The Hampshire at Crondall, GU10 5QU

Saturday 29 August 2009

The Hampshire at Crondall (formally The Hampshire Arms) had until recently been almost exclusively a dining venue, but now under new ownership had shifted emphasise slightly so that you don’t feel out of place if you only want a drink. As part of the change they were hosting the first Crondall Beer Festival.

As it was their first festival and were unsure how popular it would prove, they limited the beer selection to eight beers from four local breweries. The large covered patio proved an ideal location with plenty of room for the stillage, the band (on in the evenings) and seating.

After their walk, PV and MV arrived early and had plenty of time for a very nice burger before the rest were delivered by KOC’s mobile. With the emphasise on ‘local’ beers, it meant Crondall brewery had to be represented and those in the know decided to get this brewers beers out of the way first. Just as well as the Sober as a Judge was in very poor condition and was deemed undrinkable. The Crondall’s Best was at least drinkable, albeit with some distaste by some. The Andwell Gold Muddler was in excellent form and enhanced the good reputation this new brewery has already established.

There was no entrance charge and all beers were a very reasonable £2.50 a pint. The pub normally carries Greene King products and in addition to the festival beers, IPA and St. Edmunds were available in the bar.

After watching Chelsea secure another win, KOC returned to collect the drinkers and return them to Aldershot for a normal Saturday afternoon session at The Garden Gate.

Brewery Beer %
Andwell Gold Muddler 3.9
Andwell Resolute 3.8
Andwell King John 4.2
Crondall Sober as a Judge 4.0
Crondall Crondall’s Best 4.0
Hogs Back TEA 4.2
Hogs Back HOP 4.6
Triple fff Alton’s Pride 3.8
Attended by:-
PV, ROC, RN, PC (and MV for lunch).