Thursday, 30 May 2013

Stratford Upon Avon Beer Festival 2013

The 7th Stratford Upon Avon Beer and Cider Festival is to be held at the Stratford Racecourseon Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June 2013,  just a hop along the railway from Kinver.

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse
Luddington Road
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 9SE


Sample a pint of Over the Edge (West Midlands Beer of the Year 2012) or Kinver Edge

 Opening Times:

Friday 14th June      14th June 12 noon to 11pm
Saturday 15th June   11am to 11 pm

Entrance:
£12 Entrance Package includes:
Entrance Fee
Festival Glass (£1 refundable)
Festival Programme with Beer List, Cider list and tasting notes
£7 of Drink Tokens

CAMRA members showing a valid membership card will get £3 back in tokens to spend at the festival.

Any unused Tokens can be refunded or donated to the Beer Festival charity: The Shakespeare Hospice.

If you miss a pint of Kinver at the festival,  then why not hop across to Kinver the following day for the Kinver Country Fayre on 16th June 2013.   The train runs from direct from Stratford upon Avon station to Stourbridge Junction, and there is a special bus service to Kinver from Stourbridge Town railway station to Kinver Village.

Wolverhampton Beer Festival

Kinver Brewery wish a Merry Christmas to everybody having fun attending the 38th Wolverhampton Beer Festival to be held from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June 2013 at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton.
 
 
 
Kinver Brewery are brewing a festival special celebrating Slade's hit  "Merry Christmas" 
 You can also catch the Kinver Light Railway at the Wulfrum Hall
 
Slade were a famous rock band from Wolverhampton/Walsall area during the glam rock era of the early 1970's. They had 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones including "Merry Xmas Everybody" which to date has sold more than one million copies.

So here it is, "Merry Christmas", but don't wait for Christmas, pop along to the Wulfram Hall to enjoy Merry Christmas in June! 

Watch out for Santa at the festival - he has escaped from the Kinver Caves for a summer break.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Kinver Country Fayre 2013

The Kinver Country Fayre 2013 shall be held on Sunday 16th June.

This year’s fayre boasts a full arena programme, great live music, real ale tent, shire horses, farm animals, a fun dog show, dancing displays, speciality foods, children’s entertainers, vintage vehicles, dozens of stalls, traditional craft demonstrations, dramatic shows from Wye Valley Axemen and an insight into Medieval Life with a colourful re-enactment group, House of the Blackstar. There are over 100 different stalls and attractions on offer.

The theme for the 2013 fair is "Best of British".  You'll have to hop along early to an enjoy a pint of Great British Beer - last year's thirsty visitors drank the beer tent dry, despite the rain.

Touch the picture to bring the fayre alive and find the beer tent !

Monday, 6 May 2013

Kinver 2013 Festival and Events

 

If you rate beer, then here is a round up of where you can enjoy a perfect pint of Kinver Beer at a Beer Festival near you soon:

March
14th-16th  Burton Upon Trent Beer Festival
16th Bristol Beer Festival
20th-23rd Leicester Beer Festival

April
4th-6th Walsall Beer Festival
25th-27th Stourbridge Beer Festival

May
2nd to 5th Old Chainyard - to be confirmed
6th Lightwood Park Beer Festival
18th Kinver Dray Day- Cross Inn, KCA, Constitutional Club, Rock Houses
23rd - 25th Kidderminster Beer Festival, featuring Over the Hill 4.5%

June 
16th Kinver Country Fayre - Fathers Day

July
20-21st Black Eagle

August
13th - 16th GBBF

September
13th - 14th Netherton Boat Festival

November
7th - 9th Shrewsbury Beer Festival
28th - 30th Dudley Winter Ales

Kinver Brewery Beer Pump Clip Art Designs

Kinver Brewery are pleased to be associated with the artist Karen Perrins who has been commissioned for the splendid artwork for the collectable Kinver Brewery beer pump clips. 

Karen  has over sixteen years experience of illustration commissions in the UK and USA.  Her clients include Ragged Bears, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Quarto Children's Books, Lindt and Sprungli, TES, Harcourt International (USA), Cambium Learning (USA), The Book Guild, Parragon, Folens, Minerva, A & C Black, Reed Books, Splimple, Bender Richardson White, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, A Child's World (USA), Scholastic and of course Kinver Brewery.

Karen works in watercolour, pastels, oil pastels and printmaking techniques. Her work can be found in children's books, commissioned greetings cards, book jackets, packaging design, editorial work and Kinver Brewery beer clips.

The Kinver Brewery beer pump clips are popular collectables for breweriana collectors,  and many can now be found for sale on e-bay or can even be converted to a clock

Kinver Edge
A beer engine is name of the beer dispenser device for manually pumping beer from a cask in the pub's cellar to the bar.  It was invented by John Lofting, a Dutch inventor, merchant, and manufacturer who moved from Amsterdam to London around 1688.  He became an English citizen and patented a number of inventions including a device for pumping beer.  The London Gazette of 17 March 1691 stated "the patentee hath also projected a very useful engine for starting of beers and other liquors which will deliver from 20 to 30 barrels an hour which are completely fixed with brass joints and screws at reasonable rates."

