Keeping it real … Real Ale
England vs Wales is the stand out game for England fans in the Euros this summer, as half of Englands work force no doubt book their afternoon off work so they can watch the early afternoon kick off I have been busy ordering beers for LOSC all day beer and football event. Not only will the two nations be competing on the pitch but in E10 there will be a battle of beers, two nations going head to head. Throughout the day we will have 8 beers from England going up against 8 beers from Wales. Getting hold of the Welsh beers has been quite the task and the original line up I wanted seemed impossible to sort out, but now we have an excellent line up of Welsh beers that might not be seen so often over around London. With beers from Big Hand, Glamorgan, Plessey and more. Representing England we have a mix of breweries and beers, including beers from ELB, Dark Star, Canopy, Goddard, Ilkley and more.
Doors will be open at half 12, everyone is welcome, pints will be £3.20 each and there will also be a selection of special bottles and cans also. The lights will be dimmed during the game and we hope to have the usual bar snacks (but feel free to bring some munch of your own as long as you tidy up after yourselves!). The beers will go on till 11pm and at 9pm Leyton Orient Supporters Club will be presented the CAMRA award for best East London and City Club of 2015. Come cheer on the boys while enjoying some great beer from both countries.
Team England Beers
East London Brewing Co – Maya 2.8% – Leyton, London
Of course we had to have a Leyton brewery represent in team England! East London Brewing Co Maya is a 2.8% super sessionable pale ale. All the flavours with less ABV to worry about, perfect to drink through the game and all the way into the evening.
Frog Island Brewery – Fire Bellied Toad 5% – Northampton
Frog Island Brewery first started brewing in 1994, brewing traditional biters beers. Brewed with top-quality English malts, whole hops, water and our own strain of yeast, there is a Frog Island real ale to suit most tastes. A beer distinguished by the clean, refreshing flavours produced from phoenix hops. The depth and intensity of the hop character combines well with the balanced malt flavours to produce a bittersweet finish in the mouth.
Canopy Beer Co – Brockwell IPA 5.6% – Herne Hill, London
Canopy Beer Co make good quality, small batch beer with flavour and character at their microbrewery in Herne Hill. Their beers are available in keg, cask and bottle, at local pubs and direct from the brewery. Brockwell IPA is their hoppy, heady, easily drinkable pale ale inspired by the great craft beers of the US using Cascade and Citra hops and British Maris Otter malts.
Dark Star Brewing Co – Wheat Purple 4.2% – Partridge Green, Sussex
Have you ever had a purple beer before? Well now you can! This beer is a classic wheat beer but it has been enhanced during the brewing process with the addition of blackberries for a subtle fruity edge to the beer. Naturally cloudy beer but purple in colour!
Mordue Brewery – US Pale Ale 4.5% – North Shields, Tyne & Wear
The original Mordue Brewery was situated on Wallsend village green and run by Joseph Mordue, a brewer of distinction in the 19th Century. In 1995, over 100 years later, two brothers revived Joseph Mordue’s superb ales, their range of beers gaining both local and national awards. The moved to West Chirton Brewery but soon outgrew that and now brew on the Tyne Tunnel Estate. US Pale Ale is a nod to the American style Pale Ale and brewed with American hops, big citrus and lychee flavour.
Ilkley Brewery – Hanging Stone 5% – Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Founded in 2009 Ilkley Brewery are uncompromising in their mission to brew innovative beers packed with flavour and character. They pride themselves on hand brewing in a traditional way, but fused with magical hops sourced from all over the world. In 2011 the brewery moved to larger premises and upgraded to a 20-barrel plant. Hanging Stone is rich and creamy, with a bitter finish of forest fruits and coffee. A nose of treacle, chocolate and smoke, named for the abundance of Celtic runes found on the rocks on the moors surrounding our historic town.
Goddards Brewery – Fuggle-De-Dum 4.8% – Ryde, Isle of Wight
Goddards was established in 1993 at Barnsley Farm on the Isle of Wight. The brewhouse at the farm, dates back to the 18th Century, and Goddards Brewery is a revival of this tradition of farmhouse brewing. Fuggle-De-Dum is a chestnut, tawny red Premium Ale. Brewed with Roasted Malts and English Fuggles Hops, to give a smoky, spicy hoppiness on the nose, leading to a molasses, nutty palate with a light fruity hop dryness.
Gun Brewery – Scaramanga 3.9% – Heathfield, East Sussex
Gun Brewery brew at Gun Hill, on a beautiful 140 acre organic mixed farm in the Sussex Weald. The farm has a history of hop growing and some survive to this day in the hedgerows. Gun Brewery generate much of their own power from a 15kw solar array; heating from a wood powered boiler and their spent grains keep the local livestock happy. All the water used for brewing comes from their own spring source deep below the organically farmed land. A refreshing extra pale session ale, brewed using Sussex spring water, extra pale malts and an indecent amount of zesty, floral, oh so delicious hops. Unfined, naturally hazy, and suitable for vegans.
