Several Cambridgeshire breweries are represented with Bexar County (Peterborough), Mile Tree (Wisbech) and Red (Great Staughton) all returning after making their debuts last year.
Bexar County returns with an even bigger San Jacinto along with another two new beers – Kaas brewed with peppercorn and Belgian yeast, and a Big Black Rum Raisin that sounds like it would make a good ice cream float. Mile Tree brings back Adventurer along with a couple more new brews and Red has Staughton Bitter again and a limited edition seasonal ‘Winter’s Solstice’.
From other locals breweries, there are six from Blackbar including another release from last year’s Marzen, Fellows turns up the volume with 7%+ Double Stout and IPA, Milton have a special, Minerva’s Owl, brewed with help from Professor Mary Beard, Moonshine has a beer for just about every occasion, including a strong Vintage Matured Limitless Abundance (the last cask of this and Ison!) which made an appearance last year and which is even bigger and better this year, along with beers from Son of Sid and Tydd Steam.
There are debuts here for Cambridge Brew House, the nearest brewery to the festival, and from further afield, Animal Brewing Co of Buckinghamshire have a couple of “one off limited edition beers” made by little creatures that sneak into XT Brewery at night, apparently!
Award winning beers
There are some beers which have previously picked up awards at the Champion Beers of Britain:
- Elland 1872 Porter – Current Supreme Champion Beer of Britain!
- Kelham Island Pale Rider – Supreme CBOB 2004
- Mauldon Black Adder – Supreme CBOB 1991
- RCH P. G. Steam – Gold in the Bitter category at CBOB 2010
- Triple FFF Moon Dance – Bronze overall at CBOB 2006
Bartrams Cherry Stout was overall winner of Cambridge Beer Festival 2000
Milton Marcus Aurelius – They used to collect votes for beer of the fest at the Cambridge Winter Ale fest too, this beer was the winner in 2007, and I think is the only previous winning beer to return this year.
And many, many more – over 100 real ales, cider and of course the beers on the overseas bar.