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Nags Christmas Carols 2019

Nags Christmas Carols 2019

Saturday 21st December 2019

Very happy to welcome back the South Berks Concert Band for another evening of Festive carols, probably including a 20 min version of 12 Parkinsons, as the Reading football bus will arrive back around half way through!

 

Carol sheets will be on the tables so there is no excuse not to sing your hearts out! Donations to Brass for Africa greatly appreciated.

 

Tree should be up,

 

Mulled Ciders and festive beers will be on,

 

Christmas will have begun!

 

 


Gary & Mark's November Charity Fun Quiz

Gary & Mark's November Charity Fun Quiz

Sunday 1st December 2019

The November edition of Gary and Mark's superb charity fun quiz will take place on the 1st December! Well what's a day? 

Picture rounds, General Knowledge rounds, Music rounds, Who Am I rounds, and even the Bullseye round, it does what it says on the tin, a proper charity fun quiz!

Last one before Christmas folks

£1 minimum entry per person (more if you're feeling generous) with all proceeds going to the Mind Charity and beer prizes for the winners and runners up.

You can folllow Gary & Mark on Twitter here for news and bonus questions:

https://twitter.com/GaryandMarkQuiz

 

 


Gilbey the Maestro of the Pianoforte

Gilbey the Maestro of the Pianoforte

Sunday 17th November 2019

Gilbey, the maestro of the pianoforte is back once more for an evening of live rock and roll piano by the fire

 

Sing along if you know the words!

 

 


Collabageddon 2019

Collabageddon 2019

Friday 15th November 2019

We are very excited to announce that Collabageddon is back for it’s 3rd straight year at the Nags Head…and this year it’s bigger and better than ever…9 kegs and 3 casks will feature in this years beery extravaganza!

 

For those of you that don’t know how it works Andy Parker (the official nicest man in brewing) chose 11 of his other nice brewing mates who all then brewed one beer at their own brewery and one beer at one of the other breweries.

 

This years pairings were:

 

  • Chapter v Donzoko: (Dark Saison with a twist)
  • Donzoko v Marble: (Dry-hopped Belgian Wit)
  • Double-Barrelled v Little Earth: (Hay Lager)
  • Little Earth v Solvay Society: (BA Sour Red with fruit)
  • Iron Pier v Steam Town: (Apple & Blackcurrant Sour)
  • Marble v Iron Pier: (Modern Bitter)
  • Ridgeside v Elusive: (NZ IPA)
  • Solvay Society v Torrside: (Belgian Quad)
  • Steam Town v Double-Barrelled: (Imperial Pavlova Stout)
  • Tenby v Chapter: (Imperial Campfire Smores Stout)
  • Torrside v Ridgeside: (Euro-hopped Pale)
  • Elusive v Tenby: (Mango & Peach Hazy Pale)

 

And this years venues are:

 

  • Hanging Bat, Edinburgh
  • The Bookshop, Southampton
  • Sandbar, Tenby
  • The Nags Head, Reading
  • Beer No Evil, Worthing
  • Tilt, Birmingham
  • Inn Deep, Glasgow
  • The Free Trade Inn, Newcastle
  • Fuggles Beer Cafe, Tunbridge Wells
  • The Turks Head, Leeds
  • Stoneworks, Peterborough
  • Small Bar, Bristol
  • Brew York Beer Hall, York
  • Beer Merchants, London
  • The Artichoke, Norwich
  • Crown & Kettle, Manchester
  • Canalhouse, Nottingham
  • The Beer Engine, Sheffield
  • The Woodworkers, Belfast

 

All you have to do is choose one of the 20 venues and then go and try one or two of the 12 fantastic craft beer collaborations, and possibly get to talk to a brewer or two!

