Our Festival; 25th to the 27th September
Slightly downsized this year (3 days not 4), but still with a great range of real ales, and music every night – the Hand & Heart are pleased to be able to present our Autumn beer festival!
‘Secret’ Thursday Evening Session
The festival doesn’t officially start until Friday lunchtime (12 noon), BUT it’s a little known ‘secret’ that Bram is tapping and checking all the beers Thursday evening, and he allows those in the know a cheeky pre-festival taster… from 7.30pm – 10.30pm Thurs 24th Sept. Don’t tell everyone tho, we don’t want em all coming and drinking all the lovely beer!
Come and Show your Support – help keep the pub open!
The festival has traditionally raised a LOT of money for charity, including help for heroes – but this year WE THE DRINKERS should show our support to Bram, Sue, and OUR community pub, by turning up and enjoying the fine ales and music available during the festival (and afterwards too – remember pubs aren’t just for festivals!).
So if you fancy a social pint or three, rather than give a mega corp supermarket your hard earned £’s, or some soulless chain pub, why not jump in a taxi down to the Hand n Heart and join us celebrate all that’s beer, and help support a pub that really must not shut (so much history there, one of the last pubs in the area left trading!).
They won’t want donations – but every pint bought it will go towards keeping our historic pub open! So it’s a win – win for us drinkers!
Some of the MANY beers will be served in rotation in the main historic bar, but make sure you head out into the beer garden, where the large and custom built beer cabin will hold the majority of the real ales, all served by gravity direct from the cask into your glass.
4T’s of Warrington, Cheshire
This month’s offering in the pale single hop series of beers is Ella, which deliver a refreshing bucket-load of floral, spicy flavours
Castor Ales of Castor, Cambridgeshire
Labour Intensive 4.5% (Festival Special)
A unique blend of Old Scarlett and Hopping Toad, resulting in a tawny premium bitter with a warming malt background and a subtle hoppy kick. (The beer is named in honour of my daughter Fiona who is about to present us with our latest grand-daughter)
Chantry of Rotherham, South Yorkshire
New York Pale 3.9%
A pale session bitter with a refreshing citrus taste and a crisp bitter finish, made with American Cascade and Centennial hops and the finest Maris Otter malt
Daleside of Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Pride of England 4.0%
Pale golden beer with a hoppy aroma and flavour, with a zesty dry finish.
Double Top of Worksop, Nottinghamshire
A rich velvety porter that will quite literally, send you to the madhouse!
High House Farm of Matfen, Northumberland
Farmer’s Pride 4.2%
A full-bodied golden ale with a citrus nose and a mild spice aftertaste
Itchen Valley of Alresford, Hampshire
Citra Hop 4.4%
A single-hopped aromatic and fruity IPA
Julian Church of Cransley, Northamptonshire
Gold Testament 3.9%
An easy drinking golden ale with a delicate citrus finish
Kelham Island of Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Old Blue Eyes 4.5%
A blueberry oatmeal stout, brewed from a quartet of toasted malts and malted oats for a full-bodied black sweet stout with a lingering fruity finish
Kirkby Lonsdale of Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire
Loosehead Bitter 3.7%
This is one for the front row, when after the game you’re ready to swill down the pints. Light copper in colour and very moreish
Naylor’s of Cross Hills, North Yorkshire
Sunset Ale 4.2%
A pale amber beer using caramel malt for a heartier flavour, Sunset is sweet and spicy with a mild hop aroma from the Progress & Perle hops
Nobby’s of Thrapston, Northamptonshire
A single-hopped premium beer, using one of the current most popular varieties
Peerless of Birkenhead, Merseyside
Peninsula IPA 5.7%
Pale golden IPA made with a range of ‘New World’ hops including, Mosaic, Apollo, Chinook and Amarillo. Good initial hop bitterness followed up with a fruity, citrus finish
Roosters of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Der Kaiser 4.8%
Bavarian-style Pale Ale. Light, refreshing and with a soft level of bitterness that you’d expect for the style, brewed using a blend of hops from Germany and the Czech Republic.
Twisted of Westbury, Wiltshire
Dark cherry ale made with four malts and classic English hops to provide balance. The aroma is of soft fruits and coffee with a hint of chocolate – it’s got a good hit as well!
