Well I’ve lived through Wednesday night at the Pboro beer festival – and a cracker it was. I was joined by my Aussie mate Lindsay – and we drank our way through a good number of ales – one half pint at a time.
I think beer of the festival for me has been the Oakham Ales festival special – Akhenaten – a 4.9% golden ale, with lots of complex hop and citrus flavours. It’s like a beefed up Bishops Farewell, which itself is a fantastic ale.
Talking of hops – now I thought I loved hops in beer, and there was no such thing as ‘too much hop’. I’ve since discovered there is! We took a break from the ale to go for a bottled ‘world beer’ – and rather than try my usual belgium favourites, I thought I’d try an American IPA – and picked the Snake Dog IPA 5.6% (Flying Dog brewery). Wow it was so heavy on hops it was amazing – but unbalanced really – my mouth this morning still feels a bit numb from the effect of those hops. A bit much – I think the brewer just needs to find a bit more balance in the beer! (UPDATE: Since then, I’ve really taken to high hop beer – so take that ‘review’ with a pinch of salt 🙂 )
Food wise – we went for the standard issue Charters BBQ – burger with cheese. Hit the spot.
The festival itself was far quieter last night than the opening night – possibly due to the light drizzle that was falling half of the time – and the dark cloud there’d been all day.
As for tonight – the ‘big one’ as I call Thurs night (because it’s the traditional night that a lot of people from work go) – here’s hoping for a great night. Well afternoon and night in fact, as it opens at 12… although we’ll probably get there more like 2pm – there’s no rush! 🙂 Hopefully the bands are on form, the ale doesn’t warm up too much, and it doesn’t get TOO busy.