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In celebration of 22 years of Bent N Bongs Beer Bashing the organisers have chosen an aviation theme for the beer list, based on the festival theme of Catch-22 and also this year's two main beneficiaries; Childflight and the North West Air Ambulance (both of which do an awful lot of flying).

There are plenty of aviation related brews dotted around the beer list and you might even take flight yourself if you manage to try them all.

Mrs Otto, the Bent N Bongs Beer Svengali, this year recommends ...

Real Ales: Abbeydale Absolution, Allgates Citra, Dunham Massey Winter Warmer, Saltaire Triple Chocolate Stout, Phoenix White Monk and Elland 1872 Porter

Draught Beers: Brugse Zot, Chimay Triple, Erdinger Weiss, Paulaner Munich Lager and Paulaner Hefeweissbier

Bottled Beers: Flying Dog Raging Bitch

Real Ales
BreweryBeerABV (%)Tasting Notes
AbbeydaleSheffield, South YorkshireAbsolution5.3Lovely pale gold in colour, thin crisp head, with a honey-like aroma it is delicately sweet in taste and goes down a real treat, very tangy and refreshing, pure flavour, very addictive. Go drink!!

Mrs Otto says Pure Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, and English Goldings hops go in to producing this fine single varietal golden coloured beer. It is delicately sweet and goes down a treat.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireCitra4.2Named after the incredible hop 'citra' that delivers a massive tropical fruit salad of aromas.

Mrs Otto says Rumour has it that much pleading and even the offer of sexual favours were needed for Allgates to get hold of the amazing hop Citra. With demand for this hop being so great there are no guarantees for future supplies so get it while you can! (Which may also be the line used by Allgates when negotiating the sexual favours required to secure the first delivery)
AllgatesWigan, LancashireMad Monk7.1Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English Brewers who supplied the Court of Russia's Catherine the Great, Mad Monk is already developing something of a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavours and a warming finish.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireMinderbender4.8Festival Special named after Milo from Catch 22.
AllgatesWigan, LancashirePorteresque4.4A classic style porter, dark and rich which bursts with roasted malt flavours; handsomely black, with a creamy white head and smoky aromas with an intense blend of bitter roasted malts.
AllgatesWigan, LancashirePretoria3.9Clean yellow gold ale brewed to commemorate the centenery of The Pretoria pit disaster that cost 344 local lives.
AscotCamberley, SurreyAlley Cat Ale3.8Pale brown session beer with a citrus hop.
AscotCamberley, SurreyAnastasia’s Exile Stout5Burnt coffee aromas lead to a rich maltiness balanced with fruit.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterLeprechaun Stout6This is a pitch black stout with hints of blackcurrant and spicy fruit.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterPavillion Pale Ale4.5This ale is extremely pale. The flavour is well rounded using primarily First Gold hops and Cascade to finish.
BeartownCongleton, CheshireGinger Bear4The flavours from the malt and hops blend with the added bite from the root ginger to produce a superbly quenching finish.
BeartownCongleton, CheshirePolar Eclipse4.8A rich creamy smooth dark oatmeal stout with light hoppy notes and a dry bitter finish that we think would give the dark Irish stouts something to think about.
Black HoleBurton-on-Trent, StaffordshireCosmic4.2Amber coloured beer. A rounded bitterness with a fruity character.
Black HoleBurton-on-Trent, StaffordshireRed Dwarf4.5A distinctive dry taste and a ruby red colour form the basis of this award winning ale.
Blue BallRuncorn, CheshireBlonde Bombshell5.2An American IPA pale and hoppy that lets the good stuff loose.
BoggartManchesterRum Porter4.7A classic porter with a smooth roast finish, enhanced by a sweet spicy hop taste, complemented with a hint of dark rum.
BrewdogFraserburgh, AberdeenshireAlpha Dog4.5A reddish amber color with a fruity malty hoppy pine aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor.
BrewdogFraserburgh, AberdeenshireProto Punk IPA (2011-)5.4This fresh, full flavour natural beer is a tribute to the classic IPAs of yester-year. The post modern twist is the addition of amazing fruity hops giving an explosion of tropical fruit flavours and a sharp bitter finish.
BurscoughBurscough, LancashirePriory Gold3.8A pale session beer with a distinct bitterness and hoppy citrus notes.
Coach HouseWarrington, CheshireBlueberry Classic Bitter5Pale and fruity a very quaffable beer - one for the ladies.
Coach HouseWarrington, CheshireGinger Nut Premium5Nice warming ginger notes. A classic from this brewery.
Coppice SideHeanor, DerbyshireScary Crow5New brew from this new brewery.
CotleighWiveliscombe, SomersetHarrier Lite3.5A delicate floral and fruity aroma with a refreshing sweet and slightly hoppy finish, Harrier has a wonderful refreshing taste.
Dark StarHaywards Heath, West SussexCritical Mass7.8Strong in colour and flavour. Mashed with dark, roasted barley malts balanced by the Challenger and East Kent Golding hops. Also known as Critical Mess!
DentSedbergh, CumbriaAviator4Unquestionably the brewery's best seller, this amber-coloured ale with strong hints of citrus and a hoppy full flavour develops into an enjoyable bitter finish.
DentSedbergh, CumbriaKamikaze5Hops and fruit dominate this full-bodied, gold-coloured, strong bitter with a pleasant dryness and a hint of citrus and honey in the finish, leading to a bitter after taste.
Dunham MasseyAltrincham, Greater ManchesterDeer Beer4.5A strong, malty bitter. It is a clean full bodied English ale, with a slight hint of toffee and is very moreish.
Dunham MasseyAltrincham, Greater ManchesterWinter Warmer6.6A lovely chestnut brown with a thick, frothy head.

