Our sister company Griffin Bars had an Ale tasting this week with their regular client Syngenta. We provided a wide varieties of ales from our local suppliers for them to try.  Below is a little bit about the companies we use and the ales we provided to them.


Ascot Ales

Ascot Ales is a multi award winning craft brewery established in 2007 and based in Camberley on the Surrey/Hampshire border.

Their highly individual beers reflect their love of English and Global ales, each are brewed with plenty of blended malts and a flavoursome twist of full flower hops for bitterness and aroma.

Alligator-AleAlligator Ale 4.6%

A Golden Ale with a wonderful hoppy nose from the Cascade Hops. It’s our thirst quencher popular with lager & ale drinkers. Winner 2008 Woking Beer Festival “Best Golden Ale”

Posh-PoochPosh Pooch 4.2%

This is our light copper coloured Best Bitter. The use of American hops gives a wonderful fruity taste and aroma. Bronze ‘Beer of the Festival’ Ascot Racecourse 2010

Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Brewery is located in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of Box Hill. The Brewery is in the rear part of the beautiful Denbies Winery Building which has been converted into a perfect brewing environment that is hygienic and safe. Significant investment in new purpose-built equipment enables the highest levels of quality control.

Shere-DropShere Drop 4.2% 

Golden amber ale, hoppy with some balancing malt. There is a pleasant citrus aroma and a noticeable fruitiness in the taste. The finish is dry, hoppy and bitter.

Windsor & Eton

Windsor & Eton Brewery opened 79 years after the closure of Windsor’s last brewery in 1931 and their brewery is located within sight of Windsor Castle.

They managed to create a new brewery from scratch in just seven weeks. On the 1st March 2010, St David’s Day, they began installing the brewing vessels and on 23rd April 2010, St George’s Day, pubs started selling Guardsman best bitter.

GARTERKnight of the Garter 3.8%

Straw coloured golden ale with a distinctive fresh citrus hop aroma.

windsor_knowWindsor Knot 4.0%

Amber ale with a grapefruit aroma. An initially sweet malt and fruit taste followed
in a mild, bittering finish

GuardsmanGuardsman, Best Bitter 4.2% 

Classic English Best Bitter with traditional Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Hogs Back Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery is a brewery in Tongham, Surrey, England, and named after the nearby Hog’s Back ridge. The brewery started in 1992 as a joint venture between two friends, Martin Zillwood-Hunt and Anthony Stanton-Precious. Growing rapidly since then, it now produces 40,000 pints per week and supplies over 500 outlets.

Hogs Back Brewery has won over 40 awards for its beers over the years. Most notably, TEA was voted “Best Bitter” in Britain in 2000, and in 2006 A over T was voted “Supreme Champion Winter Ale of Britain”, both by CAMRA.

tea-570x708Hogs Back, T.E.A. 4.2%

Top selling, award winning, best bitter. A deep golden colour. TEA is refreshing, hoppy and well balanced. Surely the best drink of the day!


Harveys of Lewes is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex and is still in the Harvey family after eight generations.

The history of brewing at Harveys dates back over 200 years and the impressive Victorian Gothic tower is a Lewes landmark which has been adapted over the past 150 years to house a modern brewing plant whilst still producing beer made in the traditional way.

Harveys-Blue-Label-Labels-Harvey--Son-Bridge-Wharf-Brewery-Ltd_50706-1Blue Label 3.6%

A blend of four different ‘aroma’ hop varieties imparts a delicate bitterness which is balanced by the residual sweetness of malt sugars.