Saturday night found some of the Bury CAMRA soaks, I mean beer experts, in far-off climes. Staveley in Cumbria to be precise. Why Staveley? Why for the Hawkshead beer festival, of course. Why on earth would you visit Cumbria otherwise? The setup is great; the festival is split over two floors and between two bars. I’ve not been to the Saturday evening session before and, as forecast, it was very busy. However, a good time was had by all
Allgates Mosaic: This hop seems to be doing the rounds at the moment but this is the first cask offering I’ve had. Beautiful notes of lemon, pine and tropical fruit.
Allgates Hopgate: New Zealand hops in this refreshing beauty. My tasting notes simply say “Allgates!” “Hoppy!” ‘Nuff said.
Arbor Hoptical Delusion #5: Arbor, for my money, produce the best bottled beers in the UK. And judging by this hoptastic treat, their cask beer is right up there up as well.
Arbor Triple Hop #5: A Pale Ale brewed with Galaxy, Topaz and Green Bullet. Fruity and dry.
Bristol Beer Factory Bitter Kiwi: Lovely mango and gooseberry hop edge.
Arbor Yakima Valley: Second time in two weeks for me. A stunning American IPA. Copious amounts of six hops give this complex beer a resinous pine edge that lingers long on the palate.
Bristol Beer Factory Bitter Californian: This UK/USA American Brown Ale hybrid split opinion. Visually difficult for those who associate pale beers with hops. But I liked it. The Newport, Nugget and late added Chinook really gave this a crisp citrus edge.
There were several other excellent beers-Tiny Rebel springs to mind, but the Tyson beer tasting machine failed to record them for some reason. I can’t say for certain, but I suspect alcohol played its part.