Shirley Lions, Solihull Lions and Acocks Green Lions held their first ever Beer Festival on Friday 14th September and Saturday 15th September 2018 at the Solihull Royal British Legion, Union Road, Solihull, B91 3DH

This year's festival will be held on Friday 13th September and Saturday 14th September 2019 at Shirley Royal British Legion, Parkgate, Shirley, Solihull.

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Beers present in 2018 are listed below and as we start booking the beers for 2019 their details will replace those below:-

Band of Brothers                      Ansley Mild                   Head Hunter

Amazingly hoppy and full flavoured golden              An old traditional recipe that develops a smooth         Moorish amber ale that has been triple hopped 

ale with long tasting smooth, citrus and                   dark and very Moorish finish. ABV 3.5%                      with slightly fruity hints and a pleasant dry bittery

and refreshing overtones. A true real ale.                                                                                                     mellow finish. Easy drinking. ABV 3.8% 

ABV 4.2%

These  three beers are supplied by The Sperrin Brewery The Lord Nelson Inn, Birmingham Road, Ansley, Nuneaton.

                            Minerva                                                                                                 Cleopatra Amber Ale       

A sour, floral and hoppy heavy English bitter.                                                            After a trip to Belgium to eat chocolate and drink beer  a seed was 

 ABV 3.8%                                                                                                                      sown to produce a fruity beer. After much discussion and reviewing

                                                                                                                                       beers on websites we decided to use an apricot flavouring, but before

                                                                                                                                       this we knew that we wanted a 5% pale beer using First Gold hops. It

                                                                                                                                       was amalgamated to produce this award winning, easy drinking,

                                                                                                                                       glorious beer.

These two beers are supplied by the Derventio Brewery, Darley Abbey, Derby

                               Lions Pride                                                                          Maid Marion

Made from Maris Otter crystal malt with Brewers Gold North Down                        A light golden citrus flavoured beer and well balanced. ABV 4.3%

hops. A copper coloured bitter beer with a slight hop aroma and a

hint of lemon. ABV 3.8%

These two beers are supplied by the Milestone Brewery, Cromwell, Newark.  

                                      Absolution                                                                                      Goats Milk

A mid-straw coloured beer with aromas of tropical fruit and mangoes.                   Golden yellow nectar. Pale barley, crystal malt and oats blend to fill the 

The beer is sweet all the way through and is balanced by some                            palate with flavour. Aromatic hops dance over the tongue for a gentle hop

bitterness at the finish. Flavoursome and fruity with toffee apples                          finish. Supreme Champion Beer, 2017, at the Great British Beer Festival.

and bananas. A clean tasting beer, sweetish, but not cloyish.                                ABV 3.8%. Supplied by the Church End Brewery, Nuneaton.

Characteristic hop aromas come from British hops, but this is not too

floral. ABV 5.3% Supplied by the Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield.

                           Blonde Star                                                               Hop Star                                                              Super Star          

A balanced combination of both malt and hop             A golden American IPA that releases grapefruit,          A fully hopped golden ale, made with Citra,

flavours. A masterstroke in the blending of hops         lemon and tropical fruit zest, brewed using an             Mosaic and Chinook hops. ABV 5.1 %

for bitterness with those that bring their own               American yeast to give that authentic West Coast      

flowery oils to achieve a final finishing aroma that      IPA feel and taste. Created with a fusion of Citra   

is truly unique. ABV 4.1%                                           Falconers Flight hops. ABV 4.2%                                  

These three beers are supplied by the Silhill Brewery, Oak Farm, Catherine De Barnes, Solihull                     

                                      Brock                                                                                 Salvation                                                 

A velvety, dark, smooth and creamy stout with a smoky chocolate                                A sumptuous stout, oozing coffee and vanilla flavours, layered with 

and coffee flavour. ABV 4.1%                                                                                         hints of chocolate and a smooth velvety mouth feel. ABV 7.00%

Supplied by the Thornbridge Brewery, Buxton Road, Bakewell                                     Supplied by the Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield.

                                                                                                        Yeti IPA

                                                                                          A hoppy pale ale with a fruity finish.

                                                                                                             ABV 4.7%

Ciders present were :-

Gasping Goose Cider               Parton Perry                 Inn Cider         Wilce's Cider

Gasping Goose Cider. A very interesting         Parton Perry. A medium dry cider          Inn Cider. A medium sweet cider      Summer Fruits Cider.A medium

medium dry cider with a real kick from             made from real perry pears from            from the Orgasmic Company             sweet cider with loads of

Newton Court, Newton, Leominster.                from the Orgasmic Cider Company        Eardisley, near the Welsh border.      flavours of berries from Wilce's

ABV 6%                                                           Eardisley near the Welsh Border            ABV 6%                                              Ciders, Ledbury. ABV 6%

                                                                         ABV 5%

We are very grateful to the following sponsors as without their help this event would not be possible :-

Andara Travel Limited, Box Trees Farm, Stratford Road, Hockley Heath

C J Bastock Limited, Funeral Directors, 100 Stratford Road, Shirley

Listers Honda, 790-820 Stratford Road, Shirley

Solihull Windows, 374 Stratford Road, Shirley

Wadsworths Solicitors, 325 Stratford Road, Shirley

Horton & Storey, Estate Agents, 179 Stratford Road, Shirley

Silhill Brewery, Oak Farm, Catherine De Barnes

Carrick Travel, 377 Warwick Road, Solihull

Solihull Royal British Legion, Union Road, Solihull

Crown Cars, Argent House, 16 Vulcan Road, Solihull

Carpet King, 14 Boulton Road, Solihull

The Pub and Duckling, 1 Hatchford Brook Road, Solihull

William H Painter, Funeral Directors, 343 Warwick Road, Solihull

Knowle Ale Rooms, 1592 High Street, Knowle