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  • Welcome to the Fifteenth Worcester CAMRABeer, Cider and Perry Festival. For those of youthat have been before you will notice a fewchanges to our normal festival format. You willhave already noticed one main change which isthe strike card rather than the raffle ticket styletokens, which we have used for 13 years! Hopefully, you will find these easier to use and it will avoid you finding tokens in your pocketsfor several days after the festival.

    We have listened to comments made last year regarding the food court and we have revertedback to our old format of individual food conces-sions. With the wide variety of food options available we hope you find something to yourtaste and dont have to queue too long.

    Sadly, Grahame McGrath, who has arranged thebands for the last six years and also acted as oursound engineer, passed away just before Christ-mas. At his request, a couple of years ago we supported Cancer Research UK. In his memory wewill be supporting this charity once again. If thereis such a thing as life after death Im sure Grahame will have met up with some legendaryrockers and he will be having a blast.

    All of the Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider and PerryFestivals have been able to make large donationsto charities, thanks to the generosity of you, thedrinking public. This year you can put your unfinished strike cards in the charity box on theway out to help support Midlands Air Ambulance,the Royal British Legion and Cancer Research UK. Last year we were able to give 2,500, which was divided between the Midlands Air Ambulance,Kidney Research UK and Worcester Snoezelen.

    On behalf of these charities we thank you for your generosity.

    The festival is run totally by unpaid volunteerswho give up huge amounts of time to put on thismagnificent event. We do try our best but if wesometimes fail to meet professional standards,its because were not professionals! Please bearthis in mind, especially during busy periods at thebar. We always need more helpers, so if youre inspired to come along and help out next yearplease contact us through the web site.

    We always like to hear your views, good or bad, to help us plan future festivals. Comments can be left on the festival web site:www.worcesterbeerfest.org.uk .

    Above all, we hope you have a great time at thefestival! Enjoy the drinks, try something new,enjoy the food, watch the bands, relax with yourfriends and take care on the way home!

    Cheers!Steve Chase and William Ottaway

    2014 Festival Organisers

    Special thanks go to:Mike Langhorne, Worcester Event House (DPS),Green King Brewery (Festival meeting support),The Friday Beer Company (Beer prize), BarbourneCider (Cider prize), Worcester Racecourse (Venue),BBC Hereford and Worcester, Worcester News,Worcester Observer (Media and Publicity).

    Most of all thanks to all of the unpaid volunteerswho work so tirelessly to make this festival theroaring success that it is!

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    Opening Hours:Monday - Thursday

    11am - 11pm.Friday + Saturday11am - 11:30pm

    Sunday12pm - 11pm

    A bring your own food pubTurn your take-out into a take-in!

    Well provide plates and Cutlery, and even do thewashing up for you afterwards. What better way toenjoy your meal than with a pint of our finest ale?

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    At the BarThe ales, ciders and perries on the bars will bearranged in alphabetical order of the makersname. You will have to hand over your strikecard(s) to the bar person who will strike out theappropriate cost amount (shown on the cask/tublabel). Please make sure you have enough on yourcard prior to ordering your drink. More cards canbe purchased, and cards with an amount remainingon them can be cashed in or donated to charity, by the entrance desk.

    Choosing your BeverageYou may be overwhelmed with the options and unsure what to have. To help you out you can either use this programme, the information on thecasks/tubs or if its not busy, ask one of the bar stafffor advice, who will be more than happy to help.

    The ProgrammeDescriptions of the ales can be found in the programme. The ales are also colour coded both inthe programme and on the front of the casks toshow the style.

    All beers from within 30 miles of the racecourseare identified by

    For the first time the festival will have about adozen beers that will only be available on the Satur-day. The Saturday only beers are clearly identified,Sat Only, in this programme and on the cask label.

    Ale Cask LabelsIn addition to the colour coding the casks are la-

    belled with a description of the ale and its ABVpercentage. There will also be some cask labelswith a LocALe logo identifying those ales thathave come from local breweries.

    Strike Card Getting Low?Additional strike cards can be obtained at thestrike card point near the marquee entrance.

