What’s happening at Fuggles | October 2019

All the latest updates from Fuggles Beer Café…

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Oktoberfest!

October 3-6, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

We’re celebrating Oktoberfest at Fuggles this month, with special beers on tap from Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and more, plus a wide range of hefeweizens and pilsners. One-litre steins will be served all weekend in both pubs, along with some German-inspired bar snacks as well!

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Tonbridge Quiz Night

October 13, 7pm, Tonbridge

Ade and Lucy will be putting your beer, food and general knowledge to the test at Tonbridge! Entry is £2 per person (with £1 donated to Tree of Hope), and there’s a cash prize for the winning team (max six people per team) – sign up by emailing tonbridge@fugglesbeercafe.co.uk.

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Gipsy Hill Brewery Showcase

October 17, Tunbridge Wells

We can’t wait to finally showcase some of the beers from this rising star of the London craft brewing scene. The guys at Gipsy Hill are based in the South London area from which they take their name, where they brew full-flavoured, moreish beers that will be on our taps all day.

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Brouwerij de Molen Borefts Festival Showcase

October 24, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

Brouwerij de Molen’s Borefts Festival is back, and we’ll be treating you to lots of their specials! Look out for some ‘mind-blowing craft beers’ at both pubs, as well as the brewery’s own Jaco, who’ll be joining us in the evening for a chat about all things brewing.

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A word from our Beer Guy

“I had a great time over this year’s Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend! Aside from seeing lots of great events across town, we held several tastings, and the take-up was amazing (thank you!). We welcomed a lot of new faces, which was really exciting to see, as well as plenty of regulars, who were all enjoying themselves – it’s the whole reason we put the weekend on, really. Getting people into good beer is why Fuggles exists, so let’s hope we can keep the ball rolling into 2020!”

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Alex’s beer of the month

I’m loving The Skyline Project, which is a really exciting collaboration between 12 independent craft breweries from London and New York. This set of six beers was created to encourage new relationships and an interchange of brewing knowledge between two of the world’s most iconic, exciting craft brewing cities, and is well worth checking out!

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Supplier shout-out

Returning to our cheese selection is a perennial favourite, and the product that sent Doug down the rabbit hole of farmhouse cheese. Lincolnshire Poacher is made by Simon Jones and Richard Tagg in Alford, and inspired by cheesemaking legend Dougal Campbell. It’s a cheddar style with elements of a Swiss alpine cheese, adding up to a bold, long-lasting flavour with distinct pineapple notes.

Head over to our Events page to find out more about what else is coming up at Fuggles in 2019!

What's happening at Fuggles | September 2019

All the latest updates from Fuggles Beer Café…

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Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells, September 5-8

Tunbridge Wells Food Month kicks off with four days of brilliant beer! We’re hosting an all-day tap takeover from Verdant Brewing Co on Thursday 5, with Doug’s Cheese & Beer Pairing at 7pm. On Friday, our Rare Dark Beer Tasting is at 7pm, before Saturday’s Sensory Deprivation Beer Tasting at 3pm, and Rare Sour Beer Tasting at 7pm. On Sunday, our Beer School Sessions comprise Hops & Malt at 1pm, followed by Off Flavours in Beer at 3pm!

Click here for tickets, with further details on our Events page.

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Northern Monk tap takeover and showcase

Fuggles Beer Café Tonbridge, September 19, all day

We can’t wait to have one of our favourite UK breweries available at Tonbridge for a long-overdue showcase! We’ll have Northern Monk’s full line-up across cask and keg, including Mango Lassi Heathen and Faith, as well as Northern Powerhouse Brown Ale, Wants & Needs DDH Pale, West Coast Radler, Liberator Barrel Aged Red IPA, Mint To Be Chocolate Stout, and more.

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Small Holding kitchen takeover

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells, September 29, 12-7pm

To see out Tunbridge Wells Food Month, we’re excited to welcome our friends from The Small Holding in Kilndown to Tunbridge Wells, where they’ll be taking over our kitchen for the day! Award-winning chef Will Devlin and his team will serve some of their favourite small plates and lighter dishes, with beers to match – head to the Events page to find out more…

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A word from our Cheese Guy, Doug White…

“On Sunday September 15, I’m on the bandstand in The Pantiles as part of the Harvest Food Festival Weekend! In a hugely self-indulgent and autobiographical talk, I’ll be chatting about all things cheese, including the five varieties that have been pivotal in my life, with beer pairings to match. If you fancy finding out more about me and my love of cheeses, pop by and say hi…”

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Alex’s beer of the month

As part of our ‘AuGuezeSt’ celebrations, we were lucky enough to get hold of some great beers from Garden Path Fermentation, based in Washington’s Skagit Valley. These guys focus on producing fantastic mixed-fermentation and wild beers, which are blended, aged and produced using locally-sourced and foraged ingredients. We’ve a lovely range in stock, including ‘Prime Barrel Age’ – a Belgian blonde ale, barrel-aged and blended, and naturally conditioned with local honey.