Mrs Otto says This beer is simply lovely stuff. It's Yuletide in a pint glass!
EllandElland, West Yorkshire1872 Porter6.5Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.

Mrs Otto says This international award winning porter is a must. It's made from Goldings, Challenger and First Gold Hops along with muscovado sugar, molasses and assorted malts, lovingly brewed into this wonderful beer.
ExmoorTaunton, SomersetExmoor Beast6.6Beast by name and Beast by nature is this exquisitely strong-willed, full-bodied dark porter.
ExmoorTaunton, SomersetExmoor Gold4.5Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold colour. Bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out.
FlightpathDenton, Greater ManchesterDefiant Ale3.7Straw coloured hoppy and refreshing easy drinking ale.
FlightpathDenton, Greater ManchesterHarrier Ale4Copper coloured ale with citrus flavour.
FlightpathDenton, Greater ManchesterTornado Ale4New beer using 3 hops and very quaffable. The brewerys first brew.
GeltsdaleBrampton, CumbriaHell Beck4.2A robust and satisfiying red bitter.
Great NewsomeHull, East YorkshirePricky Back Otchan4.2For those who prefer a more robust ale this beer takes its name from a Yorkshire phrase for a hedgehog.
Happy ValleyMacclesfield, CheshireBlack Magic4.6A "Meal in a Glass". A traditional stout it has a full bodied hearty malt taste with a bitter finish.
High House FarmMatfen, NorthumberlandAuld Hemp3.8This is a fine amber coloured traditional bitter with a fresh malty aroma. It is a true session beer that delivers a highly rewarding drink.
HogswoodSt Agnes, CornwallGoshen Ale4A rich bronze session ale with body from this new Cornish Brewery.
HogswoodSt Agnes, CornwallStoked3.6A light tasty session ale that give you the taste of long Cornish summer days!
HoltsManchesterBitter4Classic session ale with well balanced bittering hops.
HoltsManchesterMild3.2Classic award winning dark Northern session ale.
HoltsManchesterTwo Hoots4.2New version of a seasonal beer.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterJekylls Gold4.3Pale bitter with refreshing flavour.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterOriginal Bitter3.8Classic English session bitter.
Liverpool OrganicLiverpool, MerseysideLiverpool Pale Ale4A very light straw coloured beer, quite bitter with a grepefruit flavour, a very refreshing session bitter.
Liverpool OrganicLiverpool, MerseysideShipwreck IPA6.5Traditianal syle robust India Pale Ale. Ideal for "tiffing".
MarlpoolHeanor, DerbyshireOtters Pocket4Easy drinking, smooth amber ale.
MerlinArclid, CheshireSpellbound4Golden bitter with quite a sharp and bitter hop flavour.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashireBlack Cat3.4Award winning classic dark chocolatey mild with a balanced hop finish.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashireBlonde Witch4.5Blonde quaffing ale. Basically a lager without the bubbles.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashireFather Ted's4.2Specially brewed for the Club House Atherton.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashirePendle Witches Brew5.1Well balanced and full bodied malty brew with complex sweetish finish.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireBishops Farewell4.6A strong premium beer of structured quality dominated by elaborate fruity hop notes, with a grainy background and dry finish.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireChaos Engine4.1Light, amber coloured ale with delicate blackcurrant and rich aroma, steaming along to a moreish, dry, bitter finish.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsBumblehole5.2Strong robust bitter.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsDark4.2Dark bitter from the Black Country.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsEntire4.4Classic Black Country quaffing ale.
OtleyPontypridd, GlamorganO88A strong pale golden ale. Deceptively smooth and drinker friendly - in moderation! Hoppy aromas and good bitterness with a golden yellow body.
PeerlessBirkenhead, MerseysideDark Arts4.1A complex brew with flavours of coffee and chocolate. Light bodied and well-balanced, with a delicious combination of three different malts.
PeerlessBirkenhead, MerseysideFull Whack6The name is derived from the days when sailors from Merseyside would demand full rations. The high level of alcohol is complemented by increased bitterness and the fruity hop finish is derived from a combination of Fuggles and First Gold hops.
PhoenixHeywood, Greater ManchesterLow VAT Bitter3.9A new pale and hoppy brew from one of BBBB's favorite breweries.
PhoenixHeywood, Greater ManchesterWhite Monk4.5Classic pale ale from this excellent North West Brewery.

