The Beer Festival so far…

Many of you have been up to our London Brewers Beer Festival so you will know the quality of the beers has been absolutely stunning! In fact the beers have been so good that you devoured over 1500 pints in the first 5 days.  Thankfully we have managed to order more Meantime, Ha’Penny, Redemption, Brodies & Windsor & Eton beers for this weekend!  We have still got lots coming up including tonights Beer Talk with Pete Brown, The Red Barrows (as seen on Sky TV!), our Novelty Dog Show, Live Music with James Sakal & Our Open Mic Night on Sunday from 5pm… we couldn’t let you go thirsty!

We have two rare beers on as I type and we’ll be tasting them tonight with Pete Brown.  First is Kernel Brewery Amarillo Pale Ale (Read about them in todays Independent). Evin rarely puts his beer into cask, and it very rarely leaves London.  This is one of London’s most wanted, most fashionable breweries, a 4.9% pale ale with a nice biscuity malt to balance those big spicy hops.

The second is a Fullers beer from the Past Masters range, epic ales from the Fullers recipe books, brewed again in single batch by Master Brewer John Keeling. There aren’t many casks of this about either and you’ll be lucky to find it outside a Fullers pub usually!  Double Stout (7.5%) with Dark Chocolate, cherry fruit and roasted notes on the aroma lead to an intense dark chocolate and fruit palate, the rich flavours are balanced by a rounded bitterness and satisfying alcohol warming finish.

So we’re past the half way mark (day 8 of 12) and I think I’ve tried all the beers, not sure I could pick a favourite, it depends on my mood! But so far the beers that have stood out for me have been The Kernel Amarillo Pale Ale, Brodies Citra, Windsor & Eton Conqueror, Redemption Urban Dusk & Twickenham Grandstand (and after my little snifter this morning, certainly the Fullers Double Stout!)

So what have been your favourites?

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