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Crown & Queue

Doug used to work with Crown & Queue’s managing director, ‘pork whisperer and fearless heroine’ Adrienne Eiser Treeby in a certain cheese shop in Covent Garden. Adrienne comes from a cheffing background, and was always talking about the lack of quality cured meats coming out of the UK – so, she started making her own. She goes out of her way to uncover traditional recipes then tweaking them for the fullest flavour, is campaigning for the general public to consider where their meats come from, and even made us our own bespoke product from Crown & Queue last year!

What’s happening at Fuggles | August 2019

All the latest updates from Fuggles Beer Café…

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Marourde: Meet the maker and tasting

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, Friday August 2, 5-8pm

We can’t wait to welcome William Boscawen and Scott Gebbie from Marourde in Mereworth for an insightful talk and tasting. Their three flavours of gently sparkling mead comprise Hemp & Hop, Manuka Flower & Oak, and Elderberry & Elderflower – they’re all delicious, and leading the charge in the recent mead renaissance locally. It’ll definitely be the bee’s knees…

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Broaden & Build: Meet the brewer and tap takeover

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells, Wednesday August 7, 5-8pm

If you don’t know Broaden & Build, you’d better know! Copenhagen’s newest brewery is making some incredible beers, and we’re very lucky to be hosting head brewer Tiago Falcone, who’s coming from Denmark for a tasting and tap takeover. You seriously won’t want to miss this one – head to our Events page for full tap list details.

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Tonbridge Calling 2019 and afterparty!

Tonbridge Park and Fuggles Beer Café Tonbridge, Saturday August 10, 12-7.30pm (main festival) and 7.30pm-midnight (afterparty DJs)

We’re at this year’s Tonbridge Calling festival with a pop-up bar, serving some of our favourite beers, ciders and gins all day, along with plenty of live music and entertainment. The party doesn’t stop there, as it’s back to our Tonbridge site for live DJs and more drinks until midnight – see you there!

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‘Au-Geuze-St’ festival of sour, wild, funk and mixed fermentation!

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, Thursday August 15 to Saturday August 31

To celebrate the joys of mixed fermentation, we’re running a fortnight of pales, sours, fruit, saisons, farmhouse ales, wild ales and more! Look out for six beers on tap at each site, focusing on breweries that ferment using wild, funky, different or mixed yeast strains. Full details are on our Events page…

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Local & Live 2019

Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells, Friday August 23 to Sunday August 25

Paul Dunton’s bank holiday bash of local music is back – and we’ll be there pouring the beers! Come and see us in Calverley Grounds over the long weekend, and enjoy three days of free live bands in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, along with loads of other brilliant food and drink producers and traders. Get it in your diary and enjoy a few pints…

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Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend

Fuggles Beer Café Tunbridge Wells, Thursday September 5 to Sunday September 8

On Thursday, there’s a Verdant tap takeover all day, and Doug’s cheese and beer tasting at 7pm, before Friday’s rare dark beer tasting, also at 7pm. Our ‘Beer School Sessions’ on Sunday include a hops and malt talk at 1pm, off-flavours in beer at 2.30pm, a sensory deprivation beer tasting at 4pm, and an all-day ‘Best of Belgium’ showcase.

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A word from our Beer Guy, Alex Greig…

“It’s summer, which for me means time to get drinking lighter, more refreshing beers. That’s why I’m really looking forward to our Au-Gueze-St festival, where we’ll be showcasing some of the best and most interesting mixed-fermentation, wild and funky beers we can find, including some super-rare bits from the US, Belgium and the UK, from the likes of Tilquin, Cantillon, Burning Sky, The Kernel, Little Earth, Fonta Flora, Free Will and Garden Path.”

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Alex’s beer of the month

Wild Beer Co ‘Murmur’ 5% 330ml bottle/30l keg

In the heat, nothing beats a light, refreshing beer, so saisons and sours are great in this weather. Murmur from Wild Beer Co uses a combination of wild yeast and wine cultures to produce a fruity beer with a hint of tartness.

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Doug’s dish of the month…

Who doesn’t love melted cheese? We have a new toasted sandwich with each menu, and are currently featuring ‘The Nduja’. Nduja is a spicy spreadable sausage, originally from Calabria in Italy. Ours comes from Capreolus in Dorset, with the all-important melted cheese being an English raclette called Ogleshield, made at Manor Farm in Somerset. Add some tahini dressing, spicy banana ketchup, and the unbelievably good bread and butter pickles from Vadasz Deli, and you have one heck of a sandwich experience! Not only that, but you can also get it as part of our lunchtime offer of a sandwich and a drink from Monday to Friday.

