Having survived the 'trials and tribulations' of the last year we are ready to get the pints flowing again.
There have been some alterations made during lockdown to make our re-opening even better than
before. With a new front 'space' built to enable drinkers to stay dry and un-buffeted by the winds of Witney and a band area for musicians to play again. Gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan beers will be a large part of the beer offer this year. With distancing being taken into account and some more comfortable furniture to make your stay even more pleasant we think you'll be pleasantly surprised when the 'gates re-open'.
Beer quality is foremost in 'Drummers' remit with lots of interesting beers from the local breweries and some from slightly further afield.
We like Beer...Interesting ones, well kept and at a reasonable price. The beers at Drummers change and revolve. You will normally find something new, and also something familiar on the bar. We like to find new beers that are great drinking and naturally, some of them come back again...and again - because they're great! There are GLUTEN FREE Beers always on the taps, and we keep lots of gluten-free beer on the shelves in cans and bottles. See some of our favourite brewers below...
MOST OF THESE BEERS ARE GLUTEN FREE.
Gluten free beer is made 'gluten free' by adding a natural enzyme ( roughly an egg-cup-full) to a brew of beer (1000 litres or more) breaking down the gluten - which is naturally in the malted barley so your stomach doesn't have to deal with the gluten. The enzyme drops out of the brew before casking kegging or bottling so there is no enzyme in the beer...and the beer tastes great!
Little Ox - Wishing Well, Wipeout, Oxford Pils,
Elements Brewery -
Goffs Brewery - Cheltenham Gold
Big River - Rolling Hills
Westerhams - Viceroy, British Bulldog, Helles Belles,
White Horse - Luna
To make a gluten free beer, the brewer makes the beer in the traditional way then adds an egg-cupfull of a natural enzyme which breaks down the gluten molecules so that your stomach doesn't have to do it. There is nothing taken out of the beer and you won't taste any difference...just great beer!
Beer, the most Democratic of drinks...
If you can't stay for a pint, then take some away with you! - or join the DRUMMERS BAR BEER CLUB and have a box of varied beers made up for you. The shelves are full of superb beers that you won't find in one place anywhere else.
We specialise in Gluten Free Beer, and a lot of our beers are vegetarian, vegan friendly and some are organic...some are all of these.
The world’s first ever blond lager, now known as Pilsner, was brewed by Josef Groll with Haná malt from the Haná valley in Czech Moravia. 177 years later, we have been fortunate to secure enough of this rare malt to brew this Imperial Pilsner in memory of the ‘Father of Lager’, Josef Groll.
MALT Haná Floor Malted Pilsner Malt, Vienna, Dextrin, Carabohemian
HOPS Zatec, Kazbek
440ML CANS – 330ML BOTTLES – 5L MINICASK – 30L KEG OR KEYKEG
A beautifully delicate but hoppy helles style lager. Hopped with German Hallertau Tradition and lagered a minimum of 4 weeks.
Best selling beer at the Oxted Beer Festival 2018
A rich, full bodied best bitter in the traditional Kent style. Finest Maris Otter pale ale malt and crystal malt for colour and richness. Hopped with local Kent Northdown and Finchcocks’ Whitbread Golding Variety and finished in the Hop Rocket with Progress hops from Scotney Castle and Goldings from Finchcocks hop garden for a full flavour and aroma. Also available in bottles.
“Based on a 1938 recipe, it is tawny-copper in colour, and has stewed fruit (raisins perhaps?) and barley sweetness on the nose, accompanied by hints of almond, Bakewell tart and wood in the background. It’s a noble and assured beer, with plenty of poise on the palate — there’s a restrained vinous-like sweetness, the suggestion of raisins and currants steeped in booze, some slight chocolate, plus a whisper of banana. The finish is dry and appetising bitter with a glissade-like descent of barley cereal sweetness bringing things to a close before the next sip.” – Adrian Tierney-Jones – World Bottled Beers
First brewed in 2009 to the style and strength of the Black Eagle Brewery’s famous Double Stout 1938 gyles. Made with a blend of coloured and roasted malts. Late hopped with Kent Goldings. The label design is inspired by the 1930s and 1940s bottle labels of the Black Eagle Brewery.
