Beerfest day 2


Well I’ve lived through Wednesday night at the Pboro beer festival – and a cracker it was.  I was joined by my Aussie mate Lindsay – and we drank our way through a good number of ales – one half pint at a time.

I think beer of the festival for me has been the Oakham Ales festival special – Akhenaten – a 4.9% golden ale, with lots of complex hop and citrus flavours.  It’s like a beefed up Bishops Farewell, which itself is a fantastic ale.

The music stage has had a lighting improvement

The music stage has had a lighting improvement

Talking of hops – now I thought I loved hops in beer, and there was no such thing as ‘too much hop’.  I’ve since discovered there is!  We took a break from the ale to go for a bottled ‘world beer’ – and rather than try my usual belgium favourites, I thought I’d try an American IPA – and picked the Snake Dog IPA 5.6% (Flying Dog brewery).  Wow it was so heavy on hops it was amazing – but unbalanced really – my mouth this morning still feels a bit numb from the effect of those hops.  A bit much – I think the brewer just needs to find a bit more balance in the beer!

Food wise – we went for the standard issue Charters BBQ – burger with cheese.  Hit the spot.

The festival itself was far quieter last night than the opening night – possibly due to the light drizzle that was falling half of the time – and the dark cloud there’d been all day.

As for tonight – the ‘big one’ as I call Thurs night (because it’s the traditional night that a lot of people from work go) – here’s hoping for a great night.  Well afternoon and night in fact, as it opens at 12… although we’ll probably get there more like 2pm – there’s no rush! 🙂  Hopefully the bands are on form, the ale doesn’t warm up too much, and it doesn’t get TOO busy.

Author: Krispy

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