What's in a name?

Everyone loves a christening, but coming up with the chosen moniker isn’t always that easy. Jim Crews rose to the challenge with Thame’in of the Brew, the name for the ale created by Vale Brewery in Brill for this year’s Thame Food Festival on 28 September.

Vale Brewery

With its English hops and malted barley, the beer has a “traditional harvest festival feel”. Jim pulled the first pint at the brewery’s Open Day on 7 September, but you can sample it at Vale Brewery’s stall on 28 September.

Other breweries present on Festival day will include regional stalwart Chiltern and malty funsters, XT Brew, who recently announced that the Royal British Legion have commissioned them to brew a special beer for its bars. Available in October and November, all profits from XT's special brew will go to the Poppy Appeal.

The apple contingent is represented by new Oxfordshire cider makers, Orchard Cottage Ciders, with their Hitchcox array, while Woodredding Cider is making the journey from Herefordshire. English wine comes in the shape of Daws Hill Vineyard, from Radnage in Buckinghamshire.

And while you’re there, don’t miss a visit to The Thatch, a sixteenth century pub full of warmth and character, with your host, the inimitable Frazer Sutherland, at the helm. 

More information on how to get to the Food Festival, where to park - it’s not a big place - and the lively chef line-up can be found on its website. There’s even a chance to catch The Wine Tipster in one of his entertaining events.

Having attended the Festival last year to give a talk on local beers, I can assure you of a tasty time.

The Details

28 September 2013, Thame, http://www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk/

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