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Great British Beer Festival: Day 2

Day two is done, and more excellent beers consumed.

1. Krausened Lager, Budweiser Budvar 4%

After the Tankove Pivo being my beer of the day yesterday,  hopes were high for the Krausened. An unfiltered and unpasteurised lager. Not quite up there with the tank beer, but still very refreshing. A slight aftertaste that wasn't there on the Tankove, and overall I preferred the temperature controlled option. A good start though.

2. Cinnamon Porter, Boulder Beer Company 5.9%

A lovely Porter, the cinnamon being very subtle. Sweet and smooth, I'd happily return to this.

3. Kölsch, Cölner Hofbräu Früh 4.8%

Clean, crisp and clear with a softness on the tongue that surprises. Could easily go a few pints of this on a hot summer's day.

4. Make America Juicy Again, Heretic Brewing Company 6.5%

A New England IPA, hazy and fruity as you'd expect from this style, but more tart and lacking the rich smoothness of other NEIPAs I've had.

5. Salted Caramel Lucaria, Thornbridge 4.5%

Now here is a beer to make you pay attention. One of my favourite UK brewers, and again they do not disappoint. Described as an ice cream porter, it smells just as you'd imagine a salted caramel ice cream beer would. So sweet and smooth, I concede this would not be to everyone's taste, but it certainly is to mine. My beer of the day.

6. Brigadeiro, Springdale 7.5%

Another rich and smooth beer, this breakfast stout has all the body and mouth feel you'd expect,  with a coffee bitterness that made a nice change after the extreme sweetness of the Lucaria.

7. Utopian Limited Edition Stout, Lacada 8%

My fourth dark, strong beer and a good way to finish. A rich, full bodied dessert stout. Very quaffable.

Over the two days, the Thornbridge Lucaria and Budvar Tankove Pivo stand out as the real surprises. Only the LOC breakfast stout disappointed,  so a 13/14 hit rate seems very reasonable 

If you've never been then I'd heartily recommend a visit. If you do, then make sure you're there in good time as it gets much busier as the day goes on.

Comments

  1. Sounds like a load of pretentious bullshit to me, it's piss.... get over it!

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    1. As I say in the blog introduction, this is my journey. I enjoy beer and talking about it. It won't change the world, but it's not trying to. As written above "your mileage may differ".

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  2. Hi Steven,
    Appalled at the comment above! Obviously a totally insensitive moron with a totally insensitive palate and no regard for the brewers craft whatsoever! Ignore!
    Very interesting descriptions of all the beers, only wish I had been there to sample them with you.
    Perhaps next year, I’ll keep an eye out for it.
    Keep up the good drinking!
    Hamish McBroone

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