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KINGSTON BEER FESTIVAL - Surrey County Staff Club, Kingston TQ180 686

Travellers

MG, PV, ROC, KOC, TM & RN

Coments

28th June 2008
With Jane on holiday, Mick was available for a day out and after much
debate it was decided to make our first visit to the Kingston Beer
Festival. Really, it could not have been much easier; direct trains
from Aldershot to Surbiton and a twenty-five minute walk to the
venue. We caught the 10.04 am and on arrival at Surbiton decided to
take the scenic route and promenade along the Thames. Very pleasant
it was too.
Entry to the festival was £1.50 (free to CAMRA members) and glasses
were £2.00 to hire. The lower gravity beers cost £2.00 a pint with
the premium bitters £2.30; very reasonable prices indeed. There was a
good selection of beers available, including quite a few Milds and
Porters, which pleased Quentin. The only disappointment was that the
Dark Star American Pale Ale had sold out before we got there.
The festival was celebrating 150 years of the railway to Kingston and
suitably named beers were placed on a theme bar. As there were only
four beers names that had any connection with railways, the bar was
supplemented by past festival winners.
Ron came late and after an hours walk from Surbiton eventually joined
us. Where had he been?
Overall a very nice little festival. Makes you wonder why we had
never been before?

Brewery             Beer                    %
Bank Top            Blonde	           5.0
Bazen’s             Pacific Bitter         3.8
Boggart Hole Clough Boggarts Brew          4.3
Castle Rock         Black Gold             3.8
Copper Dragon       Golden Pippin          3.9
Filo                Crofters               3.8
Funfair             Ghost Train            5.0
Hawkshead           Bitter                 3.7
Matthews            Brassknocker           3.8
Milton              Neptune                3.8
Potbelly            Beijing Black Pig Mild 4.4
Robinson’s          Double Hop             5.0
RCH                 PG Steam               3.9
South Hams          Devon Pride            3.8
Stonehouse          Kingston Flyer KPA     4.6
Surrey Hills        Hammer                 3.8
Westerham           Summer Perle           3.8

An urban myth being that the * mark by the side of a number of beers
on the program was the tasting list of the writer of the program. 
Now forever in print.




Kingston


Created on 06/30/2008 08:21 PM by drinking
Updated on 08/19/2008 10:01 PM by drinking
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