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Summer Issue 2012 1 The FREE Magazine of the Swale branch of CAMRA The Campaign for Real Ale Swale Ale Vol 4 Issue 3 Hops Glorious Hops O ne Hop, Six Hop, Hophead; it’s amazing the number of beers now with hop in the name or named after hop varieties. We would all probably recognise Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger; now we frequently see Chinook, Cascade, Yakima and especially popular in the last year ‘Citra’. I even saw a beer from the Kew Botanist brewery, called ‘Humulus Lupulus’ and wondered, as the beer used the generic name for the hop, what hop varieties were used in the making? They didn’t say. Humulus lupulus comes from the family of plants Cannabaceae, genus: humulus and the species: lupulus; a close relation to the hemp plant (cannabis). There has been a wonderful explosion of flavours in some of the beers currently available, thanks largely to the increasing number of and the innovative steps of micro-brewers. In part this is because new brewers are seeking out different varieties and sources of hop to brew something out of the ordinary. Some suggest that this stems from the craft breweries of the US, and certainly there are many popular US hops being used, but there are also many hops from New Zealand and Australia being introduced to the British market. Perhaps it is a result of a cross fertilization of ideas and communication among the micro-brewers both here and abroad. In September we celebrate the harvest of the Kent hops and perhaps it would be In this issue… Faversham Hop Festival Pub Guide Branch and Brewery News All Within a Day of Swale: our new walking trail

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  • Summer Issue 2012 1

    The FREE Magazine of the Swale branch of CAMRA

    The Campaign for Real Ale

    Swale Ale Vol 4 Issue 3

    Hops Glorious Hops

    O ne Hop, Six Hop, Hophead; its amazing the number of beers now with hop in the name or named after hop varieties. We

    would all probably recognise Fuggles,

    Goldings and Challenger; now we frequently

    see Chinook, Cascade, Yakima and especially

    popular in the last year Citra. I even saw a beer from the Kew Botanist brewery, called

    Humulus Lupulus and wondered, as the beer used the generic name for the hop, what hop

    varieties were used in the making? They

    didnt say. Humulus lupulus comes from the

    family of plants Cannabaceae, genus: humulus

    and the species: lupulus; a close relation to

    the hemp plant (cannabis). There has been a

    wonderful explosion of flavours in some of

    the beers currently available, thanks largely to

    the increasing number of and the innovative

    steps of micro-brewers. In part this is

    because new brewers are seeking out

    different varieties and sources of hop to brew

    something out of the ordinary. Some suggest

    that this stems from the craft breweries of

    the US, and certainly there are many popular

    US hops being used, but there are also many

    hops from New Zealand and Australia being

    introduced to the British market. Perhaps it is

    a result of a cross fertilization of ideas and

    communication among the micro-brewers

    both here and abroad.

    In September we celebrate the harvest

    of the Kent hops and perhaps it would be

    In this issue Faversham Hop Festival Pub Guide

    Branch and Brewery News

    All Within a Day of Swale: our new walking trail

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    helpful to understand a bit more about the

    hop and its use in brewing.

    The hop is a perennial climbing vine

    requiring good soil, sunshine and protection

    from the wind, and the bines produced from

    cuttings and cultivated can reach over 30 feet

    in length. Only the female plants produce the

    flowers that become fruit cones. The plants

    usually flower between July and August and

    the fruit cones ripen in September. The bines

    are harvested by cutting them off at ground

    level and then taken away to strip the cones

    off the bine. The cones then need to be

    dried, 80% of the fresh hop cone is water and

    this must be greatly reduced for successful

    storage. The cones are dried by hot air being

    passed through a perforated floor covered

    with the hops. This was the function of the

    traditional Oast house, where a kiln

    underneath would provide the heat upwards

    through the hops, and the cowling on the top

    providing some regulation of the drying

    process which lasted about 8 hours, after

    which the hops were packaged into sacks.

    So on to hops in beer. Hops are an

    essential ingredient providing flavour, aroma

    and preservative qualities. The use of hops

    distinguishes beer from ale. There are two

    types of hop; bittering hops and aroma hops.

    Bittering hops give beer that bitter flavour

    and are generally high in alpha acid content.

    Large breweries tend towards heavy use of

    bittering with high alpha as it is low cost.

    Aroma hops give a characteristic hop aroma

    which comes largely from the hop oil and

    adds flavour to the beer. They have a low to

    medium alpha content. If you want to test

    for the oils just take a fresh hop and rub it in

    your hand. Some hops are versatile and have

    both bittering and aroma qualities;

    Challenger which is grown locally is one. Traditionally the hops were added to

    the start of the boiling of the mash in the

    brewing kettle and later removed by passing

    the boil (wort) through a hop back, straining out the spent hop material. The hop back is

    not used as much today as there has been a

    move over the years to the use of hop pellets

    (mechanically processed, compressed and foil

    packed) and hop extracts (extract obtained by

    solvent passed through the hops). The other

    feature of aroma hops is that the oils, and

    their aroma, are less apparent when these

    hops are added at the start of the boil, so they

    are added later to bring out the maximum

    aroma and flavour in the beer, hence the term

    late hopped. Another way to get more hop aroma is dry hopping. In this case hops are

    added to the cask and as the beer is then cold

    the hop oils are very effective in penetrating

    the brew. I can recall a brewery that had two

    beers at the same gravity and the only

    difference was dry hopping, but it was a

    marked difference. Try and search out a dry

    hopped beer just to see the effect. A good

    start might be Fullers Chiswick or Harveys Armada.

    I said earlier that the focus on hop

    variety is a result of the increasing number of

    small breweries. I also believe that

    pronounced hop flavour is not a new

    phenomenon. Anybody who remembers Ind

    Coopes Burton bitter, Youngs Special, when it was special, or the briefly available King &

    Barnes Cornucopia, will recall the intensity of hop. Sadly most of the major brewers

    moved away from intense hop characteristics

    as it probably cost too much or complicated

    the production line. However if they are back

    then I for one appreciate the added choice

    and I am pleased to see our local regional

    brewer has produced a special with Boston

    Beer Co called Blonde Ambition, using 50% English and 50% US hops.

    But remember when imbibing that

    hops were once used by Christian monks for

    their soporific effects.

    [JW]

    Hops Glorious Hops continued

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    Swale Ale Summer 2012

    Published by the Swale Branch of the

    Campaign for Real Ale Ltd (CAMRA).

    Circulation: 1,200

    Editorial Committee and Contributors:

    Jeff Waller, Gary Holness, Keir Stanley,

    Andrew Kitney, Simon Ing, Suzanne

    Collins, Malcolm Winskill, Gill Joiner, Keith

    Joiner.

    Print Liaison: Les Bailey

    Advertising: Gary Holness

    All correspondence to:

    Les Bailey

    58 Wallers Road

    Faversham

    Kent

    ME13 7PL

    Email: [email protected]

    Telephone: 01795 538824

    Any opinions expressed within these

    pages are those of the individual authors

    only and do not represent those of

    CAMRA or any of its officials.

