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2014 is the 25th Bent and Bongs, so the theme for the festival is Silver Beers. See how many of them you can spot, or taste!

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

Real Ales: Allgate Gin Pit, Art Brew Now Beer, Fool Hardy Rash and Risky, Naylors Porticus Stout and Rat Lab Rat.

Draught Beers: Alhambra, La Chouffe, Apostel Brau and of course the USA Craft Beers.

Bottled Beers: Kelpie Seaweed Ale, Grimbergen Dubbel, Paulaner Munchner Dunkel and for a fruity twist Floris Passionfruit.

And if you fancy something non-alcoholic, Mrs Otto would steer you towards the Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock for a taste sensation.

Real Ales
BreweryBeerABV (%)Tasting Notes
4T’sRuncorn, CheshireDark Evil Knight7.2The Silver Knight's dark side! A rich, robust porter.
4T’sRuncorn, CheshireSilver Knight5.2A new beer from the local micro brewery, brewed especially for BBBB's 25th festival.
AbbeydaleSheffield, South YorkshireAbsolution5.3Mid-straw coloured beer with aromas of tropical fruit and mangos.
AbbeydaleSheffield, South YorkshireSpeculation4A golden ale that has a well balanced, smooth and biscuit taste.
AcornBarnsley, South YorkshireBlonde4Clean tasting hoppy beer with fruity aftertaste.
AcornBarnsley, South YorkshireBullseye4.5Rich red bitter that is sweet and malty with caramel notes.
AcornBarnsley, South YorkshireGorlovka Imperial Stout6Rich and smooth. Full of chocolate and liquorish flavours.
AlechemyLivingstonBad Day At The Office4.5Had a bad day at the office? Then time to quaff a couple of this great anti-stress beer and have a good night at the BBBB.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireBlue Sky Tea4.2Pale fruity tea aroma.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireCrombouke Day-Eye TnT3.9A single hopped American Pale Ale using TnT from the Barth-Haas Group of hops.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireGin Pit4.3A pale ale with a smooth malt balance and a sweet, fruity flavour. The pit and village lies on the Tyldesley/Astley border.

Mrs Otto says Its brewed with juniper berries don't you know! Save some for me please!
AllgatesWigan, LancashireMilk Stout4.5Traditional milk stout. Smooth, dark and delicious.
Art BrewBridport, DorsetNow Beer6.5An odd flavour of mildly spicy tea, like Lapsang Souchong, but it's not that and it's more peppery. Touch of marmalade leads to a dry finish. Quite enjoyable in a strange way.

Mrs Otto says Your taste buds will have a party with this beer! There's an underlying spiciness and a lovely hoppy kick. Very nice.
AscotCamberley, SurreyPengiun Porter4.5Beautiful smooth chestnut ale with an initial subtle hoppiness giving way to coffee malt flavour then rich chocolate at the finish.
BackyardWalsall, West MidlandsStout4.8Smooth, rich, dark ale. Mid dry palate. Sweet and understated bitter finish.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterBarley to Beer3.6English malt and East European hops blend to give a pale bitter with a citrus and herb finish.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterBlonde5A very pale ale with pleasant woody flavour and distinct berry aroma.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterPavillion Pale Ale4.5Fruity yellow beer with citrus hop aroma.
BellevilleLondonBattersea Brownstone4.8A rare brown ale. Fruity and nutty with caramel and toffee from the chocolate and crystal malts, and a little spice in the finish.
BinghamsRuscombe, BerkshireVanilla Hoppy IPA5Flavoured IPA from this Berkshire Brewery.
Black HoleBurton-on-Trent, StaffordshireStarry Night4.4A mild fruity caramel malt aroma. Fruity spicy caramel malt flavour. Smooth with sweet aftertaste. A decent spicy bitter.
BootlegManchesterLawless4.7Full bodied premium best bitter with a deep amber colour.
BootlegManchesterTreason and Plot4.6Brewed with treacle. A balanced stout with just enough treacle not to be too sweet.
BradfieldSheffield, South YorkshireBelgian Blue4.9This unique beer has Christmas berry overtones and a slight blue tint to the head, making it an unusual winter warmer.
Cheshire BrewhouseCongleton, CheshireCheshire Gap3.7A session pale ale. Challenger hops with a New World hop twist.
Cross BayMorecambe, LancashireNightfall3.8Amber session ale with a spicy fruit finish.
Cross BayMorecambe, LancashireZenith5Light gold IPA with tropical aroma and a hefty kick of 3 hop varieties.
Dark StarHaywards Heath, West SussexThe Art Of Darkness3.5This is a low gravity beer with a big heart. Crunchy roast background but light and refreshing. A thing of great value!
East LondonLondonEast India Spice5.5Spiced winter ale with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel.
East LondonLondonJamboree4.8A golden summer ale using English hops throughout, in particular Bramling Cross.
EllandElland, West Yorkshire1872 Porter6.5Champion Beer of Britain 2013. Rich, complex and dark porter from an original 1872 recipe; with an old port nose and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.
ExmoorTaunton, SomersetExmoor Gold4.5Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold in colour. Bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out.
FernandesWakefield, West YorkshireAle to the Tsar4.1A pale, smooth, well-balanced beer with some sweetness leading to a nutty, malty and satisfying aftertaste.
Fool HardyStockport, CheshireRash3.8A rich copper beer with a very light floral aroma. Initial toffee flavour immediately gives way to a bombardment of flavours.

