Sunday, 27 February 2011
Harrogate Beer Festival
Last Thursday was the first night of the Harrogate Round Table 21st Annual charity beer festival. Making the most of my time left in Harrogate I decided to go along and join Daleside number one dray Dave and former Daleside brewer Ed Sutcliffe. Both Ed and Dave would be carefully watching over operations, I would be quality control checking any beer I liked with the help of my special 'free beer' arm band (for sponsors, beer festival workers etc) all my beer was free. Happy days.
To start things off Dave kindly pulled me some Brewdog Trashy Blonde, Following this Acorn Bullseye, drank more or less like the 4.5% Brown ale it was. Not a bad choice at all. Mordue Millenium Bridge seemed light, subtle and quaffable whereas Old Mill Spring Eternal seemed a bit sulphury, oxidised and slightly wrong. But this was compensated for quickly by the luscious smooth roasty mild that is Thwaites Nutty Black. Then from the same bar York Motueka brought instant memories of that all Motueka brew I did way back last year. My brew was an Amber, but this was a delightfully clean 4% session golden ale that seemed to be very popular.
After this it was back to the Theakstons bar for a Leeds Best Bitter and some Saltaire Cascadian Black, a black IPA that after a while drank more like a very hoppy stout, with hop pine and chocolate notes combined.
After this me and Ed hung out with the barrel master/copper himself Johnathan Manby of Theastons, creator of Elizabeth, who was carefully watching over operations. It appears that everyone now knows about my move to Mordue, even those I didn't think would know yet. All found out from the grapevine as they say. But head brewer Craig is already re-training his elite team of brewing monkeys he keeps in his shed. By the time I leave they will be ready to deploy as my replacement.
Coming soon, twissup coverage.