    The existence of this publication in a

    particular outlet does not imply an

    endorsement of it by Swale CAMRA .

    Printed by:

    Abbey Print, Faversham

    Branch Details

    Chairman: Simon Ing

    Secretary: Les Bailey

    Social Secretary: Gary Holness

    Treasurer: Les Bailey

    Editorial

    Visit our award winning website at

    www.camra-swale.org.uk

    W elcome to this edition of Swale Ale and lets hope that by the time you are reading this it has stopped raining and warmed

    up!! In this issue as well as the usual wide range

    of varied articles, you will find a pub guide to the

    Faversham Hop Festival which includes a handy

    map showing where they all are.

    Since CAMRA was founded in 1971 the

    number of breweries in the UK has grown

    fourfold to over 840* and more are opening all

    the time. Unfortunately the number of pubs in

    which to drink the beer is declining with the UK

    losing on average 12 pubs a week.* So

    supporting your local is more important than

    ever.

    Swale CAMRA are always interested in

    hearing about any beer and pub related news so

    if you have anything of interest let us know

    either electronically (see contact details on

    www.camra-swale.org.uk) or better still come along to one of our monthly meetings and tell us

    in person. We might even persuade you to join

    us!

    Cheers. * Source CAMRA

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    Favershams hidden gem The Shipwrights Arms, Hollowshore,

    Faversham

    A 17th Century traditional creek side free house. Selling up to five real ales

    from Kentish brewers, and serving good food. Take a trip back in time and savour the delights of a truly traditional pub.

    Rated by Jamie Oliver as one of the top 100 traditional

    pubs in the country.

    Please check website or phone to confirm hours of

    opening.

    Tel: 01795 590088

    Web: www.theshipwrightsarmspub.co.uk

    Directions: At Davington School turn into Ham Road and follow the signs across the marsh.

    T he Hop Festival is here, or is just going to happen, or I hope you enjoyed yourself at it. Whichever it is we have a BEER stall. So I will

    either see you there or I hope you liked the

    beer, cider and perry we had for sale. (I just

    hope that there will be a pint or two left for

    me.)

    On that last note can I ask you a

    question: how much did your pint cost? We

    know how much we charged you at our beer

    stall, but what about the other places you

    bought a beer from? Was it the same price as

    usual, was it more or was it less than usual?

    Whatever the price let CAMRA know.

    Is anyone inflating prices just because of the

    Hop Festival and the large influx of visitors to

    Faversham? We want to know, at least if

    nothing else, so we can let people know. It's

    then up to the individual where they buy beer

    from.

    I don't mind paying for a good beer, but I

    don't want to feel like I'm paying too much if I

    could save some money when buying a drink.

    Over the Hop Festival have fun, have

    a drink (as we now have to say, please drink

    sensibly) and enjoy yourselves. Faversham has

    some great pubs to visit, so please do. Yes they

    will be busy, so please be patient - the good

    food and drink is worth a little wait. Remember

    there will be lots of entertainment with music,

    street performers and Morris dancing.

    One more thing before I let you get

    back to your drink. If you take any photos at the

    Hop Festival wed like to see them. E-mail them to us and you never know we may print them in

    the next Swale Ale. To find our contact address

    look in this Swale Ale - it's in here somewhere.

    Simon Ing

    Chairmans Chat

  • Summer Issue 2012 6

    Kent Pub and Brewery News

    Swale CAMRA Branch Diary Wednesday 8th August:

    Branch Business Meeting: 8.00pm, The Plough,

    Stalisfield Green.

    Saturday 25th August:

    Bat and Trap Match: 1.00pm, The Castle Inn,

    Oare (details via [email protected]).

    Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd September:

    Branch Beer Stall at Hop Festival:

    10.30am 4.00pm, East Street, Faversham, outside Iceland Store.

    Wednesday 12th September:

    Branch Business Meeting: 8.00pm, The Plough

    and Harrow, Oad Street, nr Sittingbourne.

    Saturday 29th September:

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 7.30pm, The

    Elephant, The Mall, Faversham.

    Wednesday 10th October:

    Branch Business Meeting: 8.00pm, The Anchor,

    Abbey Street, Faversham.

    Wednesday 14th November:

    Branch Business Meeting: 8.00pm, The Three

    Tuns, Lower Halstow.

    Shepherd Neame:

    The Pilot Brewery has recently produced

    Champion Ale (4.1%); Four Tennants Ale (4.0%

    abv); Kentucky Bluebird (5.0%), which is a an

    American Style Pale Ale with four American hop

    varieties; Original Whitstable Bay Oyster Stout

    (3.7%), brewed for the Oyster Festival and made

    with real oysters; Bearded Lady (4.8%) brewed

    for the Broadstairs Folk Festival in mid August

    and available only at The Royal Albion; and

    Torch Bearer (4.55%) brewed for the Olympic

    torch relay. The Main Brewery has recently

    produced Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Ale

    (3.85%); 4-4-2 (4.0%); and Blonde Ambition

    (4.5%) using English and American Hops.

    Seasonal Ales are currently Whitstable Bay Ale

    (4.1%) and Canterbury Jack (3.5%).

    Hopdaemon:

    Has produced a special beer called Bewitched for the Kent Beer Festival.

    Selling:

    The Sondes Arms is now reported to be re-

    opening in August following unexpected

    additional building work.

    The White Lion has now re-opened with new

    Licensees, Lisa and Anthony Chesterton.

    Faversham:

    The Leading Light (Wetherspoon) is considering

    organising a Kentish Beer Festival in early

    August. Has recently had beers from

    Hopdaemon, Wantsum, Whitstable, Tunbridge

    Wells and Goodys.

    The Windmill which closed in January 2011, is

    now being converted to two residential

    properties.

    The Elephant has had Goody ales, brewed in a

    brand new micro brewery in Herne; their beers

    are Good Heavens (3.9%), Good Health (3.6%)

    and Genesis (3.5%).

    We understand the Mechanics in West Street is

    still under threat of closure and disposal by Shepherd Neame, while it is also understood

    The Anchor is soon to be in need of a new

    tenant.

    Sittingbourne:

    Sad to report that The Golden Ball is no longer;

    planning permission for houses has

    been agreed.

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    75 Preston Street, Faversham

    01795 591817

    The Old Wine Vaults is a 16th century pub set

    in the heart of historic Faversham.

    FOUR Cask Ales

    TWO Cask Ciders Cider Pub of the Year and Third Place Pub of the Year

    Faversham Hop Festival, live music all weekend. 3 bars serving the largest selection of cask ales in

    Faversham. Hog Roast Saturday, food all weekend.

    20p off nominated ale and cask cider

    with a valid CAMRA Card

    The pub is open Mon-Sat 11am to 11pm and Sundays 12pm

    to 10.30pm.

