Full line-up for Real Ale Festival released

The full line-up of cask ales has been released ahead of the Newcastle Real Ale and Cider festival, which runs from 13th to 17th October at the Jesmond ground. Alefestlogo

There are 20 real ales on offer, with a mix of national award winners and well known ales through to more niche and local microbrews.

The full list is below, along with some tasting notes to whet your appetite ahead of the kick-off at 5pm on Thursday. Be sure to get down to the club early as the popular brews won’t last the full weekend. Many thanks must also go to our various cask sponsors, without whose support the festival would be a poorer place.

Real Ales

Jarrow Legacy 4.0% A full bodied golden ale, high hopped with orange and pink grapefruit hop flavours. Sponsor: Jesmond Senior Men’s Club

Ringwood Boondoggle 4.2% A blonde and luscious ale delivering a punchy citrus aroma. This easy drinking ale has a well balanced, moreish, fruity taste. Sponsor: Marstons

Tyne Bank Dark Brown Ale 4.2% A Newcastle brewed, rich and malty ale. Deep, slightly reddy brown in colour, slightly sweet and lightly hopped to give a berry fruit undertone. Sponsor: MBL Solutions Ltd

Wychwood Hobgoblin 4.5% Full bodied, ruby beer that delivers a delicious, chocolate malt flavour, balanced with a rounded bitterness and a fruity, mischievous character. Sponsor: Marstons

Wylam Angel 4.3% This pale copper amber ale is a well balanced bitter with a citrus character in the aroma and a rich, spicy finish driven by the Cascade hop. Sponsor: Panelle Hairdressing

Jennings Sneck Lifter 5.1% A highly flavoursome beer with compelling characteristics. Amber and chocolate malts enhance the complex flavours of this beer. Sponsor: Marstons

Jarrow Renaissance 4.1% The revival of a period of brewing excellence with a modern, hoppy golden beer with a bitter, fruity edge. Sponsor: MBL Solutions Ltd

Jennings Cockerhoop 4.6% A zingy, straw coloured ale from an all malt brew. Late hopped with zesty Styrian Goldings giving it a wonderful citrus and floral aroma. Sponsor: Matrics Barbarians Cricket Club.

Thwaites Lancaster Bomber 4.4% Chestnut in colour, it has a warming, full flavoured taste, with a hint of toffee and biscuit and a very moreish flavour. Sponsor: Marstons

Wylam Red Kite 4.5% A ruby ale in the style of a traditional ‘scotch’ where the hops are balanced by residual maltiness to give subtle hop character and a rich malt palate. Sponsor: PAT-Man

Tyne Bank Monument 4.1% A copper coloured bitter. The carefully selected malt bill provides hints of caramel which are perfectly balanced with the best English hops, giving notes of berry fruits. Sponsor: Dene’s Deli

Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold 4.2% A combination of four hop varieties infused with wheat and malted barley resulting in a perfectly balanced golden beer – with a huge hop punch. Sponsor: Marstons

Marstons Moonless 4.1% Like all dark IPAs, this beer is a marvellous contradiction. Upfront tropical aromas, a deliciously smooth malty backbone with fresh fruit flavours that linger to the end. Sponsor: Marstons

Jennings Crag Rat 4.3% A refreshing golden coloured beer, brewed using pale ale malt and two classic varieties of English whole cone hops. The perfect beer for the enthusiastic ale drinker. Sponsor: Marstons

Jarrow Decadence 4.3% Quaffable overindulgence with a well balanced amber coloured ale with a late hint of pale chocolate. Sponsor: MBL Solutions Ltd

Wylam Collingwood 4.1% Honey-soaked in colour with a sweet tangerine aroma from the finishing hop, light and soft bodied with a citrus zest/fresh pinewood flavour and an appetising dry and bitter finish. Sponsor: MBL Solutions Ltd

Castle Eden Ale 4.2% Rich golden ale with a late addition of English golden hops giving it a delicious sweet flavour. Sponsor: Marstons

Bank’s Sunbeam 4.2% Pale blonde and zesty. This is a delightful, tangy grapefruit tinged ale. Sponsor: Marstons

Pedigree New World 3.8% This pale ale is born out of the craft and culture imbued in Pedigree, the great British ale; combined with the fresh, fascinating and funky hop flavours of Australia. Sponsor: Marstons

Wylam Bitter 3.8% Full bodied, amber coloured beer. Good bittering and malt with a classic fuggles finish of hay and grass notes. Sponsor: MBL Solutions Ltd

It’s not just about beers at our festival, however. We will have a range of 16 different ciders available across the five days, from dry to sweet as well as a still perry, with something to suit everyone’s taste.

The full run-down is below:


Kentish Wild Summer Elderflower 4.0%
Snail Bank Summerfruits 4.0%
Snail Bank Strawberry & Lime 4.0%

Orchard Pig Navelgazer 6.0%

Friels Vintage Cider 7.4%
Broadoak Bootlegger Moonshine 7.5%

Medium Dry
Barbourne Crimson King 6.0%
Cornish Orchard Vintage 7.2%
Scrumpy Wasp Amnesia 7.2%

Speciality Cider
Broadoak Bristol Port 7.5%
Millwhites Rum Cask Cider 7.5%
Thistly Cross Whisky Cask 6.9%
Thistly Cross Ginger 4.0%

Still Perry
Lilley’s Cider Barn Beesting 7.5%

Westons Old Rosie 7.3%
Merry Monkey Scrumpy 4.5%