Day one of a two day trip to the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London is in the books.
1. Latte Piu by Retorto Brewery 4.8%
A refreshing Italian wheat beer, light-bodied and very drinkable. Lacking the creamy mouth feel of a Paulaner or Franziskaner.
2. Ruby Wheat Beer by Rother Valley Brew Company 4.4%
Enjoyable, but wasn't really getting the traditional wheat characteristics . Nice orange peel aftertaste, but seemed more of a bitter than a wheat.
3. Budweiser Budvar Tankove Pivo 5%
My first opportunity to try a tank beer. For those not familiar, the beer is kept in a temperature controlled tank throughout brewing to the point of serving. As a result it has never been in contact with air. The result is a highly drinkable, extremely refreshing beer that will quench even the most raging of thirsts. Surprisingly, my favourite beer of the day.
4. Singel by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 6.2%
A bottled beer all the way from Virginia, USA. A lovely balance of light and smooth. Highly quaffable and only just pipped by the Budvar Tankove as my beer of the day.
5. Black Pearl by Ramsgate Brewery 6.2%
A nice, smooth stout. Enjoyable but not exceptional.
6. Skillet Head by LOC brewery 8.2%
A 'Mexican breakfast stout' from the Netherlands. My only real disappointment. A lovely rich aroma, with a chilli hint, but the taste was far too tangy and fruity for my pallette. Needed to be richer and smoother.
7. Velvet Bottom by Cheddar Ales 4.7%
A nice way to finish. A classic stout, smooth with a light bitterness and tobacco hints.
An enjoyable day, more to come tomorrow. My main takeaway; the tank beer difference is real.