At the heart of Hanover

Stars of the Show

So which beer was best? With such a wide range (see below) it was very hard to choose. The Marble Lagonda? One of the Tiny Rebels or the Magic Rocks? The very lovely Kissingate Toffee Cog?

A completely unscientific straw poll picked out one of the first beers to run out – the entirely unofficial champion beer of the 26th Hanover Beer Festival is the Marble “Earl Grey”, a beer that surprised and delighted nearly everyone who tried it.

And here is the full line-up:


1. Kent Brewery – Craft Pale 3.8% (West Malling, Kent)

This is the house beer at Craft Beer Co pubs, brewed exclusively by Kent. Citrusy and resinous hops are elegantly married to slender, delicately honeyed malts to make a wonderful session beer.

Donated by The Craft Beer company

2. Fyne Ales – Jarl 3.8% (Argyll, Scotland)

Light and golden colour with a strong citrus and hop aroma. Citrus and grassy hop flavours dominate the palate with a light and refreshing dry finish. A superbly drinkable beer.

Sponsored by 360 Home

3. Thornbridge – Wild Swan 3.9% (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

White gold in colour with aromas of light bitter lemon, a hint of herbs and a subtle spiciness. A great refreshing beer.

Sponsored by The Hanover Directory

4. Mallinsons – Chinook 4% (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)

Golden colour with a light citrus hop nose, bitter lightly citrusy taste and a long bitter slightly dry finish. Brewed using only Chinook hops from the USA.

Sponsored by McPhersons Walpole Harding

5. Caveman – Hunter Gatherer 3.2% (Swanscombe, Kent)

A ‘green’ hop beer with 1.5kg of fresh East Kent Goldings hops per cask, this is an easy drinking and refreshingly bitter lower ABV beer from this new brewery, established in 2012.

Sponsored by The Green Party

6. Old Dairy – Gold Top 4.3% (Cranbrook, Kent)

A superb mix of Maris Otter pale, Munich and Carapils malts along with East Kent Goldings, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops. Combining Maris Otter, the best British ale malt, with malts normally used in the finest continental lagers results in a beer with good body, caramelised undertones and a distinct gold colour. This fine recipe gives a beer that will appeal to ale drinkers and lager drinkers alike.

Donated by The Old Dairy

7. Oakham Ales – Scarlet Macaw 4.4% (Peterborough)

Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that’s as sharp as a macaw’s screech!

Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Labour Party

8. Siren Craft Brewery – Undercurrent 4.5% (Finchampstead, Berkshire)

A pale ale with spicy, grassy aromas and a taste of grapefruit and apricot. Undercurrent is part pale, part oats and part caramel barley. Her swirls of bold, bready and nutty malt whirl into a concoction of spicy, citrus, floral hops. Mystery lurks in those Cascade and Palisade hops.

Sponsored by Phase Electrical Distributors Ltd

9. Tiny Rebel – Full Nelson 4.8% (Newport, South Wales)

This ‘Maori Pale Ale’ came together after months of experimentation with a very unique hop – Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand. Strong grape flavours are complimented by the sweet Munich malt, making this beer crisp and refreshing.

Sponsored by Credence Joinery


10. Marble – Lagonda 5% (Manchester)

An India pale ale with a golden malt base complimenting a quadruple addition of hops, all of which precede a floral and bitter finish. A proud contemporary classic, just like its name sake the 1927 Lagonda.

In memory of John Heather

11. Thornbridge – Kipling 5.2% (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

A legendary ‘South Pacific Pale’ from one of the UK’s leading craft breweries. This single hop golden blonde beer has an exquisite passionfruit, gooseberry and mango aroma. An initial sweetness and full body are balanced by a lasting grapefruit-like bitter finish. With this recipe, Thornbridge were the first UK brewery to utilise the now very popular Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand.

