>CAMRA’s Leeds Beer,Cider & Perry Festival 2008
Anglo Dutch’s Devil’s Knell – 4.8% – Slight carbonation, but with a long, hoppy finish. Great amber colour. Solid entry from this talented and forward-thinking brewery.
Boggart Hole Clough’s Farmer’s Stout – 4.5% – I only picked one stout, and was glad it was this one. Light in body but with a complexity of flavour, rounded with a treacley finish. Great session stout.
Church End’s Goat’s Milk – 3.8% – Straw-yellow in colour, light bodied. Typical hoppy golden ale, again would be good session beer on a warm day. Refreshing.
Old Spot’s Beer Stalker – 4.1% – Again, very similar as the Church End inasmuch that it’s an entirely refreshing, hoppy ale. Maybe a little light for my taste; grapefruit aromas.
Purple Moose’s Dark Side of The Moose – 4.6% – Dark ale, foamy head and a long,long bitter finish. Very moreish, very impressive indeed.
Slaughterhouse Saddle Back – 3.8% – Impressive showing; had to be tried – any brewery that’s based in a ex-slaughterhouse gets my vote. Traditional bitter with a huge malty body and gentle hop finish. Really solid – could drink a lot of this. My ‘Session beer’ recomendation of the weekend.
Windie Goat Fisherman’s Pride – 5.0% – All the way from Ayrshire, Fisherman’s Pride poured red and malty, although with practically no head. A slightly vegetal aroma gave way to a long bitter finish. Quite sweet.
Phew. Needless to say, great pleasure was to be had tasting all those.
I Coulda Been A Contender…
There was a little disappointment; some beers that I were looking forward to had either sold out or weren’t available. I had heard great things about Glencoe’s Wild Oat Stout, and Skinner’s Helegan Honey sounded interesting too. Leeds Brewery had a brand-new beer on, Leap of Faith, but I gave that a miss. I’m no stranger to Leeds and their excellent wares. Favoured drinking spots The Fox & Newt and Foley’s had beers on show, the latter brewed by York Brewery. Other great brewers such as Goose Eye, Cotleigh, Purity and Elland all were represented.
After a stop at the Global Beer bar to pick up some of Left Hand Breweries’ JuJu Ginger (Been after some of this for a while), it was time to go. I could have happily gone back today and started again; such was the quality of the ales on offer.
Next fest; Skipton!
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