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POPULAR WHITCHURCH PUB SET FOR BANK HOLIDAY BEER EXTRAVAGANZA 

Updated: 7 days ago




Beer Tours UK is all about celebrating British beer and independent British pubs, so we are extremely happy to give a big warm welcome here to a richly historic pub showcasing local beers and ciders in a Bank Holiday beer spectacular right on our doorstep. We will be there.


The team toast the festival: (L-R) Gemma, Jacob, Emily, Lynn, Shaun

BLACK BEAR READY TO GIVE A BIG HUG TO A BANK HOLIDAY BEER OR TWO


The historic Black Bear in Whitchurch celebrates beer and ciders from independent  brewers across Shropshire, North Wales and Cheshire with a Spring Bank holiday beer festival.


Running across three days from Friday May 24, this is the first festival at the Bear for several years and will feature some 25 cask ales and a collection of keg beers, demonstrating a serious commitment to supporting the region’s small brewers. And there's a clutch of ciders in the line up too.


The pub courtyard/garden all ready to go

General manager Gemma Dimelow told Beer Tours UK:“For the first time in a long time, the Black Bear is hosting a Beer and Cider festival, focusing on local products. We hope this will be the start of a yearly beer and cider festival. We will provide keg products as well as a focus on cask ales served traditionally, laying down tapped and vented on racking outside in the garden."


Gemma and the team have worked with local brewers to source the ales, including Wrexham's Big Hand, Shropshire's Ludlow, Salopian, Hobsons and New Brew along with Cheshire's Four Priests and Weetwood.

 

The beer will be supplemented by a selection of boxed ciders. The event is free to enter and you can purchase a Black Bear Glass and pint/half pint card prior to getting up close to a variety of ales.   

 

The black&white Black Bear - a living piece of Whitchurch history jit

Pub chefs will be providing a BBQ from 5 pm on the Friday night and from noon on Saturday, which will include a new sausage produced locally using house beer JPA (3.6%), a pale ale named for Jerry Brunning, the owner of parent group Pubs Ltd. On Sunday traditional roasts will be available and there's a slightly reduced menu running throughout the weekend.


There is music too with Poppy Hall kicking off with an acoustic evening on Friday, Rob Chapman on Saturday afternoon half of duo Baxter Hayley Strangelove of Nantwich Jazz Festival fame on late Sunday afternoon .


The Black Bear is a fine example of Britain's unique pub heritage. A black and white timber framed building it was originally built as a townhouse for the town's toffs in medieval times, before becoming an inn. It stands in the shadow of the St Alkmund's Parish Church Church at the top of the High Street, dating back to the 900s and founded by King Alfred the Great's daughter. Now that is a bit of history.



Beer list:

1

Shrop

3 Tuns

Fruit n Nut

2

Shrop

3 Tuns

XXX

3

Shrop

Stonehouse

Flipside

4

Shrop

Ludlow

Silent Knight

5

Cheshire

Weetwood

Cheshire Cat

6

Cheshire

Four Priests

Get Locky

7

Cheshire

Four Priests

Ginger Beard

8

Shrop

Hobsons

Bootiful

9

Shrop

Hobsons

Best bitter

10

Shrop

Salopian

Orbital

11

Shrop

Salopian

Port in a Storm

12

Cheshire

Spitting Feathers

Rested when Expectant

13

Cheshire

Spitting Feathers

Trio Brew Alien

14

Shrop

New Brew

APA

15

Shrop

New Brew

C'mon Sunshine

16

Staff

Lymestone

Cherry Stone

17

Wrexham

Big Hand

JPA

18

Wrexham

Big Hand

Apaloosa

19

Wrexham

Big Hand

Freehand

20

Cheshire

Peerless

Citruvian

21

Cheshire/Wirral

Peerless

Full Whack

22

Cheshire/Wirral

Peerless

Oatmeal stout

23

Staff

Titanic

Raspberry

24

Staff

Titanic

Steerage

 

 

Cider List:

 


Location

Producer

Cider

1

Denbighshire

Rosie's

Black Bart

2

Denbighshire

Rosie's

DDD Sweet

3

Somerset

Lillys

Strawberry

4

Somerset

Lillys

Rhubarb

5

Shropshire

Long Mynd

LMC Original

6

Shropshire

Stonehouse

Sweeny Mountain

7

Cheshire

Spitting Feathers

Berry Cider

8

Flintshire

Dee Cider

Sweet

9

Flintshire

Dee Cider

Dry

10

Cheshire

Wrenbury Cider

Kingston Black

 

The Black Bear Beer and Cider Festival

Free Entry

Glasses £3.00

Beer card purchase

Friday 24th May from 5pm 

Saturday 25th May 11.30 till 11pm

Sunday 26th May 11.30 till 10pm



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