Majors Retreat

IN THE CELLAR

 

We have a wide range of real ales from a variety of sources that we offer. You will find that we change our range frequently and you will be able to keep track of it all here.

 

Becks Vier Bombardier Wells Carlsberg Lager Courage Best Bitter Guinness Moles TAP Pigs Ear Uley Brewery San Miguel Stowford Press Cider Thatchers Cider
Becks Vier

Becks Vier

 


Beck’s Vier is a premium 4% lager matured at sub zero temperatures to
ensure a smooth taste and crisp finish. It is the fastest growing beer
brand in the UK on trade and despite only being launched five years ago,
recently overtook Kronenbourg 1664 to become the 8th largest beer brand
in that sector (CGA June 2011).


 


Beck’s has a long, rich history of independent thinking. From 1874
when it was the first German brewery to use green bottles instead of the
standard brown to the Beck’s Art Labels (launched 25 years ago), the
brand has been at the forefront of innovative thinking and enabling
ground breaking cultural collaborations.


In 2011 Beck’s celebrated 25 years of Beck’s Art Labels through the
Beer into Art campaign and now is enabling the world’s largest cultural
commissioning project of its kind. The Green Box Project is intended to
inspire independent thinking, to encourage everyone to unleash their
creativity, unfettered and unbound from the restraints of the physical
world. It is just a part of the continuing story of Beck’s innovation
and independent thinking that began more than 135 years ago.



Brewery Website

http://www.becks.com

 

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Bombardier Wells

Bombardier Wells

 


Bombardier is an iconic real beer loaded with distinct English
brilliance. It's the epitome of impeccable taste and great character.
The rich, full-bodied nectar is a lingering reward for the ol' tonsils.


TASTE:


Bombardier practically marches up to the doors of taste and boots
them in. This triple gold medal winning real ale combines peppery aromas
with the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana
fruit on the palate; with a long, soft, spicy finish. Spicy and
fruity…Bang On!.


 


CASK:





Alcohol: 4.1% Vol.


A perfectly pulled pint of Bombardier is an an exquisite fine English delicacy to be savoured.


This supreme premium bitter is available in two traditional cask
sizes. Like me, I trust you'll find both the Kilderkin and Firkin tasty.



Brewery Website

http://www.bombardier.co.uk

 

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Carlsberg Lager

Carlsberg Lager

 


Alc Vol: 3.8% Carlsberg is light, easy drinking and refreshing. The
all malt recipe and Carlsberg yeast strain gives a balance between body
and depth of flavour, making Carlsberg the ideal choice for any
occasion.


Carlsberg is a Pilsner style lager originating from Copenhagen,
Denmark. J.C Jacobsen, our founder, brewed Denmark's first ever pint
using a yeast that became the basis for many modern-day imitations. In
fact, almost all modern-day lagers are derived from the original yeast,
Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis, used to brew Carlsberg.






Brewery Website

http://www.carlsberg.co.uk

 

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Courage Best Bitter

Courage Best Bitter

 


Courage Best Bitter (ABV 4%)


A part of the Courage family, and a beer with over 200 years of brewing pedigree.


Pale brown in appearance with a bitter after taste, Courage Best
Bitter consumers enjoy its lower ABV of 4% that allows them the
opportunity to enjoy their favourite ale for longer.


Quality, consistency and great taste - all vital ingredients of
Courage Best, one of the country's favourite session bitters. This
enduring, classic bitter continues represents everything that is good
about a night out in the pub with friends and family. Courage Best.
Always Was. Always Will Be.


Courage & Co Ltd was started by John Courage at the Anchor
Brewhouse in Horselydown, Bermondsey in 1787. It became Courage &
Donaldson in 1797.


By 1888, it had been registered simply as 'Courage'. In 1955, the
company merged with Barclay, Perkins & Co Ltd (who were located at
the nearby Anchor Brewery) to become Courage, Barclay & Co Ltd.





Only five years later, another merger with the Reading based Simonds'
Brewery led to the name changing to Courage, Barclay, Simonds & Co
Ltd. This was simplified to Courage Ltd in October 1970 and the company
was taken over by the Imperial Tobacco Group Ltd two years later.





