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<p>Copy for Le Gothique Ref 49057</p> <p>Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival6th Annual 2014</p> <p>29th October 1st of November</p> <p>Tickets here: https://wandsworthbeerfestival.eventbrite.co.ukWelcome to the 6th Annual Halloween Beer Festival, 12th in our series of twice yearly beer festivals. (March and October) There is a massive selection of new, hard to find, and genuinely unique beers this time round. Big thanks go to our sponsors Downton of Salisbury. Once again all of this could not be possible without the amazing hard work of Elliot Baker and his team at Le Gothique. About the building</p> <p>This stunning building was started in 1857 and completed in 1859. And was officially opened by Queen Victoria just over a 150 years ago. Originally a purpose built orphanage for dependants of servicemen lost in the Crimean war the building was requisitioned in 1914 becoming the 3rd London General Hospital. Exactly one hundred years ago the building swelled with an intake from the first battle of Mons. The walking wounded and shell-shocked victims of the trenches recuperated here disembarking from troop carrying trains at a specially constructed halt in a cutting at the front of the building. (In the main bar inside Le Gothique there is a pillar on the ground floor with some excellent period photographs of the building taken in 1914) </p> <p>Between the wars the orphanage re-opened before finally closing down on this site in 1938. But as one chapter closed another opened.</p> <p>The Second World War saw occupation of the building by M.I.5, M.I.6 and M.I.9.and use as a detention and interrogation centre. In all, 20,000 refugees fleeing Northern Europe passed through on their way to a new beginning in Britain. Most were genuine but in amongst them were spies and 5th columnists. Rudolph Hess was kept for several days in the cellars below Le Gothique following his ill-fated attempt at brokering a cease-fire.</p> <p>In the 1950s the building was bought by the London County Council for use as a school, but despite its grade II (star) listing it fell into disrepair. The present re-birth with mixed use and residential occupancy is entirely the result of entrepreneur Paul Tutton who bought the building in the 1980s and renovated and restored the building after purchasing it for just 1. (Yes, one pound). Today, the building is primarily residential with 25 luxury apartments, a drama school (ALRA) and 29 assorted business lessees of which Le Gothique the long established free house and restaurant is the most well known.About the food..Affordable and very tasty food is available throughout the festival from the kitchens of Le Gothique. Please order your food from the main bar and collect from the table in front of the kitchen.</p> <p>About Health &amp; Safety.. Please ensure that the corridors (cloisters) surrounding the garden on three sides are clear at all times. Furniture and seating may not be brought in from any part of the premises and placed in the corridors. Please assist staff at all times to keep fire exits and entrances clear. Please remember that the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building is mainly residential. Please drink responsibly and leave the building quietly both outside and through the estate all the way along to the main road.</p> <p>About the entertainment regulars to these festivals will already know about the virtuoso steel dobro playing bluesman John Crampton. He will be playing from 8pm on Friday. And Caf Racers on Saturday night from 6pm (please note early start)About the beers. This festival is a beer tickers paradise with so many new, obscure and hard to source beers. There are just over 100 beers and there will be at least 20 ciders. </p> <p>Beers to look out for include an unprecedented 7 from Sarah Hughes, including 2 never before available outside the Beacon Hotel where they are brewed. Special thanks to Batemans for providing a cask version of the normally bottled Mocha Amaretto. Two further beers of note are from Litte Beer Corporation who have provided cask versions of Little Snug and Little Rosie. This Guilford based micro brewery has a modern approach and is a joint venture with a remarkable number of local investors.Special thanks are reserved for Martin Strawbridge from Downtons who not only supplied us with 9 different beers from his excellent Downton brewery. But also, travelled all the way up to Birmingham to collect the Sarah Hughes (and my t-shirt). We also sent a van to NW England to pick up beers from Yorkshire &amp; Lancashire. Apologies to those not finding many local London brews but we had a dedicated London festival here in July and it was thought that we would concentrate on beers not normally available in the London area for this festival. Sadly, the promised and advertised U.S. beers did not fully materialise. All the beers are available on the first full day, Thursday. They will all be available throughout Friday. But as Saturday approaches the list will begin to contract as I am sure you will realise and understand. By Saturday night it may prove a better idea to speak to the servers before deciding as they will advise on availability. Le Gothique will be open for Sunday lunch and there may be some beer sold at cost to clear. Phone 0208 870 6567 on Sunday morning.Lord Battersea (aka Mark Justin)************************************************************************Beer Festival Horror Stories Whats the worst beer festival youve ever been to? (Hint: Its not this one this one is brilliant!)