The Black Prince, Woodstock: Beer Festival 10-14 September 2014

The Black Prince have their annual beer festival on NOW.  Check out the beer list below.  It’s worth going as they have @oakhamAles Citra and Scarlet Macaw on, and they’re my favourites…  Stop what you’re doing and go now:

The Black Prince,2 Manor Rd, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1XJ


A Palatial Palate Pleaser: Blenheim Palace Traditional Golden Ale

20140324_193931I like Blenheim Palace (I went to school in Woodstock, so we often used to get thrashed around the grounds of the palace on cross-country runs by our dear teachers from the Marlborough school.  Hi Mr Haynes (Clarry) – yes, you were right…I should have tried much harder in Economics lessons)

Anyway, the palace itself aside -nice, though it is- we’re here (again) for the beer.

Normally when I see branded products that are so obviously destined for the gift shop my heart sinks…invariably they’re tawdry, novelty items that are more a reminder of a place than a product that’s actually any good.

But unbelievably Blenheim Palace Traditional Ale is not too bad at all.

Poured into a glass it’s a fairly good-looking golden straw colour, is also bottle conditioned and has a delightfully sweet malt ‘n’ grains sort of aroma going on.

Let’s be clear about this…it’s not the most complex drop you’ll ever have – but it’s very drinkable and is all honeyed and tasty. Definitely a summertime drink and with a good trailing bitterness it’s a taste that you’ll want to revisit…very much like Blenheim Palace itself.

As you can see I had mine with an Indian meal (lovingly prepared by Eve) and it worked perfectly.  I’d like to see BPGA on draught in Woodstock, but that’s unlikely, I guess.

I didn’t get my bottle from the Blenheim gift shop, I actually got it from my sister’s deli in Woodstock – which is the go-to place for hampers, champers, baguettes, sandwiches, coffee and just about anything else you can think of in the eating and drinking line.

ABC: Gold and Purity: “Mad Goose” Pale Ale

Friday lunchtime saw my colleagues and I enjoying the hospitality of the Black Prince in Woodstock again.  It was nice weather and after a somewhat turbulent working week we thought we deserved it…only short reviews this time, I’m afraid.

live195785_puregoldABC Gold:
I’ve already reviewed Quark from the Aylesbury Brewhouse Company ( so I’m already familiar with how they roll.   This was a wonderfully clear, light coloured beer with a light hoppiness and malt aroma on the nose, refreshing with some hop bitterness in the flavour and a lovely long bitter aftertaste.

MadGooseHi-ResPumpClipPurity “Mad Goose” Pale Ale:
A nice russet brown colour, lightly mineral and malt aroma.  Long-lasting clean-looking head, soft malty mouth-feel with a fine bitter trailing edge.  Enjoyable and drinkable