Sponsored by Light Foot LED

12. Siren Craft Brewery – West Coast IPA 5.6% (Finchampstead, Berkshire)

Siren’s take on the ubiquitous American IPA style. The resulting beer is full of massive, punchy new world hop notes and a lingering bitterness that will transport you to the Golden State!

Sponsored by Keith Taylor MEP

13. Dark Star – Revelation 5.7% (Partridge Green, West Sussex)

This ever-popular beer blends Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full – and is then dry hopped during conditioning using Dark Star’s ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).

Sponsored by Get Manic

14. Dark Star – Green Hopped IPA 6.5% (Partridge Green, West Sussex)

Most of you will be familiar with this special release from Dark Star. Highly anticipated, with a huge malt bill to start, this beer is then heavily hopped with Simcoe in the boil and dry hopped with fresh ‘green’ Target hops after fermentation.

Sponsored by Bell Plastering & Robinson Bros. Plastering

15. Dark Star – Green Hopped IPA 6.5% (Partridge Green, West Sussex)

Another cask of this beer for the second day of the festival as this beer will fly out.

16. Ikley – Mary Jane 3.7% (Ilkley, Yorkshire)

Very aromatic beer with citrus flavours. Made with huge quantities of Amarillo hops.

Sponsored by Inside & Out Services Ltd


17. Tiny Rebel – Cwtch 4.6% (Newport, South Wales)

From the Welsh upstarts who founded their brewery in 2012, nothing about this beer is subtle but it does have a sweet name; ‘Cwtch’ is a translation of a Welsh phrase meaning ‘snuggle’. Expect a great balance between the grapefruit and pine tastes of the hops and the burnt raisin of the malty backbone.

Sponsored by Lucas Electrics

18. Summer Wine – Rouge Hop 4.8% (Holmfirth, West Yorkshire)

A deep ruby red beer, with dark malt providing real depth of body as a canvas for the hops, including Simcoe and Centennial, for a rich and deep finish.

Sponsored by Credence Joinery

19. Magic Rock – Rapture 4.8% (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)

5 types of malt and 6 types of hops make for a truly elating experience. Uplifting aromas of grapefruit and pine, combine with a pithy orange and pronounced citrus flavour which is balanced against a deeply rich and malty body. A satisfyingly dry and crisp finish offers your taste buds redemption. This red ale will take you to heaven and back.

Sponsored by The Butlers Wine Cellar


20. Thornbridge – Lord Marples 4% (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

Heralded as a classic Best style, this beer is smooth with light toffee and caramel characters, a mixture of floral and spicy hop notes and a pleasing bitter finish.

Sponsored by John A Tuffin & Co LLP

21. Kent Brewery – Cobnut 4.1% (West Malling, Kent)

A fresh ruby ale, dark and nutty. “A taste of Kent”.

Donated by Kent Brewery

22. Kissingate – Black Cherry Mild 4.2% (Horsham, West Sussex)

A full and flavoursome dark mild. Subtle additions of real black cherries in Muscavado with light Amarillo hopping provide a truly wonderful taste experience.

Sponsored by terrace cred

23. Marble – Manchester Bitter 4.2% (Manchester)

This classic Mancunian bitter holds initial citrus aroma that eventually gives way to a full palate and a dry, bitter finish.

24. Fyne Ales – Maverick 4.2% (Argyll, Scotland)

A dark bittersweet ale with an aroma of caramel malt. Taste of rich caramel malts with a touch of toffee leading to a good bitter hoppy finish.


25. Franklins – Pudding Stout 4.2% (Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex)

This is the ultimate Stout. A touch of oatmeal gives it a dark and smooth silkiness that makes it eminently drinkable. Coffee and vanilla essence provides this beer with an after dinner taste and rich aroma.

