Well, time for another blog post then and as it’s the last day of 2014, it seems a fortuitous day to post my Golden Pints of 2014 for my best beery tastes and experiences, harrumble!….
Best UK Cask Beer: Blue Bee Brewery American 5 hop – hon mention, Oakham Citra. – both havens of hoppy deliciousness
Best UK Keg Beer: Magic Rock High Wire – Hon mention, Butcombe Brunel Atlantic IPA – By jove Highwire was a delight, the Butcombe though was a fantabulous surprise, a mini juicy banger, could be a real hat-rattler in cans.
Best UK Bottled Beer: Brasscastle Sunshine IPA – hon mention Gloucester Brewery Cascade
Best UK Canned Beer – Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA – clear winner, just gorgeous and thus
Best overall UK Beer: Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA
Best Foreign Beer: Dockstreet Brewery Dock Street Rye IPA (Philadelphia USA)
Best UK pub/bar – The Rutland Arms Sheffield – hon mentions, Bath Hotel Sheffield and pick any one of the Bristol pubs.
Best overseas bar: Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, Philadelphia – staff, especially Sam and a lady who’s name I can’t remember, were very friendly, the wings, oh my hat the wings, were sensational, beer was good, and the atmosphere captured that perfect American mix between sports bar and drinking destination, real winner.
Best UK Brewery: Mallinsons, – I’m convinced they don’t make bad beer, be it on cask or in bottle, consistent and delicious to a fault. Hon mention – Gloucester Brewery, my top local choice, a pleasure to shop with and good beer too.
Best foreign brewery – A toughie, but Yards.
Best supermarket for beery shopping: Waitrose, runaway here, good local and national selection.
Best offie: Favourite Beers Cheltenham, great range and friendly staff and dog.
Best online: Beerritz.
Best bloggers and book: Boak and Bailey, and their book ‘Brew Britannia;
Best beery twitterer: Chris Hall.
So there you go, I’ll be hopefully be blogging more in the New Year, but till then, drink well and be happy.