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The Phoenix, 67 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DB
The Phoenix, 67 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DB

As a Free House, we are very keen to promote Real Ales and host beer festivals at least four times a year, including our Christmas ale themed festival, our Wicked Brew Beer and Music Fest featuring beers from Kent Breweries, the War of the Roses Beer Festival for the May Day Bank Holiday and our 'Canstock' music festival.

The Phoenix


A selection of our featured ales this month
Not all ales listed will be available throughout the month, we have a fast moving selection of real ales and those featured are amongst those on tap, waiting in the cellar or expected.

Christmas Beer Festival 2017
Christmas Beer Festival 2017
Christmas Beer Festival 2017

Twelve DaysTwelve Days

Hook Norton : Twelve Days ABV 5.58% "pleasant sweetness".
Sitting in its beautiful, mellow Cotswold Hills landscape, Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach, to create a range of real ales for today’s drinkers to enjoy. Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. From them comes their festive offering 'Twelve Days', a dark brown strong beer, finely balanced, with a strong malt and nutty flavour. The hop character is present in the aftertaste, which is dominated by a pleasant sweetness. Has been described as Christmas in a bottle - best enjoyed not to far from a roaring log fire! A winner at the World Beer Awards 2015 as United Kingdom's Best Strong Dark Beer.

Twelve DaysTwelve Days

Hook Norton : Twelve Days ABV 5.58% "pleasant sweetness".
Sitting in its beautiful, mellow Cotswold Hills landscape, Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach, to create a range of real ales for today’s drinkers to enjoy. Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. From them comes their festive offering 'Twelve Days', a dark brown strong beer, finely balanced, with a strong malt and nutty flavour. The hop character is present in the aftertaste, which is dominated by a pleasant sweetness. Has been described as Christmas in a bottle - best enjoyed not to far from a roaring log fire! A winner at the World Beer Awards 2015 as United Kingdom's Best Strong Dark Beer.

Jingle KnockerJingle Knocker

Skinner's Brewery : Jingle Knocker ABV 3.8% "pale, light bodied"
In 1997, armed only with his own surname, a chap called Steve Skinner dreamed of setting up a community brewery in Cornwall. On the banks of the Truro River, he and his family brewed a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth. Countless barrels and hundreds of awards later, the brewery has grown but remains a family business rooted in the area, whether that’s in sourcing Cornish-grown barley, doing their bit for their corner of the planet or enjoying a bit of surfing and shanty-singing. From them comes Jingle Knocker, just the thing to warm you up after a few hours of Christmas shopping or at the end of a beautiful frosty walk. Jingle Knocker is a strong amber ale, made with crystal malt and pale malt and Challenger hops.

Jingle KnockerJingle Knocker

Skinner's Brewery : Jingle Knocker ABV 3.8% "pale, light bodied"
In 1997, armed only with his own surname, a chap called Steve Skinner dreamed of setting up a community brewery in Cornwall. On the banks of the Truro River, he and his family brewed a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth. Countless barrels and hundreds of awards later, the brewery has grown but remains a family business rooted in the area, whether that’s in sourcing Cornish-grown barley, doing their bit for their corner of the planet or enjoying a bit of surfing and shanty-singing. From them comes Jingle Knocker, just the thing to warm you up after a few hours of Christmas shopping or at the end of a beautiful frosty walk. Jingle Knocker is a strong amber ale, made with crystal malt and pale malt and Challenger hops.

Christmas SpiritChristmas Spirit

Whitstable Brewery : Christmas Spirit ABV 4.7% "marmalade".
In 2003, the Whitstable Oyster Company stepped in to save a Maidstone based Kentish microbrewery's site when it folded. They hired Rafik Abidi, a Heriot-Watt trained brewer with years of experience of the British brewing industry and he got straight to brewing great beer! Almost ten years and a huge increase in production later and the Whitstable Brewery's range has gone from one to twelve beers and five to hundreds of outlets. Even the meanest Scrooge will find their Christmas Spirit after a glass of Whitstable Brewery’s new Yuletide Ale! Crystal Malt gives this Red Ale a warmth and depth of flavour perfectly suited to the Festive season while an All-English hop blend led by the powerful Admiral and celebrated East Kent Goldings varieties rounds off this beer with spices, marmalade, and a balanced bitterness.

Christmas SpiritChristmas Spirit

Whitstable Brewery : Christmas Spirit ABV 4.7% "marmalade".
In 2003, the Whitstable Oyster Company stepped in to save a Maidstone based Kentish microbrewery's site when it folded. They hired Rafik Abidi, a Heriot-Watt trained brewer with years of experience of the British brewing industry and he got straight to brewing great beer! Almost ten years and a huge increase in production later and the Whitstable Brewery's range has gone from one to twelve beers and five to hundreds of outlets. Even the meanest Scrooge will find their Christmas Spirit after a glass of Whitstable Brewery’s new Yuletide Ale! Crystal Malt gives this Red Ale a warmth and depth of flavour perfectly suited to the Festive season while an All-English hop blend led by the powerful Admiral and celebrated East Kent Goldings varieties rounds off this beer with spices, marmalade, and a balanced bitterness.

Fallen AngelFallen Angel

Springhead : Fallen Angel ABV 3.8% "oranges & tangerines".
Springhead began life in Sutton-on-Trent as the smallest brewery in England in 1990, gaining a place in the Guinness Book of Records, with a brew length of just 2.5 brewers barrels, but success led to the brewery moving to larger premises. From them comes Fallen Angel, a beautiful golden beer, with refreshing fruity flavours of oranges, tangerines, and a twist of lime. Fallen Angel is given a festive warmth by adding cinnamon to the brew and its delicious flavour is a result of the use of the finest Maris Otter Pale malt in its brewing process, combined with Cluster hops, and Nottingham Ale yeast. Bring out it's festive flavours with a cinnamon bun!

Fallen AngelFallen Angel

Springhead : Fallen Angel ABV 3.8% "oranges & tangerines".
Springhead began life in Sutton-on-Trent as the smallest brewery in England in 1990, gaining a place in the Guinness Book of Records, with a brew length of just 2.5 brewers barrels, but success led to the brewery moving to larger premises. From them comes Fallen Angel, a beautiful golden beer, with refreshing fruity flavours of oranges, tangerines, and a twist of lime. Fallen Angel is given a festive warmth by adding cinnamon to the brew and its delicious flavour is a result of the use of the finest Maris Otter Pale malt in its brewing process, combined with Cluster hops, and Nottingham Ale yeast. Bring out it's festive flavours with a cinnamon bun!