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Sept 2015 Beer Festival

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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
Ella 3.7%
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
Madhouse 5.2%
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
Mosaic 4.5%
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
Goucho 4.6%
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
Aspen 4.5%
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
Bodysnatcher 5.7%
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

Decadence 4.4%
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

Hophead 3.6%
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
Gold 4.5%
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
Blonde 3.9%
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
Horizon 4.0%
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

st george festival

2015 St George Festival More Info

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St Georges day beer festival

Our 2014 St Georges day beer festival – many of the beers ready to drink!

The CAMRA Peterborough & District Pub of the Year 2015, are having the first of their festivals for the year.

Expect around 70+ real ales, with a strong emphasis on LocAle brews, including numerous festival specials. Also several new breweries and just a few old favourites for good measure.

Susan will be serving her home-cooked delights at all sessions from Friday through to Sunday, and there is live music on the garden stage every evening of the festival.

Please let your friends know, and bring them along with you.

Opening times:
Thursday 23rd & Sunday 26th – Noon til 11:30pm
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th – Noon til Midnight

Garden Timetable:
Thursday 23rd 8:30pm – Official presentation of PotY2015 Award by the local branch of CAMRA

Friday 24th from 7:30pm – The Dizzy Miss Lizzys, supported by Ian Graham & Kat Moore.

Saturday 25th from 7:30pm – The Psycho-Bombs, supported by The Lone Groover.

Sunday 26th from 16:30pm – The Palmy Ukele Band
and then slightly later in the evening…
The Expletives, plus support acts to be announced.

Facebook event here.

OK, below is the provisional festival beer list (I will repost it showing locations when all stillaging has been completed tomorrow)
* = LocAle
It is inevitable that some of these beers will start to appear on the hand-pumps the day before the festival starts if you are looking for a preview.

Adnams / Magic Rock (collaboration) The Herbalist 4.8%
Arbor Ales – Beech Blonde 4.9%
Atomic – Hbomb 4.6%
*Bexar County / Alphabet (collaboration)- Forca 6.8%
*Bexar County – El Ultimo Adios 7.7%
Black Iris – Snake Eyes 3.8%
Boss Brewing – Blaze 4.5%
*Brewster’s – Hophead 3.6%
*Brewster’s – Festival Special (to be named)4.1%
*Brewster’s – Lamia 4.8%
*Castor Ales – Afterburn 3 (Festival Special) 4.1%
*Castor Ales – Festival Special (to be named) 3.9%
*Castor Ales – Festival Special (to be named) 3.9%
*Castor Ales – CC IPA 5.5%
Charnwood – By George 4.6%
Colchester – Cat’s Whiskers Stout 4.8%
Dukeries – Castle Hill 4.2%
Elland – 1872 Porter 6.5%
Elland – Festival Special (to be named) 4.0%
Elland – Dragon Hunter 4.4%
Elland – Bramling Cross 3.9%
Frontier – Gold Rush 4.0%
Frontier – IPA No.2 5.4%
Full Mash – Planchette Porter 4.8%
Great Newsome – Ambhas Ale 3.6%
Hawkshead – Bitter 3.7%
Hop Stuff – Fusilier 4.3%
*King’s Cliffe – P51 Bourbon Porter (Festival Special) 5.1%
*King’s Cliffe – 66° 4.6%
Lacons – Affinity 4.8%
Magpie – Night Flyer
Mallard – Featherlight 4.1%
*Mile Tree – Amber Pale 3.7%
*Mile Tree – Woodrush 4.7%
Moorhouses – Spring Watch 3.9%
Morton – Essington Bitter 3.8%
Nethergate – Green & Pleasant Land 4.1%
Newark – Summer Gold 4.5%
Otter – Amber 4.0%
Poachers – Shy Talk 3.7%
Purple Moose – Glaslyn Ale 4.2%
Quantock – Nightjar 3.9%
Raw – Extreme IPA 6.3%
Raw – Baby Ghost IPA 3.9%
*Rockingham – Chateau Blanc 3.9%
Seven Bro7hers – Session 3.6%
*Shoulder of Mutton – Cupola 3.6%
St Austell – Proper Job
St Austell – Spring Brew 4.4%
*Star Brewing – Lilith 4.3%
*Star Brewing – Festival Special (to be named) 4.0%
*Three Blind Mice – Ron’s Last Orders 6.5%
*Three Blind Mice – Hoppy Woppy Doo Da 4.4%
Titan – Ruby 4.3%
*Tydd Steam – Festival Special (to be named)
Wadworth – St George & The Dragon 4.5%
Woodfordes – Flagondry 3.6%
Wychwood – Hobgoblin Gold 4.2%
*Xtreme Ales – All Black IPA 5.0%
*Xtreme Ales – Millfield Gold (Festival Special) 3.6%
*Xtreme Ales – POTY Mouth 2015 (Festival Special) 5.5%
*Xtreme Ales / Bexar County (collaboration) – El Engaño 5.4%

Band on in the beer garden

Bands playing on the main garden stage through the festival

New Website

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We are not open yet, but you’re welcome to browse this brand new website for Peterborough’s 2015 CAMRA Pub of the Year, The Hand and Heart.

Being a community pub supported by it’s regular customers, the website is being created and hosted by Krispy Brown, a local beer enthusiast and CAMRA member, and sometime brewer.

We hope to share all the history of the pub, as well as our ongoing news and events, such as our much loved St. Georges Beer Festival, which is held in April each year.

The Hand and Heart is all about the beer – ever changing real ales kept and served just right.