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Welcome to our 40th Anniversary Beer 
Festival our first one in Swale since 1998! 
It’s a pleasure to be part of a great team of 
branch members who have worked hard to 
bring this weekend together and without 
their support the Festival would not have 
been possible. A huge ‘thank you’ to them.

My thanks also to all the kind support 
and help we have had from our sponsors 
and in particular to Shepherd Neame 
Brewery.  They have kindly sponsored our 
Beer Festival glasses which look great. 
In addition they have also let us loose in 
their premises to brew our own Pale Ale 
Anniversary beer!  Thanks also to Phil 
& Rich from Boutilliers, Swale’s newest 
brewery who have brewed a London  
Porter as our other Anniversary beer for 
you to try.

I hope you like them both. They are very 
different brews. Your feedback is always 
appreciated so please feel free to contact 
me with any comments! 

I also hope you like the selection of beers 
and ciders on offer the result of the 
hardest part of the organising process!

You can help with selecting the Beer of 
the Festival by using the Voting Form 
which you will have received with your 
programme. The Voting Box is available  
on the membership Stand.

If you are not currently a member of 
CAMRA then please do consider joining. 

Welcome

We have a membership stand in the hall 
and if you join today we can offer you 2 
free pints. (Terms and Conditions apply).

Once a member you can then enjoy visiting 
other CAMRA Festivals throughout the UK 
with free or concessionary admission, just 
one of the many perks of membership!  If 
you are local to this area then you could 
join in our very active social calendar and 
we would love to see new members come 
along and enjoy a beer or two!!!

I know you will enjoy the music over the 
weekend. ‘Tea Chest Blues’ have come 
all the way from Hastings to play for us 
on Friday evening and our great local 
group Jumbo Gumbo are playing a set 
on Saturday afternoon. We will also be 
serving Hot and Cold food throughout the 
Festival or if you just want a nibble then 
please visit the Kent Crisps stand!

Finally my thanks to you all for coming 
and supporting the Festival and I hope you 
have a lovely time.

Don’t forget to spread the word as we hope 
to be back for many years to come.

Cheers All,

Lin Gates 
Festival Organiser 
swalecamrafestival@gmail.com 

We have to run the Festival within the licensing laws of the land.

As smoking is banned in pubs, we have to comply with that ruling, therefore please note that 
smoking including e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere on the premises. If you wish to 
smoke or vape please ensure that you go out onto the street. You will be able to leave your 
glasses at the entrance.

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BEER STYLES

Real ale is a fresh, natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in 
the cask from which it is served in the pub, through a process called secondary fermentation. 
It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful 
tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide. It is served without  
suffocation from extraneous carbon dioxide and is also known as cask-conditioned or 
naturally-conditioned beer. The fundamental distinction between real ale and other beer  
is that live yeast is present in the container from which it is served, although it settles at the 
bottom and is not poured into your glass.

Real ale is a very diverse product and with more than 1,500 breweries across the UK there is 
a beer our there to suit everyone’s palate.

Here is an explanation of the most common beer styles:

Mild

Mild is one of the most traditional beer styles and is enjoying 
a revival in today’s real ale market. Usually dark brown/black 
in colour, due to the use of well-roasted malts or barley, it is 
less hopped than bitters and often has a chocolatey character 
with nutty and burnt flavours. Milds tend to have an Alcohol by 
Volume (ABV) content in the 3% to 3.5% range.

Standard Bitter

Bitters are highly-hopped ales. Standard bitters or ‘session’ 
bitters fall in the ABV range of 3% to 4% and generally have a 
lighter colour.

BEST Bitter

Bitters that are over 4% ABV. The most common style of real 
ale found today with great variance in colour and taste within 
the style.

StRONG Bitter

Bitters that are over 4.8% ABV and best sampled with 
appreciation rather than to quench a thirst.

STout / Porter

Porters are dark, hoppy beers made with the addition of roasted 
barley and tending to have a slight sweetness. This style 
originated in London around 1730 and by the end of the 18th 
Century was the most popular beer style in England. Stouts are 
a stronger version of Porter, originally called “Extra Porter” or 
“Stout Porter”. They are usually dark, heavy and well-hopped 
with a creamy head and dry grainy taste from the dark roasted 
barley malt used in the mash.

