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To support Brakspear’s year-long charity partnership with Sue Ryder, the Bell Street Brewery is brewing a James Bond themed beer for May & June. Goldfinger is named after Joyce Grove, the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice which was once the home of James Bond author, Ian Fleming’s grandparents. This golden ale is refreshingly moreish and bursting with citrus notes, with 10p from every pint sold being donated to Sue Ryder.

Goldfinger is available in May and June 2016.

Brakspear Mild

That’s right, Brakspear Mild is being brewed back in Henley again! Availble from the Bell St Brewery, this dark brown ale has a reddy tinge and malty chocolate taste with a hint of caramel from using three different coloured malts; Crystal, Amber and Chocolate. Mild is a 3% ABV ale which is brewed using Minstrel hops for a delicate bitterness.

Brakspear Mild is available February & March 2016 from the Bell St Brewery.

Brakspear Special

Brakspear Special is available from the Bell Street Brewery all year round. Up to four barrels a week will be brewed, which equates to over 1,100 pints. This beer has been brewed by Brakspear for over 40 years, and we’re following the original recipe. A truly classic English beer that’s golden red in colour with a well balanced aroma and a hint of sweetness. Full bodied, the initial sweetness gives way to a dry hop bitterness.

Very Merry

A limited edition Christmas ale brewed exclusively for Brakspear pubs over the festive period. This full bodied bitter has a 6% ABV and accompanies this time of year perfectly with its full and rich flavour.

Trail Blazer

Trail Blazer is a perfectly golden ale to be enjoyed en route one of the ever popular Brakspear Ale Trails. This pale ale is refreshingly moreish with citrus notes and available from the Bell St Brewery in July, August, and September 2015.

Brakspear Old Ale

Brakspear Old is back being brewed in Henley again! After being asked by a CAMRA member at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2014, would we ever brew Brakspear old again, we though why the heck not. It’s a 4.3% ABV ale brewed with pale Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts and Fuggles, Pilgrim and Styrian Goldings hops. It is amber brown in colour and has a rich, caramel taste. Ok, it’s no secret, it’s Brakspear Special with caramel in it, and it’s darn tasty.

Two Bells

This special commemorative beer celebrates Henley’s ‘Club to Pub’ swim, taking place on Saturday 23rd July. The 1.5km open water swim starts at Henley Rowing Club, going upstream towards the top of the islands, before heading back down to the finish at the Angel on the Bridge. Two Bells is a refreshing and moreish golden pale ale with citrus notes.

Blooming Marvellous

Blooming Marvellous is a limited edition ale brewed exlusively for Henley in Bloom. Brakspear is supporting Henley in Bloom by by donating 20p from every pint sold. Blooming Marvellous is golden in colour with distinguished floral aromas.

Honey Bee

At Brakspear we love bees so we thought it would be a great idea to brew a honey beer. Honey Bee is not a typical honey beer, the beer will be brewed using honey from our pub Orwells in Shiplake, who have their own beehives. We are also excited to announce, Brakspear will donate 20p for every pint sold to Friend of the Earth. Available in April and May 2015 from the Bell St Brewery.

A light golden coloured beer with delicately subtle honey notes and a bracing delivery of hops on the follow through.

December 2016 – Brakspear Oh Be Joyful

Enjoy Brakspear’s Oh Be Joyful in December 2016. Guaranteed to get you feeling festive, or at least make you feel better after the Christmas shopping, this rich fruity spiced ale is dark and complex with a warming finish.

November 2016 – Brakspear Top Notch

Brakspear Top Notch is available in November 2016 for the Brakspear Jazz and Blues Festival. Full flavoured copper coloured beer with delicate hints of earthy, sweet, spicy aromas and a background toffee like flavour. Late hopped with traditional English Goldings.

October 2016 – Single Hop Golden Ale

This single hop, crisp gold beer has an earthy bitterness with a hint of spice and subtle floral notes, as well as a sweet and full bodied taste with a caramel finish. Single Hop Golden Ale is available in October 2016.

September 2016 – Brakspear Varisty Pale Ale

A new Brakspear ale available in September 2016. A traditional pale ale with a punchy hop finish and aroma. Finest quality roasted malts provide a subtle, but full, malty background to showcase the honey and berry flavours from traditional English hop varieties.

August – Hoptathlon

This full bodied golden ale is a cut above the rest. The winning formula of Target and First Gold Hops, deliver a robust and exciting aroma with a refreshing flavour that really hits the spot.

July 2016 – Brakspear Hooray Henley

Hooray Henley is available in July 2016 to celebrate Henley Royal Regatta. Celebrating all that is good about Henley on Thames, a fine way to toast the famous Regatta too. This gloriously zesty blonde beer releases tangy citrus and grapefruit overtones. Light straw in colour with a vibrant citrus hop aroma.

June 2016 – Banks’s Lion’s Roar

Lion’s Roar is avalable in June 2016 to drink whilst watching Euro 2016. This easy drinking, golden brown, belter of a beer with malty, hoppy flavours and a refreshing clean, dry bitter finish is a winner every time.

May 2016 – Marston’s Help for Heroes

A fresh, smooth and hoppy aromatic blonde ale, brewed with full bodied pale malts. This light golden ale is balanced by a zesty citrus and earthy bouquet from the late addition of enticing and fragrant hops. Marston’s Help for Heroes is available in May 2016 to help raise money for the charity.

April 2016 – Brakspear Special

Back by popular demand, a truly classic English beer that’s golden red in colour with a well-balanced aroma and a hint of sweetness. Full bodied, the initial sweetness gives way to a dry hop bitterness. Brakspear Special is available in April 2016.

March 2016 – Ringwood Mauler

Ringwood Mauler is available in March 2016. A golden craft beer delivering dry and crisp bitterness with a balanced fullness, combined with a thirst quenching refreshing finish, and fruity and floral aroma.

February 2016 – Dirty Tackle

Dirty Tackle is available in February 2016, to be enjoyed whilst watching the Six Nations. This 4% ABV dark amber ale has a lusciously hoppy and subtle citrus taste. A fullbodied malty beer with a clean citrus, spicy and aromatic aroma which tackles your taste buds and kicks its opponents into touch.

January 2016 – Revisionist Red IPA

Enjoy Revisionist Red IPA in January 2016. A classic hoppy Red IPA with a moreish mouth watering bitterness, but brewed with dark Crystal malts to give a drier, maltier finish. This deep red ale has a tropical fruit and toffee aroma.

Brakspear Bitter

Brewed in Oxfordshire, using the famous Henley ‘ double-drop ’ fermentation system in Victorian copper fermentation vessels from the orignal Henley brewery. This amber ale has a crystal malt and a well hopped bitterness in taste, which transforms into a bitter-sweet and fruity finish with a good fruit, hop and malt nose. A superb session beer which is ideal with foods such as fine English cheeses, Ploughman’s, and fish and chips.

Brakspear Oxford Gold

Oxford Gold has a citrusy flavour with a fresh and zesty fruity finish. This pale ale has a gold, glittery glisten with crystal malts to enhance the body of the beer. The fresh aroma is contributed by a selective blend of Fuggles, Goldings and Styrian hops. Oxford Gold is the perfect accompaniment for fish, chicken and salad dishes.

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