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King Stone Dairy

David Jowett was one of the first graduates of the School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, learning from the cream (yes, I meant to do that) of the UK’s (and a certain French cheese guru – ask me when you see me) cheesemaking talent. Since then, he’s established King Stone Dairy in Oxfordshire, and developed his skills with some very accomplished cheese. We currently have Little Rollright on the menu, which is a washed rind cheese similar to Reblochon, wrapped in a spruce band, giving a lovely soft texture with a rich, meaty flavour and a touch of pine from the wood.

What's happening at Fuggles | July 2019

All the latest updates from Fuggles Beer Café…

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Vinyl Revolution vinyl store pop-up

Fuggles Beer Café Tonbridge, Sunday 7th July, 12-5pm

The guys from Vinyl Revolution are back for their latest pop-up and music takeover. They’re bringing a heap of new and vintage LPs with them, including plenty of old and new-school sounds, plus some super-cool merch, and a stash of records from co-founder Simon Parker’s personal collection to spin throughout the day. Swing by for a pint and pick up some great new records.

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A Taste of Tunbridge Wells

Market Square, Royal Victoria Place, Saturday 27th (10am-6pm) and Sunday 28th July (10am-4pm)

Tunbridge Wells Independent Farmers’ Market are hosting us as part of their top picks of local bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants. We’ll be in Market Square showcasing some of our favourite beers, which we’ll be pouring and selling over the weekend. There will be loads of delicious food available, as well as a Local & Live stage!

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Local music festivals

Various venues and dates (Image: Chris Pope)

This summer, we’re gearing up for a season of music festivals at both sites. In Tunbridge Wells, we’ll be running a bar at Local & Live in Calverley Grounds from August 23-25, while Tonbridge Calling are likewise welcoming us on August 10 at Racecourse Park – both promise to be brilliant days out for families and beer lovers alike, so bring the kids and make a day of it.

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Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend

Various venues, Thursday 5th September to Sunday 8th September

We’re psyched to announce the second year of Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend. As part of Tunbridge Wells Food Month, we’re hooking up with Sankey’s, The George, The Sussex Arms, The Ragged Trousers, The Pantiles Tap, The Royal Oak, The Bedford and The Guinea for tap takeovers, ‘meet the brewer’ events, guest beers and more. Watch this space for further details to come…

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Still to come

With lots of further collaborations in the pipeline with the likes of Marourde in Mereworth, Time & Tide in Eastry, and Copenhagen’s Broaden & Build, our diary’s going to continue filling up throughout the coming months. For the latest announcements, take a look at our Events page, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll be the first to find out more on anything and everything we’ve got going on.

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New food at Fuggles

We’ve updated our menus with some new bites, including tasty dishes suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Head to Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge for our Panzanella Tuscan chopped salad, ‘The Vegan’ and ‘The Nduja’ cheese toasties, Moroccan flatbread with bulgur wheat tabbouleh, oak-smoked sundried tomatoes and hummus, alongside the latest additions to our charcuterie and cheeseboards. And from 12-3pm, Monday to Friday, grab any toastie or salad and a pint of beer or glass of wine for £7.50!

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A word from our Cheese Guy, Doug White…

“We treat our menu like our beer, and are on the lookout for exciting producers making great products for the love of it. Our dishes are designed to showcase the craft of these producers, and complement our drink offering, so we recommended matching a few plates with a few brews. There’s a heavy vegetarian/vegan influence on the new additions, and we’d love to know what you all think!”

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Some of our latest beers

This year, Northern Monk paired with the North’s best breweries and tattoo artists to create a box of seven beers from the Northern Powerhouse Brew Series! Comprising Track, North, Donzoko, Wylam, Buxton, Cloudwater and By The River, this seven-can selection also features amazing artwork by Marko Prenger, Lucy O’Connell, James Butler, Kevin Keates, Alex Bage, Ruth Jamieson and Barney Rushworth. Available from Thursday to take away only, it’s £35 for the full set.

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Alex’s beer of the month

Broaden & Build ‘Inoculate’ 3% 330ml can

Gose with salted rhubarb and beetroot. Earthy, slightly sweet/sour, with the rhubarb pulling it all together. Gose is a very traditional German style of beer – kind of somewhere between a farmhouse ale and a sour beer, with a subtle saltiness (attributed to the water they used to use locally). Super-refreshing and a perfect summer sipper from our friends at Broaden & Build in Copenhagen, brewing beers with zero-waste in mind.

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Supplier shout-out

As Tempus Foods, Tom Whitaker and Dhruv Baker have been making charcuterie since 2014. Awarded Overall Champion Producer at the inaugural British Charcuterie Awards 2018, and named Grand Master Charcutier of Great Britain 2019, you’ll find their slowly-cured house salami on our British Charcuterie board, served simply with black pepper. Meticulously spiced charcuterie from consistently excellent single-breed pigs and ex-dairy cattle – take our word for it: These guys are the real deal!