours and a fine aroma of brewers gold hops. Nutcracker 4.5%, A copper coloured ale, with a spicy but nutty flavours in the finish. Winters Gold 4.9%, Golden strong bitter with a black-current fruitiness and a dry finish. Slay Belles 5.2%, Tasting notes to follow Olde Ale 6.0%, Tasting notes to follow Knights Porter 4.6%. A rich smooth black beer using a good balance of dark malts, hints of spicy dark fruits in the flavour, giving way to a mellow finish. Christmas gift packs of 3 & 6 bottles will be on sale from mid-November. We have been approached by a few organisations for new beer festivals, next year, which are already in the early stages of planning. The Brewery shop is currently closed on Saturdays, but will reopen for off sales on the 2nd December. We are now taking forward orders of Beer & Cider bottles & poly-pins for Christmas.

Worlds End Brewery, Pewsey told us about their beer festival on Monday, 18 December where we understand they will be offering a number of ales but in particular Hopbauer a splendid 4.2 abv which is named in memory of the former branch chairman of CAMRA, Hans Hoffbauer… See you there…

Last year's beer festival presentations by the branch:

Will Tonnicliffe (brewer at Flying Monk) receives the Beer of the Festival certificate from Vince Chilcott and Bill Bendall, watched by Kevin Newbould (Flying Monk Managing Director). Bill is holding the Festival Shield that has a badge for each year's winner.

Bill Bendall presents a beer of the festival runner-up certificate to Mike Tempest the owner of Wild Weather.

Bill Bendall presents a beer of the festival runner-up certificate to Mike Tempest the owner of Wild Weather for their Storm in a Teacup beer.

Will at St Austell with their beer of the festival certificate to.

Will at St Austell with the beer of the festival 3rd place certificate for their Italian Job beer.