Mrs Otto says Mmmmmmm. Simply lovely!
PhoenixHeywood, Greater ManchesterWobbly Bob6A BBBB classic strong ale often referred to as "Bobbly Wob".
PotbellyKettering, NorthamptonshirePigs Do Fly4.4A Light and Golden Ale. It is a single hopped brew using Styrian Goldings.
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterClementine5Oh my darling, oh my darling .... what a beer. Spicy dark and luscious.
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterNutty Slack3.9Classic Award Winning ale. A delicious dark mild with hints of liquorice and a smooth malty taste.
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterPanned Out4A tawny autumnal beer with full-bodied rounded bitterness and spicy notes.
RawChesterfield, DerbyshireDark Peak Reserve Stout6A stronger version of their award winning stout, with plenty of malt flavours. English hopped for a smooth bitter finish.
RawChesterfield, DerbyshireGrey Ghost IPA5.9Another classic brew from this new brewery that just gets better every brew.
RingwoodRingwood, HampshireXXXX Porter4.7Smooth drinking dark-ruby beer with a rich smoky aroma.
SaltaireShipley, West YorkshireTriple Chocoholic Stout4.8Chocolate malts, real chocolate and chocolate syrups make this stout a real chocolate bomb! SIBA Supreme Champion 2010.

Mrs Otto says For chocoholics everywhere this is an absolute must.
Sarah HughesDudley, West MidlandsDark Ruby Mild6Classic BBBB dark mild from the Black Country. What more can we say? Try it and like it!
Steel CitySheffield, South YorkshireSt Brenden4.6A well hopped brew from this new cuckoo brewery.
Summer WineHolmfirth, West YorkshireResistance Mild3.7A flavoursome dark mild, packed with depth for a drinkable and moreish pint. Can yuou resist that second pint? Good luck!
ThornbridgeBakewell, DerbyshireHark4.8A darkish warming winter ale with spiced fruit flavours.
ThornbridgeBakewell, DerbyshireJaipur5.9A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.
ThwaitesBlackburn, LancashireLancaster Bomber4.4Classic Northern session ale.
Timothy TaylorKeighley, West YorkshireLandlord4.3Dry, hoppy beer; 3 times Champion Beer of Britain.
TintagelTintagel, CornwallHarbour Special4.8A dark amber hue and an initial malty flavour with a citrus after taste.
Toll EndTipton, West MidlandsLittle Devil Stout5.5Dark and rich.
Toll EndTipton, West MidlandsP.A (Phoebes Ale)4.7Named after the brewer's daughter.
Tom Wood'sBarnetby, LincolnshireBomber County4.8A deep red premium bitter with earthy hops and fruity malt notes. Some citrus notes emerge in the mouth, with a teasing roasted bitterness.
Triple FFFAlton, HampshireMidnight Rambler3.9A taste of yesteryear brought up to date. An old fashioned milk stout based on an original 1930’s recipe, the sort your gran used to drink!
Two TowersBirmingham, West MidlandsBaskerville Bitter4.5Surprisingly full bodied bitter with a blend of four hops, providing a complex but beautifully balanced ale.
Two TowersBirmingham, West MidlandsJewellery Porter5A full-bodied wholesome stout with a thick and slightly chocolate texture underlined with long, fulfilling English hops.
Windsor & EtonWindsor, BerkshireBlack IPA5A black IPA, rich, complex and very distinctive ale with an intense combination of roasted flavours balanced with full fresh pine hop aroma.
Windsor & EtonWindsor, BerkshireKnight of the Garter3.8It is a straw-coloured easy summer-drinking ale with a distinctive fresh citrus hop aroma.

