For the first time, there’s been a tie. Ossett Oregon Pale, sampled in the Art Picture House, was a beautiful blend of fruit and bitingly dry hops from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. And then there was the incomparable Fyne Jarl with its full on Citra experience. This was served yesterday in superb condition at the Hawkshead Brewery Beer Festival.
Not unexpectedly, there was no shortage of excellent beers at Hawkshead as they were showcasing SIBA’s 2011 Medal Winners. I didn’t personally have a bad one all day, but I did sample the Foxfield Unzipped which was drawing a few complaints and found it to be full of unpleasantly diacetyl flavours.
The rest of the beers were uniformly good. Pick of the bunch? Well a lot of people (including me) were impressed with Stringers Yellow Lorry. This was a fine example of the use of Amarillo hops. Using both Amarillo and Citra was Hawkshead Citrillo. This tropical fruit hop delight was very moreish indeed. As was Bowland Admiral which was bursting with floral hop tones. And Marble’s collaboration with Whim-Utility Special-was very impressive as well.
An excellent festival and an enjoyable day out that ended with some more Hawkshead Windermere Pale and a nightcap of Phoenix Arizona in the Art.