Mrs Otto says There is some toffee there, but it won't overpower you and it soon gives way to a wonderful hoppy taste that lingers and lingers.

These two Fool Hardy ales are usually only available at the Hope Inn, Stockport, so make the most of this opportunity to try them both.
Fool HardyStockport, CheshireRisky4.4An easy drinking pale ale with a good balance of hops, subtle hints of citrus and a well rounded finish.

Mrs Otto says This is a beautiful pale ale with a good balance between the hops and the subtle underlying citrus flavour.

These two Fool Hardy ales are usually only available at the Hope Inn, Stockport, so make the most of this opportunity to try them both.
Great HeckGoole, North YorkshireYule Twig5.2A collaboration brew between Great Heck in Goole and the Steel City Brewery, Sheffield. Brown, but definitely not twiggy! Munich and roast malts. Lots of fruity hops. Rich brown and hoppy with notes of Xmas pud.
HoltsManchesterBitter4Full drinking and original cask bitter rich in colour and taste.
HoltsManchesterMaplemoon4.3Brewed using unique subtle maple flavouring.
HoltsManchesterMild3.2Dark brown colour with light caramel malty sweetness.
HopcraftPontyclun, Mid GlamorganBang Tidy4.8A hopped up version of their better than average best bitter.
HopstarDarwen, LancashireLancashire Gold4Well balanced brew with Maris Otter malt and a blend of English and American hops.
HopstarDarwen, LancashireSmokey Joes Black Ale4SIBA & CAMRA multi award winning stout. Black and malty with just a hint of fruit.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterOriginal Bitter3.8Pale brown malty brew with earthy hoppiness.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterXXXX6.8Classic chestnut coloured warming winter ale.
J.W. LeesMiddleton, ManchesterManchester Pale Ale3.7Yellow beer with floral citrus and malt aroma.
LudlowLudlow, ShropshireBlack Knight4.5A stout with a fully roasted barley flavour with coffee overtones and a gentle bitter finish.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashireBlonde Witch4.5Light gold fruity beer with a lasting finish.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashireIce Witch4.3Clear gold with a fruity aroma and floral citrus taste.
Mouselow FarmDinting, DerbyshireGolden Gosling3.5Light, delicately flavoured bitter.
Mr Grundy'sDerby, DerbyshireNo Man's Land4.5Dark in colour - yet hoppy - retaining the soft malty flavours of a traditional bitter.
NaylorsKeighley, North YorkshirePorticus Stout4.1A classic stout. Black, rich and smooth.