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    The Railway Hotel

    Hop Festival Friday 31st Aug ~ Sunday 2nd September

    Band Line-up

    Friday Night (8.30pm)

    Ben Mills Allstars

    Saturday (midday ~ 10.00pm)

    Shedload of Love

    Sur Les Dock

    Follia

    Hot Rats

    Blues Bandits

    Jam Sandwich

    Sunday (midday ~6.00pm)

    Jeff Barker Band

    Follia

    Sur Les Docks

    Strumbums 1

    Strumbums II

    Hot Food ~ Outside Bar

    plus The Railway Hotels own, exclusive

    Limited Edition hand-crafted cask beer ~

    PLATFORM 5 (3.8%)

  • Summer Issue 2012 9

    What's your tipple?

    W hen I had to think about this question, I thought well thats simple. Or is it? For a start what do we mean - is it your favourite

    drink or the one you drink most often? If it's the

    latter then in my case the answer is tea, but

    even that leads to more questions. You are by

    now probably thinking hang on this is in Swale Ale, what's the madman up to? Well stick with me for a bit longer and if we are both lucky I'll

    get to a point.

    Now where was I? Ah yes types of tea in my case black, English breakfast blend for

    preference. Strong. Oh no more questions

    loom. MILK? For me yes, milk but only a splash.

    SUGAR? Again yes - two spoonfuls (I know it's

    not good for me but I like sweet tea). Youre thinking yes he has gone quite mad, no mention of beer at all! Well do these four ingredients remind

    you of anything: malted barley, hops, yeast and water? Yes, BEER! So many varieties of barley,

    hops and yeast, and don't even start on what

    you can do to make the water taste different by

    filtering or adding minerals.

    So back to the question at the top of the

    page and on to favourite tipple. I like rum, single

    malt whisky, good coffee (try getting that, it's

    not as easy as you might think) and, as you might

    have guessed, tea. But this is about favourite

    beer. Well I'm still trying different beers; there

    are lots I like but a favourite - I haven't found

    that yet. I'm still looking but it is not a bad hobby

    to have, after all there is even a club or two you

    can join. That may help or may make it harder,

    with more suggestions from the friends you

    make. So if you too are on a similar quest and

    haven't joined CAMRA, think about it (if you are

    a member and have got any suggestions about

    beers, come along to a meeting and tell me).

    Maybe you will make some new friends and find

    some new and interesting beers to try. At least

    you'll have something in common to talk about

    over your pint - beer!

    Now I know even CAMRA has its own set

    of problems and its politics, but at the end of the

    day it's about good beer (real ale), and not

    forgetting real cider, perry and of course good

    pubs to go to. If we don't use it we lose it and

    it's certainly true of pubs. With no pubs what

    kind of beer will we all get? I don't know for

    sure, but I know it won't taste nice! So join up,

    drink good beer in good pubs and make sure, by

    campaigning, that we will still have both to

    enjoy! And the quest to find my own favourite

    beer still goes on.

    Oh yes, if youre still wondering at the moment I'm favouring

    Golden Braid from Hopdaemon

    Hophead from Dark Star

    Foundry Man's Gold from Canterbury Brewers,

    Well it is summer, I'll probably choose

    something darker in the Autumn.

    [SI]

    Steam and Beer 2012

    T his year we were very pleased to see

    the return of the

    S i t t i n gb ou rne

    and Kemsley

    Light Railway

    Beer Festival.

    The 6th April

    2012 saw the reopening of the viaduct station,

    allowing the Steam and Beer annual beer festival

    to return on the 7th and 8th July. With 34

    different beers and five different ciders this

    festival provided excellent choice on what was a

    very wet weekend. My personal highlight of the

    festival was Concrete Cows Fenny Popper (4.0%) - a light and zesty ale. [KS]

    To find out more about the Sittingbourne and

    Kemsley Light Railway Beer Festival contact:

    www.sklr.net

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    OVER 600 OF THE FINEST

    ALES SOLD NATIONALLY

    AT J D WETHERSPOON

    BRITAINS NO.1 SUPPORTER OF MICROBREWERIES

    JOIN CAMRA TODAY AND

    RECEIVE WETHERSPOON REAL

    ALE VOUCHERS WORTH 20 FULL DETAILS ON APPLICATION FORM: WWW.CAMRA.ORG.UK

    Why not eat on one of our Club days? Steak Club: Tuesdays noon to 10pm

    Curry Club: Thursdays noon to 10 pm

    Sunday Club (Roasts): Sundays Noon to 6pm

    Club meals include a free drink. See menu for details.

    20-22 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent Subject to local licensing restrictions and availability at participating free houses

    THE LEADING LIGHT

    wetherspoon

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    The price of your pint

    T he beer duty escalator was introduced by the last Government in 2008, and is currently in place until 2014/15. It means that beer duty is automatically increased by 2% above inflation every single year. As a result, tax on beer has gone up by over 40% since 2008.

    You now pay over a third of your pint on tax. Any more increases in beer duty will increase

    the pressure on pubs already struggling to survive and damage the long term ability of the beer

    and pub sector to continue contributing over 6 billion a year in duty and VAT, and over 21

    billion to the UKs GDP. CAMRA is calling for the Chancellor to abandon the unfair beer duty escalator in the next Budget. [SI]

    Please sign the e-petition.

    Go to the CAMRA website

    and you can sign it from

    there, even if you are not a

    member of CAMRA.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/

    petitions/29664

    For more information on

    CAMRA campaigns visit:

    www.camra.org.uk

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    Valid from 2nd January 2012 until 29th February 2012

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    The difference between a Craft Beer and a

    Micro-brew Beer

    T here are commonalities when talking about craft beer and micro-brewed beer but there are also great differences. The two

    terms are interchanged often because they

    are so darn confusing. Let us start with the

    definitions of a micro-brewery and a craft

    brewery.

    In the US where craft beer may have

    originated as a term a micro-brewery is

    classified by the number of beer barrels it

    produces in a year, which is a limit of 15,000

    beer barrels a year or 460,000 US gallons

    (approx. 1 US gallon to 0.83 imperial). At

    least 75 percent of that beer must be sold

    outside of the brewery. There are no strict

    guidelines set on the

    t e c h n i q u e s o r

    ingredients a micro-

    brewery uses to

    produce their beer. A

    micro-brewery is

    classified as such

    according to the

    amount of beer it

    produces annually.

    A c r a f t

    brewery brews no

    more than 2 million

    gallons of beer per

    year and is owned independently. Unlike a

    micro-brewery, in the US a craft brewery has

    set limitations on the techniques of its beer

    production. A craft brewery's beer must

    contain at least 50 percent traditional malt,

    rather than others such as oats, barley and

    wheat and there lies one distinction. These

    ingredients add flavour to the beer. Most craft

    beers are of a European style like ales, stouts

    and porters. One of the most well known

    craft brewers is the maker of Samuel Adams;

    The Boston Brewing Company.

    The fad of calling low production

    breweries craft breweries instead of micro-

    breweries is just a common error. The terms

    are used erroneously. The terms that should

    stand are micro-brewery and macro-brewery

    to differentiate a brewery based on

    production amount. Craft beer is a product,

    and a good one at that, not a measure of size.

    This misconception also happens because

    some beer drinkers automatically assume that

    a micro-brewery uses craft ingredients and

    this is not always true.

    So to summarise .a craft brewery is not always a micro-brewery and a micro-brewery is only a craft

    brewery if it follows craft brewing standards.

