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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Supplier

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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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What’s On

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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!