Mrs Otto says Roasted malts, a hint of butterscotch and at the same time not too bitter. Mmmmmmm yum!
I can already tell this will be a new BBBB favourite! Get it before it disappears!
Nine Standards (Settle)Kirkby Stephen, CumbriaSilver Standard4.3A classic pale ale with a strong hoppy aroma.
North StarIlkeston, DerbyshireThe Devil's Deadly Weapon6.66A complex 'beast' ale with hints of port wine.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireInferno4This light, igniting ale flickers complex fruits across your tongue, leaving a dry, fruity, bitter finish, smothering your thirst.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireJHB3.8Another BBBB classic bitter.
OffbeatCrewe, CheshireDouble Dotty IPA8.2An Imperial IPA; full of tropical fruit with a bitter refreshing end.
OffbeatCrewe, CheshireWay Out Wheat4.5CAMRA and SIBA award winner. Hefeweizen style wheat beer with a slightly sweeter edge with coriander and sweet orange peel. Bubblegum and banana on the nose give this a full fruit bowl of aromas.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsBumblehole5.2Strong, sweet robust bitter.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsEntire4.4Faintly hoppy, amber premium bitter, with sweetness persistent throughout.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsMa Pardoes Original3.5Classic Black Country quaffing ale.
OssettOssett, West YorkshireSilver King4.3Silver King has won many prestigious awards. This lager-style beer has a crisp, dry flavour and a fruity, citrus aroma.
OutstandingBury, Greater ManchesterSilver Fox4House ale for the Automatic Café, Bury. Hoppy with a bitter finish.
OutstandingBury, Greater ManchesterSilver St. One4Pale beer using kohatu hops from down under.
PenpontLaunceston, CornwallSilent Knight7.2Dark festival brew, subtly spiced.
Pied BullChester, CheshireMatador5A rich malt driven ale featuring an aromatic hop profile. Beware, easily drinkable.
PortobelloKensington, Greater LondonApache IPA7And Old English IPA. Robust bitterness and an explosion of hop flavour and aroma.
PrivateerManchesterBonaventure4Raspberry wheat beer.
PrivateerManchesterSilver Special3.7A sessionable ale brewed with American hops, watch out for the fruity finish!
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterAlf3.9A malty red beer made with calypso hops for a fruity aroma.
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterClementine5SIBA winner. A spicy, dark and luscious beer packed with seasonal aromas and a classic clementine flavour in the smooth finish.
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterSilver Tally3.7A clean, pale golden yellow beer with citrus aromas, a dry bitter sweet balance and full hop flavour.
Rat (Osset)Huddersfield, West YorkshireLab Rat4.3A classic pale ale with citrus hop character and balanced bittering.

Mrs Otto says Indulge your inner scientist with this delicious pale ale. It's brewed at the Rat and Ratchet in Huddersfield, one of Osset's microbreweries. These smaller plants allow for some experimentation with the recipes that isn't possible in the bigger, main breweries. Where good chemistry meets good brewing, good beer is the result.
N.B. No rats were harmed during the making of this beer!
RedwillowMacclesfield, CheshireSoulless7.2Hugely enjoyable black IPA. Hoppy with fresh lemon tart and a powerfully rich fruity blend with a moderate sweetness.
SalamanderBradford, West YorkshireStout4.5A dark Moorish stout with note of liquorice and roasted malts. Quite fruity. Slight bitterness. Light smoky and caramel.
Sarah HughesDudley, West MidlandsDark Ruby Mild6Classic BBBB strong dark mild from the Black Country. What more can we say?
ShinyLittle Eaton, DerbyshireKeyworth4A new session ale from this new and interesting brewery.
StablesStanley, DurhamSilver Buckles4.4An India Pale Ale. Light and golden biscuit with a grapefruit finish.
ThornbridgeBakewell, DerbyshireKipling5.2Typical of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine, this wonderful South Pacific Ale has a great grassy nose with kiwi fruits in abundance. The wonderful fruity mouth gives way to a great bitter finish.
ThornbridgeBakewell, DerbyshireWild Swan3.5White gold in colour with aromas of light bitter lemon. A hint of herbs and a subtle spiciness. A great refreshing beer.
ThwaitesBlackburn, LancashireGain Line3.5A crisp and easy drinking pale ale.
ThwaitesBlackburn, LancashireSmoke Stack5.8A Rauchbier with a distinctively smoky aroma and a mix of smoky peat and charcoal flavours.
Timothy TaylorKeighley, West YorkshireLandlord4.3Multi award winning. A BBBB favourite. A classic Yorkshire bitter.
Tiny RebelNewport, GwentDirty Stop Out5CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales 2013. A unique schizophrenic beer. Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness. A blend of 9 malts matched up with a firmly hopped back bone make this a very self-assured stout.
ToolmakersSheffield, South YorkshireSonic Screwdriver4.2A nice pale ale. A refreshing summery taste to get rid of the winter blues.
TruefittMiddlesbrough, North YorkshireIronopolis4.7A North East Stout, full of chocolate and roasted flavours, slight tart red fruit and a nutty, dry, bitter finish.
TruefittMiddlesbrough, North YorkshireJanuary Sale Ale3.7Pale ale infused with NZ Pacifica hops. Hints of oranges.
Wilson PotterManchesterBon Don Doon4.2A refreshing blonde beer made with Columbus and Perle hops.
WorsthorneBurnley, LancashireGold3.6A spicy aroma leads to a distinctive taste using East European hops.

