BOTTLED ALES & CIDERS
Over a barrelMORE INFO
Style: Stong Fruity Ale ABV: 5.0% Size: 500ml
A Strong rich forest ale, richly coloured fruity strong ale with generous peppery finish of goldings hops. This saying is said to originate from the American mid 20th century. A typical situation was to be flogged or beaten while being restrained over a barrel. The paddle was often administered which was an extremely painful and often illegal method of punishment. Thus the modern day referral is to a position of helplessness and being out of ones control.VIEW IN SHOP
Money for old ropeMORE INFO
Style: Rich Dark Stout ABV: 4.8% Size: 500ml
Classic rich dry flavours of malt and grain with deep hop bitterness. Originating from the dark days of public hangings which drew vast crowds. The hangmans' perk was to keep the rope. With the mass interest especially with the more notorious hangings the hangman would cut up the rope and sell it to the crowd as souvenirs. Thus the modern day referral is selling something with ease that would generally have little or no value.VIEW IN SHOP
Saved by the bellMORE INFO
Style: Light Hoppy Bitter ABV: 3.8% Size: 500ml
A light refreshing beer with a spicy hop bite and a light floral aroma from the late hop addition. So the notion goes, back in the 17th century, there were many lead drinking vessels, which when mixed with large quantities of alcohol rendered the victims unconscious, often for days. With poor medical knowledge many were buried alive. Evidence of scratch marks from excavated coffins caused widespread fear of being buried alive. The attachment of a bell to the deceased saw many popular designs.VIEW IN SHOP
The kings shillingMORE INFO
Style: Mild Brown Ale ABV: 4.2% Size: 500ml
A moreish mild ale combining a mouth filling full malt flavour with a clean dry finish, lightly balanced with classic English hops. The King’s Shilling, sometimes called the Queen’s Shilling when the sovereign is female, is a historical slang term referring to the earnest payment of one shilling given to recruits of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries, although the practice dates back to the end of the English Civil War. To “take the Kings Shilling” was to agree to serve as a soldier or sailer in the British Army or Royal Navy. It is closely related to the act of impressment. The practice officially stopped in 1879, although the term is still used informally.VIEW IN SHOP
Going off half cockedMORE INFO
Style: Golden Pale Ale ABV: 4.6% Size: 500ml
A flavoursome generously hopped golden pale ale. Spice flavours and bitterness are provided by Challenger and Golding hops, with fresh citrus aromas and finish provided by cascade. The hammer of 17th century flintlock muskets was often very ornate and resembled a rooster or cock. To fully cock a gun was to prepare it for firing. The half-cock position was a ‘safe’ position to which the hammer or cock was drawn to permit access to the priming pan to charge and load the weapon. Pulling the trigger of a flintlock musket at half-cock will not fire the weapon. In the heat of battle, it was easy to forget to fully cock one‘s musket after loading it and go off half-cocked, with the result that nothing would happen. This, of course, was embarrassing and potentially dangerous.VIEW IN SHOP
Leading lightMORE INFO
Style: Light Blonde Ale ABV: 3.5% Size: 500ml
A refreshing clean flavoured blonde session ale with a tangy citrus flavour provided by the cascade hop finish. Leading lights (also known as range lights in the United States) are a pair of light beacons, used in navigation to indicate a safe passage for vessels entering a shallow or dangerous channel; and may also be used for position fixing. At night, the lights are a form of leading line that can be used for safe navigation. The beacons consist of two lights that are separated in distance and elevation, so that when they are aligned, with one above the other, they provide a bearing. Range lights are often illuminated day and night.VIEW IN SHOP
Jolly RogerMORE INFO
Style: Rich & Fruity Cider ABV: 4.5% Size: 500ml
Jolly Roger is the traditional English name for the flag flown to identify pirates that are about to attach. However, in the Forest of Dean, Jolly Roger was an ancient character also known as the 'Pirate of Pillowell'. Jolly Roger was a legendary explorer of foreign lands and his tales of philandering, procrastinating and piracy live long in the taverns of Gloucestershire.VIEW IN SHOP
FLAGSHIP CASK ALES
Over a barrel
ABV: 5.0% Size: 500ml
Style: Stong Fruity Ale
A Strong rich forest ale, richly coloured fruity strong ale with generous peppery finish of goldings hops.
Money for old rope
ABV: 4.8% Size: 500ml
Style: Rich Dark Stout
Classic rich dry flavours of malt and grain with deep hop bitterness.
Saved by the bell
ABV: 3.8% Size: 500ml
Style: Light Hoppy Bitter
A light refreshing beer with a spicy hop bite and a light floral aroma from the late hop addition.
Going off half cocked
ABV: 4.6% Size: 500ml
Style: Golden Pale Ale
A flavoursome generously hopped golden pale ale. Spice flavours and bitterness are provided by Challenger and Golding hops, with fresh citrus aromas and finish provided by cascade.
ABV: 4% Size: 500ml
Style: Light Golden Session Ale
A light golden session ale with a subtly refreshing and fruity finish provided by the blend of British malts and hops.
SEASONAL CASK ALES
The kings shilling
ABV: 4.2% Size: 500ml
Style: Mild Brown Ale
A moreish mild ale combining a mouth filling full malt flavour with a clean dry finish, lightly balanced with classic English hops.
ABV: 3.5% Size: 500ml
Style: Light Blonde Ale
A refreshing clean flavoured blonde session ale with a tangy citrus flavour provided by the cascade hop finish.
ABV: 4.8% Size: 500ml
Style: Forest winter IPA
A copper hued, generously hopped winter IPA.
Santa’s Little Helper
ABV: 4.6% Size: 500ml
Style: A festive winter IPA
A magically festive bronzed IPA, full of rich hoppiness and Christmas cheer.