A Celebration of Beer!

Celebration-of-beer 2013Just heard about this,  go if you can.  It’s a bloody long way for me… but meeting Jean Marie Rock is a must do!    I’ll be enjoying an Orval or three….



Belgian Beer Fete

Belgian  Beer Fete



The Dovetail on Tuesday 17th 2012 July and at

The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen on 18th July 2012

Prize Draw on Belgian National Day Saturday 21 July

Why do we want to do it?

We love the products we sell; our collection of Belgian beers is the finest available in the UK. We stock over 101 bottle Belgian Beers with 14 on draught at The Dovetail and 12 on draught at The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen. We want to help our customers to learn to love our different beers as much as we do. In the funnest manner possible we want to educate our customers to understand the taste and range of styles available and how to pair the different styles with our delicious food.

Belgian Beer Fete

So following on from the huge success and popularity of our previous Belgian Beer fetes Dove Pubs in association with Cave Direct, the specialist beer importer, are delighted to announce two events on 17th and 18th July at the Dovetail in Clerkenwell and The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen in Broadway Market, Hackney.

Win a trip for Two to the home of the Delirium Brewery Ghent

On a run up to the two big days there is an opportunity to win the star prize and a chance for those who cannot attend on the days to win. For one lucky pair we have teamed up with the lovely people from Huyghe Brewery to offer a trip on Eurostar to Ghent on 14/15th of September 2012 staying in a four star hotel http://www.ghent-river-hotel.be/, with a private tour of the Delirium brewery on Friday afternoon. From 1st July to 20th July on the purchase of any Delirium; Tremens, Nocturnum or Red entrants will be given a Dove card and will be directed to our website to enter into the draw which will take place on Belgian National Day 21st July

What happens at Fete?

On 17th the whole of the Dovetail will be taken over and on 18th the dining rooms of The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen with decorated market stalls and will feature the following:

Exotic Beer Stall

Manned by Jan Fleurkens of the Mongozo Brewery http://www.mongozo.com/en

Featuring the wonderful Fair-trade and organic beers of the Mongozo brewery.

Old beer-making traditions and new brewing methods have been combined by Mongozo to produce new and exotic beers. At The Dove we stock: coconut, banana and mango along with the Award winning Pilsner the first gluten free organic and fair trade beer. Ingredients, recipes and drinking customs from all corners of the world, including Ghana, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Brazil, are brought together in the different flavours of Mongozo beer. The exotic fruit beers and the pilsner beer are entitled to display the Max Havelaar–Fairtrade logo. Max Havelaar is the independent certification organisation behind the Fairtrade Mark. Fairtrade means just that: a fair trade. This means that Mongozo uses ingredients purchased from farmers in developing countries for a fair price. This enables the farmers and their families to take control of their businesses and to work towards a brighter future. More information can also be found at: http://www.info.fairtrade.net.

Trappist Beer Stall

Manned by Alain De Loecker from the Westmalle Trappist Brewery http://www.trappistwestmalle.be/en

Out of all the beers in the world, only seven of them can use the name ‘Trappist’: Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren and Westmalle. You can recognize them from the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo. A Trappist beer is only given this name if it satisfies a number of strict criteria: the beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision, The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and have a business culture compatible with the monastic project and the purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit. The income takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site. What is left over is used for charitable purposes, social work and people in need. The Trappist breweries produce beers of an impeccable quality that is permanently controlled. Westmalle Trappist contains 100% natural ingredients.

Draught Beer Stall

Featuring Bruges Zot and Bruges Zot Bruin http://www.halvemaan.be

Since 1856, six generations of the same family have steered the brewery with one single goal in mind: offer superior beer both in quality and in taste while respecting the traditional brewery art. The De Halve Mann (Half Moon) brewery is the only remaining brewery to make beer in Bruges.

The legend behind Brugse Zot (silver award winner at BISA Bira Tel Aviv 2011) was to welcome Maximilian of Austria to their proud town. The people of Bruges organised a colourful parade of merrymakers and fools. When they asked him at the end of the day to provide money for a new madhouse he replied: ‘Today I have seen nothing but fools. Bruges is already one large madhouse!’ Since then the people of Bruges are called ‘Brugse Zotten’ (fools of Bruges). Hence the brewery uses the symbol of a jester. A darker version of the town beer Bruges Zot Dubbel (gold award winner at BISA Bira Tel Aviv 2011) has been created. It is brewed with 6 special kinds of malt, which give the beer a rich taste. The world renowned Czech Saaz hop from Zatec has been chosen to give the beer this unique bitter note. Brugse Zot double is a full and stronger beer, highly appreciated by the beer lovers.

West Flanders Beer Stall

A collection of beers to showcase the different styles of excellent beers from the region; wit, sour red, gueuze, rose beer, amber beer, dark beer, strong blonde and triple. http://www.beerinflanders.be

The Dove Food Stall

Food to pair with the beers will be available from The Dove Food stall. All our food is made with fresh, tasty ingredients on the premises. Specialist products will be available such as Westmalle cheese – not readily available in the UK.

Staff from the breweries, The Dove and Cave Direct will be on hand to talk and answer questions about the breweries, the history of the brewing processes, the production processes and tasting suggestions and notes.

