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Over a barrel

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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.

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Money for old rope

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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.

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Running the gauntlet

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Style: Full Flavoured Bitter  ABV: 4.4%  Size: 500ml

Full malty flavour with rich roasted undertones balanced with a good hop bitterness with spicy blackcurrant aromas from late hopping. Throughout the centuries this was a punishment served out by the military for a varied range of crimes. The condemned would be forced to pass through a double row of armed soldiers who would beat them while they moved down the line. If the end was reached typically the crimes were considered to be paid but sometimes the condemned were just turned back through to be beaten to their death.

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Saved by the bell

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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.

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The kings shilling

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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.

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Going off half cocked

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Style:  Golden Pale Ale  ABV: 4.6%  Size: 500ml

A flavoursome generously hopped golden pale ale. Spice flavours and bitterness are provided by Challanger 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.

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Leading light

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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.

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Jolly Roger

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Style: Rich and fruity  ABV: 4.5%  Size: 500ml

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The Toy Dolls

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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. Originating from the dark days of public hangings which drew vast crowds.

Running the gauntlet

ABV: 4.4%  Size: 500ml

Style: Full Flavoured Bitter  

Full malty flavour with rich roasted undertones balanced with a good hop bitterness with spicy blackcurrant aromas from late hopping.

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 Challanger and Golding hops, with fresh citrus aromas and finish provided by cascade.

Golden Rule

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.

Leading light

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.

Walk the plank

ABV: 4.0%  Size: 500ml

Style: Copper hued forest pale ale  

A copper coloured pale ale brewed with a blend of British and American hops to provide floral notes and a deeply fruity finish.

Fathom it out

ABV: 4.2%  Size: 500ml

Style: Golden forest IPA  

A golden IPA bittered with spicy Columbus hops with a fruity citrus finish from Citra and Pallisade.

Round Robin

ABV: 4.8%  Size: 500ml

Style: Forest winter IPA  

A copper hued, generously hopped winter IPA.

Brass monkey

ABV: 4.2%  Size: 500ml

Style: Dark chocolate IPA  

Deeply-bittered dark coloured IPA style using the bitterness and rich flavours of chocolate malts infused with the blackcurrant flavours of Jester hops.

Celeia

ABV: 4.8%  Size: 500ml

Style: Slovakian Pale Ale  

Straw coloured fruity pale ale, made with Slovakian wild hops.

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.

Davy Jones’ Locker

ABV: 4.4%  Size: 500ml

Style: A spooktacular IPA  

A spooktacular ale filled with screams and the essence of death; try it if you dare.