Pig and Porter meet the brewer lineup announced

The provisional list of beers for the Pig and Porter Meet the Brewer and tasting night is now out. The event costs £9 per person, and includes a glass of each beer. There will be four real ales on cask and two real ales on KeyKeg.

The beers, their description and how much is included in the ticket are listed below.

Cask beers

Ashburnham Pale 3.9%, half pint included in ticket.
A classic English Pale Ale brewed with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops late in the boil and then dry hopped with EKG’s to add a spicy finish

Skylarking Session IPA 4%, half pint included in ticket.
An ultra-pale super refreshing session IPA hopped with Ella and Galaxy. Expect hints of tropical fruit, mango, lychee and melon

Ashcan Rantings Citra 4.2%, half pint included in ticket.
Citra hopped pale ale with a good malt backbone.

Red Spider Rye 4.8%, half pint include in ticket.
A red rye ale featuring and an American clean tasting yeast to showcase the Centennial and Columbus hops. Each cask is dry hopped with both of them to enhance the aroma. A small amount of rye malt lends a spiciness to balance the beer.

Key keg beers

Dance First 4.2%, third of a pint included in ticket.
A subtly hopped dry stout brewed originally to prove a point that dark beer can be refreshing in the summer and now available all year round. Hops are Summit, Columbus and Willamette.

Born Lost 6%, third of a pint included in ticket.
Orange infused witbeir with Amarillo hops.

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New bottled beers

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We’ve got more bottled beers in stock. Covering IPA, tradition bitter and real lager as well as gluten free and vegan beer. They are:

Brew Buddies IPA04 5.1% – Unfined IPA hopped with massive American Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops. £3.20 for a 300ml bottle. Suitable for vegans.

Westerham Bohemian Rhapsody 5.0% – Straw yellow lager (that means lagered several weeks) hopped with Czech grown Saaz or Žatec noble hops with a distinctive hop aroma and bitterness usually found in Bohemian pilsners. Brewed with the finest English lager malt and fermented with a lager yeast and then cold conditioned. Pilsners are traditionally quite bitter and this version is no different. £3.20 for a 300ml bottle. Gluten free.

Westerham British Bulldog 4.3% – A rich, full bodied best bitter in the traditional Kent style. Finest Maris Otter pale ale malt and crystal malt for colour and richness. Hopped with local Kent Northdown and Finchcocks’ Whitbread Golding Variety and finished in the Hop Rocket with Progress hops from Scotney Castle for a full flavour and aroma. £3.60 for a 500ml bottle. Gluten free.

Oakham Green Devil IPA 6.0% – Brewed with 100% USA grown Citra hops – Green Devil IPA is the ultimate expression of Oakham’s innovative and pioneering UK use of this very popular hop. It kicks off with an amazing hop harvest aroma bursting with passion fruit, pineapple and mango before developing a refreshing citrus bitterness and a crisp, dry aftertaste. £3.60 for a 500ml bottle.

These join our Wild Beer range:

All £3.00 for a 330ml bottle

Sleeping Lemons 3.6% – L’hamd Marakad, the Moroccan for preserved lemon, literally translates as
Sleeping Lemons. Wild preserved lemons in salt and lemon juice throughout last winter, ready to brew this refreshing, zesty special. Gose, is a traditional German-style sour wheat beer, usually brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback and we thought it would provide the perfect backbone to this wonderfully complex summer beer. Suitable for vegans.

Sourdough 3.6% – Loosely based on a Berliner Weisse style – a historical Sour beer style from Northern Germany, but with a Wild Beer slant to it. Using Hobbs House Bakery’s 58 year old sourdough culture and a little brettanomyces and put the beer straight into oak barrels for its primary fermentation. It has been slowly fermenting, maturing and souring for 4 months in the barrels and will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle. Suitable for vegans.

Wild Goose Chase 4.5% – The “all-day” wild beer, tart and fruity, but well-hopped and drinkable. We have been chasing this beer since we started the brewery and love this combination. Juicy, tart gooseberries and our own culture of wild yeast from local orchards give this a gentle acidity. Whilst a generous “dry-hop” of complementary hops enhance the fruitiness and give a light but moreish bitterness. Suitable for vegans.

Somerset Wild 5% – A beer with the acidity levels of a white wine or farmhouse cider, with a depth,
complexity and refreshing drinkability to it that makes it a wonderful beer to pair with food. Suitable for vegans.

Epic Saison 5% – This Farmhouse Ale is a transcontinental fusion of Belgium’s eclectic beer culture and the feisty Sorachi Ace hops of North America. Suitable for vegans.