    Craft beer is beer that

    is brewed in batches

    with the finest quality

    ingredients, and is done

    on a limited basis or

    may be a seasonal

    brew. Many craft

    breweries take pride in

    n o t o n l y t h e

    ingredients used to

    make their beer but

    also in the equipment

    used to produce it.

    There is a trend

    growing, with a lot of people drinking local

    and choosing craft beers. The breweries are

    farming out their ingredients locally. Local

    ingredients can add to the quality and

    distinction of a beer. A number of breweries

    operate on this philosophy. They strive to use

    environmental practices that achieve a

    sustainable and profitable business -

    celebrating all things local when possible.

    I for one will continue to support both

    sides of this story micro and craft. For me its the way forward when drinking quality ales from both the UK and across the globe.

    [AK]

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    The Strange Case of the

    Poisoned Pale Ale

    G reetings gentle reader, tis I Obidiah Spillage, with another tale from the rich vein of our brewing heritage. This time

    I am going back to the height of the

    Victorian age when Burton beers and in

    especial India Pale Ale were all the rage. I

    will tell a tale that shocked and outraged

    the chattering classes of the time, a tale rife

    with foul accusations of poisoning and

    skulduggery.

    We are in the mid 1800s and Burton

    beers were revered across the land. Bass

    had exhibited their pale Burton beers at no

    less than the Paris Exhibition of 1867 at

    which they won a silver medal for their

    IPA. There was a great rivalry between the

    many Burton brewers to see who could

    produce the finest IPA. Frequently locking

    horns in this contest were two of the titans

    of Burton, Bass and Allsopp. Allsopp

    claiming that they were the first to invent

    IPA for the long journey to India and Bass

    countering the claim. Either way the trendy

    young blades out on the town could not

    get enough of the stuff describing it as a bright sparkling bitter, the colour of sherry

    and the condition of champagne. (One laments that the same cannot be said for

    some of the beers labelled as IPA today!!)

    IPA was called the high fashion beer of the railway age. However all this success may have never have occurred if a certain

    accusation by a Frenchman had proved

    true.

    Before I continue this dastardly tale I

    feel a smidgen of background information is

    in order here. If you have never tried a true

    IPA (shame on you if this is so) one of the

    characteristics of this fine brew is the bitter

    twang achieved by the addition of hops, and

    lots of them. Hops not only give the beer a

    sharp, dry, bitter taste but they also act as a

    preservative. This helped the beer to

    survive the long sea voyage to India. The

    next time you visit a brewery have a taste

    of the hop, the sensation in the mouth is

    quite extraordinary!

    Back to the tale: In 1851 the

    aforesaid Frenchman, a chemist by the

    name of Monsieur Payen, claimed that the

    Burton brewers had used strychnine to

    achieve the distinctive bitter taste. He

    claimed that large quantities of the poison

    had been manufactured in Paris and was

    bound for a secret destination which he

    made clear was Burton. These accusations

    were published in The Medical Times and

    Gazette which stated the fashionable longing for bitterness has surpassed the

    An account of awful accusations of

    adulterated ale

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  • Summer Issue 2012 17

    The Strange Case bitterness of hops and the manufacturers

    have apparently been driven to their wits end to satisfy the dyspeptic cravings of the

    British stomach. I am not sure about the dyspeptic cravings of the British stomach

    but I do know that the British sense of

    outrage is easily aroused and the middle

    classes really had something to get their

    teeth into. Could this be true!?! Were

    those young gentlemen about town putting

    themselves at dire risk simply to fuel the

    profits of large business? It must be true

    mustnt it after all it has been published and they would not have done so if it was false,

    surely! Can you credit that the press would

    publish falsehoods whilst claiming that their

    sources were reliable!

    Anyway Bass and Al lsopp

    immediately forgot their differences and

    joined forces to refute this foul slur on their

    fine product. Michael Thomas Bass

    thundered off a letter to The Times denying

    any knowledge of the alleged French

    strychnine and making a very fair point by

    stating Why, Sir, India would long ago have been depopulated of its European

    inhabitants had there been anything

    pernicious in pale ale It is a fair point, as there seems to me little commercial

    advantage in killing off your customers for

    the want of a few hops!!

    The breweries went on the offensive

    to discredit the allegations. They arranged

    visits to Burton by a professor from the

    Royal College of Chemistry, a

    representative from The Lancet and a

    German chemist called Baron Justus Liebig

    (Unfortunate surname!). However the

    Baron was very eminent in the biological

    chemistry field (and, by the by, he also

    invented Oxo cubes!!). These eminent

    fellows carried out a thorough investigation

    and the upshot was that the brewers were

    completely vindicated which made them

    very happy especially as the story was

    headlines all over the national press, giving

    Burton breweries some welcome free

    publicity. The experts found that the

    amount of strychnine needed to achieve the

    bitterness of hops would have been twice

    the fatal dose for a man and to poison all

    the beer brewed in Burton would have

    required nearly seventeen times the

    amount of strychnine produced in the

    world in a year!!

    So there you have it gentle reader

    and if, after an evenings indulgence of IPA, you are feeling a little queasy the next

    morning you can always blame it on the

    strychnine!!

    If you want to read more about IPA I

    would heartily recommend Pete Browns excellent book Hops and Glory One mans search for the beer that built the British Empire.

    Obidiah Spillage

    continued

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    Swale Ale please contact:

    [email protected]

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    S wale CAMRA would like to welcome you to the 2012 Faversham International Hop Festival. This small market town is blessed with a variety of pubs serving both local and national beers. In addition to these

    favourites you may stumble across a number of beers that are being brewed especially for

    this event.

    Whilst visiting Faversham we recommend that you step outside of the main festival

    route to visit some of the other pubs that will also be holding beer festivals and staging live

    music during this weekend. We also recommend that you visit our own stall serving a

    variety of beers from our local area. You should also consider booking yourself onto one

    of Shepherd Neames brewery tours.

    Albion On the opposite side of Faversham Creek, just 4 minutes form the main

    town centre, this waterside pub offers a range of Shepherd Neame beers.

    At festival time this pub often offers an outside bar, BBQ and live music.

    During the rest of the year the pub provides a menu of Mexican and

    English food.

    Anchor At the opposite end of Abbey Street to the town centre, by the flourishing

    Standard Quay with its historic sailing barges, this 300 year old Shepherd

    Neame pub has a large garden which during festival time features live bands

    and a BBQ. A wide range of Shepherd Neame beers are served.

    Bear This historic Shepherd Neame pub which has recently been sympathetically

    renovated has three small bars off a small corridor, each with their own

    atmosphere. Three Shepherd Neame beers served including those from

    the micro-brewery.

    Brents

    Tavern

    On the opposite side of the creek this local free house is just five minutes

    from the town centre.

    Bull This oak-beamed Shepherd Neame pub was being built in 1409, and was

    visited by both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The pub boasts a large garden

    and at festival time often stages live bands.

    Chimney Boy Close to the railway station this Shepherd Neame house is located

    opposite the Preston Street music stage. A restaurant and beer garden are

    accessible to the rear.

