Kingston Workmenís Club and Institute, KT2 6ND

Saturday 26 June 2010

The beer festival weather lore held sway and we had a very pleasant walk along the Thames from Surbiton station into Kingston. Indeed many think the walk is the main reason TM enjoys this beer festival so much.

As the beer hall seating had already been taken up by early attendees, we again adjourned to the cooler and more comfortable main bar.

First up had to be the beer from Clarkís but unfortunately this had not cleared and would not be available until much later, if at all. No matter, there were plenty of other nice beers to choose from including a fair sprinkling of lovely Milds.

None of the beers tried particularly stood out apart from the Newby Wyke Kingston Topaz, which was absolute crap.

The afternoon moved on with our table being visited by many guests, the frequency of visits increasing when KOCís Amazonian friends, Violet and Suzy arrived. Quentin was particularly taken by Mengoís new members.

After an enjoyable few hours we set off for Kingston station and home.

PVís choice
Brewery Beer %
Elgoodís Black Dog Mild 3.6
Ilkley Black 3.7
Castle Rock Black Gold 3.8
Naylorís Pinnacle Mild 3.4
Tring Fanny Ebbs 3.9
Marble Pint 3.9
Teignworthy Neap Tide 3.8
Otley Dark O 4.1
Newby Wyke Kingston Topaz 4.2
Pilgrim Vest Alia 4.3
Twickenham Summer Gold 4.1
Skinnerís Pint of Two Halves 4.6
All Gates Yankee Pale Ale 5.0

PCís choice
Brewery Beer %
Cambridge Boathouse Bitter 3.7
Ilkley Black 3.7
Marble Pint 3.9
Jollyboat Freebooter 4.0
Newby Wyke Kingston Topaz 4.2
Blue Monkey 99 Red Baboons 4.2
Brewsterís Decadence 4.4
Redscar Rocks 4.5
Harveys Armada 4.5
Grafton Lady Mary 5.0

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