Saturday, 12 April 2014

Newcastle beer festival and Battle of the Beers 3

And we win again. Mordue brewery defend the BOB title with Apollo 40.

Here we go again, another award. Newcastle beer festival's Battle of the beers is a pretty much open annual competition where breweries from far and wide across the region lock horns hopeful for a shot at the prize. This year, with it being the 40th anniversary of the CAMRA branch the entrants this time were asked to enter a beer themed around 1974 or 40. Other than that no restrictions were given as far as beer styles, ingredients or alcoholic strength were concerned. Basically this was as open a brewing competition could get.

For the full list of entrants and winners see here. But I would be surprised if my Apollo 40 dominated the field by a long shot in the same manner X squared did last year. Anarchy at second had a formidable entrant with their 6% Belgian pale ale/wheat beer hybrid and Acton ales at third had an IPA that stood out with resiny citrus hops.

Yet none the less I felt we had a beer with complexity, charm and composure. I hoped it was bold enough to stand out as I was aware that any big ass stout or aggressive IPA would certainly grab a judge's attention more than this, humble balanced pale ale with it's caramel malt, orange and herbal notes from the six different hops used.

But as it turns out complexity and approachability were what the judges were after (despite the name, runner up Anarchy Punk Era is a beer packing in plenty of wheaty grain, banana and malt. Big and complex yet approachable). So none the less after meeting the Mayor of Newcastle again and getting lots of photos taken of myself and the Mordue crew it was good to hang out with the diverse set of characters that make up the region's brewing scene and try many beers.

Some of the highlights for me were Wylam's Silver Ghost Re-dux, a turbo charged hopped up version of the original regional classic. Magic Rock Ringmaster was smooth and harmonious as well as very hoppy, a lovely beer. Then we had Allendale Rye Pilsner, crisp and inviting with a spicy edge. Elland 1872 Porter (Champion beer of Britain) also turned up and was as always a class beer. But outside of them there were many interesting beers and the whole day was a great experience. This time we really out surpassed our expectations and are looking forward to entering next year's Battle of the Beers with Mordue as favourites. Obviously by then the scene will have inevitably changed a bit. But bring it on I say.  


Ed said...

Excellent work Rob!

ninest123 said...

michael kors, ray ban sunglasses, nike air max, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp pas cher, nike free, tiffany jewelry, nike air max, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, oakley sunglasses, uggs on sale, polo ralph lauren outlet, sac longchamp, oakley sunglasses, ralph lauren pas cher, longchamp outlet, longchamp outlet, nike free, louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, nike roshe run, louboutin outlet, burberry, chanel handbags, ugg boots, kate spade outlet, air jordan pas cher, jordan shoes, tiffany and co, gucci outlet, louboutin pas cher, replica watches, oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, christian louboutin outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, longchamp, air max, prada handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches, nike outlet, louboutin, louis vuitton, tory burch outlet

ninest123 said...

ugg boots, nike roshe, mulberry, converse pas cher, nike air max, nike free run uk, abercrombie and fitch, michael kors outlet, north face, michael kors, true religion outlet, hollister, timberland, burberry outlet online, tn pas cher, michael kors outlet, lululemon, lacoste pas cher, coach outlet, hogan, vanessa bruno, michael kors outlet, michael kors, nike blazer, ralph lauren uk, vans pas cher, oakley pas cher, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, burberry, ugg boots, nike air max, michael kors, michael kors outlet, sac guess, nike air max, hollister pas cher, north face, air force, hermes, replica handbags, true religion jeans, coach purses, michael kors, new balance pas cher, true religion jeans, kate spade handbags, true religion jeans, ray ban pas cher, ray ban uk

ninest123 said...

timberland boots, lancel, chi flat iron, nike trainers, insanity workout, new balance, vans shoes, gucci, soccer shoes, nike air max, ray ban, reebok shoes, mont blanc, celine handbags, ralph lauren, jimmy choo shoes, nike air max, lululemon, converse outlet, ghd, oakley, longchamp, ferragamo shoes, babyliss, bottega veneta, mcm handbags, beats by dre, hollister, p90x workout, soccer jerseys, hollister, iphone cases, vans, nike roshe, louboutin, converse, north face outlet, wedding dresses, baseball bats, instyler, hollister, herve leger, mac cosmetics, valentino shoes, asics running shoes, nfl jerseys, nike huarache, abercrombie and fitch, north face outlet, birkin bag

ninest123 said...

ugg boots uk, canada goose, toms shoes, pandora charms, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, thomas sabo, moncler, moncler, canada goose uk, moncler outlet, replica watches, swarovski crystal, canada goose, supra shoes, canada goose, juicy couture outlet, wedding dresses, moncler, sac louis vuitton pas cher, coach outlet, swarovski, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, canada goose, louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, moncler, canada goose outlet, karen millen, moncler, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ugg pas cher, moncler, montre pas cher, links of london, hollister, pandora charms, doudoune canada goose, pandora jewelry, moncler, bottes ugg, marc jacobs