Sponsored by Brighton Morris Men

26. Old Dairy – Silver Top 4.5% (Cranbrook, Kent)

Silver Top is a cream stout with an easy drinking taste. It is brewed using a unique combination of Maris Otter, Crystal and roasted malts, with Challenger and Bramling Cross hops. The result is a stout that has a rich smell of Autumn fruits and a smooth taste. A sweet toffee body carries notes of liquorice balanced by the bitterness of plain chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Sponsored by Mark Strong, Transport Partnership

27. Bristol Beer Factory – Milk Stout 4.5% (Bristol)

Multi Award winning smooth Stout. Smooth chocolatey sweetness balancing coffee bitterness with hints of dark fruits for a sublimely rich and smooth taste.

Sponsored by The Evening Star

28. Summer Wine Brewery – Barista 4.8% (Holmfirth, West Yorkshire)

A roasty yet creamy mouthfeel from the addition of ground Arabica during the boil. This beer has the roasted bitterness you’d expect from coffee with a subtle sweetness in the finish.

Sponsored by The Greys

29. Tiny Rebel – Dirty Stop Out 5% (Newport, South Wales)

This smoked oat stout has all the characteristics of a heavy night out – Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of 9 malts matched up with a firmly hopped back bone make this a very self assured stout.

For Miriam – many happy returns! From Pam & Steve

30. Magic Rock – Dark Arts 6% (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)

A blend of 4 malts and bags of whole hops delivers a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel is followed by spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. This stout will convert you to the dark side.

For fans of Minehead Football Club


31. Boggart – Mud Brawler 4.4% (Manchester)

A robust, rich porter with the addition of fresh vanilla. The result is a great balance between roasted bitterness and syrupy sweetness.

32. Saltair – Hazelnut Coffee 4.6% (Shipley, West Yorkshire)

A smooth, dark red porter with German malts and hops. Additions of fresh ground coffee and roast hazelnut syrup give this speciality beer, depth and complexity.

33. Titanic – Plum Porter 4.9% (Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire)

This beer is dark, strong and well rounded; the richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring. Take the opportunity and go for the low hanging fruit, this sumptuous beer really is a plum!

Sponsored by Fanny’s of Hanover

34. Brighton Bier – Maple Porter 5.5% (Brighton)

This was the first ever Brighton Bier. A robust porter brewed with pure Canadian maple. Aromas of molasses and brown sugar, a rich full body and long dark chocolate finish. Festival organiser Pam is a big fan of this beer, so get in there fast!

Sponsored by HASL & Hanover 10:10

35. Red Squirrel – London Porter 5% (Potten End, Hertfordshire)

A CAMRA gold medal winning London Porter made with 2 pale malts and 3 coloured malts, dark brown/black colour, showing a balance of chocolate and roasted barley, full bodied on the palate with bittersweet liquorice and rich chocolate flavours supported by a lovely creaminess on the finish.

Sponsored by Walker Landscapes & Transport Initiatives

36. Oakham – Black Hole Porter 5.5% (Peterborough)

From the Oakham ‘Vintage’ range this beer has been aged for 6 months. Big, dark malt flavours in this almost black beer combine with a sweet, fruity hop taste to make this strong porter exceedingly drinkable for the strength. Watch out, this is one of Maria’s favourite beers, so be quick!

Cheers, Maria!


37. Tiny Rebel – Flux 4% (Newport, South Wales)

Tiny Rebel provide their take on the Black IPA style with this ‘Black Pale’, combining lipsmacking tropical and citrus flavours with a slight roasted aftertaste.

Sponsored by Phase Electrical Distributors Ltd

38. Green Jack – Orange Wheat Beer 4.2% (Lowestoft, Suffolk)

A light golden ale, with grainy citrus & marmalade flavours this delightfully drinkable Wheat Beer is brewed with Citra Hops.

Sponsored by The Darach Family

39. Fat Cat – Honey Ale 4.3% (Norwich)

A golden coloured ale, combining the full flavour of English pale and crystal malts with Norfolk honey, giving a sweetish, yet full-flavoured ale. The spicy notes of Aurora hops combine well with the honey to give a smooth finish, with a notable sweetness.