</p> <p>Sometimes beerfests can be victims of their own success, and you might turn up towards the end of the final session only to discover that all the beers you want to try have run out. </p> <p>That doesnt make it a bad festival though if anything its a good one that you just missed out on. (So grab some Sarah Hughes Snowflake before it goes!)</p> <p>My most disappointing festival experience ever came back in the late 1990s, in a run-down, ramshackle pub in a dank, dark, desolate place. Specifically, Mitcham. </p> <p>I happened to be travelling past on the bus and couldnt miss the extremely large chalkboard sign proudly proclaiming a BEER FESTIVAL. Id never visited the place before and was surprised to see that they had a festival on, so I had to pop in to investigate. Ah, curiosity.</p> <p>It was about 6:30 on a Saturday evening but the place was entirely empty, and there was scant evidence of any kind of festival in progress beer or otherwise. I felt like Id walked into a ghost town.</p> <p>If I remember rightly the range on the pumps consisted of Draught Bass, M&amp;B Brew XI, Hancocks HB and Worthingtons Bitter. (Students of brewing history will recognise that these beers all came from Bass-Charrington who were a massive brewing conglomerate back then.)</p> <p>A little old lady lurked timidly behind the bar. Ah, the festival must be taking place outside, I concluded. Maybe they have a big marquee or something.</p> <p>Festival beers on stillage out the back? I enquired cheerfully, to be met with a blank, spooky expression. Or out in the garden, maybe?</p> <p>Oh... we dont have a garden. </p> <p>Hmm. Lets try again, shall we?</p> <p>I asked, determinedly, where the beer festival was taking place and she gestured to the four pumps of Bass beers. Confused, I ordered a Brew XI (unpleasant and slightly vinegary) and considered my next move. </p> <p>What beers do you have on usually then? I asked the little old lady a few minutes later. Oh, just these that you see here, came the reply, that and Carling. Most people drink Carling here.</p> <p>So these are exactly the same beers as usual? Yes, thats right. </p> <p>Slightly bewildered, and convinced I must be missing something somewhere, I asked her as patiently as I could, what, exactly, made this a beer festival.</p> <p>Well, theres 15p off every pint she explained helpfully. Wow! 15 whole pence. </p> <p>Oh, and Andy put a big sign outside so that people would know we were having a beer festival, she added, as if her telling me this somehow made it so. </p> <p>I looked around furtively, waiting for a grinning Jeremy Beadle to emerge from behind a clock. But this was no prank. She genuinely seemed to believe that the sign outside and a discount of 15 new pence constituted a beer festival!</p> <p>I resisted the temptation to stick around to sample the entire festival range, even though Id have saved myself a whopping 60 new pence, and I never returned to the pub, which has long since closed.</p> <p>If you think youve had a worse beer festival experience than this, then do share. Maybe poltergeist activity caused you to spill your pint? Perhaps you were trapped in a tiny parish hall with a horde of zombies prowling outside with only Whitbread Trophy to drink?</p> <p>Fortunately we have no such worries here. Thanks to the hard work from Mark and his team, beer festivals here are always a joy. Now go and have another pint!</p> <p>@BenViveur</p> <p>PRICES</p> <p>3.0% - 3.4% PINT 3.60 Half 1.80</p> <p>3.5% - 4.5% PINT 3.80 Half 1.90</p> <p>4.6% - 5.4% PINT 4.00 Half 2.00 </p> <p>5.5% - 6.4% PINT 4.20 Half 2.10</p> <p>6.5% - 7.4% PINT 4.60 Half 2.30</p> <p>7.5% - 8.5% PINT 5.40 Half 2.708.6% -10.0% PINT 6.00 and Half 3.00 Unlike any other country in the world, beer in the UK is taxed according to strength. The stronger the beer the higher the tax. At 7% and over the beers attract another tax unfairly penalising traditional brews which may date back over 100 years but just happen to be 7% and over. When paying remember at least 1 of your pint goes to the taxman in excise duty plus a further 20% in Vat. My advice is to drink petrol.its far cheaper. LBAbbeydale Brewery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire</p> <p>Dr.Mortons Funny Luck 4.1% Extremely pale ale made with new experimental hop from America. Fresh and citrusy.Full English Breakfast Stout 4.9% Rich dark stout. With added coffee, cocoa &amp; maple syrup. Plus 5 different malts.Arundel Brewery, Autumn Breeze 4.6% A wonderful dark old ale to kick us off with. Roast malt aroma, with berry fruit and chocolate flavours. Smooth and fruity but with a bitter finish. MUST TRYB &amp; T ( Banks &amp; Taylor) Shefford, Bedfordshire</p> <p>Shefford Plum Porter 4.5% Dark and rich with the addition of natural autumnal plums.Bank Top, Bolton, LancashireGold Digger 4.0% Golden coloured with a citrus aroma. Grapefruit with a touch of spice.