I don’t know why but I love this beer festival. I was there when it first started in 2008, missed 2009 and went to all subsequent editions since and it was always a success for me. I have been to a few others, Altrincham, Bent & Bongs Beer Bash… all great events but Didsbury someone has an edge. I always bring up the contrasting experience of the Stockport Beer Festival – would have been the 2009 edition – where I did not enjoy a single beer out of 5 or 6. The June weather was great yet we were all stocked within the Edgeley’s stadium stenchy bar area…not great. I guess I should give it another go since Stockport truly has great beer pubs. Anyway, the 2012 vintage was just as good if not better than previous opuses, maybe because I now know a bit more about beer and what I like. There were 107 ales available and I managed to sample 11 + 1. I’ll come to the +1 in a minute but the reason why I managed to taste so many is because we could have (generous) thirds (if you have 11 pints between 6 and 11pm, you’re not there for tasting and discovering, sort it out!).
So let’s keep this one short, here is the list of the beers I had on Friday – I did not take precise notes as 1. I am not beer tasting expert 2. too busy talking about beer to take notes; but I will use a smiley symbol as a marking conclusion if that’s ok for you.
|American Amber Ale – Quantum BC||🙂|
|Pumpkin Ale – Quantum BC||😦||Actually not a big fan of that one|
|Quantum Physics – Quantum BC||🙂||The one I was looking for the most, delivered on all counts|
|True Grit – Millestone||🙂|
|Blackmere Nectar – Norther Brewery||😐||A bit flat and bland|
|Jaipur – Thornbridge||🙂||Very good stuff, light citrus keeps it fresh and a bit of honey for the body|
|Feckless – Red willow||🙂|
|Smokeless – Red Willow||🙂|
|Lord Marples – Thornbridge||😐||Not sure what I didn’t like much in this one…late in the day|
|East Indian Pale Ale – Dunham Massey||🙂||Vaguely remember that I loved this one|
|Windgather – Storm Brewing||🙂|
And just like the lottery, the bonus ball, very nicely served by Ed:
Red Willow smokeless/Quantum IPA half and half…interesting stuff. Note to self, do experiment more often with beer mixing.
So there you go. Maybe not the most eye opening of posts but I wanted to relay the good time and the good beers I had at Didsbury Beer Fest 2012.