Beer of the month April 2014- Gorgeous George 4.3%

As much as we appreciate the 1p reduction in beer duty, this is not an ode to our Chancellor George Osbourne. Instead, this beer is brewed to celebrate our other favourite George! This is a true English bitter brewed for the month of April and to celebrate St Georges Day. Gorgeous George has established itself as a regular in our yearly monthly special range and looks set to be gracing the month of April for many years to come.

Brewed using Fuggles and Goldings, the two oldest varieties of English hop.

 

 

Sweetness: 4/10
Bitterness: 7/10
Fullness: 7/10
Colour: 6/10

Tasting Notes: ”The finest English barley malt combines with our two oldest varieties of English hops: fuggles and goldings, to thrill your taste buds and remind you of a true, traditional, old fashioned bitter.”

Beer of the month March 2014- Hare Brained 4%

The flood waters are slowly stating to recede, the temperature has gone up (a tiny bit!) and the daffodils are starting to emerge…has Spring finally sprung?!

Hare Brained is an easy drinking deep golden coloured bitter, with a mellow and slightly spicy hop flavour. It always proves to be one of our most popular monthly specials and it’s lovely golden colour and refreshing taste will go fantastically with the first of the spring sun. (fingers crossed about the sun!)

Tasting Notes: “An easy drinking deep golden coloured bitter, with a mellow and slightly spicy hop flavour”

Loddon Ratings:

Sweetness: 4/10
Bitterness: 6/10
Fullness: 6/10
Colour: 4/10

Beer of the month January 2014- Dragonfly 4%

A popular, easy drinking, golden ale; Dragonfly is always a very popular monthly special. With lovely floral and zesty flavours from the Challenger hops, this is a very refreshing beer!

Tasting Notes: “Deep golden, brewed with Challenger hops. Clean, refreshing beer.” 

Loddon Ratings:

Sweetness: 4/10
Bitterness: 5/10
Fullness: 5/10
Colour: 4/10

 

Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2013

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Saturday 21st December- 9.30-3pm

Sunday 22nd December- CLOSED

Monday 23rd December- 9-5pm

Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)- 9-4pm

Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)- CLOSED

Thursday 26th December (Boxing Day)- CLOSED

Friday 27th December- CLOSED

Saturday 28th December- (9.30-3pm)

Sunday 29th December- CLOSED

Monday 30th December- 9-5pm

Tuesday 31st December (New Year’s Eve)- 9-5pm

Wednesday 1st January (New Year’s Day)- CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January- 9-5pm

(NORMAL OPENING HOURS RESUME)

Beer of the month December 2013: Razzle Dazzle 4.3%

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.

Sweetness: 4/10
Bitterness: 5/10
Fullness: 6/10
Colour: 3/10

Tasting Notes: “A golden ale well hopped with Cascade from the USA to give a pronounced grapefruit finish”

Loddon beer chosen to wet Elizabeth’s roots!

'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!

 

Halloween Spooktacular!

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!

Beer of the month: Hoppy Appeal 4.4%- SUPPORTING THE POPPY APPEAL

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.

Loddon Ratings:

Sweetness: 4/10
Bitterness: 5.5/10
Fullness: 6/10
Colour: 6.5/10

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”

Halloween Open Night- Friday 1st November!

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!!

300 Limited Edition Ale- Now on sale!

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