</p> <p>Batemans, Wainfleet, LincolnshireThis family owned brewery is among the last to be fully controlled by the founding family who also work hands on in the brewery. We are thankful to Jaclyn Bateman for personally bringing down the quite sensational Amaretto Mocha.</p> <p>Amaretto Mocha 6.5% Every now and again I am simply blown away by a new beer. This is it. Massive explosion of coffee, chocolate and Amaretto liqueur flavours. Originally only in bottle. Batemans have graciously supplied us with the only cask version available anywhere. Beer of the Festival? Must try.</p> <p>Belleville, Wandsworth, London SW18</p> <p>Spiced Pumpkin Ale 5.4% A special seasonal ale from our nearest operating brewery. This beer was brewed for the first time last year and proved to be very popular.</p> <p>Blackedge, Horwich, LancashireCascade 4.2% A single hop pale golden ale. Slight hint of lychee &amp; grapefruit.</p> <p>Revolution Red 4.4% Ruby red ale with a velvety smooth mouthfeel.</p> <p>Black Hole Brewery of Burton StaffordshireSuper Nova 4.8% Pure gold colour. Like a Marmalade made with Seville oranges. A sweet start but dry lingering finish.</p> <p>Black Sheep Brewery, Masham North Yorkshire</p> <p>Reaper 4.1% A three hopped red rye beer. Halloween SpecialBlindmans Brewery, Leighton, Somerset</p> <p>Eclipse Porter 4.2% Traditional porter, full of chocolate flavours and subtle bitterness.</p> <p>Brecon Brewing, Brecon, Powys, WalesBusters Broomstick Bitter 4.3% A Halloween special blood red ale.Red Beacons 5.0% A red coloured smooth ale. Full bodied with a balanced variety of hops. Goldings, Sovereign, Pioneer &amp; First Gold.Brightside Brewery of Radcliffe, Manchester</p> <p>Underworld 4.4% A crisp refreshing Porter made with English hops</p> <p>Brimstage Brewery, Wirral</p> <p>Scarecrow 4.2% Orange marmalade in colour Good session brew with citrus fruit flavour and aroma. Winner of numerous awards.</p> <p>Bursclough Brewery, Ormskirk, Lancashire</p> <p>Mere Blonde 4.0% Its not all dark ales at this festival weve slipped this one in. Pale but full flavoured. Hoppy, with a massive grapefruit finish.Burton Bridge, Burton on Trent, StaffordshireThomas Sykes 10% A full on barley wine. Deceptively easy drinking so be careful. How can you leave the festival without trying at least a half of this brewing blockbuster. One of my favourites. Chimay Top Belgian beer 6.0% Available on draught from the keg remote bar</p> <p>Cotleigh Brewery, Wivelscombe, Somerset</p> <p>Tawny 3.8% Well balanced traditional bitter using only English whole (not pellet) hops and local barley.</p> <p>Night Owl 4.5% A dark chestnut colour using Bramling Cross hops which tends to impart a slight blackberry/orange flavour.</p> <p>Downton Salisbury, Wiltshire</p> <p>Quadhop 3.9% A pale session bitter. Very refreshing</p> <p>Elderquad 4.0% Pale yellow colour. Addition of elderflower makes for a real thirst quencher.</p> <p>Honey Blonde 4.3% Light ale made with honeyNelsons Delight 4.5% Lest we not forget the Battle of Trafalgar each October. Here is a mellow amber ale with added rum. Rich and sweet.</p> <p>Pumpkin Ale 4.2% Flavoured with pumpkin flesh and only brewed in October each year.Dark Delight 5.5% An Old Ale. A style of beer which is disapperaring but which is of exceptional quality. Chocolate Orange 5.8% Consistently one of the most popular beers at every Festival. Each brew benefitting from a bottle of Cointreau and a Terrys chocolate orange. Must try.Chimera IPA 6.8% A genuine British style IPA uninfluenced by the re-imported US style of IPA that is fast replacing this traditional brew originally brewed for export to India. Roman Imperial Stout 9.0% Abundance of chocolate and roasted coffee aromas. Rich, malty flavour balanced by powerful presence of hopsElland Brewery of Elland, West YorkshireWhite Prussian 3.9% This very pale beer is the lightest coloured beer at this festival of predominantly darker ales.</p> <p>Fool Hardy Ales, Heaton Norris</p> <p>Rhidonkulous 3.7% Another super pale coloured ale. Extremely pale triple hopped. Big flavour for low gravity beer.Frodsham Brewery, Frodsham, Cheshire</p> <p>CLG 4.4% Chocolate, lemon and ginger. Its all in the name for this most unusual beer.</p> <p>Titans Bolt 8.5% A full on barley wine originally only in bottles and brewed for the first time in September 2013.</p> <p>Fuller Smith &amp; Turner, Chiswick LondonHoney Dew 5.0% Available on the keg bar. Exceptional honey infusion a beer that benefits from being kegged. </p> <p>Black Cab Stout 4.5% Keg stout that aims to produce a softer less bitter finish than Guinness. If you are a creamy stout drinker try this small batch brew. Available on the bar inside Le Gothique.Frontier Lager 4.5% Another small batch craft brew from Fullers. The only UK brewed lager that I am consistently impressed by. Available...</p>