The Castle Tap
Reading, RG1 7RJ

The Castle Tap
Reading, RG1 7RJ

Cask Beers Available

Cask Beers Available

Hedgedog - Clockwork Amber

Clockwork Amber - 4.3%

Clockwork Amber


4.3% abv

Crammed full of premium ale and crystal barley malts, this brew shows off a rich amber colour. Medium bodied and rounded, with subtle woody notes blended with an ultra-modern hop finish. Lightly fruity, with an edge of sweet maltiness, leaving a medium dry finish.

Elusive - Overdrive - Lap 28

Overdrive - Lap 28 - 5.5%

Overdrive - Lap 28


5.5% abv

A classic American Pale Ale. A clean Pale malt base, boosted by crystal malt, provides the track on which high octane US hops are unleashed to provide a beer that’s as dry as asphalt, powerfully aromatic and as bitter as being overtaken on the last bend. We switch the hops up each lap to keep things fresh! Hops: Talus and Amarillo.

Castle Rock - Black Gold

Black Gold - 3.8%

Black Gold

Castle Rock

3.8% abv

A well balanced dark mild ale with some bitterness, full bodied, but not overly sweet. An award winning mild that delivers a light fresh taste to one of the more traditional of beer styles.

Craft Keg Available

Double-Barrelled - Theatricality And Deception

Theatricality And Deception - 9%

Theatricality And Deception


9% abv

This rich dark beer is made up of a blend of a freshly brewed Export Stout with three carefully selected barrel aged Imperial Stouts. Finished with additions of vanilla and cinnamon the end result is a truly complex and warming stout, worth sharing and celebrating with friends, ripe with notes of biscuits, toffee and chocolate

Cloudwater - Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier - 5.4%



5.4% abv

Schwarzbier is one of the longest-standing beer styles in continental Europe, its roots being traced back to the medieval period. A classic dark lager, it balances rich, roasty flavours of coffee and chocolate with a dry finish and restrained hop bitterness.

Duration - Little Fanfare

Little Fanfare - 3.8%

Little Fanfare


3.8% abv

Enjoy a wave of satisfaction with this spritzy thirst quencher and salute another day done. Nothing rewards putting in the hours like a little fanfare of refreshment dancing over your tastebuds. Dry, light and citrus; enjoy this table saison with citron and orange as a stand alone or fire up the grill for a mid-week treat.

Unity - You Are Here

You Are Here - 6.4%

You Are Here


6.4% abv

West coast IPA hopped with Columbus, Centennial and UK Chinook. Collaboration with St. Louis.

UnBarred - Wee Heavy

Wee Heavy - 6.8%

Wee Heavy


6.8% abv

Adding our modern twist on this malt-forward style, we've added heather and honey to build layers of flavour in this classic. Collaboration with Fallen Acorn Brewing.

Yonder - Sir Pants

Sir Pants - 6.4%

Sir Pants


6.4% abv

A crisp and fruity wild ale, brewed and blended with South Somerset cider apples and aged for 8 month in oak barrels. It's a beer/cider hybrid that is much more than the sum of its pants. Vegan friendly.

Tenby - Whistling In The Dark

Whistling In The Dark - 5.5%

Whistling In The Dark


5.5% abv

Black IPA, dry hopped with Citra for all those lovely citrus and tropical notes. Light bodied but dark in colour, delicious! Collaboration with Elusive Brewing.

Siren - Recurring Theme

Recurring Theme - 6.5%

Recurring Theme


6.5% abv

It was a pleasure to brew with Rob from Stone Brewing, Richmond. He shipped us some Chinese White Tea to use in our hazy IPA, having loved the stone fruit notes it produced for them in other styles. We've balanced out the tannins and brought the beer to life with Strata, El Dorado and Talus hops, with their beautiful aromas and delicate bitterness.

Tap Social - Cycle Of Invisibility

Cycle Of Invisibility - 4.5%

Cycle Of Invisibility

Tap Social

4.5% abv

A pillowy, hazy pale ale primarily hopped with Cashmere and Azacca, with Idaho 7 added in the dry hop. Collaboration with Queer Brewing.

Double-Barrelled - Maluku

Maluku - 5%



5% abv

This is the OG hazy beer – German by design but with a contemporary spin this Hefeweizen is inspired by lazy sunny days on the beach. With gentle notes of clove and spice, Maluku is rounded out with a super soft mouthfeel and huge banana aromatics! Vegan friendly.

Turning Point - Roll Of The Dice

Roll Of The Dice - 5.6%

Roll Of The Dice

Turning Point

5.6% abv

This is a big one! A huge contrast of hop flavours that work together harmoniously. The ripe citrus fruit of Amarillo, and the legendary dankness of Ekuanot (cryo), a match made in beer heaven.

