Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ciderhouse News - May

As I'm writing this, the 3rd Castor & Ailsworth Beer Festival will be up and running. Now I'm no expert in matters of the malt & hop, but licensee Simon Fitch and his team appear to have assembled a beer range of rare good quality. Cider has quite a following at the Prince of Wales Feathers too, in addition to our own Sulgrave Orchard, there will be ciders from Cromwell of Huntingdon, New Forest Snakecatcher, and Lyme Bay Jack Ratt amongst others. With a spot of rain forecast for the weekend, this cosy village boozer is as good a place to sit-it-out as you're likely to find.

It's now only two weeks before Northants CAMRA take over the grounds of Delapre Abbey for their excellent early Summer Beer Festival (Thu 28th - Sat 30th May). Somewhere in the region of 200 beers are promised, and all Northamptonshires breweries should be represented. We aim to supply our Rockingham Forest and Sulgrave Orchard ciders, and there will also be cider from Eve's of Kettering. If all goes to plan over the next two weekends, I'll be parading my Leicester Tigers colours at the cider bar on Friday as usual. If not, you'll find me sulking under a tree, that's if you can find me at all.

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