Norwich Beer Festival is always good fun and really well organised although sometimes I find that the beer list lacks what I want. Maybe that’s because I’m a beer snob. I don’t fucking know. This year, however, the list fucking rocked.
I thought it would be a good idea to drink (mostly) in thirds because I wouldn’t get so drunk. What a fool I am because I drink the same amount, just more different beers. I went to a few different sessions... I didn't drink all of these in one!
I sadly forgot to take photographs.
Anyway, my list taken from untappd (all cask unless specified):
Flying Dog International Arms Race (bottle)
Brewdog International Arms Race (bottle)
Mikkeller Kvindelob (keg)
Navigation Classic IPA
Mikkeller P1 (Bottle)
Nogne O Wit (Bottle)
Berliner Kindl Weisse (bottle)
Brewdog Alpha Dog (bottle)
Goller Steinhauer Weisse (Bottle)
Norwich Bear Coconut Pawter
Norfolk Brewhouse Stubble Stag
Mallinsons Chocolate Stout
Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout (keg)
Stone IPA (Bottle)
Stone Levitation (Bottle)
Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager (Bottle)
Old Chimneys Brimstone
Flying Dog Raging Bitch (keg)
Duchesse De Bourgogne (keg)
Milk Street ! Beer
Hadrian Border Brewery Reivers IPA
Hop Back Heracles
Fuller’s Vintage 2012
Bathams Best Bitter
Marble Manchester Bitter
To Ol First Frontier IPA (keg)
Dark Star Kiwi
Mikkeller From Via To Christmas
Magic Rock Curious NZ
Fuck, that’s a bit fucking list.
Right, onto the winners:
Foreign draught beer: DuchesseDe Bourgogne
Foreign bottled beer: FlyingDog International Arms Race
UK bottled beer: Brewdog International Arms Race
UK Bitter: Bathams Best Bitter
UK Lager: Old Chimneys Brimstone
UK Pale Ale: Magic Rock Curious NZ
UK Golden/Blonde: Milk Street Beer
UK IPA: Hadrian Border Reivers IPA
UK Stout/Porter: Norwich Bear Coconut Pawter
And the overall winner…
MAGIC ROCK CURIOUS NZ – A beautiful medley of 5 different New Zealand hops. Fruitilicious flavours bouncing around your mouth. It was simply wonderful and the only beer of the festival I bothered to drink a whole pint (or two) of.
All in all, yet again it was a brilliant celebration of all that awesome about beer in not just Norfolk and the rest of the UK but the whole world. There was some great musical entertainment, the staff were awesome and it’s just really well organised.
Thanks to the Norwich & Norfolk branch of CAMRA and everyone involved in organising it and volunteering during the week.
Massive shout out to all of the old and new friends who joined me!
See you next year!