The locksmith and hydraulic engineer Joseph Bramah developed the beer pump handle in 1797, co-incidentally  the same year as the Stourbridge wine and Kinver Beer merchant, Nickolls and Perks were founded.    Bramah also invented the Bramah Water Closet in 1778, an important predecessor of the pub loo.
Strangers Bar
The beer engine pulls the beer through a flexible pipe from the cask to the spout, below which the glass is placed.  A nozzle on the spout controls the amount of head on the beer.

A skilled barman will hold the glass at an angle to the pump whilst filling the glass, gradually moving the glass upright as it fills. The glass should not be filled, and the beer should be allowed to settle for a brief period before topping up  to ensure that a full pint of Kinver beer is served.

The clip is attached to the handle by a spring clip giving the brand name of the Kinver Beer as well as the alcoholic strength of the beer being served through that handpump.  A much more stylish and practical bar pump than the large,  tasteless fonts that decorate a simple on or off valve for CO2 dispensed beer.

The handle of a handpump is often used as a symbol of cask ale.

Information on the beer engine is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License


Kinver at the Vino

Kinver
The bottled Kinver beers are, of late,  hopping off the shelves at the Kinver Vino, High Street ,Kinver

Kinver Vino is open 12 - 10pm,  7 days a week. Limited parking available along the High Street, or in the Acre Car Park behind the Post Office, by Basils, or behind Ye Olde White Harte pub.

Now you can relax and enjoy a pint of Kinver beer in the comfort of your own home.

Kinver Khyber £2.35 (500ml)
Kinver Half Centurion £2.25 (500ml)

Hop into Kinver Vino at:
Kinver Vino,
113 High St,
Kinver,
Staffordshire
DY7 6HL

Note: These are bottle conditioned beers which will require standing upright to settle before opening.


Khyber
Strong and Bitter at 5.8% in true IPA Fashion.









Half Centurion
Brewed to celebrate the 50th birthdays of both founders. A 5.0% pale premium bitter with hop and citrus flavours.


Kinver Brewery Sponsor CAMRA AGM T-Shirt

,Kinver Brewery attended and part sponsored the West Midlands Regional T-Shirts for the CAMRA 2013 AGM held at at The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich, Norfolk,
19th - 21st April 2013

AGM Motion 20:  Prost!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Interactive Brewery Tour

kinver brewery tour



Now you can interactively explore the Kinver Brewing Process On Line. Find what KinverDave does with an oar, or explore the inside of the novel tilting mash tun.

Full virtual tour details can be found here




Friday, 3 May 2013

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Stampede Expected at the Kidderminster Beer Festival


Kinver Brewery shall be brewing a special brew called "Over the Hill" for the 2nd Kidderminster Beer Festival to be held in Kidderminster, just a short hop over the hill, along Kinver Edge from Kinver Brewery.

The Kidderminster festival theme is the celebration of the invention of the paper postage stamp in 1840 by the local inventor Rowland Hill.

Kinver Festival Beers
Kinver Over the Hill 4.3%  - A pale, extra hoppy ale with distinctive citrus smell, taste and finish
Kinver Half Centurion 5% - Brewed to celebrate the 50th birthdays of both founders. A Pale premium bitter with hop and citrus flavours

Opening Times
Thursday 23rd May 6-11pm (4-6pm open to Trade and CAMRA members only)
Friday 24th May 11am-11pm
Saturday 25th May 11am-11pm (or until the beer runs out!)

Venue
Kidderminster Town Hall,
Vicar Street
DY10 1DB

Penny Black
Prior to the postage stamp, the recipient was often responsible for payment upon delivery of a letter, but many recipients refused to pay for the post.   Following a review of the post system by Roland Hill, a system of purchasing adhesive stamps to pay up front based upon weight was introduced.

An inked stamp had been used to mark the envelope to confirm payment, hence the name stamp.   The inked stamp system was open to fraud as the cork stamps were easy to copy. In 1839, the British Treasury announced a competition to design the new stamps, but none of the submissions were considered suitable. The Treasury chose a rough design endorsed by Rowland Hill, featuring an easily recognisable profile of 15-year-old former Princess Victoria. Hill believed this would be difficult to forge.

A Uniform Fourpenny Post system was initially introduced in January 1840 where a flat rate of 4d was paid for letters of up to one ounce in weight. An inked cork stamp was used to mark the envelope to confirm the 4d payment.   The high postage charge caused an outcry, and the postage charge was then reduced to one penny when the first printed adhesive paper stamp, the Penny Black,  was issued on 1st May 1840, valid from 6th May 1840.  A two pence blue was issued on 8th May 1840.  As the UK invented stamps and no other country used stamps in 1840, there was no need to identify the UK on the stamp, and the UK remains the only country in the world not to print the country name on the stamp.  In today's money, the cost of the first stamp of 1d (£1/244) in 1840 is equivalent to 35p in 2012.

All London post offices received official issues of the penny black stamps,  but initially other post offices throughout the United Kingdom, including the Kinver Post Office, continued to accept postage payments in cash.

The paper stamps were still stamped in ink, or franked, to confirm postage. The Penny Black was replaced with the Penny Red in 1841 to make the franking mark more visible .

The first printed postage stamps were cut by scissors from a large sheet, and perforated stamps were introduced in 1854 to aid the post master at the point of sale.  Despite Roland Hill's view that the design would be difficult to copy, the paper stamps were forged, and watermarked paper was introduced.

Rowland Hill was knighted in 1860, died in 1879 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

The Weatherspoon's Penny Black Pub and the Roland Hill Shopping Centre recognise the contribution made by Roland Hill

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