The festival pub is at the very heart of our event and features more than 150 local ales on tap, all served by the brewers who brewed them. Take your time to chat with an expert or two about what makes real ale so real, and check out our handy beer- tasting guide to see which brews most tantalise your tastebuds. And remember, there are NO mainstream brands in our festival pub, so trying something new is most definitely the order of the day. Have fun!


Usually dark brown in colour, due to the use of well-roasted malts or barley, it’s less hopped than bitters and often has a chocolatey character with nutty and burnt flavours.


An ordinary bitter is spicy, peppery and grassy in taste. By comparison, with best and strong bitters it’s the malt and fruit character that tends to dominate - although hop aroma and bitterness remain crucial to the style. This is often achieved by ‘late hopping' in the brewery, or by adding hops to casks prior to them being transported to pubs.


Golden ale boasts a biscuity and juicy malt character derived from pale malts, underscored by tart citrus

fruit and peppery hops, often with the addition of hints of vanilla and cornflour. Pale amber, gold, yellow or straw- coloured, these ales are thirst-quenching and served cool.


Look for juicy malt, citrus fruit and a big, spicy, peppery, bitter hop character, with strengths of 4% upwards.


Porters are complex in flavour, range from 4% to 6.5% and are typically black or dark brown. The darkness comes from the use of dark malts, whereas with stouts, the colour comes from the use of roasted malted barley. Stouts can be dry or sweet and range from 4% to 8% ABV.


Brewers add all sorts of things to their beers - from fruit and veg to spices, chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla pods. All manner of wild yeast is encouraged in order to develop intriguing flavours. This range is very much ‘on trend’ at the moment.


At the 1985 lager bar, you’ll be able to check out a range of local lagers - including, of course, our favourite 1985! The word ‘lager’ has become a catch-all phrase for beers which have been cold conditioned (or bottom fermented). For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity; lagers are clean- tasting and frequently described as ‘crisp’. To a brewer, however, the difference is more fundamental, with an entirely different type of yeast being used during lager fermentation.

We are pulling the beers list for 2018!

Come back and check on this list to see if your favourite local brewery has got involved! What do you mean they aren't on the list? Tell them to contact us to come along for 2018!


Shropshire Lad

Well rounded malty flavour,  sweetish overtones followed by a subtle bitterness and fruity notes

ABV: 4.5%

Shropshire Lass

Overlaid with a lovely citrus aroma, a crisp flavour with hints of grapefruit 

ABV: 4.0%

Born N Bred

Enticing light amber looks, a delightful floral aroma, delivering a tropical fruity, hoppy flavour

ABV: 3.8%


Hobsons Best

Crisp biscuity malt character with citrus notes and bittersweet finish.

ABV: 3.8%

Champion Mild

Champion dark mild, smooth character and chocolate malt notes.

ABV: 3.2%

Town Crier

Crisp golden ale, hint of sweetness and dry finish.

ABV: 4.5%

Old Prickly

A pale ale full of flavour, full bodied with a sweet floral character.

ABV: 4.2%

Green Hop

Pale Ale with a bright hop hit and refreshing bitterness

ABV: 4.2%

Twisted Spire

Vibrant blond beer with a light fizz and sweet floral aroma

ABV: 3.6%



A deep golden ale, with dry, floral notes with hints of spice

ABV: 4.5%

Dark and Delicious

A Premium bitter, with a bitter sweet blanace of cream and coffee.

ABV: 4.6%

Oat Meal Stout

Bitter sweet, with toffee and vanilla aromas

ABV: 4.5%

Golden Dale

A deep golden ale, with floral & fruity aromas and fruity/sweet notes.

ABV: 4.2%


Ruffled Feathers

There are hints of tropical fruit on the aroma and a clean, crisp hop flavor.

ABV: 3.8%

Swan Gold

Refreshing ale with floral aroma.

ABV: 4.0%

Green Swan

Grapefruit and blackcurrant notes that jester in parts.

ABV: 4.1%

Mortimer Ale

Smoky notes form the chocolate malt and overall rich fruitiness.

ABV: 4.5%

Worcestershire Way

Very refreshing with citrus after tones.

ABV: 3.6%

William Mucklow’s Dark Mild

A dark, sweetish, strong Ale with smooth fruity flavour and slight Liquorice after taste.

ABV: 6.0%


It is a rich, smooth dark amber beer with spice, blackcurrant, herbal aroma with hints of grapefruit and lychee.

ABV: 10%

Sir Keith Park

Distinct fruity/spicy balanced flavour, with a zesty aroma.

ABV: 4.5%


Pure Blonde

Light, refreshing and subtle with citrus tones.

ABV: 3.8%

Pale Ale

Clean and crisp, fruity notes with hints of biscuit and malt.

ABV: 4.1%

Slumbering Monk

A rich cooper, full bodied and smooth Ale with fruit and nut aromas.

ABV: 4.5%


Deep copper coloured authentic Indian pale Ale with a fruity aroma and hints of honey and spice.

ABV: 5%

Moon Madness

Twisted but smooth, rich and rounded Ale, with treacle and liquorice is what this night brew has to offer.