Speciality ale

This beer style captures the flair of the brewer as he has 
experimented to bring out a new unique flavour and aroma. 
Beers in this category may include the addition of wheat,  
oats or other natural products to provide something out of  
the ordinary to the beer drinker.

copper / ruby ale

Beers made with some more highly roasted malts to give a red 
or copper colour to the beer. Usually not as well-hopped as a 
bitter and often only available in the autumn.

old ale

Typically black or dark brown, but can be paler. Old Ales are full 
bodied with a malty richness. Fermentation characters such as 
fruity estery flavours should contribute to the flavour profile 
but considerable variation can occur within the style. Usually 
between 4.3% and 6% ABV.

CASK LAGER

Beers brewed with lager malts and top-fermented. Refreshing 
with a soft bitterness from traditional continental lager hops. 
Usually very pale, with an AVB between 4% and 5%.

CIDER & PERRY

Real cider and perry are long established 
traditional drinks which are produced 
naturally from apples (for cider) and pears 
(for perry) and are neither carbonated 
nor pasteurised. Cider has undergone a 
massive revival in recent years although 
it is unfortunate that many of the most 
well-known ciders in the UK are cold, fizzy 
key products which have been produced 
artificially rather than naturally. More 
people are now discovering for themselves 
how deliciously mellow, aromatic and 
intoxicating the flavours of naturally 
produced real cider or perry can be.

To make real cider, the apples are washed 
and checked for rot or mould. The apples  

GOLDEN ALE

Pale, Amber, Gold or Straw coloured ales that are hoppy and 
refreshing. This style has become very popular in recent years 
as brewers seek to entice lager drinkers and a female clientele.

are then crushed in a machine called a 
scratter which chops them up into small 
pieces called pulp. The pulp is placed in 
layers on a press. If a traditional screw or 
hydraulic press is used, the pulp is wrapped 
in fine mesh cloth parcels called cheeses. 
The apple juice is then extracted and  
natural yeasts in the juice start the 
fermentation. Several months later you have 
real cider. In order to maintain consistency 
and suit different palates, the producer 
will often blend ciders made from different 
apple varieties. Perry is made in exactly the 
same way.

BEER LIST & TASTING NOTES 

Swale CAMRA Ruby Anniversary Porter - Boutilliers: Faversham, Kent

Full-bodied, deep dark porter with hints of mahogany. Fruity nose backed up by 
roasted malts, with notes of dark chocolate.

5.0%

Platinum Blonde

 - Mad Cat: Faversham, Kent

Made using a single pilsner lager malt and Cascade and Galaxy hops. It has the 
pale straw colour normally associated with lagers but is less carbonated and 
definitely an ale. Fruity and less bitter than an IPA.

4.2%

Jet Black Stout

 - Mad Cat: Faversham, Kent

Black-ruby red, complex, smooth full bodied, slightly hoppy. Warming hints of 
roasted coffee and delicious.

4.5%

Green Hop

 - Goachers: Maidstone, Kent

Fresh, clean tasting, golden session ale with a subtle hop finish.

3.9%

Mandarina

 - Kent: West Malling, Kent

A deliciously fruity citrus flavour and aroma. #8 in their single hop series.

4.5%

Green Daemon

 - Hopdaemon: Maidstone, Kent

A golden ‘HELLES’ beer with luscious tropical fruit aromas and a crisp clean finish.

5.0%

Really Rockin

 - Rockin Robin: Loose, Kent

A delicious Pald Ale packed with generous amounts of East Kent Golding and 
Cascade Hops. Drop hopped to enhance bouquet.

5.0%

Montgomery

 - Wantsum: Canterbury, Kent

Named after the SS Richard Montgomery that sank off Sheerness full of explosives.  
An amber Best Bitter with smooth biscuit malts and a hoppy nose. Brewed exclusively 
with American hops.

4.0%

Beers from kent:

Beers from further afield:

CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2016

Vanilla Stout 

Binghams: Ruscombe, Berkshire 

Infused with vanilla pods which complement the dark malts to create a smooth 
drinking, delicously dark stout. A true champion.

5.0%

Tunnel Vision

 - Box Steam: Holt, Wiltshire

A well-rounded light amber bitter. Clean tasting, with a slight bitterness on  
the finish.

