What’s On – 5th to 11th May

By | 05/05/2023

It’s May already, and the second bank holiday is upon us. It’s much quieter than last week – either all the venues are exhausted from last weekend and are saving themselves for Eurovision next week, or they just don’t want to clash with the awesome Are You Listening festival. If you have updates or want your event to be added, e-mail beer@quaffablereading.com

Taproom Events

Double-Barrelled Taproom


This week Double Barrelled have released a 5.2% New England IPA, Frank Did It, and if you want to get a discount code for it, join their mailing list by Saturday morning

Friday: 4 pm – 10 pm. Loaded fries by Dirty Snax
Saturday: 1 pm – 10 pm. Food by Leona’s Bespoke
Sunday: 1 pm -9 pm Pizza by Sarv’s Slice. Also, join DB on a 4-mile run at 11:30, ending up back at the taproom for a well-earned pint
Monday: 1 pm -6:30 pm
Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm: Gary and Mark’s Quiz

Elusive Taproom


To celebrate the 7th anniversary of their first brew, Elusive have brewed Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Morrisman., an 11% barrel-aged imperial chocolate stout. Book a seat at the taproom if you are going along to try it by calling 0118 9732153 or emailing beer@elusivebrewing.com. Or buy it online with a 7% discount with the code SEVEN4SEVEN

Friday: noon-6 pm
Saturday noon – 8 pm

Loddon Tap Yard



Loddon have launched an interesting new beer this week – US of Ale – a 5.5% American Pale Ale. You can book at table here if you want to be sure of getting a seat, but in general it’s not needed. There’s construction going on for a permanent kitchen in conjunction with Proper Takeout, and until then there’s other street food available at the weekends too.

Friday: 9 am-10 pm.
Saturday: 10 am-10 pm.
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm.
Tuesday 9 am-7 pm
Wednesday 9 am-7 pm
Thursday 9 am-7 pm

Siren Tap Yard


It’s the time of year when Siren release White Tips again. They’ve also got a new Hazy Pale, Soft In The Middle. Plus on Friday they are celebrating Cinco De Mayo at the taproom with Margheritas as well as some beer-infused cocktails. Head along to the taproom to try them out, or buys cans online. If you want to book a table, contact them here.

Friday: 10 am – 10 pm. Street food by Mexical
Saturday noon – 10 pm. Street food by Funky Pickle
Sunday noon – 7 pm. Street food by Wings N Tingz
Monday noon – 7 pm. Pizza by Siren
Tuesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren
Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren.
Thursday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren

And also, Siren are doing a special beer for the Are You Listening festival with 10p from each can going to Reading Mencap, so either buy AYL tickets, or go online and buy the beer.

The Haunt at Phantom


This weekend Phantom are doing an unlimited food and beer brunch on Saturday. Tickets here. They’ve also got a few new beers – Daydreamer, a fruity pale, and Project Orca, a 5.5% IPA

Friday: 3 pm-10:30 pm. Pizza by Proper Takeout
Saturday 1 pm-10:30 pm. Food by The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Company
Sunday 1 pm-6 pm.
Thursday 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Pub events


The Castle Tap


Friday 7:30 pm – Folk stories – Off with their heads


The Retreat


Saturday 8:30 pm – live music from Rufus Rufcutt
Wednesday 8 pm – pub quiz


Upcoming events

A preview of some future events you’ll want to get tickets for before they all go.

Loddon Beer and Beard Festival

Visit the Opies Beard and Moustache Championship at Loddon on the 20th May. Tickets are £6.50 with all profits going to local charity Daisy’s Dream.

Park House Local Drinks Festival

The University are running a festival celebrating local wine, beer, cider, and gin producers. Come along and meet the people behind the drinks and have some food too. Tickets here.

Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival

Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival is back again on the 28th May at Bracknell Rugby Club. Tickets at bracknellalefestival.co.uk.

Twyford Beer Festival

Twyford Beer Festival has been the go-to beer festival in past years with the sad absence of the Reading Beer Festival. It’s sure to be popular again this year, so get your tickets for 8th to 10th June here.

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