15th-17th July – Nailsea (North Somerset) Beer and Cider Festival 2011 Preview

Address: Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club, West End Park, West End, Nailsea, BS48 4BY (Website)

Session times:

Fri 15th July: 6pm-11pm
Sat 16th July: 12pm-11pm
Sun 17th July: 12pm-8pm

Entry Price: £7 in advance/£9 on the day. The ticket covers all 3 days and includes your commemorative glass, programme, tasting notes and a token for your first beer/cider.

Drink Tokens: Bought in strips of 5 drink tokens costing £6 or 10 drink tokens for £11.

Tickets: Available in advance and on the door. Advance tickets are now available and will remain on-sale prior to the opening of the festival at 6.00pm Friday,

From the following outlets;

• The Friendship Inn, Nailsea
• Gilly’s Cafe, High Street, Nailsea
• John Brown Hardware, High Street Nailsea
• The Corner Stores, Kingshill, Nailsea
• R&B Taylor, Backwell
• or from the Rugby Club (call 01275 810818)

From our stall in Crown Glass Place
9.00 -12 noon Saturday 9 July 2011.

By Post
If you are unable to get hold of a ticket from one of these outlets, then you can apply by post for advance tickets. We will return your tickets by first-class post within 3 days
Please make your cheque payable to ‘NBRFC’
Provide a return address (or better-still, a pre-addressed envelope)
Provide details of how many tickets you require and post to ‘Nick Williams, Nailsea Beer and Cider Festival, 11 Cerney Gardens, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1ST’

Ciders/Perries: 54 ciders/perries will be available

Gwynt Y Ddraig Autumn Magic 4.0%
Once opened, Autumn Magic Cider & Blackberry bursts with a fruity aroma, reminiscent of them good old autumn days.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Bill’s Bootley 6.5%
Rounded taste with a sharp, crisp finish.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon 7.2%
Medium-Dry cider made with Kingston Black apple variety, matured in oak barrels.
Moles Black Rat 6.0% medium
A strong dry premium blend cider full of flavor with a clean apple bite.
Orchards Cider Blakeney Red Perry 6.2%
Fragrant aroma with the flavour of pears coming through. Residual sugars with citrus tones, good clean crisp drink. Perfect for a sunny afternoon
Broadoak Bristol Port 6.0%
Hazy red cider with a slight medium/dry sparkle.
Broadoak Dry 6.0%
Traditional cider from this Clutton cider maker.
Broadoak Kingston Black 7.5%
Made from Kingston Black apples and is a clear, smooth, copper (almost orange) colour cider with a woody finish
Hecks Brown’s Apple 6.5%
A single variety cider made with Brown’s Apple apples.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Brown Snout 6.0%
Medium Cider made from True bittersweet apple harvested in late November.
Orchards Cider Cat’s Arse 6.9%
Unique to Orchards Cider and Perry Company, fruit from a 300 year old orchard.
Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley Red Dry 6.0%
Unique red cider from Thatcher’s at Sandford with a vibrant unique character.
Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley Red Medium 6.0%.
Less-dry red cider from Thatcher’s at Sandford with a unique character.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Dog Dancer 6.5%
Produced from bittersweet cider apples blended with a true sharp cider apple, it is a light straw coloured cider with a medium dry, smooth, crisp, slightly sharp characteristic.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Drew’s Brew 6.5%
A true traditional farmhouse dry cider.
Orchards Cider Dung Spreader 6.7%
A blended dry cider that’s guaranteed to hit the fan
Orchards Cider Fanny Liquor 6.4%
A sweet cider combining a blend of traditional cider fruit.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Fiery Fox 6.5%
Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.
Thatcher’s Gold 6.0%
Tastes as good as it looks – a crisp, refreshing cider with a smooth ‘apply’ taste and a bright sparkle
Gwynt Y Ddraig Happy Daze 4.5%
A new medium cider in from this Pontypridd brewer range, fruity, apply aroma, well balanced finish. Light and easy to drink.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Haymaker 6.5%
A fruity medium cider bursting with the flavour of apples. A true Farmhouse Cider with a smooth finish.
Hecks Farmhouse Dry 6.5%
A clean blended typically Somerset cider.
Hecks Kingston Black 8.0%
A single variety cider made with Kingston Black apples.
Hecks Farmhouse Medium 6.4%
A clean blended typically Somerset cider.
Hecks Farmhouse Sweet 6.5%
A clean blended typically Somerset cider.
Orchards Cider Leg Spreader 7.0%
All traditional cider apples used to create this blended farmhouse sweet cider.
Orchards Cider Merrylegs 6.6%
Award winning medium cider, smooth and easy to drink.
Broadoak Moonshine 8.4%%
Traditional medium cider.
Orchards Cider Morgan Sweet 7.2%
A single variety medium sweet cider.
Orchards Cider Off Your Facial 7.0%
Traditional medium cider made from the Kingston Black apple, probably the first type of apple used in making cider.
Thatcher’s Sweet 6.0%
Real traditional cider
Tickenham Cider Tick’num Tipple  6.5%
New to the festival and made next door in Tickenham.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Tremletts Droopy Cock 6.0%
An oak finished cider with a magnificent medium finish. A mature cider full of colour and flavour scooped from its time with the oak.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry 4.5%
A pale, fruity medium perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Welsh Gold 5.0%
Sweet easy drinking cider, very smooth as the acidity is mellowed by the sweet taste.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Welsh Vintage 6.0%
An oak finished cider with a magnificent medium finish.
Wilkins Farmhouse Dry 6.5%
A traditional cider from this Wedmore Cider maker
Wilkins Farmhouse Medium 6.5%
A traditional cider from this Wedmore Cider maker
Wilkins Farmhouse Sweet 6.0%
A traditional cider from this Wedmore Cider maker
Orchards Cider Wye Wobble 8.4%
Brewed and blended specially for us and just a few friends of Wye Valley.
Gwynt Y Ddraig Yarlington Mill 6.5%
Full bodied medium cider, rich in colour and tannins with a pleasant mature aroma that forms part of this apple’s magical history.
Charlie & Zoe’s Jungle Juice 0.0%
Brewed locally in Nailsea, this is cider before the science. An apple-juice-based fruit drink ideal for children or the designated driver or both.

