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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Live Beer Blogging!

So here it is- the infamous Live Beer Blogging Event- brewers come and effectively chat you up for a few minutes and convince you that their beer is the best. When I say live, I mean live, so please forgive grammatical errors, bizarre punctuation and mad statements!
On my table are:
Mark Dredge,
Nathan Nolan
Des De Moor
Tim Holt from The Brewery History Society
Check out their tweets and blogs to see their thoughts too.

Abbaye de St Martin Dark with the lovely Mark McLain from the Brunehart Brewery in Belguim.
A tongue party- what a zing, unsual in something this colour.
Something very old fashioned about this beer, the bottle even looks like its been in a cellar for a few years.
Bad Attitude Brewery-  Lorrenzo , an Italian irritated by the dull scene in Italy at the time. Made cans before BrewDog.  
Two Penny Porter (Birra Artiginale.) Love the bottle, would make The Sex Pistols proud. Doesn’t taste 8.15% I get the impression this has been going down a storm around the room.
Windsor and Eton.
Conqueror  Black IPA. Ive had this one before- yum yum yum! As they say, not what you’d expect, Nathan next to me just made an exclamation of surprise.
‘Changing perceptions in beer’ Paddy the brewer says. Hugely popular, will other brewers be making it?
Des De Moor says ‘It does challenge perceptions- it’s really strange!’
Brains- SA Gold.  Ffion  Jones says ‘5.7% Golden Ale , developed 5 years ago.’ Its more popular in England than Wales.

Mark Dredge asks ‘what would you pair it with? Ffion says’ fish’ Nathan and I say shellfish’
Innis and Gunn- Canada Day special (who new Canada was Innis and Gunn’s biggest market?
Tasty! Smoky, bourbon sweetness. Delicious.
Blown away by this beer! Why do we never see the wider range of Innis and Gunn?
There is a hit of fruit after too- 8.3% This has really changed my views of Innis and Gunn.
Gerry from Wychwood with his own beer pouring goblin. Hobgoblin 5.2.
They make 11 million in bottle, 6 million in cask. First brewed for a local publicans’ daughter’s wedding.  Weddings with Beer- one of my favourite subjects.
Adnams and Broadside with the charming Fergus.
Fergus explains its tasting notes etc, including that it can be used to make Christmas puddings with. I made my Christmas pudding last year with Broadside!
Just found out Dark Star were supposed to be here and haven’t made it! Darn it!