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BrewABV (%)FromType
Broadoak Moonshine Cider7.5SomersetApple Cider
Broadoak Old Bristolian Cider7.5SomersetApple Cider
Green Valley Devon Scrumpy5.5DevonApple Cider
Green Valley Strawberry Cider4DevonCider
Hecks Portwine Of Glastonbury Cider6.5SomersetCider
Mad Hatters Cider6Cider
Moores Cider6GloucestershireCider
Reddaways Medium Cider6DevonCider
Swallowfield Cider6HerefordshireCider

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BrewABV (%)FromType
Broadoak Premium Perry7.5SomersetPerry
Double Vision Impeared Vision Perry (Draught)7.4KentPerry
Gwynt y Ddraig Perry Vale4.5PontypriddPerry

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Draught Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Alhambra EspecialPale Lager4.8Spain
Chimay Triple / Blanche (White)Abbey Tripel8Belgium
Cruzcampo Premium LagerPale Lager - North Am. / Light5Spain
De Halve Maan Brugse ZotBelgian Ale - Pale / Golden6Belgium
Duvel Green (Draught - 6.8%)Belgian Ale6.8Belgium
Erdinger WeissbierGerman Hefeweizen5.3Germany
Krombacher PilsClassic German Pilsener4.8Germany
Leffe BlondeAbbey Ale6.6Belgium
Liefmans Cuvée Brut (Kriekbier)Sour Flemish Ale - Flanders Red / Oud Bruin6Belgium
Liefmans FruitesseFlavored - Fruit3.8Belgium
Menabrea 1846Pale Lager4.8Italy
Paulaner Hefe-WeissbierWeissbier - Hefeweizen5.5Germany
Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Helles / Dortmunder Export4.9Germany
Phoenix Passion FruitFruit Beer4.2England
Pilsner UrquellBohemian Pilsener4.4Czech Republic
Rekorderlig Strawberry-LimeApple Cider - Flavored4.5Sweden
Van Diest Fruli Strawberry BeerFlavored - Fruit4.1Belgium
Vedett Extra BlondPale Lager5Belgium

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Bottled Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Beer LaoPale Lager5Laos
Birra MorettiPale Lager4.6Italy
Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noel)Belgian Strong Ale12Belgium
CusqueñaPale Lager5Peru
Dos Equis AmberAmerican Dark Lager4.7Mexico
Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5USA
Flying Dog Raging BitchIPA8.3USA
Goose Island Honkers AleBitter4.2USA
Kaiserdom PilsenerPilsener4.6Germany
Little Creatures Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.2Australia
MythosPremium Lager5Greece
Quilmes CervezaPale Lager4.9Argentina
SagresPale Lager5Portugal
Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus BierDoppelbock14Austria
SinghaPremium Lager5Thailand
Steinlager ClassicPale Lager5New Zealand
TuskerPale Lager4.2Kenya
WindhoekPale Lager4Namibia

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Fruit Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Florisgaarden Chocolat GardenbeerBelgian White (Witbier)4.2Belgium
Florisgaarden GriotteFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden NinkeberryFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden PassionFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden Pomme / AppleFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Liefmans Cuvée Brut (Kriekbier)Sour Flemish Ale - Flanders Red / Oud Bruin6Belgium
Mongozo BananaFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Mongozo CoconutBelgian Ale3.5Belgium
Mongozo MangoFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Timmermans Peche LambicLambic Style - Fruit4Belgium

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