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Great British Beer Festival 2015

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Hello everyone

Last week we to took our annual pilgrimage to the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London and we did it bigger and better than ever before. This is our third year in a row at GBBF and you can read our previous blogs from 2014 and 2013 here.  Dan, Rob and myself both went for two full days on Tuesday and Wednesday and Chris joined us from Tuesday evening onwards. We all agreed that this has been the best one so far.

When Dan, Rob and myself arrived just after lunch on Tuesday we were overwhelmed with choice like previous years. We decided to plan a route and have a system which is not something we usually do. We decided to start at one bar and work our way around every bar in order and have a third from each one. We weren’t bothered about the independent bars or those serving European beer so we avoided them altogether. As Chris joined us later on Thursday afternoon he couldn’t join in and he decided to try two beers from each bar (crazy). To check out his impressive list of beers scroll back through our twitter feed here.

Below you can check out our list where we tried 77 different beers.

DAY 1

 

Rob

Church End – What the Fox’s Hat 4.2%

Triple fff – Pressed Rat & Warthog 3.8%

Black Hole – Milky Way 6.0%

Outstanding – Ultra Pale 4.1%

Dancing Duck – Dark Drake 4.5%

360 Degrees – Oatmeal Stout 4.5%

Brampton – Impy Dark 4.3%

Yates’ (IOW) – Dark Side 5.0%

High House Farm – Top Tup 4.5%

High Weald – Charcoal Burner 4.3%

Tatton – White Queen

Binghams – Macchiato Stout 5.0%

Gloucester – Citra 4.5%

Peerless – Peerless Pale 3.8%

 

Jon

Green Duck – Sitting Duck 4.0%

Tring – Side Pocket for a Toad 3.6%

Cheddar Ales – Totty Pot 4.5%

Hophurst – Campfire 3.9%

Tiny Rebel – Cwtch 4.6%

Sonnet 43 – Bourbon Milk Stout 4.3%

Leatherbitches – Lemongrass & Ginger 3.8%

William Bros – Black 4.2%

Purple Moose – Dark Side of the Moose 4.6%

Saltaire – Triple Chocoholic 4.8%

Redwillow – Smokeless 5.7%

Windswept – Weizen 5.2%

Belleville – Northcote Blonde 4.2%

Lacons – Extra Stout 4.5%

 

Dan

Green Jack – Orange Wheat 4.2%

Goacher’s – Real Mild Ale 3.4%

Castle Rock – Skylark’s Reserve 4.5%

Hydes – Paddock Wood 4.2%

Kelburn – Jaguar 4.5%

Brentwood – Marvellous Maple Mild 3.7%

Howard Town – Super Fortress 4.4%

Borough – Summertime Dark 4.0%

Potbelly – Venom 5.5%

Little Valley – Hebden’s Wheat 4.5%

Moonshine – Harvest Moon Mild 3.9%

XT – Pi 3.14%

Goff’s – Lamorak 5.0%

Deeply Vale – Citra Storm 4.0%

 

DAY 2

 

Rob

Byatt’s – XK Dark 3.5%

Longdog – Lamplight Porter 5.0%

Double Top – Nelson 3.5%

Monty’s – Masquerade (Gluten Free) 4.6%

Hastings – Breakfast Porter 4.5%

Sulwath – Black Galloway 4.4%

Horncastle – Midnight Tempter 3.6%

Rudgate – Ruby Mild 4.4%

Arundel – Black Stallion 3.7%

Driftwood – Blackheads Mild 3.8%

White Rock – Pushang 3.8%

Five Points – Railway Porter 4.8%

Canterbury Brewers – Itzamna 9.60%

 

Jon

Mordue – Northumbrian Blonde 4.0%

Red Squirrel – Red Tail Citra 4.2%

Nottingham – Rock Ale Bitter 3.7%

Bank Top – Port O Call 5.0%

Durham – White Stout 7.2%

Forge – Hartland Blonde 4.0%

Okells – Saison 4.5%

Wold Top – Scarborough Fair 6.0%

Ossett – White Rabbit 3.8%

Penzance – Scilly Stout 7.0%

Tempest – Long White Cloud 5.6%

Five Points – Railway Porter 4.8%

Flipside – Russian Rouble 7.3%

 

Dan

Ascot – Aureole Ale 4.0%

Wye Valley – Vibes of 85 4.6%

Geeves – Rococo 3.6%

Dunham Massey – Chocolate Cherry Mild 3.8%

Hastings – Breakfast Porter 4.5%

Teignworthy – Golden Sands 4.2%

Brewsters – Hop A Doodle Doo 4.3%

Great Orme – Welsh Black 4.0%

Arundel – Black Stallion 3.7%

Blakemere – Freshly Squeezed 3.8%

Born in the Borders – Game Bird 4.0%

Cotswold Lion – Hogget 3.8%

Dancing Man – Last Waltz 5.3%

To coincide with this blog we have also recorded two podcasts which were recorded live from every bar where you can find out what we thought of these beers. You can listen to Pubcask 32 here which includes live opinions from punters on Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch which won Champion Beer of Britain 2015. Pubcask 33 is from day two of the festival which features thoughts from fellow young beer enthusiasts and my attempt at playing one of the traditional pub games.

Thanks

Jon

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