BALLARDS BEER WALK 2016
Sunday 4th December.
Beer Walk and new “Split” Barley Wine 8.5% a Great Success
Yesterday we held our annual charity Beer Walk and launched our new Old Bounder Barley Wine, “SPLIT”. At 8.5% it’s darkly rich with chocolatey and marmalade flavours and a hint of coffee in the aftertaste, and 18 gallons of it went down a storm!
Record numbers turned out on a perfect winter morning of frost and sunlight to enjoy a bacon sarnie breakfast provide by the Midhurst and Easebourne Scouts, washed down with ale and accompanied by the Prize Old Mummers from Portsmouth performing their classic play.
The fields and footpaths were only slightly muddy and the White Hart at Harting, the Three Horseshoes and the Elsted Inn at Elsted welcomed walkers with more beer, mulled wine and delicious food.
We raised some £400 (haven’t quite worked it out yet) to go towards a new roof for St Mary’s Church at Chithurst, and a good time was had by all.
Thanks to all who came, and we hope you’ll come again!
Brewery Christmas opening times
Sat 20th 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Sun 21st closed
Mon 22nd 7.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tue 23rd 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Wed 24th 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Thu 25th closed
Fri 26th closed
Sat 27th 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Sun 28th closed
Mon 29th 7.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tue 30th 7.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Wed 31st 7.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Thu 1st closed
Fri 2nd 7.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sat 3rd onwards weekends by appointment on 01730 821362. Weekdays 7.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
You can buy your Christmas drinks with our free local home delivery service. You may book your order at the brewery or phone on 01730 821 362
Happy Christmas to you all from all of us at the Ballard’s Brewery team.
18/19/20 – Stanstead house Christmas Fair
14th/15th – Fernhurst Furnace
10th – Trotton Fete
Very sadly Ballards beers will not feature at The Chilli Fiesta at West Dean this year, as the new organisers have decided that no alcohol will be sold except through their own contractors’ bars. Ballards beers have been present at all the West Dean garden shows since their inception, and we will miss these occasions. Our bottled beers are stocked at the West Dean Village Shop, and many other local outlets, as well as the brewery shop. Please contact us for supplies!
3rd – Cranleigh Agriculural Show
25th/26th – Petersfield Summer Festival
31st/1st – Heathlands Event, Peterfield Heath
30th – 1st – Beer Festival Elsted Inn
13th/14th – Parham House Garden Weekend
19th – 21st – Loseley House Garden Show
20th / 21st – Iping Horse Trials
7th – 9th – Stansted Park Garden Show
15th/16th – Petersfield Food Festival Queen Elizabeth Country Park
5th/6th – Food & South Downs Fair, Weald & Downland Museum
26th/27th – Petersfield Spring Festival
27th – Harting Festivities
The is to re-open on Friday 1st March following extensive alterations. We at Ballards are delighted to have been invited to collaborate with Fullers’ Head Brewer John Keeling to produce a local ale, exclusive to the Links, named Links Tavern Ale. Please come and raise a glass!
The 25th Ballards Beer Walk went splendidly in almost every way – the new ale, “In The Drink”
7.4% is delicious, with a barley sugar sweetness at the front of the palate, followed by a long
dry hoppy finish; the crisp winter sunshine blessed the walkers, and made up for the muddiness
underfoot; the turnout was the best for several years, with at least 350 people gathering at the brewery
to partake of Ballards ales, bacon sarnies by the local Scouts, and entertainment by The Prize Old
Mummers and a local pipe band.
Walkers are given a map with routes marked to 5 local pubs, all Ballards stockists; they then walk
over the fields and along the lanes to which ever pub or pubs they choose, in whichever order they
like. The pubs involved this year were the Three Horseshoes and the Elsted Inn at Elsted, the
Southdowns Hotel and the Keepers Arms at Trotton and the White Hart at South Harting.
All the pubs had plenty of visitors and a fine array of muddy boots outside the doors!
The only fly in the ointment was the increased (and probably further increasing) proportion of tax
in the take, which reduces the amount of the charity donation to the local Huntingdon’s Disease
Association. The money is raised by subtracting the Beer Duty and VAT elements from the day’s
takings, and donating one third of the remainder. The Beer Duty “escalator”, an annual increase of
2% over the rate of inflation, introduced by the labour Government and maintained by the current
coalition, damages not only the Ballards Charity donation, but is having a disastrous effect on the
whole brewing and pub industries, with knock-on results of unemployment, bankruptcy and damage
to the tourist industry.
In The Drink will be available on draught for a limited time, and in bottles till around August 2013.
Contact Franthebrewer@yahoo.co.uk or on 01730 821362 to order.