    Joining CAMRAIf you are not already a CAMRA member pleaseconsider joining at the Fullers CAMRA member-ship stand. Not only will you be joining the largestindependent voluntary consumer campaigning organisation in the country with over 100,000members and helping to protect breweries, pubsand drinkers rights you will receive a 2 token touse at the festival bars, 20s worth of Wether-spoons vouchers (sent in the post), a monthlynewsletter, reduced admission charges to mostCAMRA festivals, up to 52% off merlin attractionsand 10% off national express amongst a gooddeal of other offers and access to many socialtrips to pubs and breweries around the country.

    Leaving the FestivalWhen leaving please consider supporting thisyears charities (The Royal British Legion, The AirAmbulance and Cancer Research UK) by puttingunfinished strike cards into the charity box by theexit. Alternatively, you can cash your strike cardsin at the strike card point by the entrance desk.

    Carrier bags, containing vouchers, pens, car fresh-eners and bottle openers, will be available at theexit for you to put your souvenir glass in to takehome. Please respect the local residents by leaving quietly and in an orderly manner.

    We are proud to produce this magazine on behalf of Worcester CAMRA.



    Bitter (up to 5%)

    Strong (over 5%)


    Golden ales & Lager

    Speciality (unusual ingredients e.g. fruit)

  • Thursday from 5.30pmThe Haunted SoulsBest described as a Foot Stomping, Folk andCountry band, The Haunted Souls have beenwowing audiences across the UK since theyformed in 2013! The band is made up of longterm friends which can easily be seen by theironstage chemistry and banter.

    RetrophonicsA recently formed Worcester based coversband with a few years under the belt, deliver-ing high-quality, well-crafted entertainmentperfectly suited to any audience. The band tai-lors their set to the audience and mixes bop tilyou drop 50s dance music with classic pub

    anthems alongside a host of feel good tracksand a few that you might just want to sip yourbeer and listen to.

    Come TogetherClosing Thursday night is the band Come To-gether who are apparently Worcesters secondoldest boy band, a band formed in 2000 thatperform hits from the 60s to the current day.

    FRIDAY from 6.30pmMike SkilbeckMike has been a solo artist forseven years. He has a soulfulvoice and showcases songs fromall eras and genre includingsoul, motown, pop, rock, swingand much more!

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    Music sponsored by Nicol & Co Estate Agents

  • LazloA five piece rock band based in Scarborough,North Yorkshire UK. Formed in 2011and releasingtheir debut ep this summer.

    The ConmittmentsThe Friday night and festival headliners are TheConmitments who are a tribute to the film and tosoul music, playing the classic hits from the filmand many more great soul tracks. EntertainmentBibleThe Stagerated them as the best show ofits type in Europe.

    Since forming, the band have played more than4,000 shows to over 3 million people in countriessuch as Belgium, Holland, Spain, France, Germany,Sweden and Dubai, as well as touring all over the UK.

    Saturday afternoonThe BandA three piece group offering a unique twist onclassic songs, with two vocalists, keys, drum ma-chine and a bass player. With over 50 years gig-ging experience between them.

    Jennifer LudlowA musician and songwriterfrom Pershore, Worcestershirewho will be performing coversand original material.

    Done By SunriseAn acoustic indie-pop band from Worcester. The self-styled family band bring together a richhistory of music, theatre and performance. Their

    music is exemplified by quirky songs, feel-goodvibes and catchy melodies, backed by a simpleacoustic rhythm.

    Davey RocksDavey Rocks is a musician fromNottingham and frequently per-forms live music solo in bars andclubs around the UK. At 15 Daveywas asked to join his guitarteacher's band One O' Many, andperformed on their 2005 Charity

    single Educate Every Man released to raise moneyfor the Make Poverty History Campaign.

    Davey started performing live at 15 at variousopen mics and music nights, writing the songsthat would eventually form the demos onStripped, released in 2012. His live highlight camein 2011 when he shared a stage with Ryan Roxieof Alice Cooper on his 2011 UK tour, on the songs"Dead Flowers, Surrender, Novocaine, and Cooperclassic Poison.

    SATURDAYfrom 6.30pmPaul WinstanleyPaul has been singing since 2009, first appearingin Worcesters Got Talent at the Sin Bar. He regu-larly appeared in singing competitions in the following years. His influences vary from RobbieWilliams to Prince, whose songs, amongst others,he will be performing today.