Fresh 5.5% – pale ale, made with northern and southern hemisphere hops. Created with a passion for flavour and a lust for hops – this is a frisky, fragrant pale ale. Whilst consistency is (rightly) the benchmark of most beers, we’ve gone Wild and thrown away the rulebook on this one. Every six months Wild source some of the most interesting hops from the northern and southern hemispheres, which means two hop harvests and two excitingly different hop profiles. Suitable for vegans.

Our new hanging baskets from Derwen College

Our new hanging baskets have gone up. Many thanks to Derwen College Garden Centre for growing them for us, they look superb, but we know that as they grow more, with the plants trailing down the walls and filling out they will be stunning!

They join our new third bench and our new Oakham umbrellas in making the pub more attractive out front over the summer months.

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Our new “The Bailey Head” half pint glasses

Today our new beer and cider glasses arrived. They are stemmed half pint glasses marked with half and third pint lines (ideal for this Saturday’s Kissingate Meet the Brewer, especially with the Murder of Crows 10% beer on tap!)

The design was created by taking a photo of the handmade hanging pub sign, then juggling around in editing software creating an image that could be used to produce them. We are very pleased with the result.

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My Witchy Kitchen Vegan, Gluten Free Pies

We have taken our first delivery of My Witchy Kitchen Vegan, Gluten free pies, hand made here in Oswestry by Pip Davies. There is a great article about Pip in this week’s Advertizer.

Inititially we have one of each flavour: Smokey Mushroom, Forage Shepherd’s, Chilli Bean, Mediterranean Vegetable and Potato & Spinach Curry.

They have been specially made with crust tops at our request and we will are serving them as a cold platter with chutneys for £3.50 each.

We also have a vegan beer on tap – Nid Welsh. Later in may we will be getting a selection of gluten free bottled beers from the Westerham Brewery.

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Two pint takeaway containers have arrived

We now have a supply of new 2 pint plastic milk bottles that you can take away your favourite beer in. They are FREE if filled with 2 pints of handpulled cask beer*, or 40p if filled with cider or keg beer/cider.

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*They aren’t free if used in conjunction with our CAMRA discount or any other cask beer promotion we may have on from time to time, sorry.

Nid Welsh

Our latest craft keg beer is Nid Welsh. This is a one off collaboration brew between RAW Brewing and Pigeon Fishers both of Chesterfield, The Waen Brewery of Llanidloes and Hopcraft of Pontyclun.

It is a 4.5% Red IPA. But be warned, again it is something probably new to Oswestry, it is heavily dry hopped, and it is unfined (making is vegan friendly). Combined with being kegged means it is a VERY hazy beer. It will get clearer at is drunk but it isn’t a beer that will clear just by settling. This is what it should be like (we have even shared pictures of glasses full of it with the brewers who are happy).

It is a one off beer, so it is £4.00 a pint.

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Frobishers Fusion

We keep being asked for a well known brand of soft drink, and we are running down the stocks of literally the last couple of bottles of it. We’ve looked around a bit and discovered the answer was staring us in the face, that Frobishers produce just what we want. So later in the week we will be taking delivery of three flavours of Frobishers Fusion – Orange & Passion Fruit, Apple & Mango and Apple & Raspberry. These drinks are 75% juice, 25% spring water That’s it, nothing added, nothing taken away. No sugar, no flavourings.

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More Cheese Gromit!

We’ve doubled our range of cheeses and added some different cheese plates!

Generous sized pieces of excellent cheeses, many of which have won major national and global awards. All our cheeses use vegetarian rennet.
Snack Plate – Choose one cheese, served with biscuits. £3.00
Solo Plate – Pick two cheeses, served with biscuits, pickle and chutney £4.50
Sharing Board – big enough for two people to share as a lighter snack or for one person with a bigger appetite. Served with biscuits, pickle and chutney – choose three types of cheese for £5.50

Cheese choice, subject to availability:

From Belton Cheese, Shropshire
Traditional White Cheshire
Red Fox Vintage Red Leicester

From the Weird and Wonderful Cheese Company, Shropshire
Cheddar Crunch with Sea Salt
Coloured Cheshire (unpasteurised)
Blue Cheshire (unpasteurised)
Paprika Smoked
Red Leicester with Black Pepper

From the Snowdonia Cheese Company
Black Bomber Mature Cheddar

Soft cheeses from Caws Cenarth
Perl Wen (White Pearl)
Perl Las (Blue Pearl)