A VAT inspector goes missing as he hunts for an illicit cider still responsible for brewing The Beast, a potent local hooch. At the Midsomer Abbas spring fayre which celebrates its friendship with Midsomer Herne, Barnaby and Jones sample the local cider, while temperance preacher Norman Grigor calls on residents to repent of their drunken ways. Suddenly, Barnaby is violently ill as the body of missing man Peter Slim is found floating in the cider vat.
[Reverend Grigor has gatecrashed a Cider Festival at the local brewery and is preaching fervently about the evils of alcohol. He even accuses the vicar of being a fornicator] Samuel Quested: Tell me, Norman. If "the other" is so wrong, how come you've got six children of your own? [crowd laughs] Samuel Quested: Six we know of, that is. [more laughter] Rev Norman Grigor: I can assure you, Samuel Quested, that I made those children to glorify the Lord. The act itself gave me no pleasure. Chloe Baker: I'm sure your wife would say the same. [uproarious laughter]