Wednesday 27 March 2024

Welcome to GADDS' 22nd Birthday Beer Festival!

Here's a short and sweet guide......

Tokens - in order to keep service as speedy as possible, all transactions are by tokens. Please buy these at the tokens station near the main entrance. Here you can pay by card or cash. Any unused tokens can be exchanged for cash or donated to this year's charity.

Glasses - get these with your tokens and please hang on to them! There are only just enough so if you lose yours, you may have to wait for your next pint.


From the iconic 175 year old Manchester Brewer, Joseph Holt, we have Mild, at 3.2%, and Bitter, at 4%. There's a special place in my heart for these beautifully brewed and deliciously drinkable beers.

T&R Theakston, brewers in Masham, Yorkshire, are even older, clocking up 200 years in the biz. From them we have the legendary dark ale, Old Peculier, at 5.6% and their 'Best' Bitter at 3.8%.

Tom's Tap and Brewhouse in Crewe is our next stop where old chum Sean brews an eclectic mix of cask ales. We've selected Dark Mild (3.8%) and Brit Hopped Pale Ale (4.1%).

Over to the West Country next for some cask ale of exceptional quality from Wye Valley BreweryHPA (4%) and Wholesome Stout (4.6%). WVB are the standout success in cask brewing over the last 30 years, for very good reason!

And on to the Surrey Hills Brewery where we found former Supreme Champion Beer of Britain winner, Shere Drop (4.2%), and the strong and hoppy Collusion (5.2%).

It wouldn't be a GADDS' beer festival without our friends from Burning Sky in Sussex. We have a new one from them, NZPA (4.5%) - so new there isn't a link for it - and old favourite Aurora (5.6%).

Closer to home we have a couple of casks from that there London: our friends Sambrook's Brewery and their Wandle (3.8%) and Junction (4.5%). Quality cask ale from the smoke.

From GADDS' cask store we have many of the regular favourites and some experimental ales. Of particular note are: Blarney Stone Stout (4.3%) and She Sells Dry Hops (4.7%).

If that wasn't enough we have, on keg, Burning Sky Arise (4.4%), Utopian British Lager (4.7%), Sambrooks Pagoda Pilsner (4.5%), Utopian x GADDS' Green Hopped Pilsner (5%) and Sambrooks Block Party IPA (5.5%).

Then, once you worked your way through that lot you can take a vintage bottle or two from our cellar home: Westvleteren 12 - a super sought after trappist rarity, 2 year aged Orval, 10 year aged GADDS' Imperial Russian Stout, and 2021 vintage GADDS' Chairman of the Board.

The festival runs from midday on Good Friday until 5pm that evening, and we go again midday Easter Saturday, until 5pm. Some of the beers may run out before you get here, but we will be holding some specials back for Saturday, and we'll be brewing on the pilot plant too, ensuring both days are quality days.

Friday March 29th, midday - 5pm

Saturday March 30th, midday - 5pm


Anonymous said...

How much are the glasses/tokens?

Anonymous said...

Will there by any cider or gluten free options?

Anonymous said...

The other breweries were open till 8, this place had nothing to do with a well run event

Anonymous said...

Can we take dogs on the shuttle buses?