My problem was whether to sample a small part of each or concentrate on one specifically. Fortunately some kind person gave me access to the respective beer lists, so I chose the latter option. This is what I found on my trip to the Three Pigeons.
The Pigeons has been refurbished since my last visit (a fact covered in a previous post by Will), and has certainly benefited from its sprucing up. It feels fresh and a pleasant place to while away a few hours whilst sampling some interesting beers, in good company.
I was soon in company of a couple more like minded individuals and sampling more of the beers on offer. The festival, unusually for a pub festival, sold beer in thirds with three at the price of a pint, which at £2.60 across the board was exceptional value. Titan 'Gold' was next up - very similar to the Tavernale beer, then Stancil 'Barnsley Bitter' - an excellent recreation of the beer. I followed these with a couple of lighter, session beers; Totally Brewed 'Slap In The Face' and Thirstin 'Fruity Mick'. Both very acceptable quaffing beers and ones I would have been happy to stay on all afternoon, but there were further beers to sample.
Next up was probably my beer of the festival, and strangely for those who know my likes in beer, it was Harrogate 'No5 Porter'. Rich and full of flavour, it was an excellent example of the style. It was so good I had a second half. However time was pressing and I wanted to sample a couple of breweries that were common during my North East stays. Alechemy's 'Dr Rudi Burst' was one of their single hopped range and was hoppy but seemed to be missing something, not so the Anarchy 'Urban Assault', an IPA that did not skimp on hops or flavour, and sadly my swan song.
My apologies if this seems a little rushed, needed to complete it before the battery life on my laptop died and my laptop with it!