4.2%

Blazing Saddles

 - Burtons Bridge: Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

A German style pale beer using 2 varieties of German hops.

4.5%

Gold

 - Cairngorm: Aviemore, Invernesshire

A golden coloured, light bodied, continental style beer. Saaz hops provide  
an initial fresh and zesty flavour with Styrian Goldings providing late aromas.

4.5%

Gold - Strong Bitter/Ale Class, Champion Beer of Britain 2015

Revelation

 - Dark Star: Partridge Green, West Sussex

 

Bags of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra hops give this beer a grassy, citrussy 
fresh hop aroma.

5.7%

Black Noise

 - Dorking: Dorking, Surrey

A remake of an 18th Century porter. Smooth chocolate taste with hints of coffee.

4.5%

Quadrant Oatmeal Stout

 - ELB: London

An elegantly smooth stout with a silky mouthfeel, rich dark fruit flavour and hints  
of coffee.

5.8%

CAMRA Bronze Champion Beer of Britain 2013

Jarl 

Fyne Ales: Cairndow, Argyll

 

Citrus and grassy hop flavours dominate the palate with a light and resfreshing  
dry finish.

3.8%

Late Red

 - Shepherd Neame: Faversham, Kent

Plum, prunes, raisins, a touch of toffee and tropical fruit are just a few of the  
flavours flourishing beneath the crimson-copper coloured cloak of this eminently  
easy-drinking ale. A peppery, resinous hop finish - courtesy of Kent-grown Cascade  
hops - adds a spice to the nutty sweetness.

4.5%

Swale Fortieth - 

Shepherd Neame: Faversham, Kent

Brewed especially for the festival with Centennial and Amarillo Hops.

4.0%

Sussex Old Ale - Harveys: Lewes, East Sussex

Classic old ale - fruity, roasty, sweet with some hops in a drier finish.

4.3%

Gold - Strong Bitter/Ale Class, Champion Beer of Britain 2016

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 - Heavy Industry: Henllan

 

Big amber IPA with dark Seville marmalade and piney, peppery bitterness.

4.9%

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Ever changing selection of  cask ales 

 

Large Beer Garden 

 

Mobile Bar and Catering Service Available for Weddings,  

Christenings and Birthdays 

 

No Function too big or small 

 

Call Malcolm on 07764 842478 

 

Three Hats, 93 High Street, Milton Regis, Kent, ME10 2AR 

 

 

SWALE CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2013 

 

THE THREE HATS 

MILTON REGIS 

THE THREE HATS

MILTON REGIS

Ever changing selection of cask ales

Large Beer Garden

Mobile Bar and Catering Service Available for 

Weddings, Christenings and Birthdays

No function too big or small

Call Malcolm on 07764 842478

The Three Hats, 93 High Street, 

Milton Regis, Kent, ME10 2AR

SWALE CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2014

One Step Beyond

 - Kelham Island: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

A beer that’s got a heavy, heavy monster load of hops from around the world. Takes  
you from one step beyond and into autumn. Gorgeous golden colour. Very easy drinking.

4.7%

CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2011

Oscar Wilde Mild

 - Mighty Oak: Maldon, Essex 

Roasty dark mild with suggestions of forest fruits and dark chocolate, the sweet 
taste yields to a more bitter finish.

3.7%

CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2001

JHB

 - Oakham: Peterborough

 

Hops and fruit on the palate are balanced by malt and a bitter base.  
Dry hoppy finish with soft fruit flavours.

3.8%

Autumn Amber

 - Pennine: Well, North Yorkshire

 

A golden Amber session ale brewed with pale ale crystal and roasted barley. Magnum 
and Sovereign hops are used to create a biscuit aroma, with a long malty finish.

4.0%

Yorkshire Pale Ale

 - Roosters: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

 

A pale, aromatic, summer ale that offers up delicate peachy and berry fruit flavours.

4.1%

Valkyrie APA

 - Rudgate: Tockwith, Yorkshire

 

American west coast pale ale. Gold in colour with a slightly sweet and hoppy finish. 
Notes of gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit.

4.1%

Raspberry Blonde

 - Saltaire: Shipley, West Yorkshire

 

Refreshingly blonde ale delicately infused wth raspberry flavours.

