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The Star Beer Festival - 27th October 2007 - Godalming SU 968439

Travellers

ROC, KOC, TM, RN and PC came by train. PV arrived with MV (who stayed for one drink) and Whispering John made a guest appearance.

Comment

Since selling The Red Lion at Godalming, Ian had moved his beer
festivals to his other pub in the town. He had run The Star for
sixteen years, initially under Courage, then Morland (the ‘bad’
years), various pubco’s and now Greene King. We were somewhat
surprised he had to persuaded GK to let him hold festivals that sold
anything other their own beers. He put this down to his own bloody
mindedness and an open-minded area manager, rather a rarity these
days.
This festival was devoted to beers from small Cumbrian Breweries,
including several we had never heard of before, such as Ulverston,
plus some old favourites like Foxfield All beers tried were in excellent condition.

Brewery          Beer                       %
Barngate         Tag Lag                   4.4
Cumbrian         Dicky Doodle              3.9
Cumbrian         Buttermere Beauty         4.8
Geltsdale        Hell Beck                 4.2
Derwent          Hansi’s Octoberfest       4.2
Foxfield         Red Light                 4.0
Hawkshead        Lakeland Gold             4.4
Hesket Newmarket Doris’s 90th Birthday Ale 4.3
Ulverston        What the Dickens          4.0
Yates            Fever Pitch               3.9

Also tried were:-

Geltsdale        Tarnmonath                4.0
Trill            Thomas Slees Academy Ale  4.2
Trill            Red Barn                  4.4
The Bitter End   Three Hares               4.5


Postscript

Returning via Guildford we had a half hour wait for the Ascot line
train so we called in at J D Weatherspoon's for a swift half. Half of
us had the Ventnor Golden Bitter whilst the other three tried the Exe
Valley Autumn Glory. Both were good.



Created on 11/03/2007 10:41 AM by drinking
Updated on 11/03/2007 10:48 AM by drinking
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