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BrewABV (%)FromType
Biddenden Bushels Cider (Draught)6KentCider
Broadoak Moonshine Cider7.5SomersetApple Cider
Burnard's Oaky Dokey5.2NorfolkCider
Pennard Organic Cider6.5SomersetCider
Sarahs Medium Dry Cider6HerefordshireCider
Thistly Cross Original6.2East LothianApple Cider
Ventons Skippy's Scrumpy6.5DevonApple Cider
Wilcox Sweet Blended Cider6.5SomersetCider
Winkleigh Sam's Medium Cider6DevonApple Cider
Woodthorpe Hall Ruby Suzy8.4DerbyshireCider

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BrewABV (%)FromType
Broadoak Premium Perry7.5SomersetPerry
Double Vision Impeared Vision Perry (Draught)7.4KentPerry
Hecks Blakeney Red Perry6SomersetPerry
Moles Black Rat Perry7.5WiltshirePerry
Sandford Orchards Pear Shaped Perry7DevonPerry

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Draught Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Alhambra EspecialPale Lager4.8Spain
Bacchus KriekenbierSour Flemish Ale - Flanders Red / Oud Bruin5.8Belgium
Dortmunder Union PilsClassic German Pilsener5Germany
Duvel Green (Draught - 6.8%)Belgian Ale6.8Belgium
Eichbaum Apostel Bräu PilsenerPilsener5Germany
Florisgaarden CactusWitbier / Belgian White Ale4.2Belgium
Florisgaarden FramboiseFruit Beer3.7Belgium
Fordham Copperhead AleAmber Ale4.7USA
Früh KölschKölsch4.8Germany
Krombacher PilsClassic German Pilsener4.8Germany
La ChouffeBelgian Strong Ale8Belgium
La Trappe DubbelAbbey Dubbel7Netherlands
Leffe BlondeAbbey Ale6.6Belgium
Liefmans FruitesseFlavored - Fruit3.8Belgium
Maredsous 6 BlondBelgian Ale6Belgium
Old Dominion Hop Mountain Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6.6USA
Old Dominion Oak Barrel StoutStout6.1USA
Paulaner Hefe-WeissbierWeissbier - Hefeweizen5.5Germany
Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Helles / Dortmunder Export4.9Germany
Rekorderlig Strawberry-LimeApple Cider - Flavored4.5Sweden
Schneider Weisse OriginalGerman Hefeweizen5.4Germany
Van Diest Fruli Strawberry BeerFlavored - Fruit4.1Belgium

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Bottled Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noel)Belgian Strong Ale12Belgium
Delirium TremensBelgian Strong Ale8.5Belgium
Emelisse SaisonSaison6Netherlands
Erdinger Schneeweisse WinterbierGerman Hefeweizen5.6Germany
Flensburger WinterbockHeller Bock7Germany
Grimbergen DubbelAbbey Dubbel6.5Belgium
Heather Ales Kelpie Seaweed AleTraditional Ale4.4Scotland
Löwenbräu OktoberfestbierOktoberfest / Märzen6.1Germany
Paulaner Original Münchner DunkelDunkel/Tmavý5Germany
Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus BierDoppelbock14Austria

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Fruit Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Florisgaarden Chocolat GardenbeerBelgian White (Witbier)4.2Belgium
Florisgaarden NinkeberryFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden PassionFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden Pomme / AppleFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Goosberry WheatWheat5Scotland
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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