 

For more information you can follow Andy’s Collabageddon blog here:

 

https://www.elusivebrewing.com/blog-1/collabageddon2019

 

 

 

 


Rugby World Cup Final 'England vs South Africa'

Rugby World Cup Final 'England vs South Africa'

Saturday 2nd November 2019

We will be open from 08:00 for all the build up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final this Saturday

 

Breakfasts from 0800-1300

 

And if you're feeling really sporty then hop on the Nags footy bus to watch Reading vs Millwall at 3pm

 

 

 


Rugby World Cup 'England vs New Zealand'

Rugby World Cup 'England vs New Zealand'

Saturday 2nd November 2019

We will be open from 08:00 for all the build up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final this Saturday

 

Breakfasts from 0800-1300

 

And if you're feeling really sporty then hop on the Nags footy bus to watch Reading vs Millwall at 3pm

 

 

 


Rugby World Cup 'England vs Australia'

Rugby World Cup 'England vs Australia'

19th October

This Saturday we will be open from 8am for the quarter finals of the rugby world cup featuring:

08:15 England vs Australia

11:15 New Zealand vs Ireland

With breakfasts served 8am - 1pm

And later on our private bus will be running to the Mad Stad and back as Reading FC take on Preston North End at 3pm

Plus the Proper Manger pop-up food tent will be here for the afternoon selling their speciality beef burgers and beef bourguignon to keep vos estomacs de gronder !

 

 


Siren Craft Brew Tap Takeover

Siren Craft Brew Tap Takeover

26th September

On 26th Spetember we welcome back Siren Craft Brew with their annual Project Barista takeover, along with a whole host of collabs featuring Humble Sea Brewing Co., Van Moll, Broaden & Build, Kings and Daughters, and Left Handed Giant Brewing Co.,

Their latest release 'Castilian Lemon Cheescake' (not Limoncello IPA !) will also likely feature, along with a murmuring about a few special barrel aged casks

Plus a chance to check out their fancy new branding (don't worry about Snake Eyes, we've had that ages!)

 

Full line-up to follow nearer the time

 

 


Gary & Mark's September Quiz Night

Gary & Mark's September Quiz Night

Sunday 29th September 2019

The latest edition of Gary and Mark's superb charity fun quiz will take place on the 29th September

Picture rounds, general knowledge rounds, music rounds, who am I rounds, and even the Bullseye round, it does what it says on the tin, a proper charity fun quiz!

£1 minimum entry per person (more if you're feeling generous) with all proceeds going to the Mind Charity and beer prizes for the winners and runners up.

 

 


Gin Tasting with The Gin Devil

Gin Tasting with The Gin Devil

Wednesday 24th July 2019

The Gin Devil is in town and he's headed our way.

The Gin Devil has been organising gin tastings and events around the area for a good while now, and we don't know why it's taken us this long to get him down to The Nags.

Join us on Wednesday 24th for a tasting featuring four of the gins we serve here at the pub, accompanied by the Devil's wisdom and guidance.

We reckon he can teach us a thing or two!


To Øl Tap-Takeover

To Øl Tap-Takeover

18th April 2019

Our next tap-takeover will be on Craft Theory Eve and will feature the much acclaimed Danish craft brewery To Øl
 
And not the cuckoo brewing arm of To Øl either, these are straight from their brew pub BRUS in Copenhagen and are super rare. Not much escapes from BRUS so we are incredibly lucky that 8 different beers will be making their way to the Nags Head and we’re extremely excited about it!
 
18th of April is the date, stick it in your diaries and tell your ridiculously crafty friends! ????
 
Line-up:
 

Pink Fiction (Colab w/ Uiltje) - Strawberry Milkshake IPA - 6.5%

In February we went to Haarlem and visited the good people at Uiltje Brewing Company to brew a collaboration beer. The result is Pink Fiction, a 6,5% Strawberry Milkshake NEIPA.

Uiltje Brewing Company is from the Netherlands and were founded in 2012 and got the brewery up and running in 2015. Their signature mission statement is to ‘brew f*cking good beer’, and this collaboration is no different.

