Fergus is famous!
Our 4.3% golden beer Razzle Dazzle is back for another year and that means one thing…IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!!. It has become a firm favourite over the years offering something completely different to the dark beers that are usually available this time of year.
You’ll see the brewery dog ‘Fergus’ on the clip with the brewery offices in the background.
Tasting Notes: “A golden ale well hopped with Cascade from the USA to give a pronounced grapefruit finish”
'Elizabeth' will be grow to be a spectacular Royal Oak like the one in this picture.
To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Nettlebed (Oxfordshire) Parish Council will plant a Royal Oak tree named ‘Elizabeth’ on Saturday (9/11/13) at noon. The tree will be planted on Nettlebed common and will replace an original tree planted in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. Two trees were planted in August 1897, one given by Nettlebed Parish was named ‘Victoria’ and the other given by Bix Parish was named ‘Alexandrina’, Queen Victoria’s first name. ‘Victoria’ survives today but sadly ‘Alexandrina’ does not.
The new Royal Oak ‘Elizabeth’, Just like ‘Alexandrina’, will have its roots ‘wetted with beer’ and they’ve chosen beer from local brewery Loddon, Dunsden Green, for this task. Brewery director Chris Hearn will wet the roots of the new Royal Oak just as it’s being planted with their ‘Old Ale’ Hocus Pocus.
Chris Hearn said, “It’s a real honour to be asked to ‘wet the roots’ of the new Royal Oak ‘Elizabeth’ and I’m genuinely delighted that Nettlebed Parish Council have chosen to use our beer. It will be wonderful to watch the tree grow over the next few years as I will pass it every day on my way to work”.
Photos of the event will be posted on here next Monday!
John, 'Dracula' Brown, our brewery Drayman!
Our Autumn open evening was a Halloween fright fest! Covered in cobwebs, spiders, bats and skeletons, the brewery was transformed; but it was the staff that were unrecognisable! We welcomed 85 visitors to the brewery for a night of great beer and lovely home cooked food.
Chris 'Skeleton' Hearn, Brewery MD.
There was a 50 prize for the best fancy dress and the best carved pumpkin. We also held a game of ‘Heads and Tails’ which raised £145 for Antony Nolan with the same amount going to the winner.
It was a fantastic night, everybody got in the spirit and there were some fantastic fancy dress costumes. This was our 3rd and final open night of 2013 with the next scheduled for March 2014.
Super Ted- Fancy dress winner!
Heads and Tails
Halloween Fancy Dress
Scott 'Zombie' Fenner, our Brewer's assistant!
Our Head's and Tails winner!
10p from every pint sold is donated to the RBL 'Poppy Appeal'
Hoppy Appeal is back again for November and once again, we’re donating 10p for every pint sold to the Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’. It’s a fantastic cause and something we are extremely proud to support.
Tasting Notes: “Chocolate and Crystal malts combine with Challenger and Golding hops to produce a ruby red beer with hints of toffee & oak and a spicy hoppiness”
The date for our next open evening has been confirmed as Friday 1st November, the theme will be ‘Halloween’ and although it’s not compulsory, there will certainly be prizes for the best FANCY DRESS!! Rest assured, the staff will certainly be going all out with their costumes! There will be a £50 beer voucher for the best fancy dress. There will also be a best carved Pumpkin competition on the night and the winner of this will also receive a £50 beer voucher! You bring the carved pumpkin and we’ll provide the tea-lights.
Like the past two open nights, the evening will run from 7-11pm and will cost £20 per person. As the event will be predominantly inside due to the weather, they’ll be a limit of 100 tickets.
For the Halloween open evening, each person will be given 5 drinks vouchers when they purchase their ticket and there will be a staffed bar. (There is now a limit of 5 pints/ soft drinks per person on the evening). Included in the price of your ticket will be hot food, so come hungry! They’ll be the usual games and entertainment on the night.