    Crown &

    Anchor

    On the quieter side of the station, this Shepherd Neame local is accessible

    via the pedestrian underpass.

    Faversham Hop Festival

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    The Brents

    Free House

    Mechanics Arms Shepherd Neame

    The Albion

    Shepherd Neame

    The Bull

    Shepherd Neame

    The Three Tuns

    Shepherd Neame

    Old Wine Vault Free House

    The Sun

    Shepherd Neame

    Crown & Anchor

    Shepherd Neame

    The Elephant Free House

    Faversham International Hop Festival Pub Guide: 1st & 2nd September 2012

    The Chimney Boy

    Shepherd Neame

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    The Anchor Shepherd Neame

    Swan & Harlequin

    Free House

    The Phoenix Free House

    The Bear Shepherd Neame

    Market Inn

    Shepherd Neame

    Leading Light Wetherspoon

    The Railway Shepherd Neame

    CAMRA Beer

    Stall

    Open Street Map

    Faversham

    Homebrew Shop

    Faversham International Hop Festival Pub Guide: 1st & 2nd September 2012

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    Elephant As Swale CAMRA Pub of the year since 2007 this local free house is only a

    two minute walk from the station via the pedestrian underpass. The five

    ever-changing beers include many from local Kentish micro-breweries. In

    addition this pub also offers excellent real cider by hand pump. A beautiful

    walled garden is to the rear.

    Leading

    Light

    This Wetherspoon pub in Preston Street has a tradition for serving a wide

    range of beers, enhancing the chains normal range with many from local

    micros.

    Market Inn This lively Shepherd Neame pub on East Street offers a good range of

    Faversham brewed beers and excellent live music throughout the year. The

    Market Inn is just a 3 minute walk from the town centre.

    Mechanics

    Arms

    This small Shepherd Neame local on West Street is just three minutes from

    the Market Place on the way to Stonebridge Pond.

    Phoenix This ancient pub on Abbey Street is only two minutes from the town

    centre. Offering five ever changing beers on hand pump and many more on

    gravity including Harveys Best Bitter and other national favourites. At

    festival times live music is held in the garden.

    The Old

    Wine Vaults

    This town centre local serves up to four real ales on hand pump and two

    real ciders all year round. At festival time they expand this range with an

    outside bar in the garden and live music.

    Railway

    Hotel

    A grand Shepherd Neame pub opposite the station with many original

    features. The Railway Hotel has an extensive list of music over the festival

    weekend and this year will be serving its own festival ale Platform 5.

    The Sun Close to the market square this historic Shepherd Neame house has large

    sunny terrace on multiple levels.

    Swan &

    Harlequin

    With its lively music stage and a minimum of 14 real ales the Swan and

    Harlequin free house is just behind the Shepherd Neame brewery.

    Three Tuns Just five minutes from the Market Place this ancient Shepherd

    Neame pub is said to have been visited by Nelson. A large garden is to the

    rear.

    CAMRA

    Stall

    The CAMRA stall in East Street will be selling the products of

    several small East Kent breweries. We should have beers from the

    Hopdaemon, Ramsgate, Canterbury Brewers and Whitstable breweries.

    Key

    Good Beer Guide 2012 Swale CAMRA Pub of the Year

    The above information is intended as a guide and it is given in good faith. Since

    going to press it is likely that some items will have changed, especially the beers

    offered in each pub.

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    Busman's holiday

    Jolly Boys Plymouth Trip

    T he quest for beer began with an early start at the Three Hats, Milton Regis, where our intrepid explorers began with a

    lovely pint of Caledonian Double Dark

    Oatmeal Stout (4.6%), followed by another

    Caledonian brew, Over the Bar (4.2%). But as

    it was nearly 10am we thought we had better

    start the long trek down to Plymouth. Firstly

    though we all had to say a prayer that the

    rickety old battle bus would get us there! (I

    am still unaware as to why it was unanimous

    that I could not drive my own bus?)

    Thanks to Driver Daves fantastic driving we checked in at our Travelodge at

    3.45 pm, first pint at Varsity Bar 3.58pm.

    What a terrible first experience of Plymouth!

    We ordered Sharps Doom Bar (4.0%) and

    Charles Wells Bombardier (4.1%) both 3.25

    a pint; it was like drinking iced water! So cold

    were our drinks all traces of flavour had been

    removed, they resembled browner versions

    of the dreaded super chilled [email protected]$ter$!

    List of Good Beer Guide pubs in hand

    and a couple of texts from a certain Plymouth

    Paul we ventured towards the Barbican area

    where we found an ale lovers oasis that is the

    Dolphin Inn. A proper spit and sawdust pub

    with slate floors and wooden seating, situated

    opposite the seafront. A tiny bar serviced our

    explorers with a brilliant selection of gravity

    fed fine ales, St Austell Proper Job (4.5%)

    (extremely good), Tribute (4.2%), Skinners

    Betty Stoggs (4.0%), Sharps Doom Bar,

    Ringwood Otter Ale (4.5%) (stunning),

    Exmoor Ale, Abbot, Bass and one other

    which is undecipherable from my notes at

    3.25. All were in perfect condition and

    dispensed directly from the barrel. The

    Dolphin Inn has many interesting little

    features including etched windows featuring

    Plymouths Octagon Brewery. Reluctantly we moved on to the

    Maritime Inn which featured Maritime

    Recession Buster (4%) at 2.10! And

    Summerskills Indiana Bones (5.6%) at 3.00.

    When entering from the Barbican side you

    are welcomed by a quiet carpeted area and as

    you walk through to the bar you find yourself

    in the lively Sutton harbour.

    As we returned towards the town

    centre our alcoholic constipation set in, we

    were unable to pass a pub. Stumbling upon

    the Queens Arms, Southside Street, we found

    a traditional locals pub in the heart of the tourist area. Plush green carpeting and bench

    seating, a Landladys warm welcome, everyone joining in each others conversations, and most of all terrific ale,

    Bass and Tribute. The pickled onions and eggs

    were great.

    After a refuelling stop at the all you

    can eat Chinese buffet (dont have the mussels - ask our long haired friend) we

    found the Brass Monkey, offering 10 different

    hand pulls. A very busy late night venue

    probably better visited during the day for ales

    as by this stage our judgement was like their

    beer, cloudy!

    And so to bed (or an eighties night

    club, and the rest is a blur!)

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    Bodies

    CASK MARK ACCREDITED

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    Jolly Boys Plymouth Trip Today was the day we had been

    waiting for and the excuse for our trip. It was

    the big match: Plymouth Argyle FC vs

    Gillingham FC. So we started with a 10am

    breakfast meeting at Wetherspoons Union Rooms. Great value food washed down with

    the first pint of the day, Otter Ale, from a

    range of ten, variously priced between 1.49 -

    2.15. Unfortunately by this stage our

    numbers had been depleted due to a rogue

    mussel from the Chinese the previous night

    and sympathetic as we are we thought sod

    him and carried on with our exploring!