Tydd Steam of Tydd St Giles, Cambridgeshire
Any Old Iron 4.5% (Festival Special)
A unique blend of three regular golden hoppy beers: Amnesiac, Barn Ale & Roadhouse Bitter. Crafted especially to celebrate Bram’s 6 years of marriage to the Hand & Heart
Wild Card of London E17
Ace of Spades 4.7%
A classic London Porter with flavours of rich chocolate, smooth caramel and a roasted coffee edge. Full-bodied and deliciously dark
King of Hearts 4.5%
A light and refreshing blonde beer, brewed with lager malts and dry hopped with Citra hops to create a beer that is fragrant, clean and refreshing.
Wood Street of Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Delicately hopped golden premium ale
Woodfordes of Woodbastwick, Norfolk
Tap & Go 5.0%
A punchy IPA characterised by hoppy citrus notes with hints of herbs, pepper and pine
Xtreme Ales of Turves, Cambridgeshire
Brewed especially for Bram’s 57th Birthday – A powerful red IPA, with an addition of Caramalt and hopped exclusively with Mosaic, giving a very fruity punch. Silver Medal winner at the very recent Melton Mowbray Beer Festival
Posh Pigeon 3.8%
Pale session ale crammed full of American and New Zealand hops
Super Pigeon 4.7%
Golden and hoppy with a long lingering finish
-* Beers served from the bar inside *-
Brewster’s of Grantham, Lincolnshire
Aromatic Porter 4.5%
A dark brown ale with a rich, roasted character, balanced by the tropical fruit flavours supplied by generous amounts of aromatic hops
A golden ale with a hint of malt sweetness from Caramalt. Nelson Sauvin hops give Passionfruit and grapefruit aromas on the nose. First taste gives a complex zesty hop palate leading on to a fresh herby finish
Pale hoppy brew with a fresh floral hop character from a blend of English and American hops. A most satisfying and refreshing session beer
Marie Antoinette 4.8%
The latest in the Wicked Women range, a powerful, golden and hoppy brew
Exmoor of Wiveliscombe, Somerset
The original golden premium ale, still as enjoyable as when it was first brewed in 1986
Kelham Island of Sheffield, South Yorkshire
25th Anniversary Ale 6.8%
A celebratory IPA, using a blend of 5 of the finest hop varieties, which gives a wonderful aroma and flavour of tropical fruits and spices.
Magpie of Nottingham
Dark Potion 5.0%
Apothecary inspired, botanically infused Black IPA rich in British hop character, made with 90% Maris Otter for a robust base. Five British hops are used. Black and chocolate malts add deep colour and flavour
Purity of Great Alne, Warwickshire
Pure UBU 4.5%
Strong amber coloured, a distinctive, full flavoured beer with a sweeter finish. Maris Otter, Crystal, Black and Wheat malts, with Hallertau Northern Brewer and Cascade hops
Purple Moose of Porthmadog, Gwynedd
Glaslyn Ale 4.2%
A golden coloured fruity best bitter with a well-balanced hoppy finish
Sharps of Rock, Cornwall
Atlantic IPA 4.2%
Floral mango and pineapple aroma with resin citric notes. Dry-sweet floral taste with mango and orange notes. Dry honey and lime aftertaste with spicy notes
Stancill of Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Extremely refreshing with a clean finish and perfectly balanced notes of citrus and nectarine, a delightful blonde session beer.
Tydd Steam of Tydd St Giles, Cambridgeside
Nip & Tuck 4.0% (Festival Special)
A specially crafted blend of Barn Ale and Scoundrel, a well-balanced golden brew
Wadworths of Devizes, Wiltshire
Dry, dusty, hop flower aroma along with some orange citrus. Pale malt base gives a tart grapefruit and gooseberry fruit in the mouth.
Wells of Bedford
Try Time 3.6%
MUSIC & Entertainment:
The fantastic Expletives confirmed to play Friday night at about 8:30pm
The gorgeous Stringlers bring some class to the festival at 6pm on the Saturday (so anybody who was at PBF on the Thursday, come and relive the experience)
Radio Rental 99% confirmed as main band on Saturday
Sunday we are hopefully having a vinyl session from mid-afternoon until early evening, followed by Bram’s Brainbuster Quiz