Welcome to the Real Ale pages for the 2019 Summer Moon Festival.
I’m really looking forward to my second year as the Bar Manager. What an initiation it was last year to see nearly 90 casks of ale disappear over the two days of the festival, you very nearly drunk us dry, well done.
This year’s selection of over 75 real ales from the South West promises to be one of the most varied and exciting ever, with something for everyone including several brand new brews from top local breweries.
I would like to thank one of our leading sponsors, Bays Brewery, for their continued support as well as the numerous other local breweries, businesses and supporters who have provided an unprecedented level of sponsorship for this year’s event. This includes JD Wetherspoon, whose six local venues have again kindly supplied a cask each. Please support these breweries and businesses whenever you can.
Bays Brewery have supplied a blended Twelfth Moon Ale made for the festival. This is dedicated to one of our festival founder members, Geoffrey Ellis-Smith, who sadly passed away just before Christmas. He worked tirelessly to help establish the festival as one of the leading South Devon events so please raise your glass to Geoff.
This year’s featured new local brewery is Barnaby’s Brewhouse from Staverton, Totnes. Riverford Farm ingredients and local spring water result in some excellent unfined vegan friendly brews never before seen on cask at a beer festival. Until recently the brewery produced only organic lagers which you may have seen in bottles locally but are at the festival on cask. Also just in time for the festival comes their first venture into the world of real ale with a superb Lime & Mango Kolsch.
Also making their Summer Moon debut is Darkplace Brewery from Colyton and we are very pleased to have three of their organic unfined ales for your enjoyment.
Even Dartmoor Brewery have entered the fray with a rare unfined version of their popular IPA, please give it a try.
There are more unfined vegan friendly offerings from Atlantic, Isca and New Lion breweries to name a few.
We have also been asked about gluten free beers. The beers at the festival are all cask real ales and by their very nature brewed using barley, wheat or other similar base product. Unfortunately all of these ingredients are unsuitable for people with a gluten intolerance or allergy. On the bright side, all of our Ciders are gluten free so enjoy.
STOP PRESS – Vegan and Gluten Free: On their website, Powderkeg Brewery say this about their beers:-
“Here at Powderkeg we try to make all our beers as accessible as possible so we’re happy to announce all of our beers are now Vegan (or vegetarian in some cases) and gluten free. We have developed techniques to allow us to do this without affecting the fantastic flavour that we are renowned for. This includes our beers in keg, cask, cans and bottles so no matter what the occasion you can have a Powderkeg beer that everyone can enjoy! Cheers!”
For the lager drinkers amongst you, there’s a large selection of golden hoppy ales, look for the yellow cask labels.
For the “tickers”, there are brand new small batch brews from Bays, Black Tor, Isca, New Lion, Barnaby’s, Dark Place and Dartmoor breweries amongst others.
We are also fortunate to have secured several SIBA SW (Society of Independent Brewers, South West) award winning ales as judged at this year’s Tuckers Maltings Festival, including the overall Champion Ale, Palmers’ Tally Ho.
Please drink sensibly, enjoy the whole day and remember all our staff are volunteers giving up their time for your enjoyment.
On the subject of festival etiquette, everyone will be served quicker if you PLEASE come to the bar opposite the beer you require, thank you. The beers are in alphabetical order by Brewery to assist you.
I hope you enjoy the festival. If you have any questions or comments, good or not so good, please ask for me at the bar.
Summer Moon Festival 2019