>’Spoon Fest; Ballast Point Love

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…I’ve just got in from a quick (and I mean quick) peruse around the latest Wetherspoon’s Beer Festival. As usual, there’s a few beers of note, and one that’s worth tracking down for sure. First up, Feral Brewing Company’s The Runt; a beer that promised a lot but ultimately was let down. I do, however, feel this was due to the dispense method; warm stillage in a crowded room doesn’t do this citrussy pale any good at all. There’s a touch of promise in here; light, and with a nice dose of Citra hops, but the dispense method let it down. Hedley Verity; take note for next time.

The same can’t be said of Ballast Point’s Calico Amber; despite the crap dispense method this great beer shone through; a dry, biscuity body with a touch of brown sugar and coffee lingering, and a grapefruity, unmistakeably ‘US’ style finish, courtesy of the hop-cocktail of Galena, Cascade, Centennial, Fuggle and Perle. It’s like a cousin of BrewDog’s 5AM Saint, so if you like that, get on this.

I’d also keep an eye out for Leeds’s Doubting Tom; an intruiging-sounding Pale hopped with Citra and Sorachi Ace, Hyde’s Plum Treat, Nethergate’s Saison Blonde, and Shepherd Neame’s EIPA. Check them out and let me know what you think.
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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

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