With bags-a-clinking we assembled and stored the 72 bottles (that’s four sets of the beers) in Ian and Steve’s fridges (they live next door to each other) and ice water buckets. Warm enough to sit outside we commenced tasting. Now, we are not trained tasters but between the five of us we thought we would be able to come up with a consensus on taste and more easily an outright winner.
The beers were the 18 featured in Aldi’s Summer Beer Festival at £1.25 a bottle. Couldn’t go wrong…could we?
- White Witch (Moorhouse’s 3.9%)
- Unicorn (Robinsons 4.3%)
- Strongarm (Camerons 4.3%)
- Maple Gold (Joseph Holt 4.3%)
- A-hop-alypse Now (Camerons 4.3%)
- Velo (Black Sheep 4.2%)
- Wizard ( Robinsons 3.7%)
- Golden Bolt (Box Steam 3.8%)
- Wet Your Whistle (Box Steam 4.5%)
- Wadworth 6X (Wadworth & Co. 4.3%)
- The Rev James Rye (Brains 4.3%)
- Double Dragon (Felinfoel 4.2%)
- Hop Bomb (Sadlers 5.0%)
- Surrey Nirvana (Hogs Back 4.0%)
- Two Tribes (Everards 4.5%)
- Mid Atlantic (Titanic 4.5%)
- Castle (Arundel 3.8%)
- Mellow Yellow (Sadlers 4.1%)
So after an afternoon/evening/night of tasting the outright winner was Robinsons Wizard! We thought it had a mellow maltiness with an underlying fruity vein and consistent taste throughout.
There weren’t any particular clangers as we tasted them all in equal measure and refused none. I’m not sure what that says about all of us. The least liked was Camerons Strongarm, a ruby red ale which left a metallic taste in the mouth. Not entirely unpleasant but not for us.
When we are not out and about we have to make do and courtesy of Aldi that is exactly what we will do this weekend.
There’s nothing like a good night out…apart from a good night in!
We’ll let you know how good…
How could we ignore a local Beer Festival! After much moaning in regard to the diminishing number of local pubs we were presented with this. It was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. Bacon and sausage sarnies supplied by Ian provided the necessary stomach lining after which we set off in an undersized cab…Steve still has the bump on his head.
There were about 15 beers on although for us there were just seven of interest namely those from Brentwood Brewing Company – Marvellous Maple Mild, Brentwood Blonde, Brentwood Gold, Lumberjack and White Elephant from the brewery’s offspring, Elephant School Brewing. In support were Rayleigh Mills Reserve IPA and Greene King Molecule of Life.
Top beer of the day was Greene King Molecule of Life (3.8%). A bitter whose creaminess delivers a dominant vanilla flavour with a touch of caramel. After a burger and a hot dog think vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce.
This was a first for the Community Association and a great effort in providing a local oasis albeit a pint size one. We certainly hope it comes back next year and will give it our full support.
After fours we were quite content to leave with souvenir beer glass tucked away and lobster red tans on full display…not bad for a £2 entry and all proceeds going to St. Francis Hospice.