Team Wales Beers
Big Hand Brewing Co – Super Tidy IPA 4% – Wrexham
Real Ale brewed from a 10BBL Microbrewery. Big Hand Brewing Co is a family owned and run microbrewery. The brewery has been open since 2013 and has been supplying hand crafted real ales to Wales and the North West of England. Super Tidy IPA is a sessionable, flavoursome, copper ale. With note of biscuit malt and sweat juicy oranges.
Conwy Brewery – Welsh Pride 4% – Llysfaen, Conwy
Conwy Brewery were the first brewery in Conwy for over 100 years when they were established and they reached their tenth anniversary milestone in 2013. Conwy Brewery specialise in cask & bottle conditioned ales of the highest quality. At their new premises in Llysfaen Conwy Brewery have installed a new 25BBl brewery designed by Brendan Dobbin, the brewing engineer behind the Firkin brewpubs. Welsh Pride is a 4% copper bitter with a citrus aroma and a sweet nutty finish.
Kingstone Brewery – Premium Stout 4.4% – Tintern, Monmouthshire
Kingstone Brewery’s passion is Real Ale. They are an award-winning four barrel microbrewery based in Tintern, Monmouthshire. Their real ales are adapted from traditional recipes to suit modern palates. Premium Stout has warm aromas of the roasted, flaked and pale malted barley. The smooth richness of this stout is balanced by the pairing of Challenger and Target hops, which gives it a slightly bitter finish.
Kingstone Brewery – Tewdics Tipple 3.8% – Tintern, Monmouthshire
This smooth, honey-coloured ale celebrates the audacity of Tewdric (also known as Tewdrig), a onetime King of Gwent and self-imposed hermit. In the seventh century A.D. he abandoned his life of solitude in the Tintern hills to lead and inspire the Welsh to victory over the Anglo-Saxons at the battle of Pont y Saeson. He received mortal injuries and is believed to have died at the spring now known as St Tewdrig’s Well in Mathern. His passing is commemorated on January 3rd. The combination of Fuggles and Northern Brewer Hops with blended pale and crystal malted barley produces an ale with a dry bitter character and tangy core.
Purple Moose Brewery – Dark Side of the Moose 4.6% – Porthmadog, North Wales
Y Bragdy Mws Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery is a ’40-Barrel’ micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, North Wales, close to the mountains of Snowdonia. Dark Side of the Moose is a delicious dark ale with a dry biscuit flavour from the roasted barley and a fruity bitterness from the use of Bramling Cross hops. Winner of a handful of awards including Silver Medal International Beer Challenge 2012, Best Welsh Speciality at the Great Taste Awards 2011 and Gold in Porters, Milds, Old Ales & Stouts category at 2012 SIBA Awards.
The Plassey Microbrewery – Midnight Mild 4.2% – Wrexham
The Plassey Microbrewery is located on The Plassey Caravan Holiday Park and was founded in 1985, making this the oldest micro-brewery in Wales. It is committed to producing traditional country ales of the finest quality. Midnight Mild is a dark and subtle mild full of real character and liqourice flavour.
Glamorgan Brewing Co – Welsh Pale 4.1% – Llantrisant, Mid-Glamorgan
Starting out as the Red Kite Brewery with a tiny capacity Glamorgan Brewing Co quickly found themselves needing more space. A state of the art facility was built in Llantrisant and with their beers now winning awards and wider recognition they decided a new name was in order. Glamorgan Brewing Co wanted to reflect the importance of the local area to the brewery and their beers so they are now called the Glamorgan Brewing Company, but you’ll still find the original Red Kite keeping watch over their new artwork. Welsh Pale is a well-rounded pale ale with intense citrus, tropical and lime flavours. Hints of pine all finished with a clean, hoppy bitternes, brewed using Celeia, Columbus & Goldings hops.
Glamorgan – Thunderbird 4.5% – Llantrisant, Mid-Glamorgan
Thunderbird is a classic mid-strength IPA – red Kites are a common visitor to the skies above the Glamorgan Brewing Co. The sight of this majestic bird soaring above storm-clouds inspired this SIBA award winning IPA. Thunderbird has light, hoppy bitterness, balanced with deliciously malty backbone and a touch of sweet fruit and citrus on the nose.
All pints are £3.20 – 330ml bottles and cans £3, 500ml bottles £3.20 & 750ml bottles of Canopy Brew Co – Love Walks Table Bier £5
Bottles and cans available for takeaway and also 2 pint containers available for draught beer