All our beers are made with malted barley, water, hops and yeast. Then we usually chuck a few more hops in.

We're happy to tell you exactly what goes in to every brew - as a customer, you're entitled to this information, anyway. Some breweries are a bit coy about giving out these details, but we don't think they should be. So,on this page we provide all the ingredients along with a few other bits of useful stuff about the beer names, the hop varieties and any other oddities we think might be of interest.

Note to festival organisers, etc. The images on this page are larger than they appear - they're perfectly adequate for most printing requirements. Just right-click to copy.

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TBA - 3.9% ABV

Our best-selling session bitter. Brewed with multiple hops, added throughout the boil for a well-rounded beer with a good bitter finish

We used a combination of our old favourite hops - English Pilgrim and NZ Green Bullet & Pacific Jade. then chucked in some American Citra at the end to give it an extra kick. Rich for its strength, TBA is a proper modern old-fashioned best bitter.

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ADMIRAL SINGLE-HOP - 4.3% ABV

Another single-hop brew using an English hop. Firmly bitter, with notes of herbs and a hint of citrus flavour.

A new version of the Admiral single-hop golden beer for 2017. As with all our single-hops, the only malt used is Maris Otter Pale Ale.

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PIONEER STOUT - 5.0% ABV

A black, black stout, packed with chocolate malt and Pioneer hops, and a hint of vanilla.

Pioneer Stout is another early brew which has been retained. It's very dark, thanks to 10% Chocolate malt and a bit of Black. The Pioneer refers to the main hop used. A bit of vanilla is added to round off the bitterness.

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PENDRAGON PORTER - 5.4%

Rich, smooth dark porter

This porter was first brewed in early 2017 and proved very popular, also being short-listed for an award at the Reading Beer Festival.
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GREEN HOP IPA - 4.8% ABV

Rich, deep and complex copper-coloured bitter with green hops used at the end for
a fresh, vinous character

 

Brewed with fresh green hops from this year's harvest. Ony one brew possible, so very limited supplies.

2013 version won joint second at Hampshire Octoberfest.

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IPA2017 - 5.8%

Strong, fruity and delicious. A bit of colour, so not as pale as some, but tastier than most!

New IPA for 2017

       
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SOLO Pacific Jade - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added at four stages for complexity of flavour housed in a pale golden brew. Citrus notes and a good lingering bitterness

Pacific Jade is another of those wonderful New Zealand hops. Its flavour is subtler than Nelson Sauvin or Motueka, but it's still got plenty of depth. As it's a single-hop brew, once again we use only Maris Otter Pale malt.

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RUBY STOUT - 5.0% ABV

A Rich dark ruby stout, brewed with chocolate malt and Admiral & Northern Brewer hops for a smooth, flavoursome pint.

A new brew for 2016, we decided to keep things simple with two hops and two malts. The result is a very quaffable dark ruby stout. Casked in July 2016, it will mature and develop over the next four months, or more.

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IPA2016 - 5.0% ABV

New IPA for 2016. Brewed with English Pioneer and New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, this is a full-flavoured, fruity IPA with a gentle bitterness

It's an IPA. It's pale and strong(ish) and full of flavour. Very quaffable.

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NORTHERN BREWER 4.3%

The latest in a long line of single-hop golden bitters, this one uses German Northern Brewer hops for a smooth flavour and a gentle bitter finish.

Northern Brewer is the name of the hop. No Northern brewers were harmed in the production of this beer.

Available from mid-March 2016

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BUTCHER'S BREW 4.9 % ABV

Rich brown mult-hop beer

Brewed for Stefan's Butchers in Wokingham, and has since become a regular beer in cask, this brown ale combines English, New Zealand and American hops in a full-flavoured malty brew. Despite its name, it is vegan-friendly, only ever casked (or bottled) unfined.