Sponsored by Bonett’s Estate Agents

40. Marble – Ginger 4.5% (Manchester)

This full bodied copper coloured beer displays a delicate blend of cloves, coriander and heaps of fiery ginger.

41. Thornbridge – Sequoia 4.5% (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

This American Amber Ale has beautiful citrus and pine notes. Smooth and velvety, a medium body with hints of roasted hazelnut, toffee and caramel malt flavours.

42. Kissingate – Toffee Cog 5% (Horsham, West Sussex)

A light amber beer infused with pomegranate. Crisp toffee apple mouthfeel is balanced with the gathering sherbet bitterness of Pacific Jade and Summit hops.

Sponsored by Everton FC (The Toffees Hanover Supporters Group)

43. Ilkley – Siberia 5.9% (Ilkley, Yorkshire)

This Rhubarb Saison, brewed in collaboration with renowned beer writer Melissa Cole, contains Yorkshire Rhubarb to add a hint of sourness. There is earthy spice and fresh vanilla from this naturally hazy Saison. Refreshing on the palate, with a long, satisfying bittersweet finish.

Sponsored by Hanover Christmas Tree Co.

44. Marble – Earl Grey IPA 6% (Manchester)

Kees Bubberman from Brouwerij Emmelisse joined the team from Marble to make this mouth-watering India Pale Ale. With timed additions of Earl Grey during fermentation, heavy infused hopping and traditional cask maturing. The result is a citrus fruit aroma, smooth sleek texture, and the hop notes are brilliantly complimented by bergamot and a light tannic finish.

45. Brighton Bier – Black (H)ops Pilot II 6% (Brighton)

The never-ending search for the perfect balance of colour, bitterness, aroma and malt continues with the latest instalment of pilot brews. This is a flavour forward, black ale with prominent alcohol and hop character. (Black IPA/Cascadian Black Ale.)

Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Jobs

46. Thornbridge – Raven Black IPA 6.6% (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

The name’s an oxymoron and the beer is complex and stunning. Five malts and six hops combine to provide bitter chocolate flavours with dark roasted fruits. This award winning Black IPA is a classic example of why this style has become so popular.

Sponsored by Wheelers Estate Agents Ltd


At the Q Sales & Lettings Cider Bar (Main Marquee)

Ringden Farm – Yellowcoate Pear Cider 4.8% (Kent)

2 barrels – Donated by Q Sales & Lettings

Ringden Farm – Yellowcoate Honey Cider 5% (Kent)

2 barrels – Donated by Q Sales & Lettings

Chiddingstone – Medium Dry Cider 7.5% (Kent)

Donated by Q Sales & Lettings

Chiddingstone – Bone Dry Cider 7.5% (Kent)

Donated by Q Sales & Lettings

Pookhill – New Season Cider 2012 5.5% (West Firle, East Sussex)

Sponsored by CityZen LLP

Duloe – Cornish Orchards Cider 4.8% (Cornwall)

Sponsored by Your Life’s Healing

Double Vision – Strawberry Cider 5.3% (Maidstone, Kent)

Sponsored by Christina The Astonishing

Gwynt Y Ddraig – Haymaker Cider 6.5% (Pontypridd)

Sponsored by Hanover Community Association

Gwynt Y Ddraig – Two Trees Perry 4.5% (Pontypridd)

Sponsored by Hanover Community Association


At the Butlers Wine Bar (Lower Hall)


Ca di Ponti Grillo 2012 13% (Sicily)

A soft fruity great value dry white.

El Tesoro Verdejo 2012 13% (Spain)

Tropical fruit flavours with a dry finish.


Borsao – Monte Oton 2012 13.5% (Spain)

Full bodied fruity red with a long finish

Ca di Ponti Nero D’Avola 2011 14% (Sicily)

A bright juicy unoaked red.

All wines supplied & sponsored by The Butlers Wine Cellar