“Rich roasted stout with dark fruits (prune) with a smooth body followed with a hint of bitterness.”
A dark, malty red ale with nutty, roasted notes from the chocolate malt. This session bitter is hopped with Kent Target hops from the National Trust’s hop farm at Scotney Castle and Finchcocks’ Kent Goldings. A satisfying and flavoursome pint.
A traditional Old Ale style beer made with pale ale malt, dark crystal and chocolate malts and 6 types of Kent hops. The beer, which is a deep amber colour, has a fruity note and complex hop flavours. These are balanced by smooth caramel flavours from the malts. There is a slight sweetness that is balanced by a moderate but mellow bitterness.
Summer Perle was originally brewed in 2004 to commemorate the 30th (Pearl) Anniversary of the Canterbury Beer Festival. It was also the fastest selling beer at the 2004 Maidstone Beer Festival
This extra pale ale is hopped with Kent First Gold, Yakima Valley Cascade from the USA and Hallertauer Perle hops from Germany which impart a citrus, spicy and floral finish to this summer ale. 3.8%
Westerham’s bottle-conditioned beer has a honey colour with spicy hops, wholemeal biscuits and plum fruit on the nose. Tart and peppery hops, chewy malt and ripe plum fruit fill the mouth while the finish is bitter and spicy. Hops dominate but there’s a fine balance of juicy malt sweetness and tangy fruit. Malt: high. Fruit: high. Hops: high
The Spirit of Kent is hopped with 9 different types of Kent bred hops in a total of 9 separate additions. Most of the hops are picked and dried at the National Trust’s only hop garden in Lamberhurst, Kent by Ian Strang. Ian is one a dwindling number of noble hop growers left in Kent.
STYLE Pale Ale ABV 4%
First brewed in 2013, our latest edition will be launched with Apollo hops in the boil. To commemorate the “Columbia” command module of Apollo 11, we will add Columbus hops, along with Centennial (to mark the half-century). A late hopping of Comet and Chinook will see the Hop Rocket off to the fermentation tank, where a generous dry-hopping of Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe (representing the three-man crew of Apollo 11) will add classic American pine and citrus notes to this 4.5% Session IPA.
A red rye bourbon ale brewed with red rye crystal malt, double roasted crystal malt, rye malt and aromatic malt. Natural whiskey flavour and Bourbon vanilla essenceHopped with USA Apollo, Cascade and Amarillo. Deep autumn red ale. On the nose there are red fruits, think cherries and raspberries, with a rich spicy malt note and whiskey. The palate leads with sweet malt, spicy rye and rich vanilla and a lingering bitter finish
FUTURIST GLUTEN FREE SESSION IPA | 4.8%
Futurist is a gluten free beer that packs a punch! Expect aromas of grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits and pine along with subtle orange flavours. A hint of vanilla sweetness rounds out a soft, moreish
SIREN CRAFT BEERS
LUMINA SESSION IPA 4.2%
Lumina is our shining light, glowing with juicy tropical fruit notes. Hoppy aromas of mango and pineapple guide you towards explosive flavour, flashes of delicate citrus highlights and refreshing balanced
Plum Porter is our infamous, strong, dark porter that has re-defined the sector. By combining the sweetness of plums with the hoppy flavour of a porter 4.9% abv.
This stout, from the White Horse Brewery has a real roasted coffee toasty flavour, in a deep black beer. Very satisfying .
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Music has been a large part of Drummers Bar since the beginning and we hope to build it up again!
There will be the usual Sunday afternoon 'jam session' which is distanced and controlled to fulfill the requirements until something changes! However we don't know what the rules are going to say about having music as before, so that's one we will have to 'play' by ear!
It should be a glorious summer to look forward to, and if we all look after each other while we have a beer it will make for a time to compensate us all for what we've had to endure this last year.
Happiness to us all and let's make it all work, so that the joy of drinking socially can resume. Simon
We are a very small but quality led Bar and welcome appreciative drinkers.
8 Langdale Court, Witney, OX28 6FG, United Kingdom
Weds / Thurs 5pm - 9pm
Fri / Sat 12 noon - 10pm
Sunday 12 noon - 7pm