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AMBER 3.9 % ABV

Lightly hopped malty amber beer. Rich red in colour, full of flavour with gentle bitterness

A new brew for 2015, this is a take on the amber style of beer, brewed to a lower ABV than its American cousin, but still full of malt, plus the rich flavours of Northern Brewer hops.

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Best of Both Worlds - 4.1% ABV

New best bitter for 2015. A combination of British and NZ hops gives this beer a satisfying body with a refreshing flavour and a gentle bitter finish.

English Admiral, NZ Pacific Jade, and just a dash of chocolate malt.

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BLACK HOPPY BITTER - 5.4% ABV

English, American and NZ hops combine to produce a flavoursome black beer with a solid bitter aftertaste.

Brewed with Pilgrim, Amarillo, Admiral and Wakatu hops for a complex flavour. This beer is probably what some would term a 'Black IPA' but we don't like the term. We've called it what it is - a black, hoppy bitter. A touch of chocolate at first, with black malt used at the end of the sparge to extract the colour.

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SOLO Green Bullet- 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added at four stages for complexity of flavour housed in a pale golden brew. Powerfully floral. Dry-hopped version available in limited numbers.

Green Bullet is a favourite hop of ours - plenty of flavour, with a citrus kcik and a floral aroma. As usual for an SVB single-hop beer, only Maris Otter pale ale malt is used, so the hop shines through.

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HOPPY HARRINGTON - 4.7%

Five-hop special brewed with US, NZ and UK hops for a complex flavour with a sweetish flavour and a satisfying hoppy finish. Mid-brown in colour.

Colyumbus and Pilgrim for bitterness, plenty of rich Magnum flavour, topped off with Green Bullet, Pacific Jade and Wakatu for floral and citrus aroma notes. All housed in a malty mid-brown brew.

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CHRISTMAS BEER - 6.8% ABV

Strong, rich dark ruby-coloured winter ale with plenty of fruity flavours, plus coffee, chocolate and a subtle hint of seasonal spices

Magnum, Willamette and Styrian Bobek hops, MOP, Crystal and Chocolate Malts. A few Nutmegs, some cinammon, a handful of cloves and some star anis added to the boil. Not overpoweringly spiced, but full of flavour.

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UBIK- 5.0% ABV

Big, bold, copper-coloured multihop bitter

Brewed with American Columbus & Magnum, NZ Riwaka, and UK Pilgrim hops, this is a full-flavured premium bitter

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PILGRIM STOUT - 5.0% ABV

A new stout, brewed with predominantly English hops - mainly Pilgrim; hence the name. Slightly sweet with chocolate notes and a good hoppy base.

Plenty of chocolate malt, Pilgrim, Galena and Fuggles hops.

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THREESOME - 3.0% ABV

Session beer. Light copper in colour, with a toffee nose, and a well-balanced flavour.

 

Threesome was the third beer brewed by SVB. It's been slightly tweaked since then, now made with a combination of English and New Zealand hops for added complexity of flavour. Made with Maris Otter and Crystal malts

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SOLO SOUTHERN GOLD - 4.0% ABV

A golden beer combining two of our favourite New Zealand hops, Green Bullet and Pacific Jade. Plenty of citrus zing and a good floral nose

The first of a series of multi-hop beers featuring New Zealand hops. In common with the single-hop SOLO range, this uses only Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, so the hops do all the work.

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PILGRIM SINGLE-HOP - 4.3% ABV

Our first single-hop beer brewed with Englsh hops - Pilgrim impart a fruity resinous flavour with more than a hint of pear-drops

Maris Otter pale ale malt and Pilgrim hops, added at five stages in the boil.

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IPA5 - 5.0% ABV

Fruity aromas, rich complex taste and a gentle but lingering bitterness.

Brewed with Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, UK Pilgrim hops for bittering, and NZ Pacific Jade and Green Bullet hops for a complex aroma and flavour.

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SOLO AMARILLO - 4.3% ABV

Golden beer using only American Amarillo hops for a powerfully hoppy aroma and flavour, full of fruity notes.

Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, Amarillo hops, water, yeast. Hopped exponentially - that is, a small amount at the beginning of the boil and loads more by the end, for a full hoppy hit without overpowering bitterness

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SOLO Ahtanum- 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added exponentially to bring out all the flavour without over-bittering the beer

Ahtanum is a fruity full-flavoured hop with very low alpha characteristics, making it a tricky one to use for a single-hop beer. We chose not to worry about the low bitterness, and concentrate on flavour. It works.

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Mellivora - 5.6%

Dark ruby beer brewed with five hop varieties and honey, to produce a smooth and delicious, distinctive beer

Plenty of hops and plenty of malt with a good honey base and a rich dark ruby colour. Hops used: Riwaka (NZ), Galena (US). Fuggles, Admiral and Pilgrim (UK). Brewed with Katrina Fletcher from the Alehouse in Reading for their winter beer festival.

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Extra-Curricular - 5.4%

Copper-coloured multi-hop, multi-grain beer with a complex hoppy character, plenty of aroma and a good, lingering bitter finish. Available fined and unfined.

Brewed in collaboration with Reading University Real Ale Society.
Malts: Marris Otter pale ale, Caramalt, chocolate, black.
Hops: Admiral, Green Bullet, Amarillo, Pacific Jade, Pilgrim

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SSB - 3.4% ABV

Sherfield Session Beer. A lower-alcohol bitter, but still full of flavour thanks to liberal helpings of English and New Zealand hops.

Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, plus a touch of Crystal for a hint of colour. Hops: English Pilgrim and Pioneer, and New Zealand Pacific Jade,

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ADMIRAL SINGLE-HOP - 4.3% ABV

Another single-hop brew using an English hop. Firmly bitter, with notes of herbs and a hint of citrus flavour.

We've used Admiral as the backbone of several beers before, but decided to have a play and see if it stands on its own. The answer is yes. As with all single-hops, the only malt used is Maris Otter Pale Ale.

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BRALDA HIM IPA - 5.0% ABV

New IPA for 2013, brewed with English, American and New Zealand hops, for a classic IPA with a good bitter aftertaste.

Bralda Him means 'Heady Ale', or at least it does according to JRR Tolkien. A name the hobbits gave to the Brandywine river.

Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, Admiral, Galena, Wakatu, Riwaka and Green Bullet hops.

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WISTY - 5.0% ABV

Copper-coloured beer brewed with 5 hops and 3 malts. Fairly malty flavour balanced with predominantly English hops.

E.L. Wisty was one of the many creations of my namesake, Peter Cook. Thought it was about time to exploit the connection.

Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, crystal malt, Chocolate malt; Admiral, Galena, Pilgrim, Pioneer and Green Bullet hops.

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SOLO CASCADE - 4.3% ABV

American Cascade hops are known for their strong aroma, reminiscent of lychees and/or grapefruit. We've packed plenty of these into a golden beer for a flavoursome as well as aromatic brew.

Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, Cascade hops, water, yeast. That's enough for anyone, surely?

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SOLO Wakatu - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Another New Zealand single-hop golden ale. Wakatu was formerly known as Hallertau Aroma. This is a fairly subtle hop, but we've chucked plenty in to give a full flavour. As usual with NZ hops, expect fruity floral and citrus smell and flavour

Maris Otter pale ale malt. Yeast. Lots and lots of hops. Five additions of this aroma-rich hop, added throughout the boil to get as much out of it as possible.

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Mellivora - 5.4%

Dark ruby beer brewed with five hop varieties and honey, to produce a smooth and delicious, distinctive beer

Plenty of hops and plenty of malt with a good honey base and a rich dark ruby colour. Hops used: Riwaka (NZ), Galena (US). Fuggles, Admiral and Pilgrim (UK). Brewed with Katrina Fletcher from the Alehouse in Reading for their winter beer festival.

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SHERFIELD PORTER - 5.6% ABV

New porter recipe using 5 hops and 3 malts for a rich complex flavour. The addition of a few hand-picked blackberries gives this brew a subtle sweetness.