Finer Details

We do not charge for this event. We ask all participants to make a minimum £10.00 contribution to our local charity, St Joseph’s Hospice whose excellent work has helped and continues to help terminally ill patients in East London for over 100 years, http://www.stjh.org.uk.

Booking in advance is not required and entry will be on a first come first served basis.

On entering the market you will “buy” a book of coupons for beer and food, the customer chooses which products they would like to use the coupons on. Each customer will also receive a raffle ticket for entry into the tombola prizes. There will be a cornucopia of Belgian beer goodies to give away to the lucky winners.


fusion wins at Mondial de la Biere.

Platinum Fusion!

a note from Brewer, Justin Hawke – rightly celebrating this great achievement!

“One of the biggest beer festivals in the world is taking place in Montreal
at the moment – Mondial de la Biere.  We were one of seven breweries
selected to showcase UK talent.  There are over 600 beers there, including a
competition.  Three Platinum medals were awarded in total, one of which we
won with Fusion.  Too bad there are only 700 bottles a year!  Better pop
something special to celebrate.

Moor brewery, down in deepest darkest Somerset is brewing some of the best beer in the UK – as with a recent expansion in brewhouse capacity and beers being available in the M&B estate – look out for these flavour forward, hop heavenly and delectable brews.

You can buy Moor Beer, at Beermerchants.com  (including both vintages of Fusion!)

CAMRA Good Beer Guide to Belgium 2009

Good Beer Guide Belgium   Tim Webb, Sixth Edition

The Guide.

The Guide.

The complete package:  Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009 as well as a great selection of 21 classic and modern beers that put Belgium on the map as one of the great places to drink beer, plus a glass

Normal Price £61.14    Offer Price £44.00 a saving of over 25%

About: Good Beer Guide Belgium – 2009 –

In the Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009,  Tim Webb does a superhuman job chronicling the staggering array of breweries, beers, and bars in the Benelux region. I have referred to my weather beaten, beer stained and thoroughly thumbed copy on many a trip to Belgium, for me the book was indispensable. You probably can’t afford not to use this guide. Not all beers or bars are created equal, even in Belgium. With a limited time and traveller’s budget it would be impossible to have savoured as many beers as I have without Webb’s help.

Because the Benelux countries are among the most pleasant in the world and easiest to get around and travel in, you will not even need a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide–the important stuff (the beer!) is in Tim Webb’s book. You can easily find hotels, sightseeing info, and food when you are there, because the region is highly traveller-friendly. However, many of the local beer menus include thousands of offerings and so you can imagine how a guidebook like this might come in handy.

The Good Beer Guide Belgium 2009 will also help you decipher those book-long beer menus and select the right brew for you. With the guide in hand you also might find yourself in towns and villages you never would have visited otherwise, because you were drawn there for a Trappist monastery or a special little bit of brewing history. There are a smattering of other beer guides to the region but none even come close to this one!

Here you have an opportunity to grab both the book and great beers for a very special price!

Now in its sixth edition, CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide to Belgium is the essential guide book for any beer lover travelling to Belgium. Its outline of breweries, beers and bars is so impressive that it is acknowledged as the standard work for Belgian beer lovers, even in Belgium itself.

The book includes comprehensive advice on getting there, what to eat, where to stay and how to bring beers back home. The new edition is suitable for both leisure and business travellers as well as for armchair drinkers looking to enjoy a selection of Belgian brews from their local beer shop.

As well as describing over 1,000 beers from every Belgian brewery and a guide to over 600 quirky cafes in Belgium, the book also gives a comprehensive listing of the best UK outlets for Belgian beers.

This is a must for any lover of Belgium and its beers.

Well done Tim!

SF Beer Week – in Pictures

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Someone just made me aware that there are loads of SF Beer week pictures available here

The fun thing was going through and just seeing how many of the 150+ events that we on, and the ones that I made it too…. and survived to tell the tale.

thanks Gabbi.

Message from my local CAMRA branch

My local branch are a well travelled bunch, Roger Marples something of a local legend and someone who’s had great influence on my beer awareness – since I were a lad…

They are having a beerfestival – one of the best – The Dover White Cliffs Beer Fest.  Please go if you can, sincerelyt I cannot express just how good this festival is.   It’s normally a local festival for me, I can get the train there and back, very handy!   Except this year, the first in 6 years, or more, that I won’t be there.    I shall be elsewhere, wondering how far the Pound wont go. grr.

It hardly seems that another year has gone by, but yes, the 16th White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales at Dover Town Hall is now only days away. On Friday Feb 6th opening time will be from 1pm to 11, and on Saturday 7th will be from 1030 to 6. Friday evening is sure to be as busy as ever and we are sorry if people have to queue in the cold. The event has become very popular, but capacity in the hall is limited. Please see What’s Brewing or our website for details of advance tickets for Fri evening.

If you can help in any way please contact: events@camra-dds.org.uk or phone Dave Green on 01304 202489. In addition to serving behind the bar on Fri and Sat we urgently need help on Mon 2nd Feb from 9am when the barrels arrive, also on Sunday 8th for the Great Clear-Up