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ALTON WINTER BEER FESTIVAL - 31st January 2009

Travellers

PV, TC, PC, KOC, TM, ROC, MG & DF

Comment

It took some time but by the middle of the lunchtime session we had
nearly a full compliment of Mengo Drinking. PV caught the 10.20 am
out of Aldershot and meet TC in the queue waiting to go in, while
TM, KOC and PC arrived by the next train ROC was further down the
line and MG with DF brought up the rear. Among several guest stars
also in attendance were Steve and John the Submarine.
The brewers were also out in force. Graham from Triple fff confirmed
the new brewery shop was shutting at midday on Saturdays but was in
such a good mood offered to take Mengo on a brewery tour one
Saturday afternoon. Mike from Banks and Taylor was in just as good a
mood until a couple of PV’s beer choices failed to inspire. It must
be said the Saffron Squire’s Gamble was absolutely awful and
theHepworth Prospect not much better.
Still the rest of the beers tried were in fine form, particularly
those from the former champions bar. However, perhaps the best beer
tried was the Banks and Taylor Edwin Taylor’s Extra Stout, which had
been matured in the barrel for four months. An unpasteurised and
matured stout - so much better than that Irish stuff.
After the festival, Mengo fragmented with TC, TM and PV trying the
Kings Head (which Steve and John had also found) and a very packed
Eight Bells before PV disappeared. The two T’s then meet up with the
rest of Mengo in The Railway Arms. In spite of the interference from
the brewer the serving staff eventually sorted out some clear beer
before everyone eventually headed home.

Brewery          Beer                        %
Andwell          Resolute                   3.8
Andwell          Gold Muddler               3.9
Ballards         Nyewood Gold               5.0
Banks and Taylor Golden Fox                 4.1
Banks and Taylor Dragon Slayer              4.5
Banks and Taylor Edwin Taylor’s Extra Stout 4.5
Blindmans        Golden Spring              4.0
Dark Star        Over the Moon              3.8
Dark Star        Winter Meltdown            5.0
Flowerpots       Flowerpots Bitter          4.1
Hepworth         Prospect                   4.9
Oakleaf Blake’s  Gosport Bitter             5.2
Saffron Squire’s Gamble                     4.3
Skinners         Cornish Knocker            4.5
Skinners         Keel Over                  4.2
Tring            Jack of Leg’s              4.2



Created on 02/08/2009 10:51 AM by drinking
Updated on 02/08/2009 11:06 AM by drinking
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