Food: TBC

Entertainment: Live music from the following bands:


12:15pm: Scott Davie. This popular singer songwriter and his acuostic guitar return by popular demand to open our show.

1:30pm: Cherry Red

2:15pm: Gymnastics Display

2:45pm: The Cringe -Local rock band ‘The Cringe’ continue on their self assigned mission to bring the music of Led Zeppelin back to the people of Nailsea

4pm: Dicey Rileys – No silly hats, no silly costumes – just real Irish music, played by real Irish people. From Whiskey in the Jar through Molly Malone to The Irish Rover, the chances are you’ll know them all, and sing them with us. A serious sing along for a serious party.

5:15pm: Troy Ellis – Son of the legendary Alton Ellis O.D.”King of Rocksteady”.  A natural performer from the early ages of childhood on the streets of Trenchtown, Jamaica to more recenty at London’s Royal Albert Hall and The Glastonbury Festival’s Jazz World Stage…
Likened to his father in many ways, Troy is not your average performer. Mixing dance, Vocals and a burning desire to party like his audience.Troy is always the one guy that everyone remembers. Read more at www.troyellisonline.com

6:30pm: The Whirlwinds – A vibrant, established rock ‘n’ roll band fromBristol. During 2009 they toured Europe twice aswell as music academies and music bars across theUK

7:45pm: Corvus – a four piece local rock covers band conceived and bred from Nailsea and Backwell RFC. ‘Corvus’ is the latin genus of the ‘Raven’ – the symbol and nick name for this very club. Watch, listen and enjoy the diversity of rock music, the familiar guitar riffs and inspiring solos!. Let your hair down, thrash your air guitar and come and join in the fun!

9pm: Another One Night Only – One night only perform litterally for tonight only (again). Made up from previous beer festival, now defunked, favourites ‘Clause 40’ with a few additions on keyboards and saxaphone. The band have rehearsed tirelessly (well, at least twice) to close proceedings for the Saturday night with a ‘party time’ set list.


12pm: Tigerlilly

1:15pm: Soulstra

2pm: Falconry Display

2:30pm: Blak Flamez – The South West’s premier Ska and Reggae Band. First formed in 1974, this is a true first-wave ska band with a massive reputation on the Bristol music scene. Read more at www.blakflamez.com

3:45pm: Those Crazy Horses – Those Crazy Horses is a new band unleashing their energetic rock which spans generations of great live bands. Their set weaves through songs that have endured the test of time, punching through an eclectic mix of guitar driven numbers that will entertain any fan of the genre. Moving from 60’s forerunners who defined the sound of rock, such as Led Zeppelin and Cream, through the revolutionary anger of the Clash and the Jam in the 70’s, the 80’s power of Aerosmith and Blondie, the 90’s diversity of Stereophonics and Pearl Jam, through to the modern torchbearers of the Foo Fighters and Muse.

5pm: Somerset Paddies – The Somerset Paddies provide a unique blend ofSomerset and Irish music, singing the songs of the late Adge Cutler, The Wurzels, Brendan Shine, The Pogues, Dubliners, and lots more with loads of audience participation.


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