    En route to the ground we popped in

    the Britannia Inn, Milehouse. Another pub

    from the Wetherspoon chain, providing 7

    different ales including Sharps Doom Bar,

    Otter Ale, and a fantastic Bays Devon

    Dumpling (5.1%). Nice friendly atmosphere

    between the locals, Plymouth fans and

    Gillinghams travelling supporters. Entering Home Park we were guided

    to the St Austell Tribute Lounge for a pre-

    match meal. Our table overlooking the

    pristine playing surface was soon decorated

    with five pints of perfect condition Tribute.

    Could there be any better way to watch

    football? Well apparently there is! After the

    meal our party prepared to be escorted to the

    away end to enjoy the match, however the

    lovely customer rep Jo had other ideas guiding

    us to a box on the halfway line. Every ten

    minutes we had a knock on the door from

    one of the waiters asking if we required any

    more Tribute, what a pleasant interruption.

    Our experience of Plymouth Argyle FC was

    amazing, complemented by a 1-0 win to

    Gillingham from a cracking Joe Martin goal and

    a string of amazing saves by Paulo Gazzaniga.

    Well worth a visit on match days. Our watch wine & dine package was only 45 per head and included match tickets and a scrumptious

    three course meal.

    After a swift return trip to the

    Britannia Inn for a well kept pint of Doom

    Bar we ventured back to our Travelodge to

    shower, change and enjoy our final night of

    freedom, sorry I meant night in Plymouth.

    The next pub we stumbled upon was

    The Fishermans Arms hidden down a side

    street. Collectively we would implore

    anyone in the area to visit this amazing gem

    of Plymouth. A St Austell house serving

    Tribute, Proper Job and Trelawny at 3.35

    pint, stylishly decorated with a relaxed

    friendly ambience. The busy friendly staff

    were very pleasant and welcoming and

    explained that if we wanted to dine they

    were unfortunately fully booked and had

    been for two weeks, but we were more than

    welcome to enjoy a drink at the bar. All the

    ales were in top condition, going down

    beautifully and rapidly. As we jealously

    perused the reasonably priced menu, the fine

    dining looked and smelled fantastic.

    Reluctantly leaving we headed

    towards the Barbican area where we had

    been advised to try Admiral McBrides,

    serving Doom Bar and Betty Stoggs.

    Unfortunately on this occasion the quality of

    the beer was only just passable. So we

    ventured back to our hotel, stopping off at

    the Dolphin Hotel and the Queens Arms

    where we once again enjoyed great beer

    and lovely ambience.

    Next day we headed back to rainy

    Milton Regis, disembarking at the Three Hats

    for a pint of Robinsons Long Kiss Goodnight.

    While enjoying an ale or two before we

    headed home our explorers had to decide

    which pubs were our favourites so here goes

    with the top 4:

    Fishermans Arms

    Dolphin Hotel

    Queens Arms

    Britannia Inn. [MW]

    continued

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    All within a day of Swale

    O n one of our very many nostalgic escapades to St Albans in Hertfordshire, it occurred to us that this place would be ideal

    territory for a delightful social day out for Swale

    members especially as it is where CAMRA all started. We hesitate to label time spent here as

    being a virtual pub crawl because we envisage the day (easily adapted as a weekend break)

    could surely be much more than that! And here

    we attempt to prove our point...

    We have devised two separate

    suggested itineraries for full day trips here. You

    could, however, attempt both tours if you stay a

    night or two.

    Picking up a fast train to St Pancras from

    Faversham or Sittingbourne - as early on a

    Saturday as one can drag oneself to the railway

    station is highly recommended for this very full day. Trains currently run twice hourly from

    both stations and it takes about one hour to

    reach the busy terminus, where you will have

    time to use the station facilities (you could even

    grab a take-away to eat en route from the

    stations shops and cafes...recommended if you want to maximise your shopping or pub visiting

    time at St Albans) before changing to the St

    Pancras/Bedford line.

    Trains depart from the lower level of

    the station. But before descending, for culture

    seekers, observe the two impressive statues

    both on the upper level at the St Pancras Station

    Hotel end. There is one under the station clock

    standing 30ft high called The Meeting Place, by

    Paul Day. This one has caused a great deal of

    controversy. The other statue is of the former

    Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, by Martin

    Jennings. It was created in the poets honour as an acknowledgement to his successful campaign

    to save the station from demolition in the 1960s.

    Trains to St Albans run very frequently

    all day. Even the slow one only takes little over

    half an hour. The non stop service will get you

    there in only 20 minutes! When you arrive,

    dont be put off by what may at first appear to many as a very ordinary London suburb the very best is yet to come!

    Tour One: In order to see the best of

    St Albans market, you will need to start there

    and the quickest way to reach the market is to

    take a bus to the city centre. There are many of

    them leaving the station forecourt and the journey will take you about five minutes to St

    Peters Street, where you will see what appears to be an everlasting row of market stalls lining

    the road. When shopping though, consider the

    weight of what you will need to carry around for

    the remainder of your time here. If you start

    your spree at the war memorial end of the

    street (near St Peters Church) you can work your way along the whole length of the market

    and the main shops. When you pass to the right

    of the Town Hall you will be in Market Place and

    ahead you will see that the road divides. To the

    right you will see French Row and to the left the

    continuation of Market Place. On the right you

    Gill and Keith explore several possibilities

    for great pub visiting within a day of

    Swale...all of which can be adapted or

    combined for family enjoyment as well as

    possible weekend breaks!

    They begin in this issue, with

    CAMRAs (and their own) birthplace - the Historical City of St Albans

    Tour One: For shoppers and those wanting to

    absorb themselves in the history of the place

    while still making time to visit several of the

    renowned pubs in the area.

    Tour Two: For the dedicated pub enthusiast.

    This tour is available on our website:

    www.camra-swale.org.uk

    Both tours begin at the same starting

    point and separate on arrival at St Albans City

    Station. We suggest trippers reunite (just prior

    to the trip home) at The Waterend Barn

    (Wetherspoons Lloyds No 1) in St Peters Street - in the heart of the city centre.

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    19th 21st October 2012

    Open from 11am - close

    The Three Hats

    Cornish & Scottish

    Beer Festival

    93 High Street, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne. Kent ME10 2AR

    For all enquiries call Malcolm on 07764 842 478

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    Ye Old Fighting Cocks

    All within a day of Swale will see the Clock Tower (climb it if its open...the view from the top is breathtaking) or visit one of the adjacent and popular pubs,

    The Boot (listed in 2012 CAMRA Good Beer

    Guide and well worth a visit... or try the ancient

    pub the Fleur de Lys at the end of French Row!).

    Leaving here, we suggest you next cross

    the road at the traffic lights ahead and

    immediately in front of you, you will see there is

    a narrow walkway. This pretty alley will lead

    you to the beautiful Abbey/Cathedral and en

    route there is a pretty walled garden with a

    seating area on the left of the path. Proceed in

    the shadow of the Abbey Cathedral, turning

    right at Sumpter Yard at the end of the path,

    where you will see an ancient cedar tree. Pass

    this and the East door and Cathedral shop and

    cafe, where a few yards beyond there is a fork

    left turn down a footpath leading you across the

    grounds. There is a signpost to Verulam Park and Museum.

