Monday, March 24, 2008
Easter Festivals (Part 2)
This was the first of Suddabys spring festivals and was a scaled down version of the popular summer and winter events with just 22 beers available (around half the usual offering). After two full-on days at The Star I didn't honestly hope to find much to excite the by now jaded senses - but how wrong I was.
Although only a two hour stay was possible there was barely a dull moment with quality session beer from Roosters and Glentworth lighting the way to some truely stupendous strong ales. Cream of the crop for me were the awesome Oakham Haka, originally brewed for last year's rugby world cup and the incredibly dry, hoppy, moreish and beautifully bitter The Afro from Mordue of Workie Ticket fame (which simply must find it's way back to Huddersfield soon!) The 5% Roosters was another class act in this category - a true IPA if ever there was one.
Dark beers were well represented too with the outstanding Fullers/Gales Festival Mild just pipping Cairngorm's delicious bitter/sweet offering for me. I'm sure if time had permitted that the Titanic and both Ellands would have registered big scores too but sadly they'll have to wait. Hopefully this mini-fest will become a regular feature at Suddabys but I do hope it manages to avoid the Star next time 'cos this rushing about between festivals is not the most relaxing way to spend a weekend!