Friday, 28 March 2014

2014 Stourbridge Beer Festival

The 17th Stourbridge Beer Festival runs from 10th to 12th April 2014.

Kinver Beers available at the Festival beers for 2014 are:

Vintage 57  A celebration brew for 57 year old brewers, born in 57
Life Begins  A celebration brew to mark Stourbridge & Halesowen CAMRA's 40th Anniversary
TBA  A cutting edge festival special............

The Venue Stourbridge Town Hall, adjacent to the new Tesco Stourbridge store

£10 Entrance package includes Entrance fee, festival glass (£1 Refundable)and £6 beer tokens (CAMRA members receive £8 beer tokens). The festival closes at 11.00 p.m. or when the beer runs out.

Kinver Brewery - Purveyors of fine beer to the Houses of Commons 2014

2014 Walsall Beer Festival

Walsall Beer Festival
Taste the national award winning "Over the Edge" at the Black Country's 33rd Walsall CAMRA Beer Festival from Thursday 3rd  April 2014 to Saturday 5th April 2014.

Walsall Festival Beers:
Kinver Brewery beers available at the Walsall Festival are:

Over the Edge - 7.5% UK National Winter Ale Gold Medal 2014
The Only One  A festival Special in memory of Jon Brookes

Kinver Brewery brew the current CAMRA Champion Beer of the West Midlands, and the CAMRA Champion Barley Wine of Britain 2014.

"The Only One" is a charity beer brewed for the festival in memory of Jon Brookes, the drummer of the indie band "The Charlatans".  He collapsed on stage in 2010 in Philadelphia, caused by a brain tumour, and died in 2013.  Jon Brooks was also the co-manager of the Kinver band, The Arcadian Kicks.  Tommy Kelly, bass guitarist, is Dave and Carol's son.

Getting to the Walsall Beer Festival
The 2014 venue is once again at the stunning Edwardian town hall in Walsall town centre, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP, West Midlands.

Festival Admission and Opening Times
Thurs 5pm to 11pm
Fri + Sat 12 noon to 11pm.
Camra members £1
HM forces with card £2
General public £3
Refundable glass £2.

Friday, 21 March 2014

10 Kinver On at Kinver Con Club

The following Kinver Beers are on tap at The Kinver Constitutional Club this week:
  • Key of the Cave
  • Over the Edge
  • Light Railway
  • Khyber
  • Vintage 57
  • Crystal
  • Black Ram
  • Kinver Edge
  • The Noble 600
  • May Bug

Kinver Constitutional Club is one of four finalists for the CAMRA Club of the Year 2014.  The club was founded in 1937,  when the pub known as the "Green Dragon" was purchased from Julia Hanson.

Details can be found on page 422 of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2014

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Kinver Edge On at the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons

Kinver Brewery have been invited by the MP for South Staffordshire, Gavin Williamson, to supply beer to thirsty MP's at the Stanger's Bar in the Houses of Parliament, London.

Five barrels of Kinver Edge have been supplied, which are available from Wednesday 12th March 2014. 

The Stranger's Bar

The Strangers' Bar is an exclusive bar within the Palace of Westminster,  home of the House of Commons and of the House of Lords, and the seat of the UK parliament.  The bar is only open to MPs, officers of Parliament, their guests, and members of parliamentary staff, but is not open to members of the public.

The name Strangers refers to those present in parliament who are not members of parliament or staff. Strangers may view parliamentary proceedings from the Stranger's Gallery in the House of Commons.

The Palace of Westminster has been the seat of Parliament for over 900 years.  Kinver Brewery delivered five barrels of beer from the Midlands to wet the appetite of parliament, but previous visitors from the Midlands delivered barrels of gunpowder for Guy Fawkes to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.  The gunpowder conspirators fled from London and were cornered at Holbech House, 6 miles north from Kinver Village, where they were blown up by a stray spark whilst drying out a wet barrel of gunpowder in front of a fire.  The failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English parliament is celebrated throughout the UK on November 5th with bonfires and firework displays. The Kinver Constitutional Club host a large bonfire and display each year to celebrate the failure of the Midland's conspiracy.

The Parliament of Great Britain was formed one hundred years after the Gunpowder Plot following a treaty signed on 22 July 1706, and ratified in law by Acts of Union passed in 1707 by the Parliament of England and the Parliament of Scotland.

Kinver Brewery are no strangers to the Houses of Parliament,  having previously met Gavin Williamson M.P.  to lobby for the scappping of the Escalator Beer Tax.   Gavin Williamson was presented with the Beer Champion Award for his work to secure the tax cut.

Kinver Brewery at Burton Beer Festival 2014

The 35th Burton Beer and Cider Festival will be running from 13 Mar 2014 to 15 Mar 2014

Kinver Edge
May Bug

Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place
DE14 2EB


Thursday 13th March 
Evening 6.30pm-11pm (CAMRA members: free, non-members: £1)

Friday 14th March 
Lunchtime 11am-6pm (CAMRA members: free, non-members: £2)
Evening 6pm-11pm (CAMRA members: £2, non-members: £6)

Saturday 15th March 
All Day 11am-10pm (CAMRA members: £1, non-members: £3)

Saturday, 1 March 2014

2014 Leicester Beer Festival

Five Kinver beers will be available at the Leicester Beer Festival to be held from Wednesday 12th to Sat 15th March 2014 at the popular venue of Charotar Patidar Damaj.   Kinver Brewery have brewed a special festival ale for the event.

Kinver Beers

Golden Holden - 4.5%
Over The Edge - 7.5%
Maybug - 4.8%
Vintage '57 - 5.7%

Admission and Opening Times
  • Wednesday 12th March 5pm to 11pm = £2.50
  • Thursday 13th March 11am to 11pm = £2.50
  • Friday 14th March admissions 11am to 3pm = £2.50, admissions 3pm to 11pm close = £3.50 
  • Saturday 15th March admissions 11am to 5pm = £2.50, admissions 5pm to 10pm close = free 
  • Free admission to card carrying CAMRA members at all times.
Regiment Ale
The 2014 festival theme commemorates the now defunct Royal Leicestershire Regiment, who were involved in the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War in the Ukraine.  The regiment were also engaged in assaults on Kinburn and Redan, where Sergeant Philip Smith won the first Victoria Cross for the Regiment, awarded at the first ceremony in 1857.  The Crimean war is famous for the charge of the Light Brigade, celebrated in The Noble 600 beer, and for the nurse, Florence Nightingale.  It was the first war to use the newly invented railway, telegraph and photography.

The Regiment was known as The Tigers,  and was formed over 300 years ago in 1688.  Many new regiments were formed in 1688 following the "Glorious Revolution" when James II was over thrown by William of Orange following the last successful invasion of England.  The regiment served with distinction around the world until it was merged into The Royal Anglian Regiment in 1964.

Golden Holden
Golden Holden Ale is a hoppy ale brewed in memory of Andy Holden who passed away in Dudley in January 2014.  Holden was an Olympian athlete who competed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.  Holden won World cross-country gold in 1979, but subsequently took up marathon running to win three golds at Bermuda marathons and a gold at the Hong Kong marathon.  He was a dentist by trade with a practice in Coseley, but had a passion for real ale, running 100 miles to drink 100 pints in just one week.   Latterly, Andy Holden was a youth coach at Tipton Harriers.

A special brew for those born in '57 (i.e. both the Kinver brewers) who are 57 in 2014