    The museum itself is quite a walk and

    there may not be time for you to visit both - but

    in less than a quarter of a mile from this spot

    you can simply relax or walk around the

    picturesque park and lake (with ducks and swans

    eager to be fed). Just watch the world go by or

    maybe take in the scenery with an ice cream.

    Just prior to reaching the lake and the bridge

    over the River Ver where in its shadow stands

    the old silk mill, you may wish to pause or pose

    for another photograph... or visit what is

    claimed to be the oldest pub in Great Britain

    dating from the 8th century, Ye Olde Fighting

    Cocks. Inside, there is a (now sealed) ancient

    secret passage which ran underground between

    the pub cellar and the Abbey crypt. This was

    said to be an escape route for those fearing

    religious persecution. From this point, if time is

    short and you have spent too much of it

    shopping, you can either return by the same

    route and head back towards the town centre

    and your rendezvous point or, if you are really

    adventurous, walk the extra mile or so allocated

    to this route... spanning firstly, the length of the

    lake and out of the gate at the far side into the

    old village of St Michaels. A left turn from the gate will take you to

    two good pubs, The Rose and Crown and The

    Six Bells (the latter is listed in the CAMRA GBG

    2012) and you could also see the pretty village

    church or the museum, or a right turn when

    leaving the park will lead you over another

    bridge crossing the River Ver.

    If time is fairly limited, we recommend

    your taking the right turn rather than the left.

    Note the old mill on the left of the bridge, now

    a restaurant - and just ahead the pub The Blue

    Anchor on the right (this pub has an interesting

    and unusual food menu. We enjoyed a good

    lunch one Sunday). On the other side of the

    street you will see the Black Lion (where there

    is accommodation although we have not chosen

    to stay here ourselves). Continue along what is

    now considered to be one of the most

    prestigious and oldest streets in St Albans, namely, Fishpool Street. You will not be

    disappointed if you are interested in

    architecture or ale.

    Only a century ago, this was a mere

    slum and a red light district and see if you can

    spot where there were pubs previously as

    indeed, there were many in this street!

    A few hundred yards on you will pass

    the St Michaels Manor, now a good class hotel

    continued

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    All within a day of Swale

    and renowned wedding venue. Take note of all

    the various styles and ages of property along this

    long winding road. Moreover, having travelled

    this far, try to make time for a very worthwhile

    visit to The Lower Red Lion (the pub is open all

    day). This is a free house and always serves a

    selection of real ales. Usual beers are Oakham

    JHB, Sharps Doom Bar, plus four guest ales. We regard this inn and former coaching house

    as one of the areas best kept secrets (a real gem!) and we have regularly stayed here for two

    or three nights on our frequent visits to St

    Albans - in all seasons. The cider is good too.

    There are usually two real cider/perry pumps at

    any one time. Among those sampled was the

    Bristol Port Cider and a very good pear perry.

    Excellent fish and chips are served on a Friday

    evening (we highly recommend this for weekend

    visitors... but book a few hours in advance to

    avoid disappointment as supplies are soon exhausted). The area outside the pub is quiet

    after closing time (barely any passing traffic) and

    breakfast is a generous but informal affair, served

    in the bar area. The new management are very

    welcoming and made every effort to make our

    stay last time a comfortable and enjoyable one.

    For an evening out during our stay, as Fishpool

    Street continues into George Street, we have

    eaten twice at an excellent Thai restaurant (The

    Thai Rack) there and also at a very good Indian

    restaurant which is tucked behind the main

    shops on the opposite side of the road at No 23,

    called The Samoji (formerly part of The George

    Inn).

    But to revert to the final part of our

    recommended Route 2, you will need to

    continue up Fishpool Street from the Lower Red

    Lion for a few hundred yards, taking a left turn

    into a little back street called Wellclose Street.

    At the end of it you will find the Verulam Arms.

    Cross the road into Lower Dagnall Street and

    observe The Farriers Arms (where CAMRA

    were said to have held their first branch

    meeting). Proceed up the steep hill, crossing the

    Verulam Road into Upper Dagnall Street which

    will take you straight into the town centre

    passing at least another couple of pubs on the

    way.

    In St Peters Street, if you are joining members of your party who have opted to take

    the alternative route on our website, you will need to f ind the Waterend Barn

    (Wetherspoons Lloyds No 1) entrance situated behind the Post Office. It is ideal as a recovery

    stop following an exhausting shopping spree or

    for a coffee and sober up before heading off

    back down Victoria Street towards the station.

    Buses leave frequently from a stop near the Post

    Office if you are carrying heavy shopping.

    There was a beer festival when we visited The

    Waterend Barn in March this year though so there was an abundance of excellent beers on

    offer with ten on the rack as well as the usual

    beers on the pumps and this could be an added

    opportunity for the hardened drinker to take a

    last beer before departure... but the integral

    barn itself is well worth a look. It has a

    fascinating history. [GJ & KJ]

    Farriers Arms

    Route two of this visit to St Albans is

    available on the Swale CAMRA website:

    www.camra-swale.org.uk

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    HOP FESTIVAL WEEKEND Minimum 14 real ales

    Music Friday Night

    Six Bands on Saturday and Sunday

    On the Swan and Harlequin Stage

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    Harlequin Est.1725

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    THE BOWL INN

    Find us on the top of the North Downs above Charing, in an

    area of outstanding natural beauty.

    Enjoy a pint of real ale or a glass of wine in our large beer garden or heated patio area.

    Regular steak nights, curry nights, and live music.

    Four Star Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

    For whats on please visit our website www.bowl-inn.co.uk

    We can also offer bed and breakfast accommodation with 4

    en-suite bedrooms, and a garden room which offers full

    facilities for disabled guests. We are a 'dog and horse friendly' Inn

    Alan and Sue Paine

    Egg Hill Road, Charing, Ashford, Kent TN27 OHG

    Tel: 01233 712256 email [email protected]

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    North to East London in an Afternoon

    F or the past 20 years, working in London, it has always been a ritual for a group of us ale followers to go drinking

    on Maundy Thursday afternoon. This April

    was no different but where to go this time to capture good pubs, not too much

    travelling and more importantly some fine

    real ales? After lots of searching London

    guides and maps we had a plan... and what a

    good one it was too!

    We met at Embankment tube

    around midday and took the Northern line

    to Camden Town station. From there it

    was a 5 minute walk to the BrewDog bar.

    Established in 2007 this Scottish

    microbrewery has gone from strength to

    strength in the Keg craft beer line and the

    Camden bar is currently the 4th out of 7 in

    the UK serving their excellent range. I

    personally think that BrewDog is another

    one of those craft beer success stories that

    are becoming ever more popular especially in London.

    Unfortunately after a lovely couple of

    pints of Trashy Blonde and Punk IPA it was

    time to move on so a quick one tube stop on the Northern line to Kentish Town

    and then a 10 minute walk up Highgate

    Road we find the The Southampton Arms.

