Best UK Draught Beer: Blue Monkey 3 Wise Monkeys
Best UK Bottled Beer: Fullers Brewers Reserve No. 2.
Best Overseas Draught Beer: Not really been abroad much this year (except Cuba). But my best overseas draught beer experience ever would be sitting outside a Cafe in Brussels drinking a Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet.
Best Overseas Bottled Beer: Stone Old Guardian barley Wine Style Ale early 2009 release (thanks again for bringing that across for me Wend).
Best Overall Beer: Too difficult to answer I'm afraid. Lots of great ones, no real winner.
Best Pumpclip or Label: Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009
Best UK Brewery: Far too many to choose from, but for consistency, quality and the sheer number of beers tried, I'm going with Daleside Brewery.
Best Overseas Brewery: Again a tough one, probably Stone, CA, with De Struise, Belgium a close second.
Pub/Bar of the Year: For me, The John Bull, Alnwick
Beer Festival of the Year: Newcastle Beer Festival
Independent Retailer of the Year: Hispirits, Knaresborourgh (hi Adam!)
Best Beer Book or Magazine: Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher
Best Beer Blog or Website: Plenty of em, and plenty of newcomers. I'm splitting this award between two sites. For stuff on beer, food, drinks etc, Dredgie. For sheer amusement, Cooking Lager. For like ability, both.
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year: The winner for this snuck in last minute. In second place Saint Stylvestre 3 Monts with Munster Cheese. But first place was given to a special Christmas eve pairing. For me that was Stilton, Walnuts, and Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout. Simple, Traditional, Brilliant!
In 2011 I’d Most Like To… Visit more breweries, hunt out more beers and brew some more experimental oak aged home brews.
Open Category: Best newly discovered hop variety of the year: Riwaka