ABV: 4.666%

Green Monkey

A cracking flavour with clean and fruity flavours that create a sweet taste.

ABV: 4.3%


Whiskey Well

A complex and full flavoured unique beer, with a sweet malt essence followed by smooth, dry hops and subtle whiskey flavours

ABV: 6.5%

Ludlow Best

A traditional Bitter with a well-balanced malt complemented by fruit flavours.

ABV: 3.7%

Ludlow Gold

A full bodied and creamy beer with papaya, pineapple and lemon flavours.

ABV: 4.2%

Black Knight

A ruby black stout with a smokey roasted aroma complemented by liquorice and a sweet dry flavour.

ABV: 4.5%

Boiling Well

Auburn chestnut complexion with autumn fruits creating a full bodied dry flavour.

ABV: 4.7%


Pale with grassy, citrus, floral aromas and a sharp but sweet full-bodied flavour.

ABV: 5%


Lemony citrus aroma, balanced with crisp citrus notes.

ABV: 4%


Wrexham Borders Bitter

A light brown bitter with earthy and grassy tones.

ABV: 3.9%

Llangollen Bitter

A traditional medium brown bitter with a moorish appeal and is well hopped.

ABV: 4.2%

Holy Grale

A light and golden pale Ale with slightly citrus tones.

ABV: 4.3%

Welsh Black

A black porter with hints of coffee, chocolate and winterberries with a roasted aroma.

ABV: 5.5%

Llangollen Lager

A handcrafted true welsh lager with light, crisp and refreshing tones.

ABV: 4%


Session IPA

Plenty of tropical and citrus fruit character supported by a moderate bitterness and body.

ABV: 4%

Black IPA

Slight roasted character paired with fruity US hops and a punchy bitterness. 

ABV: 6.3%


Super refreshing with banana, vanilla and clove characters.

ABV: 4.5%

Lemon, Lime & Seasalt Sour

Featuring a gentle sourness and bright zingy citrus character, with the small addition of pure sea salt to round it off. 

ABV: 3.9%


An easy drinking dark beer for any season. Made with 7 types of grain with different degrees of roasted coffee and chocolate flavours.

ABV: 4.8%

Cascade chinook

West Coast American Pale Ale, packed full of the classic Cascade-Chinook citrus and piney hop characters. 

ABV: 4.5%


Area 51

A smooth pale Ale packed with citrus and grapefruit flavour.

ABV: 5.1%

Ironbridge Gold

Slightly bitter with American Hop Flavours.

ABV: 4.4%

Big Bang Blonde

Strong stone fruit, with a hop aroma and taste.

ABV: 4%

Star Light

An extra pale Ale hopped with German hops for a Pilsner taste.

ABV: 3.6%



Light malty sweetness, delicate with light bitterness of floral earthy characters.

ABV: 4.3%


A rich and smooth brown Ale throughout with a pleasing bitter sweet finish.

ABV: 3.89%


Refreshingly light and hoppy with hints of elderflower.

ABV: 3.6%


A light zesty Ale with a crisp floral fruity bitterness.

ABV: 3.9%

Cleric’s Cure

Presenting medium malty sweetness with powerful, spicy, floral bitterness.

ABV: 5%


Northern Pale

Seasonal pale Ale, dry hopped with fresh Northern Hemisphere hops.

ABV: 4.2%

Motueka Grisette

A light, clean and refreshing Belgian farmhouse beer, dry hopped with a touch of Motueka.

ABV: 3.8%

American Farmhouse

Mixed fermentation Saison, dry hopped with a rotating blend of fresh US hops.

ABV: 6.4%

Equinox Saison

A sour but citrus taste with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria, blended with fresh hoppy Saison.

ABV: 5.2%

Abbaye Dubbel

Dark, rich Belgian dubbel, light roasted malts and dark candi sugar fermented with Belgian Ale yeast.

ABV: 6.6%



A delightful Straw colored ale with wonderful citrus aromas.

ABV: 4.0%


Hoppy Red Ale, Malty undertones, with bursts of tropical citrus and grapefruit flavors that tempt you with every sip.

ABV: 3.9%

Butty Bach

A burnished gold, full bodied, smooth & satisfying premium ale.

ABV: 4.5%

Wholesome Stout

This smooth, dark, indulgent, beer boasts roasted coffee notes and a dry, bitter finish.

ABV: 4.6%

Copper Hop

With a burnished copper color, sweet biscuit – malt flavor, fruity hop character and hints of peach and pear.

ABV: 4.6%


International award-winning lager, clean, crisp premium beer with delicate orange and tangerine notes.

ABV: 4.5%



Chocolate Porter: Dark, strong, fruity – brewed with fresh chrries.

ABV: 5.5%

Amber Session Ale

Soft moreish amber ale.

ABV: 3.9%

Citrus Pale Ale

A refreshing pale ale with punchy citrus notes. A truly radiant slightly hoppy beer.

ABV: 4%

Red Dubbel Haze

Deep red, sweet vegan, with a hint of spice.