Saturday 29th July, 2017
So, WADSStock 2017 was a resounding success, with sunshine (mostly), great music, fantastic classic transport, entirely satisfactory beers and ciders, and great, great company. A total of £4,014.81 was raised and this money was shared equally between Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre.
A massive thank you to Karen Fysh for heading up the organisation of this great, free, family festival. Without her tireless work,WADSStock simply wouldn't happen.
A huge thank you also to Caroline Simmonds, Mark Fysh, Christine, Graham, Pippa, Barry, Graham Brewis, Roger, Graham, Sue, Jennie, Malcolm, and Michael for their hard work in the organisation.
We are once again indebted to Breckon & Breckon for their unswerving support and sponsorship, not to mention their coconut shy.
Many thanks to the musicians, dancers, and entertainers who gave up their time to make the day a success:
- Abbey Brass Band
- Abingdon Morris
- Ashna Dance
- Cry Havoc Morris
- Tim Friers and The Mercenaries
- Gin Swing
- Harmony Inspires
- Hendred Ukulele Group
- La Phooka
- The Limitations
- Rock Choir
- Nick Shepherd
- Vale Islanders
Beers and Ciders
WADSStock 2017 featured the following mouth-watering brews...
The Barn Owl Brewery, a new microbrewery operating from a barn in Gozzard’s Ford, in rural Oxfordshire, bring us Golden Gozzard (4.0%), a golden summer ale with crisp bitterness and a refreshing fruityness.
Also from Barn Owl Brewery is Gozzards Guzzler (4.4%). A dark best bitter, full bodied and malty with a fruity finish.
Abingdon Bridge (4.1%) is the first and arguably the most popular beer from Abingdon's Loose Cannon Brewery. The Fuggles, Amarillo and Cascade hops produce a copper-coloured, traditional ‘bitter’. It kicks off with a good bitter bite, followed by plenty of flavour. A full and satisfying roundness.
Loose Cannon's Gunners Gold (3.5%) is a golden session beer. Named in honour of local hero, Stan Bradford who downed six enemy planes during the Second World War, it is brewed with the Fuggles and El Dorado hops. This refreshing flavoursome beer offers hints of peach and passion fruit.
Village Idiot (4.1% abv), from White Horse Brewery, Stanford-in-the-Vale, is brewed in honour of the ‘Village Idiot’ who stands at every bar in the land, dispensing pearls of wisdom such as “the water’s not that deep – it only comes halfway up the ducks.” Whilst they seem a little off-the-wall they often know what to drink!
This golden beer uses an idiotic amount of fresh hops to create a refreshingly clean bitter beer, with fine pale malt and a touch of wheat for a fine balance.
CIDERS from West Berkshire's Tutts Clump
Berkshire Diamond (4.5%), was formerly called Diamond Jubilee in celebration of the Queen's 60-year reign. A handmade blend of fresh hand-picked apples, this fruity, full-bodied, cider may be enjoyed with a meal or on its own. The cider is unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Pour slowly to avoid disturbing the natural sediment.
Rum Cask (7.5%), medium-dry, is handmade from a variety of eating, cooking and crab apples, fermented and matured in oak rum barrels. The cider may be enjoyed with a meal or on its own. The cider is unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Pour slowly to avoid disturbing the natural sediment.
Special Reserve (6%). This dry Real Cider is lovingly crafted in West Berkshire from a variety of eating cooking and crab apples mainly from within West Berkshire. This crisp refreshing Eastern Counties style Cider may be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own. Made from 100% juice with no added water.
Traditional Farmhouse (6%). This award-winning medium/dry Real Cider is handmade from a variety of eating cooking and crab apples mainly from within West Berkshire. This Crisp refreshing Eastern Counties style Cider may be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own. Made from 100% juice with no added water.
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