A new style pale ale with a hint of Cara red malt to match the fresh fruity flavours from the bramling cross hops. This has a rich smooth finish. Red, crisp, hoppy and rich.
A quintessential best bitter with a clean, caramel malt base. Goldings and Fuggles hops add floral and spicy notes.
This is our amplified mouth tickling sensory overload winner of a beer. Brewed with heavy amounts of luscious Malted Oats for that big mouthfeel, intensely hopped and dry-hopped with Melba, Equinox and Citra and finished off with a touch of delicious Madagascan vanilla. Incredibly pungent and desserty...a real heavy whipper!
Pale ale with a matrix of latitudinal and longitudinal lines, positions and flavours. Drinking it, will journey you through the visible and invisible territories of our collective hop, malt, water and yeast experiences. Join the dots, colour the gaps, dream the dreams...devour the world...together. Collaboration with the Tate in London.
Rich chocolate and coffee with a hint of toffee popcorn, leading into a slightly bitter smooth finish Hops: First Gold and Admiral.
A riot of beer styles in a single big bodied beer. We use high levels of wheat, the best of New World hops and orange zest during conditioning to produce a really distinct aroma and flavour. Hops: Mosaic.
The first beer from Snowmoon - winners of our 6th Birthday Home Brew competition. A bright, light IPA designed to let hops shine. Waves of grapefruit, orange and resinous pine, all bought together by a firm bitterness and crisp finish.
Our first Bitter. Brewed to an 1880 recipe from Simond's Brewery in Reading, via the archives of the Durden Park Beer Circle. Their notes on the beer state simply: 'Dream Bitter with a lovely flavour. A Durden Park Favourite.' The strength of the beer is typical for that era - 6% was average enough for a bitter. And the malt bill predates the common use of crystal malts (which hugely influence a modern bitter's flavour), so comprises of just Pale Ale Malt (regular Maris Otter being ideal for this purpose) and Amber Malt (a lightly toasted malt). Hopped with Goldings all the way through. Aroma of citrus, spice and hedgerow leading through to a smooth body, flavours of marmalade and a touch of tea, a touch of warmth. Firm bitterness to balance.
A traditional full-juice West Country style dry cider made with with customary bittersweet, bittersharp and sharp cider apples including Browns, Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak and Yarlington Mill. Fruit gathered from a single west country orchard. Hand-picked then pressed and fermented with wild yeasts in Tilehurst, Reading.
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.
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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The Castle Tap is in the Reading & Mid-Berks CAMRA branch area.