Their vast Worton Grange (now Berkshire) Brewery was opened on the
Reading/Shinfield border in 1978. The Anchor Brewery closed in 1981 and
all brewing was transferred there. Imperial Tobacco was acquired by the
Hanson Trust in 1986 and they sold off Courage to Elders IXL who were
renamed the Foster's Brewing Group in 1990.





The following year, the Courage section of Foster's merged with all
the breweries of Grand Metropolitan. Its public houses were owned by a
joint-company called Inntrepreneur Estates. Scottish & Newcastle
purchased Courage from Foster's in 1995, creating Scottish Courage as
its brewing arm.





In January 2007 the rights for the production, marketing and sales of
the Courage ale brands were acquired by Wells & Young's Brewing
Company, with brewing and distribution moving to the companies Bedford
brewery.


Cider



Brewery Website

http://www.couragebest.co.uk

 

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Guinness

Guinness

 

Guinness

Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm. Settle. Breathe
in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the
bittersweet reward. Unmistakeably GUINNESS®, from the first velvet sip
to the last, lingering drop. And every deep-dark satisfying mouthful in
between.


Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS®.



Brewery Website

http://www.guinness.com

 

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Moles TAP

Moles TAP

 

ABV 3.5%. A top quality session bitter with a smooth malty flavour
and a clean bitter finish, due to the dominance of the Fuggles hops.

 


Moles brewery of Wiltshire has now celebrated more than a quarter of a
century in business, during which time the company's all-malt Real Ales
have gained a solid reputation for quality and consistency amongst real
ale drinkers in the south-west of England.


 


Moles Brewery produces a range of Real Ales (cask beers) at their
site in Wiltshire, complemented by seasonal Ales and occasional 'event'
brews, many of which have won awards at local and regional Real Ale
festivals.



Brewery Website

http://www.molesbrewery.com

 

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Pigs Ear Uley Brewery

Pigs Ear Uley Brewery

 


CAMRA's Champion Beer of Gloucestershire 2007. Deceptively strong IPA
that is eminently quaffable. A pale-coloured beer with a light hop
balance leads to a hoppy, fruity aroma and smooth, finish. A wolf in
sheep's clothing!


 


Colour: Golden


Aroma: Hoppy fruity


Taste: Smooth finish. Deceptively strong IPA, eminently quaffable.


 


Brewing at Uley began in 1833 at Price's Brewery. After a long gap,
the premises were restored and Uley Brewery opened in 1985. The brewery
has its own spring water, which is used to mash with Tuckers Maris Otter
malt and boiled with Hereford hops. No sugar or additives are added.
Uley serves 40-50 free-trade outlets in the Cotswold area and, says
owner Chas Wright, contrary to 'decline in cask ales, we have never been
busier!'



Brewery Website

http://www.uleybrewery.com

 

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San Miguel

San Miguel

 


Authentic Spanish Lager


It is a pilsner style lager, golden in colour, sparkling with a
generous white creamy head. The taste is full bodied with a refreshing
balance of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malt. Its
rich, intense and refreshing flavour makes it ideal to enjoy with
friends.


Take your time to enjoy San Miguel.


Recognised for its premium taste, San Miguel is slowly crafted using an unique yeast and additional malt and hops.






Brewery Website

http://www.sanmiguel.co.uk

 

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Stowford Press Cider

Stowford Press Cider

 


A truly medium dry cider taste. Light, refreshing and fruity.


 


Stowford Press is Westons Cider’s most popular brand, with its
quaffable appeal. The medium dry cider is produced using the finest
quality ingredients, which are cold filtered and slowly matured to
develop a light, refreshing, bitter-sweet cider with a fruity character.
The amber-coloured cider has a ripe, fresh aroma, bursting with apples.


 


Westons Cider was established in 1880 to make traditional cider the
way people want cider to taste. Stowford Press cider is lovingly
produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcie for over 130 years


 

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Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Cider

 


Based on an original 1904 recipe, Thatchers Traditional is a hazy,
unfiltered and un-carbonated cider, but has a natural, subtle sparkle.


Specially produced from a blend of bittersweet apples, it has a
mellow and smooth taste that will appeal to those who enjoy real
Somerset cider at its very best.


Palate: Medium


Alcohol: 6% vol.


 


For generations we've been perfecting our orchards, our craft and our cider.


Today we've got a whole range that takes you from fresh, vibrant and
modern, to traditional, vintage, specialty and single variety.


 



Brewery Website

http://www.thatcherscider.co.uk

 

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