Goldings, Northern Brewer, Admiral, Pilgrim and a touch of Riwaka hops, housed in a rich dark combination of Pale Ale Malt, Brown Malt and Black Malt.

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SOLO SOUTHERN GOLD - 4.0% ABV

A golden beer combining two of our favourite New Zealand hops, Green Bullet and Pacific Jade. Plenty of citrus zing and a good floral nose

The first of a series of multi-hop beers featuring New Zealand hops. In common with the single-hop SOLO range, this uses only Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, so the hops do all the work.

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THREESOME - 3.0% ABV

A surprisngly tasty (long) session beer, pale golden in colour with not too much malt but plenty of hop.

 

Threesome was the third beer brewed by SVB. It's been slightly tweaked since then, but still contains the same English hops: Admiral, Fuggles, Goldings and Pioneer. Made with Maris Otter and Crystal malts

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SOLO Nelson Sauvin - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added at four stages for complexity of flavour housed in a pale golden brew. Powerfully floral. Dry-hopped version available in limited numbers.

English hops are great, but sometimes you need that extra punch that New Zealand's can offer, and Nelson Sauvin is the punchiest of the lot as far as we're concerned. Even more so if you have one of our dry-hopped casks. All our single-hop brews use Maris Otter Pale malt and nothing else, so there's nothing to distract you from the hops.

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SOLO Motueka - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added at four stages for complexity of flavour housed in a pale golden brew. Motueka has a complex flavour with hints of bubblegum, pear drops and tropical fruit.

Pete the brewer's favourite hop, Motueka is more commonly used in Pilsners, but add generous armfuls to a bitter and you end up with beery loveliness. As soon as the harvest is in, we're getting loads of this hop, so we don't run out again!

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SOLO Riwaka - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! A new New Zealand hop for us, Riwaka is less potent than Motueka or Pacific Jade, but still full of flavour, with a subtle elderflower and citrus taste and a pleasant floral nose

As always, this single hop beer is brewed using only Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, so the flavour of the hop stands out. Riwaka is a lower Alpha hop, which means it doesn't produce as heady a hit as Motueka, but it's still very tasty.

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HOPPY HARRINGTON - 4.7%

Five-hop special brewed with US, NZ and UK hops for a complex flavour with a sweetish flavour and a satisfying hoppy finish. Mid-brown in colour.

Fuggles and Pilgrim for bitterness, plenty of spicy Galena flavour, topped off with Riwaka and Pacific Jade for floral and citrus aroma notes. All housed in a malty mid-brown brew.

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LXR - 4.0%

English hops dominate this best bitter. Light in colour with a well-balanced hoppiness.

We couldn't resist adding a touch of Nelson Sauvin right at the end of the boil to add a floral dimension to the grassy flavours of Admiral, Fuggles and Goldings. LXR is text-speak for elixir. Oh, all right, it's also 60 in Roman numerals with an R for regina. At least we didn't go for an appalling pun...

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SOLO Galena - 4.3% ABV

Just the one hop, but a lot of it! Added at four stages for complexity of flavour housed in a pale golden brew. Powerfully floral. Dry-hopped version available in limited numbers.

A new single hop beer for the SOLO range, Galena is an American hop with plenty of fruity flavours and (we think) a touch of spice. Another golden beer, brewed with only Maris Otter pale ale malt so nothing gets in the way of the hop's characteristics.

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IPA2012 - 5.6%

Indian Pale ale brewed with English Pilgrim and Northern Brewer hops, with a few American Galena hops thrown in for good measure. Quaffably sweet with a good bitter finish.

An IPA. The P stands for 'pale'. It's strong and hoppy, like an IPA should be. It shouldn't be brown and under 4%, no matter how much wistful advertising you throw at it. This one's brewed with English Pilgrim hops. Lots of them. Alternative 'It's Promotion Again' pumpclip available, for Reading fans.