Featuring an expansive range of ales, plus the launch of a brand new cider
Thirty-six real ales and seven ciders are on the bill for this year’s Towersey Festival (Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2017).
With a full range of beers available from the Festival Green Bar, highlights include Titanic Brewery’s Cherry Dark (with delicious notes of cherry, marzipan and almonds), and the zingy Pacific Pale Heron by local brewer XT (loaded with citrus flavours and a touch of pepper). For a more malty flavour, indulge in Titter Ye Not (Vale Brewery), a traditional chestnut with malty caramel notes, while lager drinkers can enjoy Renegade’s Craft Lager, a dry, crisp and gentle Pilsner from the West Berkshire-based independent brewery Renegade.
A cider highlight is undoubtedly Thistly Cross’ Cloudy Special Edition Cider – which will be making its English debut at Towersey before officially hitting the wider market later this year. Successfully road-tested in Scotland, Thistly Cross Cloudy is 5.5% and described as being somewhere between Thistly’s Traditional Cider 4.4% and its Jaggy Thistle scrumpy. Naturally cloudy and unfiltered, it’s a style that’s much on the rise. With an initially light, sweet apple taste, it develops into a punchy cider with a satisfying smooth, dry finish.
Elsewhere, mobile bar Beetle Juice will be serving up deliciously fresh cocktails such as The Towersey Paradise – a piña colada with a twist: rich coconut rum, white rum and pineapple, shaken up with a splash of banana puree.
Or if gin’s your thing, Towersey’s Gin Emporium is where you’ll find a range of gins from around the world. Why not try a delicious Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Fizz, or ‘the World’s Best London Dry Gin’ – an aromatic Cotswold Gin made with local Cotswold Lavender and served with Fever Tree Tonic, pink grapefruit and a bay leaf?
For something else a little different, order an Espresso Martini – cold-brewed with roasted Malabar and Enorga beans from the Monsoon Estate Coffee Company and carefully distilled with orange peel, coriander seeds and a secret spice blend.
Wine drinkers are well catered for too, with a good range on offer including Sauvigon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cinsault Rose, Merlot, Malbec and Pinot Noir.
Access to the Towersey Real Ale and Cider Festival is via The Festival Green. Festival Green tickets cost just £9 (Adult / £7 conc), available in advance via the festival website or in person from Bizzie Lizzie Flower Shop, in Thame; or £10/ £8 on the gate. Car parking is free. Gates open at 10.30am with music and entertainment from 11am.
Tickets to the full music festival are from £30 per day (adults), available on the day or online. Acts appearing include KT Tunstall and Bellowhead’s Jon Boden (Fri), Newton Faulkner and The Blockheads (Sat), Show Of Hands and Lindisfarne (Sun) and The Demon Barbers XL and Coope Boyes and Simpson (Mon).
Friday 25 to Monday 28 August 2017
Thame Showground, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3JL
Towersey Tasting Sessions
Find out more about the ales and ciders from the people who brew’em …
Friday 25 August 2017
Real Ale Tasting Session
The Festival Green Bar, 10.30am
Saturday 26 August 2017
Cider Tasting Session
The Festival Green Bar, 10.30am
- For all media / press enquiries relating to Towersey Festival 2017, please contact us. A copy of the full Towersey Real Ale & Cider Festival 2017 Tasting Notes are available upon request.