4.0%

River Cottage EPA

 - Skinners: Truro, Cornwall

 

By sourcing the best English hops including the exceptional Cascade, and combining 
them with the finest malted barley, Skinners have made a beer that is high in complex 
aromatics, with floral, cedar and citrus notes, and a long bittersweet finish.

4.0%

Italian Job

 - St Austell: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Brewed with Sorento lemon juice and zest leading to lemongrass and grapefruit 
aromas/flavours. A small batch brew rarely seen outside Cornwall.

5.0%

Kauri IPA

 - St Austell: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Brewed with a blend of New Zealand hops including Dr. Rudi, Green Bullet and Pacifica 
along with fresh mango. A small batch brew rarely seen outside Cornwall.

4.4%

Gold - Best Bitter Class, Champion Beer of Britain 2016

Shere Drop

 - Surrey Hills: Dorking, Surrey 

Subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma complemented by a balanced  
malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry.

4.2%

ABOUT CAMRA

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is an independent voluntary organisation that promotes real ale 
and the pubs in which is is sold. With over 180,000 members across the country, the campaign acts 
as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European drinks industry.
We aim to:
1. 

Campaign for the greater appreciation of traditional beer, cider and perry as  
part of our national heritage and culture.

2.  Support the public houses as a focus of community life
3.  Promote quality, choice and value for money
4.  Protect and improve consumer rights
5.  Seek improvements in licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry

Ciders & PERRIES

Perry 

Dudda’s Tun: Doddington, Kent 

Pale, almost hazy perry, with sweet honey notes produced from super ripe pears.  
A soft acidity from a touch of Bramley.

5.5%

Pumpkin 

Kent Cider Company: Canterbury, Kent

A very drinkable specialist pumpkin cider.

6.0%

Spiced Cider

 - Kent Cider Company: Canterbury, Kent

A fruity, sweet cider with a generous blend of warming spices. Handcrafted with 
English Apples from Orchards near Faversham, Kent.

5.0%

Toffee Apple

 - Kent Cider Company: Canterbury, Kent

With the sumptuous taste of sweet Apple & Caramel. Handcrafted with English 
Apples from Orchards near Faversham, Kent.

5.5%

Bushels 

Biddenden Vineyards: Biddenden, Kent 

A still cider produced using a blend of Kentish culinary & dessert apples.  
Medium-dry.

6.0%

Raspberry Cider 

Kingswood Cider: Canterbury, Kent

A delicious Raspberry cider.

6.0%

Lemon Cider

 - Kingswood Cider: Canterbury, Kent

A beautiful lemon cider.

5.0%

Dry Cider 

Turners: Marden, Kent 

A blend of Kentish dessert apples. Unsweetened, uncarbonated, unfiltered  
and unpasteurised.

7.0%

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Our sponsors are absolutely crucial to the successful running of the festival.  

Our thanks goes out to all who have supported us.

GLASS SPONSOR

Shepherd Neame Brewery 

www.shepherdneame.co.uk

We are delighted to have Britains oldest, 
and branch brewery Shepherd Neame as 

our official glass sponsor.

PRINT SPONSOR

Abbey Print, Faversham 

www.abbeyprint1.co.uk

We have been working with Abbey Print on 

our Swale Ale magazine for a number  

of years so are glad to welcome them  

as a sponsor. 

OUR BARREL SPONSORS

Three Tuns, 

Lower Halstow

 

www.thethreetunsrestaurant.co.uk

Ypres Tavern, 

Sittingbourne 

www.yprestavern.co.uk

The Vaults, 

Faversham 

www.theoldwinevaults.com

Furlongs, 

Faversham 

Facebook: FurlongsAleHouseFaversham

Golden Hope

 

Sittingbourne

A2 Tyres

 

Sittingbourne 

www.a2tyres.co.uk

McNealy Brown

 

Sittingbourne 

www.mcnealybrown.biz

Our thanks are also extended to our 

generous yet anonymous sponsors who have 

secured the Harveys Old for the weekend 

and to Shepherd Neame for donating a cask 

of the Swale Fortieth Ale.

Volunteer polo shirts

BW Fulfilment 

www.bwfulfilment.co.uk

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

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