The real ale list for the upcoming beer festival has been published. We have been at it again this year and brewed our own beer “Drop Gold” with the help of Buntingford Brewery (I say “we brewed”, they did all the tricky stuff we just stirred it a bit !). We are hoping to get a barrel of it down to the Orange Tree in Baldock for it’s official launch before the festival starts. We will also hopefully be launching our festival cider “Scrum Pee” at the same event. It has been made entirely using apples from the Letchworth Garden Heritage Foundation’s own apple orchard. We had a little sample last week and it’s excellent!
As always there is usually the odd change with the beer line up between now and the start of the festival so we will update the list if this is the case.
We have pretty much sorted out bands for this years festival although there can always be late changes to line ups. A big thanks to all bands who approached us about performing at this years festival, but who we were unable to include in this years line up.
Balstock will be providing additional music in the acoustic tent. As always come and support these acts as well. They represent just some of the great musical talent in the area and when you are there chuck some money in the Balstock buckets it is directly helping to fund this years Balstock!
We have picked the beers and ciders though until orders are confirmed we cannot let you know what they are!
Lastly, but not least we have applied to be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation this year and we hope to have Charitable status ASAP. We will keep you posted as to progress!
Only a few weeks to go now so see you soon!
More news on the donation front. Over the Christmas period we have donated a total of £750 to all 3 junior schools in Baldock (£250 each school). Each school has used the money to buy new books for their libraries. Here’s Duncan delivering books to St John’s school.
This week the Baldock Beer Festival donated £500 to help fund Christmas parties at the Baldock Community Centre. The money will be split jointly between the Baldock Senior Club Christmas Lunch and Herts Action on Disability.
This week we were delighted to donate £550 to the local branch of the Royal British Legion. The Legion worked throughout the whole of the beer festival selling our beer festival glasses. In recognition of this and for the fine work they do with veterans within our community we awarded all profits raised from glass selling to the local branch.
We were delighted to hand over a cheque for £750 this week to the Oncology Ward at Lister Hospital this week. This money was raised directly from the raffle of the giant cuddly toy. A big thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket this year. Even if you didn’t win the raffle, your money has made a big impact.
For the last day we have added some more beer and cider to supplement those from the original list. As always we open at 12 Noon.
We had a great Friday night with a full house and great music from Outliars and The 2 Tones and the Balstock bands. The full range of beers are still on as well as foreign beers. The last 30 litres of Strawberry Lambic went on last night so if you want to sample that I suggest you get here early. We open at 12 noon!
Lots of things for the children to do today. Face painting, bouncy castle, the steam train plus lots more so get here early with the family and enjoy the day. Music starts at 1pm and will go right through to 11pm. We have some great bands appearing for the first time (check out Barricade, 4th Labyrinth, Blonde Highlights) as well as some repeat offenders, closing with the fantastic 5th Wheel.
Balstock are running the acoustic tent as a fundraiser. Go along and support them and chuck some money in buckets when they go round. This will go towards putting on the biggest and best free music festivals in Hertfordshire !
Buy yourself a festival glass whilst you are here. The glasses are being sold by volunteers from our local British Legion and this years beer festival is in part supporting the great work that they do!
Last but not least a big thank you to all the volunteers that help behind the bar, putting up and taking down the festival. We couldn’t put on this event without them.
Lots to do, see and drink. See you there!
We have 17 confirmed foreign beers at the this years beer festival. The most we have ever had.