So, the past weekend saw Dragon Hall Beer Festival 2 and it was a massive success. We had pretty much the whole crew of volunteers back plus some new additions which was great. We’re a great team.
We had about 30 cask ales and bottled beers from Norfolk as well as 4 kegged beers and 9 bottled beers from Ghent in Belgium.
Basically, if you missed it you’re an absolute fool.
My two favourite beers of the weekend:
Van Steenberge Gulden Draak 9000 Quadrupel – A wonderful example of a quadruple. 10.5% but definitely doesn’t taste it. Got nice caramel and malty aromas. Flavours are caramel, bananas & custard, light yeast and spice.
Norwich Bear Platinum Blonde – A premium bitter. Pours a lovely golden orange colour with a bubbly off-white head. Biscuity malt aromas with some citrus. Tastes citrusy (possibly lemon) with that same buscuity malt flavour. Definitely my favourite cask ale of the weekend. See Dawn’s impression of me here: https://twitter.com/#!/NateDawg27/status/199945284355244032/photo/1/large
Ole Slewfoot Dragon Saison – A cask saison brewed in Norfolk. Smells and tastes pretty much the same. Like diluted lemon juice with a spicy, yeasty finish. Great stuff.
The food was great too – all provided by The Belgian Monk. I find myself craving more bitterballen. They’re amazing little pieces of lamb in a nice creamy breadcrumb coating. And wild boar sausages, why do we not see more of these around?
Sadly I cannot personally comment on the music as I was on the Belgian bar downstairs but read the following quote from Mr Jennings (Sadly we don’t know who this is, which doesn’t help):
“A well rounded musical act played on the Sunday afternoon session, performing their own brand of traditional folk music. Unfortunately the two acoustic guitars where somewhat drowned out by the violin and accordion but the latter two instruments provided vibrant, haunting melodies that wouldn’t have been out of place in a royal medieval court. Their presence was warmly welcomed and was a great addition to the steady flow of fine ales.”
All in all, it was a great weekend. I met some great new people and saw some awesome old friends. I’m really looking forward to next year!
The next big beer event in Norwich is City of Ale which I will be blogging about soon...