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!

7 comments:

maeib said...

I've read a few negative comments about Roosters beers recently. They were my fave UK brewer in the 1990s, but their beers haven't seemed as excellent recently.

I hope this could prove a return to form.

~I love some of those descriptions on the programme: "black". Says it all really!

a swift one... said...

I've made some of those comments myself recently but this was indeed a brace of superb beers.

Timbo said...

Good list but not enough beers for a ticker, could have managed 3, 2 of which you say were the beers of the festival.

a swift one... said...

Well sometimes it's quality over quantity Tim. I'm guessing the Mordue would be new and we should definately work on a few local landlords to get some!

Leigh said...

did you try the new Roosters brew -any good? I'm a total roosters nerd!

a swift one... said...

They were both new to me and both very good indeed. The Wrangler appropriately was under the Outlaw label and was a typical fruity quaffer whilst Boneshaker is what a good IPA should be. A return to form after a disappointing spell IMO. Was a total Roosters nerd too going back a bit and still get excited when I spot them on the bar!

Leigh said...

Yep - as an enthusiast i try to try as much as possible but whenever im somewhere that has Rooster's on; it's gotta be tried. Much like draught Sierra Nevada Pale. I'll keep an eye out.