Ciders & Perries Available

Little Pomona - Root & Branch

Root & Branch - 7.8%

Root & Branch

Little Pomona

7.8% abv

Keg conditioned, part Bourbon barrel and wild fermented apples. Big, rich, fruity and funky with gorgeous big tannins.

Ross on Wye - Thorn 2020

Thorn 2020 - 5%

Thorn 2020

Ross on Wye

5% abv

Thorn is a vintage perry pear that has been the highlight of our range for the last three years. This perry is intense, crisp, juicy, with medium green kiwi-like acidity and some light astringency. At 5.0% ABV it’s very sessionable for cider and perry, and boasts its unique and recognisable flavour. Something that appeals to drinkers looking for a punchy, flavoursome drink – both for cider/perry lovers, but also those who might otherwise drink sour beer, natural wine.

Coming Soon

Verdant - If Wee Must

If Wee Must - 7.2% (keg)

If Wee Must (keg)


7.2% abv

Fresh pressed Italian white grape juice elevates this IPA into winey wonder. A hop trio of El Dorado, Ella and Nelson Sauvin add notes of gooseberry, candied pineapple and spikey tropics. A fun and refreshing beer. Collaboration with Duration.

Elusive - Duel Of Iron - West Coast DIPA

Duel Of Iron - West Coast DIPA - 8% (keg)

Duel Of Iron - West Coast DIPA (keg)


8% abv

For our 6th birthday we decided to brew a pair of beers which see two of our favourite styles to head to head in a duel of iron fight to the death! In the blue corner is a West Coast Double IPA. We used Simcoe hops in the kettle then dry hopped with Simcoe Cryo, Columbus, Mosaic and a smidge of Citra. Expect a bright and bitter beer that’s full of piney and citrus aromatics.

Elusive - Fog City

Fog City - 5% (keg)

Fog City (keg)


5% abv

This soft and juicy pale ale is brewed in the New England style with plenty of oats and wheat. We used Citra and Chinook hops in the whirlpool then dry hopped with more Citra and Australian Eclipse. Expect notes of citrus and grapefruit with a stone fruit undertone.

Unity - Spine Tingling Adventures

Spine Tingling Adventures - 4.8% (keg)

Spine Tingling Adventures (keg)


4.8% abv

Yuzu and vanilla sour. Collaboration with Mondo Brewing Company. Vegan friendly.

Double-Barrelled - A Car As Big As A Whale

A Car As Big As A Whale - 6% (keg)

A Car As Big As A Whale (keg)


6% abv

Starting with a simplified malt bill, we've let the hops sing the chorus on this beer: Chinook, Columbus and Citra add a burst of bright bitter citrus and sticky pine, with an amped up dose of Australian Eclipse hops to really push those lush citrus notes. Collaboration with Coronado Brewing. Vegan friendly.

Verdant - Trust The Diagram

Trust The Diagram - 6.8% (keg)

Trust The Diagram (keg)


6.8% abv

What better way to improve our West Coast IPA game than to brew with Andy from Elusive Brewing. To say he is very knowledgeable in this style is a huge understatement! Sappy grapefruit atop sappy grapefruit. Piney bitters atop piney bitters.

Kernel - Export Stout - London 1890

Export Stout - London 1890 - 7.4% (keg)

Export Stout - London 1890 (keg)


7.4% abv

A version of an 1890 export stout recipe from an old London brewery. We have not changed the recipe too much. It is roasty, toasty, bitter, chocolate, and leather, tar, tobacco from the London signature of brown malt. Deep plum and raisins. Please note that the ABV varies for this beer but the recipe is the same.

Tap Social - Ladder

Ladder - 5.2% (keg)

Ladder (keg)

Tap Social

5.2% abv

Hopped with heaps of Trident, Ariana and experimental HS09326. Creamy, juicy New England pale ale packed with fruity flavour. Collaboration with Attic Brew.

Wild Weather - It's Knuckle Puck Time

It's Knuckle Puck Time - 8.2% (keg)

It's Knuckle Puck Time (keg)

Wild Weather

8.2% abv

A Double Dry Hopped Sorachi New England DIPA. Sorachi is one of the most flavour full and aromatic punching hops on the planet. This beer is loaded several times over with Sorachi to the absolute max. Sorachi lovers will say yes please! Others should think carefully as they may well find it is just too hoppy! Don't say you weren't warned! Good luck people!!

Also Available

Foreign Keg

Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Gold 5.5%


Bittersweet German lager

Paulaner Hefe-Weibier 5.5%


German wheat beer

Liefmans Kriek Brut 6.0%


Belgian cherry beer

Paulaner Hefe-Weibier Dunkel 5.3%


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Westmalle Dubbel

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The Castle Tap is in the Reading & Mid-Berks CAMRA branch area.