Tickets are available directly from the brewery; you can reserve tickets by calling 01189 481111 and making a card payment over the phone. (Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer refunds on any tickets purchased) Equally, you can just call into the brewery next time your passing and buy a ticket. Our past two open nights have sold out so we’d suggest getting your ticket ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out. We can’t wait to welcome you all to the brewery again!!
Introducing our Limited Edition 300 Ale brewed to celebrate 10 years of brewing! A 10% barley wine in a 78cl flip top bottle, aged for 3 months in a Scotch Whisky barrel. Only 300 bottles made with each being hand bottled and hand labelled at the brewery. Each bottle sequentially numbered and sold in a special presentation tube.
ONLY £25 each and a truly unique opportunity to own a piece of Loddon brewery history. Can be drunk straight away or laid down to enjoy on a special occasion in future years. Available from the brewery now and it really is a case of first come first served!
Do you have a lucky number? A birthday coming up? or maybe a special anniversary? You can reserve a certain bottle number prior to collection from the brewery by calling now on 01189 481111. A card payment will be taken over the phone.
78cl bottle, sequentially numbered with branded presentation tube
Our monthly special for September is Green Bullet, a blonde ale brewed with the fantastic Green Bullet hop grown in New Zealand. This aromatic hop imparts Goseberry, Lime and melon flavours which compliment this pale, blonde beer beautifully.
Tasting notes: “A lovely light blonde ale with wonderful Gooseberry and Melon flavours due to the New Zealand grown Green Bullet hops.”
The Bunkfest Bar
It’s that time of year again, can you believe that it’s nearly september?! But, fear not as this means one thing… BUNKFEST IS BACK!!! ( www.bunkfest.co.uk) And, like the past 2 years, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Bunkfest Beer Festival. Here at Loddon, we love Bunkfest and everything that this brilliant free festival stands for. It’s a celebration of great music, great beer and the whole event is run by volunteers. In fact, our Sales manager Luke is working behind the bar on Saturday and Sunday, so do say hello if you see him.
Bunkfest Beer Festival sponsored by Loddon
The whole town of Wallingford, Oxon, gets involved and every pub and club in the town hosts live music and music workshops across the weekend. There’s even musical boat trips down the Thames. As for the beer festival, you won’t find a better selection of fantastic local beers, ciders, lagers and wines in Oxfordshire!
And remember, the whole event is FREE and this is only possible due to the hard work and dedication of all the organisers and volunteers. So when you hear those collection boxes rattling, please give generously! See you there.
Bunkfest Main Stage
The team at GBBF! (L to R- Dan, Johnny, Scott, Chris and Vanessa)
We had a great time at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London last week. Unfortunately it was the first time in 10 years that one of our beers wasn’t featured, but this meant we willingly tucked into a host of other superb British beers. We closed the brewery for the day and went up en masse. I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be back next year!
The obligatory post GBBF curry!
Chris and Phil from AVS Beers and Wines
Steve, our Head Brewer, deep in conversation.
Happy customers at our first open evening!
The date for our next open evening has been confirmed as FRIDAY 28th JUNE from 7pm-11pm. The cost will be £20 per person and like last time, will include as many beers as you’d like (responsibly!) and some great food (most likely a BBQ). The brewery will be open for you to explore and members of staff will be on hand to answer any of your questions. We’ll also have some games on the night, I’m sure ‘Heads and Tails’ will make another appearance! There will also be a raffle on the night with all proceeds going to the ‘Chiltern and Thames Valley Air Ambulance Service’.
We’re also delighted to announce that the world famous (?) Kennet Morris Men will be dancing (between pints!) for us on the evening.
If it’s anything like last time, tickets will sell quickly for the evening and once we’ve reached 120, that’s it!
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM 9am ON MONDAY (13/5) .
So to get yours, you can purchase them directly from the brewery. You can also phone and pay by card and we’ll reserve them for you until you can collect before the event or you can collect them on the evening. Our number is 01189 481111
Our last open evening was great fun so make sure you don’t miss out, we’re already excited!!
(NB. We regret that we’ll be unable to refund any ticket purchases paid for by credit or debit card should you not be able to make the event.)