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31 May 2010 @ 04:31 pm
Beer Festival with Jo & Chris  
J's sister & her husband came to see us this weekend & come to a beer festival with us - taking advantage of the bank holiday to not have to go home the day after we'd been out all day drinking ;) Our nearest pub, The Dove, does beer festivals 3 times a year and gets in quite a selection of beers, so well worth spending a day at :)

So Jo & Chris showed up at about lunchtime on Saturday & I made a curry for what turned out to be a mid-afternoon early dinner/late lunch - they were running a bit late coz of traffic & my cooking was running even later ;) And then it was off out for beer - unfortunately the weather was sucky, but they have tents in the backgarden bit of the pub and I think the rain had kept people in for the afternoon so we got ourselves a table immediately. Neither J nor I had a theme for picking beers (unusually), Chris seemed to be going for "gimmicks" and Jo settled down with some cider after a while as she's not the biggest beer fan. Between us, we drank the following (listed with brewery then beer name, then drinker):

  • Purple Moose Snowdonia J

  • Allgates Reverend Ray Chris

  • Allgates Twitter and Bisted M

  • Northumberland Hung Parliament J (twice)

  • Old Cannon Blonde Bombshell Jo

  • Kelham Island Night Rider M

  • Ilkley Pale Jo

  • Summer Wine Teleporter Chris

  • Red Rat Hot Stuff Ceveza Con Chilli Chris

  • Ufford Ales Golden Drop Jo

  • Summer Wine Elbow Grease M

  • Wentworth Short and Stout J

  • Brass Monkey A Chimp of the Ol' Block M

  • Caledonian Deuchars IPA M (pint at the end)

  • Farmers Drop of Nelson's Blood M

  • Fullers London Pride Chris

  • Greene King Abbot Ale J

  • Humpty Dumpty Little Sharpie M

  • Sticklegs Malt Shovel Mild J

  • Adnams Broadside Chris (half, then pint at end)

  • Brandon Royal Ginger Chris

  • Clarks Clint Eastwood J

  • Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild J

  • Elgoods Double Swan Jo

  • Green Jack Albion Mild M

  • Hop Back Summer Lightning Jo

  • Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild J

  • Old Cannon Rusty Gun J

  • Red Fox Wily Dark M

  • Saltaire Triple Chocoholic Chris

  • Woodfordes Wherry M

  • Mr Whitehead ? Jo - a cider, it wasn't the one on the list (which was Heart of Hampshire) and I didn't catch the name :/

  • Thatchers Cheddar Valley Jo (3 halves & a pint at the end - cider)

  • Charles Wells Banana Bread Beer Chris (bottle)

  • Belle Vue Kriek (Cherry) Chris (bottle)

A rather respectable afternoon/evening's drinking ;) All halves unless otherwise stated though, so we didn't kill ourselves (and tasted more of the beers than would otherwise be the case). And quite a good mixture there of the familiar and unfamiliar. Quite a lot we didn't try, too - but some were sold out as the festival had been running since Wednesday (including the other Northumberland one, which was a shame).

We got food from the barbeque while we were there for our evening meal, some rather tasty burgers and chips :) And the usual good conversation (and beer fuelled silliness) of a trip to the pub with Jo & Chris :) And runes (Tolkein version), for some reason that neither Chris nor I was clear on but was vastly entertaining to Jo & J ;) Then once we started to flag (at about 11) we headed home again, for some rock \m/ I feel perhaps a tad sorry for our neighbours, coz they could possibly hear our (er, by "our" I mean "my") caterwauling, but it doesn't happen that often ;)

Shockingly no-one was hungover on Sunday morning! Well, I tell a mild lie - I was a bit rough, but nothing some breakfast couldn't sort out. The plan for the day was gentle because we'd all expected to be broken - we passed the time with a lot of PS3 games, and quite a lot of tasty tasty food :D Introduced Jo and Chris to ModNation Racers (which I think they're planning to pick up) and to God of War III (which Chris has borrowed from us). And more rock happened, too - slightly more sensible playing of Lego Rockband and Rockband 2 :)

And now they've gone! :( Well, several hours ago - they've been back, done their shopping, and probably loads of other stuff, by now.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: ModNation Racers in the background
John: coffee cupjarel on May 31st, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Woah - that's a mighty list of beers \o/

Tasty, tasty beers ...
Toreascamp on May 31st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Had a great time; good company, good beer and good rocking! \m/

Thanks again :)
Margaretpling on May 31st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you had a good time, we did :)
magidmagid on June 1st, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
As always, the names of the beers fascinate me.
Margaretpling on June 1st, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like the quirky naming tradition for beers :) And have a tendency to select by picking names that catch my eye, so the list ends up even more skewed that way than it already is.
magidmagid on June 1st, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's the same sort of fascination I have for names of thyme species (for instance) (which is the basis for one of the Edward Eager books).

It's a pity I don't appreciate drinking beer; nomenclature's the best part for me :-)