    The Trevor Burton BandOur final band for 2014. Trevor Burton has beenplaying music for many, many years. From themid 60s in smalltime local bands like DannyKing & The Mayfair Set to The Move a millionselling chart topping band. This will be a great setto bring the festival to a finish.


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  • The ales are colour coded both in the programmeand on the front of the casks to show the type ofbeer.


    Bitter (up to 5%)

    Strong (over 5%)


    Golden ales & Lager

    Speciality (unusual ingredients e.g. fruit)

    All beers with SAT ONLY will only be availableon...yep you guessed it...saturday.

    Adnams Southwold, SuffolkTopaz Gold 4.0% Pale golden ale with soft apricot and lychee

    notes, medium body and bitterness but with a crispfinish.

    Ghost Ship 4.5% Pale ale with good assertive bitternes and a

    malty backbone.

    Broadside 4.7% SAT ONLYDark ruby red beer, rish in fruitcake aromas,

    almonds and conserved fruit.

    Allendale Allendale, NorthumberlandCurlews Return 4.2% Refreshing bitterness and exciting citrus floral

    hop character from a late hopping of Cascade.

    Export Stout 7.1% Based on a historic recipe this rich, complex and

    fruity stout features English malts and hops. (Thecask of beer supplied to Worcester was apparentlybrewed in November 2013. So it should be extratasty.)

    Angel Ales Halesowen, W. MidsAngel Ale 4.1% Ultra pale made with Citra hops and organic

    malt. Intensely hopped with citrus nose.

    Chinook 5.0% SAT ONLYVery pale, extremely hoppy, brewed with Chinook


    Axholme Luddington, LincsBlackcurrant Wit 4.6% Fruity wheat beer with blackcurrant sweetness

    running through crisp hop flavours.

    Special Reserve 7.2% Rich and decadent brew with flavours of orange

    peel and brandy.

    B&T Shefford, BedsFruit Bat 4.5% Straw coloured beer, malty and fruity, lightly

    hopped and tasting of raspberries.

    Bank Top Bolton, LancsPort O Call 5.0% Dark and mysterious easy drinking ale with

    masses of character. Ruby port is added to provideunusual depth of flavour.

    Batemans Wainfleet, LincsBarley Biscuit Beer 3.7% Light barley beer brewed with crunchy English

    malts and infused with raw cane sugar giving rise toa grainy and gristy, biscuity ale.

    Coffee Stout 5.0% Coffee complements the dark malts and

    strangely mellows the flavours to provide a smoothdrinking stout which smells as good as it tastes.

    Birds Bromsgrove, WorcsNatural Blonde 4.0% Refreshing pale blonde beer. Floral on the nose,

    plenty of fruit and hops in the mouth with just theright amount of malt to balance.

    Black Widow Stout 4.5% Dark and dangerous. Roasted malt flavour with

    overtones of blackcurrant, raisins and liquorice.

    Black Edge Horwich, LancsBlack Port Porter 4.9% Deliciously complex, coffee and chocolate flavours

    with a hint of liquorice and sweet port finish.

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  • Black Iris Ilkeston, DerbysIPA No 4 5.5% Amber coloured, some red fruit and citrus to

    taste, biscuity malts.

    Black Wolf Throsk, StirlingRok IPA 4.0% Modern twist on an IPA, jammed with fruity

    flavour and tantalising bitterness.

    Gold Digger 5.0% Citra hopped blonde beer bursting with grape-

    fruit and peach flavours.

    Bootleg ManchesterMetro Pilot 3.8% Pale coloured, fermented at a higher tempera-

    ture to give sweeter taste.

    Brampton Chesterfield, DerbysImpy Dark 4.3% Packed the gunwales with roasted coffee and

    chocolate and aroma flavours, yet delicatelyhopped, just how a mild should be.

    Brentwood Brentwood, EssexChockwork Orange 6.2% Deep chocolate, malty beer brewed with or-

    anges to give it that extra pizzazz and matured tocreate a classic old ale style.

    Bristol Beer Factory BristolNova 3.8% Maris Otter, CaraPils and wheat malt allow

    the bright, fresh and zesty hop aromas to shine -underpinned by herbal and floral notes.

    No. 7 4.2% SAT ONLYBest bitter with toffee malt flavours.

    Milk Stout ?% Creamy stout, the likes of which were bre...