Wheat Everyday - Wheat Ale - 4.8%

Hazy orange wheat beer with a light, malty aroma overlaid with citrusy hop notes. Light and sweet flavours of apricot and citrus with a medium bitter finish.

Little By Little - Session IPA - 3.7%

Light, fresh and smooth – a real all-dayer.

Pillow Talk - New England IPA - 6.5%

Pillow talk tastes like it sounds: smooth and fluffy. A 6.5% New England IPA with all the haze and hops of your dreams.

The Boss - New England IPA - 6.8%

DDH IPA brewed w. Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe

Goldfinger – Golden Ale - 4.9%

Vanilla: In Case Of Emergency - Imperial Stout - 10.8% (6.8%???)

Goliat - BA Imperial Stout - 9.6%

Aromas of coffee, liquorice, roasted malts, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Full bodied with flavours of coffee and roasted malts first, followed with enough bitterness to balance the initial sweetness. Delicious imperial stout, like the original, just great from start to finish.

 
 

Nags Christmas Carols

Nags Christmas Carols

Saturday 21st December 2019

Very happy to welcome back the South Berks Concert Band for another evening of Festive carols, probably including a 20 min version of 12 Parkinsons, as the Reading football bus will arrive back around half way through!

 

Carol sheets will be on the tables so there is no excuse not to sing your hearts out! Donations to Brass for Africa greatly appreciated.

 

Tree should be up,

 

Mulled Ciders and festive beers will be on,

 

Christmas will have begun!

 

http://www.southberksmusic.org.uk/

 

http://www.brassforafrica.org/

 

 


Siren Craft Keg Wall Takeover

Siren Craft Keg Wall Takeover

25th October

Siren Craft Brew will be taking over the keg wall with a selection of fine collaboration beers, showcasing the superb Project Barista 2018 range alongside other collaborations with some of the finest breweries, distilleries and roasters.


A few special casks will also be available on the night including the only available pin in the land of 'Mind on my Honey', and a remake of the first special we ever remember them brewing, 'Sweet Dream', a smooth lactose, chocolate & vanilla version of their now Champion Beer of Britain 'Broken Dream' (also available!)

 

 


Tiny Rebel Tap Takeover

Tiny Rebel Tap Takeover

12th July

Yep Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. will be taking over all 12 cask pumps, the keg wall, and Gary & Ra’s Bar in the Nags Legs with up to 30 different Tiny Rebel beers available, as well us a couple of ciders!

 

Here’s the potential list (subject to tiny changes!)

 

 

Cask:

 

Morning Glory

Hank

Sertified Simcoe

Fugg Life

Citra Milkshake

Mosaic Milkshake

Nelson Sauvin Milkshake

Fubar

Gin & Juice

Cwtch

Juicy

Gin & Juice

Cherry Bomb

Don't Believe the Hype

Barrel Aged Dirty Stop Out

Stay Puft

Urban IPA

Chocolate Stay Puft

 

 

 

Keg

 

Clwb Tropicana

Frambuzi

Cali

Peaches & Cream

Gin & Juice

AK47

Dirty Stop Out

Citra Milkshake

FUBAR

Lychee Lager

Bucky

The Great Cornholio

Can You Smell What The Bock Is Cooking?

Cheeky Vimto

There’s Always Honey in the Banana Stand

Imperial Stay Puft

Orange Mocha Frapp Stout (Fierce Beer Collab)

Diggeridank (Siren Craft Collab)

Pump Up The Jam

 

 

You'll notice that there are more than 30 beers on this list, and indeed most of them have been ordered twice, and some of them 3 or 4 times, meaning this will likely be a weekend long tap-takeover, certainly with most of the keg beers still being available during the World Cup Final.

 

There are also some very rare and special beers including all of Tiny Rebel's Birthday beers which will likely go quite quickly, so if you want to try the Fierce Beer or Siren Craft collaborations you'd probably best get here on the Thursday!