    A charming place full of character

    both inside and out. Here they claim, on

    their website, to be the only dedicated ale

    and cider house in London to sell from

    small independent UK breweries. There

    were at least ten ales on tap and almost as

    many ciders, all of them stemming from

    small micros. You'll find no big breweries

    or mass produced lager here. The decor is

    simple - lit by bare light bulbs and a real fire

    for the winter nights. It's a pub scaled back

    to the core elements: good beer, minimal

    interior and simple pub food (massive

    Scotch eggs, pork pies etc). A small affair,

    but a fine one all the same - and it's hard

    not to warm to a pub where the music

    comes courtesy of a record player behind

    the bar. A complete contrast to the

    previous pub we visited and definitely one

    for future return visits.

    From The Southampton Arms you

    BrewDog Bar, Camden

    Southampton Arms

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    The Swan Inn

    Teynham

    Wadworth 6x and Rotating 'locales' Live music Saturdays at 9pm

    Karaoke Sundays and Tuesdays from 7pm

    Friendly poker every Wednesday at 8pm

    Sunday lunch 12-3.30

    2 meals for 9

    78 London Road, Teynham, Kent ME9 9QH

    01795 521 218

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    have a short walk to Gospel Oak and then

    approx. a 30 min journey, on the London

    Overground, to Leyton Midland Road. This

    gave us some time to reflect on the first

    two pubs and to then look forward in

    anticipation to the next one King William IV Hotel and Bar (Brodies Brewery Tap).

    This is one place I have wanted to visit for

    a long time but never really had the

    opportunity especially being a fan of all things Brodies!!!

    Brodies was established in 2008,

    taking over the abandoned Sweet William

    brewery. This family run business has

    grown from strength to strength owning

    three very well frequented and popular

    pubs - all in London. Sixteen different

    beers, 10 normally from Brodies, are

    served here all at just 1.99 a pint. They

    also offer brewery tours on request.

    Unfortunately for us we visited two days

    early to be part of their annual Easter

    Bunny Basher beer festival featuring 40

    Brodies beers, some in unique

    collaboration brews from Mikkeller and

    Kernel breweries. This is certainly a place

    to visit when in the area (or even if not and

    fancy the travel out of central London).

    We didnt have far to walk for our forth pub literally 5 minutes further down Leytonstone High Road you come to

    the Red Lion. Dont arrive before 16:00 on weekdays though as it will be closed. Part

    of the 25 Antics chain of pubs in London it

    boasts ten hand pumps and five keg lines

    featuring a good variety of ales from local,

    regional and micro-breweries.

    Outside huge windows front the

    building in a frame of columns; from inside

    the windows are even more impressive,

    giving light and openness. The ceiling is

    high, the floors wooden, the tables are

    unmatched and spread around with some

    for dining and some for drinking.

    There are sofas, board games,

    bookcases and lots of little details to keep

    you interested and looking for more. My

    impression of this place is that in many

    ways, this is a template for any new pub. Its a modern local, the sort that works for those nearby but also pulls people from

    further away. A great place to go after

    leaving the Brodies pub.

    Our final resting place for this

    particular trip would be two stops away

    from Leytonstone tube on the Central Line

    to Stratford not surprisingly we were heading for the Tap East. Conveniently

    located in the impressive Westfield

    Stratford City shopping complex and, even

    better. within seconds of the South Eastern

    High Speed train service to Kent. Once

    again and with every pub on this particular

    crawl a new find for me so I was equally

    excited to cross this one of my to-do list.

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    King William IV Hotel and Bar

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    37 Station Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3ED

    SHEPHERD NEAME ALES SERVED

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    This brewery-pub offers an

    impressive selection of bottled beers with

    nearly 150 names to choose from; pale ale,

    stouts and experimental beers brewed on

    site along with traditional pub food. Up to

    17 draught beers are served straight from

    the keg and beers from around globe are

    constantly updated. Customers drinking

    here are even able to see the brewery

    from the bar.

    Obviously the great plus point with

    this place is that we could sample many of

    the ales on offer and still keep one eye on

    whats happening with the trains back to Kent, so for this reason an ideal last point

    of call if in this area.

    [AK]

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    Red Lion

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    Continued

    So gather round drinkers where ever you are

    and take a trip down to your local bar.

    The landlord is friendly, his beers always good, he keeps a good cellar, you know that he

    should.

    The pint you are served will always be fresh.

    For the beers they are a changin.

    Theres bitter and stout available here And if you dont like them then try a wheat

    beer.

    A mild or a porter will bring you good cheer

    For the beers they are a changin.

    A light hoppy ale or a barley wine,

    pints filled to the brim, you know theyll be fine, or try a brown ale from the banks of the Tyne.

    For the beers they are a changin.

    A light summer ale, or a dark winter beer, will go down well throughout all the year

    and if your favourite is off, then dont shed a tear

    For the beers they are a changin.

    A strong IPA, or a bottle of light

    Or a Belgian lambic with plenty of bite

    You wont taste them all, as try as you might For the beers they are a changin.

    Come ladies and gents from throughout the land

    take a pint of good ale in your right hand

    and drink your fill of your chosen brand,

    For the beers they are a changin.

    And the beer you have now it will soon be past,;

    the glass that you have is emptying fast.

    And the first one now will be as good as the last

    For the beers they are a changin

    With apologies to Mr Dylan!!

    The Beers They

    Are A Changin Faversham Classic

    Car Show

    T his year the branch once again had a beer stall at the car show in Faversham on Sunday 20th May. We were at our usual

    location outside of Iceland supermarket

    which is also our pitch for the Hop Festival

    (on the 1st & 2nd of September this year).

    For our customers to enjoy we had

    beer from Hopdaemon, Nelson and The

    Foundry from Canterbury. Our ciders were

    all locally produced with our draught cider

    coming from Kent Cider Company near

    Teynham and Duddas Tun from Doddington. We also had bottled cider from

    North Kent Cider in Ospringe.

    The day was quite successful despite

    grey overcast weather which threatened rain

    but only produced a tiny shower. Then with

    about an hour to go the sun put in an

    appearance and trade markedly improved.

    Our first sell out was Hopdaemons Golden Braid which was not a surprise as it is an

    award winning beer and being a light golden

    bitter of 3.7% is a good lunchtime drink. The

    first cider to go was K.C.C. Apple & Pear at

    6% which was very much enjoyed by all who

    tried it.

    The stall proved to be an excellent

    opportunity for people wanting to know

    more about CAMRA and what we do locally

    and nationwide, so a good day all round.

    [GH]

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    The PHOENIX TAVERN

    Abbey Street, FAVERSHAM 01795 591462

    REAL ALES from Around the UK and Local

    REAL FOOD prepared freshly daily on the premises REAL ATMOSPHERE lovely garden and open inglenook log

    fires REAL TRADITION - 14th century oak beamed pub

    Quality lagers and Quality Wine from Corney and Barrow

    Good Beer Guide 2012

    The Phoenix Tavern

    Faversham

    @Phoenixfav

    www.thephoenixtavernfaversham.co.uk

    ME13 7BH - 01795 591462

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